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Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom Reveal | New Year, New Room Refresh Week 4

151It’s done! After a remarkably fast 4 weeks, the playroom has been significantly “refreshed” and I’m happy to report we’re all in love with it! I say we, because the space went from a catchall toy room that you could barely step foot in [the boys, included!]…to a freshly organized, bold and fun, family hangout space! Continue reading

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Gallery Wall Wednesday #2 [3 stacked frames in the playroom]

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It’s so crazy how this playroom has suddenly come to life again! It was a project I started and just never quite finished up. After sharing the 4th installment of the playroom reading nook series [the light], I heard from several readers asking to share the details of the 3 stacked frames hanging to the right of the nook. I thought today would be a good time to share the scoop on this mini, or as I refer to it, small wall + big statement gallery wall. Continue reading

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Playroom Reading Nook: Part 4 [The light]

Oh my goodness! Who would’ve EVER guessed I’d still be working on and posting about this reading nook? I mean…the bookshelves, the “I <3 TO READ” wall, the bench + cushion….what could possibly be left to do?

Normal answer? Nothing.

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Playroom Organization: Quick & Easy Toy Bin Labels w/ Washi Tape

Hello!! Today, I am back again with a super simple playroom organization post.  It is probably not all that thrilling to most, but I have found that labels make me happy!  This labeling project took me about 10 minutes. It simply involved coming up with several toy categories, typing them out & printing them on white cardstock paper, cutting each out and then adhering the label to the plastic bin with Gold Washi Tape on all 4 sides. I bought this 3 pack of tape around the holidays last year, as they are the perfect addition to plain wrapping paper.  When I decided to use the tape for these labels, I decided to use the gold triangle roll to coordinate with the letters on the wall in the Reading Nook (see part 1 and part 2). Sound easy? It was!

Here is how mine turned out:

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These bins from Target fit perfectly on the shelves behind the door of our old dining room buffet. Henry has already started to learn what the labels say and (occasionally) puts the toys back where they belong! Picking up after playdates is easier now, too. When other parents want to help, they don’t have to ask where each and every little thing goes!

Do you have any quick and easy organization or labeling tips?  If so, please share by leaving a reply!

Enjoy the rest of your day and please come back again soon!

As always, thank you for reading.

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Playroom Reading Nook: Part 2 {IKEA Spice Rack Bookshelves}

Happy Monday!  It’s a rainy & dreary day today, but I am actually ok with that. Since we’ve been on vacation and have lots to do around the house after being gone for nearly 2 weeks, the weather is keeping us inside & productive!  One sleeping, one playing and me running around trying to unpack and chip away at my to do list.  There are too many unfinished projects around here to even count, but I was able to finish a couple last week, one of which I am sharing today.

So I picked up these IKEA spice racks about 6 months ago and brought them home to spray paint, which I did that same day…well 1 coat of paint and then I ran out 🙂 So, needless to say, they have been sitting in my garage collecting dirt and dust until last week.  I bought more glossy white spray paint and got these little guys up on the wall!  I didn’t come up with the idea to use spice racks as bookshelves, but am so thankful someone did! At $3.99 a piece, I was able to buy 6 of them for next to nothing,when compared to other floating front-facing book display shelves. We have a cute little “nook” in the playroom where the wall insets and where I recently finished up the “I love to Read” wall.  These shelves completed the other half of the nook so well.

Here is what it looks like so far.

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Last up in the Reading Nook series is a DIY cushion for the reading bench / toy chest.  If I could just hurry up and find the right fabric… I know of a little someone who would love to climb up here & read!

Thank you SO much for reading & I promise to be back soon with some fall décor posts and then to wrap up the playroom, of course! Have a great rest of your day!

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Playroom Gallery Wall >>> Bold & Gold

Hello, all! Welcome back to This is our Bliss on this lovely Tuesday evening!  If this is your first time here, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back and visit again. As most of you know, I have been working project-by-project on our playroom and have one of the projects finished and ready to share!  The next couple of projects are very close to completion and the reveal is not too far out either 🙂

Take a look at the newest decorated wall in our house!

{I will be sharing the sources at the bottom of the post.}

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Ticket stub poster & frame {IKEA – no longer available} | small gray frame | small black frame | Gold frames {Goodwill} | Brave canvas {local boutique} | Watercolor art {Waterlogue app – follow-up post to come} | black sunburst mirror {Homegoods} | small car prints {similar here} | Blue “S” & “H” | Play More & Enjoy the Ride art {DIY} | “fun” arrow {DIY project}

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Are you a fan of the “gallery wall”?  Do you have a wall that you can see yourself creating one on?  Please leave your thoughts & feedback – I would love to hear it!

More updates coming soon! Goodnight 🙂

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DIY {fun} Arrow for the Playroom Wall

Hello there!  As promised, today I am back with a 5 minute project I finished up this past weekend for the playroom.  Yesterday, I shared some of my inspiration for the decor and after eyeing super cute playrooms on Pinterest for awhile, I couldn’t wait to get started on the main wall of ours.  This little “fun” arrow made a home on the main wall and I will be sharing the full gallery wall later this week (I hope!). It is about 95% complete 🙂

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Toying Around With Some Playroom Ideas

Too much?! Ok, but I just couldnt resist!  Today I am sharing some of my recent playroom inspiration.  There are soooo many awesome playrooms out there!  I actually didn’t think I would get to do another kid / baby space so soon!  After finishing up Simon’s Nursery this spring, I thought I would have to wait until Baby #3 to be able to design & decorate another space for a little one.  Buuut, we ended up turning our dining room into a playroom before the holidays last year, but all I really did was buy a rug, hang curtains & a few pictures and then a floating shelf.  {I will share the details of the shelf disaster in another post}  I didn’t really plan to do a whole lot else to it until I couldn’t stand the crazy messes in the cabinets & shelves of the only piece of furniture we have in there {our old dining room buffet}. So I did some organizational strategizing and thought I might as well decorate at the same time.  I couldn’t stop myself!

I am going for a Bold & Eclectic look with lots of color (on the muted side) & splashes of gold, while still keeping it slightly masculine.  Gold works for boys, right?!  I am hoping my boys appreciate the bling at least a little 🙂

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And the mother of all…

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 The last photo above is from a playroom that is incredible!  It is the perfect little space for her special little people.  I love all of the photos above for so many reasons, but for one, the gallery walls are A-Mazing!  I am a little obsessed with them.  They are like jewelry to me… every wall needs to be properly & overly accessorized with frames!

In our playroom, we have light gray walls, a charcoal gray rug & an espresso buffet-turned-toy storage, so I am able to introduce pretty much any colors I want. The room is in progress & can’t wait to start posting sneak peaks of a few projects I have underway!

I will be back soon with a simple DIY project that makes a BIG statement on one of the playroom walls.

Thank YOU for reading!

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Other Rooms I’m Tackling

I know, I know.  You probably think I am crazy, but I just can’t help myself.  It is totally normal for me to have 65 million projects going on at once, which is no surprise as to why I find it hard to actually finish something in its entirety.  I tend to leave loose ends everywhere, but who am I kidding?  I don’t believe I am alone on this one.

The 2 rooms I am working on in our home (other than the obvious one) is our loft/office/craft room/soon-to-be guest room and the once dining room, turned playroom.  The loft area is basically a bonus room above our garage that houses a little of everything right now.  We have a couch & coffee table up there, a desk & computer, a toy bin, a large IKEA EXPEDIT (which is apparently now called the KALLAX Shelf?) for storing my craft supplies, etc. and after this weekend, the couch is out and a guest bed & dresser are moving in.  Since nursery #2 is currently a guest room, we are removing the furniture from it and making room for the baby’s things.  We do have an alternative guest room with a queen size bed, but with all out of town family, we find that both beds are used at the same time every now and then. Since we have the bed, we might as well continue to use it.  At least that is our logic.  If we didn’t have a guest bed in the soon-to-be nursery, we wouldn’t be buying a new one just to have a second one.  Outside of moving furniture around in this room, I am working on purging and organizing everything in it (& making it look pretty too 🙂 ).

Here are a few shots I took while I played around with styling the accessories on my desk and shelving unit.

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This room is filled with bright red, oranges and of course, black, white & gold.





I will post the entire unit once it’s “done”, along with additional shots of the room.

The other room I am in the midst of finishing up is the room to the left of our front entryway and also connects to our family room.  We hauled the dining room table & chairs to the basement, laid a rug down and filled it with toys! TA-DA!  There you have a DIY toy room.  I of course, can’t leave it at that.  When good isn’t good enough, I tend to want to do more.  We painted,  bought and hung new curtains, put a large, plush area rug down and am now decorating the walls.  I have a few project ideas for the space on the walls and am slowly, but surely working on gettin’ em done.

Here is the room before…

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And the early progress pics… (excuse the bad phone images)


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And the most recent one…

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See DIY Playroom Art post here

I will post a Playroom Tour once I finish slapping some things on the walls and have it picked up for 5 seconds or long enough to take a couple photos.  Now that we’ve taken a short break from the nursery, I better get back at it.  Working on a pillow project, crafting up an idea for a unique gallery wall and the baby’s closet is about to undergo a huge transformation this weekend when we install the closet system and a few other surprises.  So glad April is finally here, but I am also reminded I have a baby coming next month.  WOW!  Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your day!

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How to: DIY Playroom Word Art

It’s been a busy couple days around here!  Doctor’s appointment, snow, errands, snow, Henry’s swim class, snow, friends visiting from out of town and did I mention it snowed?  All of the white junk outside had started to melt on Monday and then what happened Tuesday night and Wednesday morning?  Freezing rain, wind and another 5+ inches of snow.  What the heck is going on here?!  Today is supposed to reach 50 degrees, so we’ll see if that takes care of clearing out this white winter not-so-much-wonderland.  Enough complaining for today, as I am feeling optimistic and excited about getting outside!

I finished up the curtains for the baby’s room on Wednesday, so after I get them hung up and take a few pictures, I will post the sewing tutorial.  I am so, so happy with how they turned out!  I can’t wait to show you 🙂

For today, I am sharing a quick and easy DIY word art piece I made the other night.  We recently turned our formal dining room into a playroom in order to give Henry some more room to roam about and store his toys.  It sits right off of the family room and I can still view part of the room from the kitchen.  It was one of the best decisions we have made to make the switch.  We occasionally host dinner parties, but for as little as that particular room was used, it made so much more sense to utilize it for play space.  The kid plays with toys and reads books far often than our friends and family dined in that room!  We have a decent size kitchen table we are still able to use when guests come over, so it was a win-win for all. Now back to my project… We painted the room and hung a floating shelf, but am still determining what photos and wall art pieces I want to hang.  I purchased materials to create floating bookshelves for a reading nook, but haven’t quite gotten to that project yet.  My spray painting days are over for a little while longer until the baby comes and the playroom hasn’t been priority amongst the things we need to do in other areas of the house.  Ok, again, back to this project… I wanted to create something to lean on the floating shelf, but not just a photograph.  I thought about framing some scrapbook paper or fabric or buying a piece of art, but then decided I would whip something up on my own using fabric or patterned paper.  I am a sucker for word art/typography pieces to decorate, so decided on a cute saying, printed it out in a fun font and framed it.  Easy enough, right?  The only twist on this piece is that I used clear transparency paper to print the words on instead of regular paper.

How to: DIY Playroom Word Art

Here is my supply list:

  • pack of computer-printable transparent plastic sheets (6 pack found here)
  • sheet of scrapbook paper
  • frame (I used 11″x14″ matted to fit an 8’x10″ picture, purchased at Michaels)
  • scissors

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1 – I simply designed my word art in MS Word and chose the saying, “What a Beautiful Mess”.  I selected a different font for each of the 3 lines of words and put each line in a separate text box so I could easily move the words around until they were placed / spaced just right.

2 – Insert clear paper into printer and click print.  I printed a test page on regular printer paper to make sure I liked how it looked.

3 – Trim the scrapbook paper to fit in frame.

4 – Allow clear sheet an hour or so to dry.  Place in frame with scrapbook paper behind it.  Voila.  That is it!

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My original plan was to use fabric behind the transparency, but changed my mind and switched to scrapbook paper.  If you opt for patterned paper, you could print directly on it and skip the transparency paper.  If you want more specific instructions on creating the Word doc (fonts, etc.) just leave me a comment and I will do my best to explain!

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Have a great day and thanks again for stopping by!