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DIY Wood Frame for a Canvas | Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom | New Year New Room Refresh Challenge Week 3

The playroom has sort of stayed under cover over the last couple of weeks. Would you agree?! I haven’t posted much on social media and I only shared a couple shots of the 90% assembled wall unit last week with a teeny tiny sneak peek of the new rug, light and couch. I know. You want more, right?!! I promise you’ll get to see it ALL next week when I reveal the space!  For week 3, the rest of the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge participants and I decided to share a DIY decor tutorial of some sort. I’m going to share how I saved some big bucks by creating a DIY Wood Frame for an old canvas piece that we’ve had hanging in the playroom. Continue reading

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Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom | New Year New Room Refresh Challenge Week 2

Good morning! It’s hard to believe that January is half over and what’s even more difficult for me to grasp is the fact that our playroom is supposed to be done in 2 weeks AHHH! Nothin’ like a deadline to kick you into high gear! Having a hard end-date assigned to a project is one of the main reasons I enjoy participating in these types of challenges. Without a deadline, projects can go on and on over the course of a year or more and not just that, but the cost of the project tends to be never-ending as well. You’re never truly “finished” so the ideas keep coming and more and more items are purchased. So, working on our Stylish and Bold Modern Playroom for the 4 week New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge hosted by Casa Watkins Living can feel slightly overwhelming, but it’s also a breath of fresh air at the same time. One more room almost checked off the new house projects list! Continue reading

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge [Week 5: Dining Room Wall Art]

So this is supposed to be the last checkpoint before the big reveal, right?!! Say WHAAAT!?

Week 5 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home has arrived and you know what the tricky part about this week is? Well….on one hand, it’s like, “Yay!! I am so excited about nearing the end of this thing! I just don’t know how much to share with my readers!!”

On the other hand…I’m all, “Sooooo, HOW is this room going to be wrapped up, decisions finalized, styled, re-styled, photographed, re-photographed and posted in less than 7 days!?”

Phwew! I, along with the hundreds of other bloggers who decided to take the plunge and makeover a given space in our home in a very short 6 week period, am sharing the final update on our progress today. Final progress post because the reveal is next week!

So here is where we are at with our dining room with T minus 1 week to go… Continue reading

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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge [Week 4: Dining Room Cornice Board + Pattern Play]

Welcome back for the Week 4 update of our Dining Room Makeover! Yes, we are 4 weeks into the One Room Challenge with Calling It Home and I have some big checks checked off our list! I’m a total list-maker and given that we have less than 2 weeks left, I sure better be making those checks right and left right about now!

The biggest transformation so far has been the fresh paint. We went with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and said adios to the yellow. Unfortunately, there are still several rooms in this house sporting those yellow walls, but not to worry. They will be taken care of soon enough. Just not right now during the ORC! Continue reading

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Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room Progress Update

And just like that it’s mid-September! My goal was to have the biggest’s Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room Wrapped up sometime this month and by the looks of my list, I don’t think I’m doing too bad! I’ve said this before, but when it’s quiet on the blog, there is a good chance that it is BUSY behind the scenes. I’ve been cranking on this room and am loving the direction it’s rolling in.

I love that he likes his new room and is excited to actually go in there for quiet time and bedtime. Two times of the day that I would prefer to not battle with my 4 year old! The other thing I love about this space is how I was able to work in a few pieces from his nursery, like his curtains and dresser. Granted, I’m giving them a quick update, but I’m using what I have and saving a ton of money!

It’s bright. It’s bold. And there’s a ton of pattern play.

Here, I’ll let you take a look at my updated checklist and see for yourself… Continue reading

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Big Boy Room Mood Board [Curious Little Gentleman]

Kid rooms are my one of my favorite types of spaces to work on. Anything goes! Color, texture, pattern…cutesy, quirky, crazy – you name it! Long before we moved into our new house in June, I knew the biggest’s room was going to be next in line for some sprucing. I hadn’t laid a finger on his nursery since I first created it for him in 2012, the year he was born. Not a finger. Nope, not one. Not a new picture frame, throw pillow, not even one new thing entered through that door. It was the only room in the old house that remained completely untouched in the 4 years we lived there. Not only was changing up the decor a bit overdue, but so was getting him out of his crib / toddler bed. He’s a pretty tall little boy and he had to literally start tucking his legs up to sleep comfortably in his bed. I know, bad mom, but we didn’t want to buy a bed until we moved in. We wanted to be sure space allowed for the right-sized bed. In other words, we didn’t want to splurge on a California king if only a twin would fit. Not that we were ever planning to buy a bed that big, but you catch my drift! Continue reading

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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 2: Progress + Tips for pulling together a Gallery Wall

Today is WEEK #2!! This refresh challenge has been, well, just that. A total challenge. I knew I wasn’t going to be making a crazy amount of changes to our bedroom – no painting, no new furniture or furniture projects period – mainly wall decor and sprucing up the bed. But dang! I tell you what…the thought of next week being the reveal has me feeling a bit anxious and slightly behind the eight ball. I’ve got exactly one week to whip this space into shape and although most of the components are here, like physically in my home, there is still pleennnnttty to do. If you can’t find me next weekend, you know where to find me. Annnd I’ll probably have kidnapped another member of my household in the process.

What’s the struggle, you ask. Well, its more like big fat question marks.

I have collected approximately 317 frames. Most of the frames in my “collection” are thrifted finds. You know how I roll when it comes to gallery walls. I adore a good gallery wall, but would seriously go broke if I bought new frames each time I design one in my head and then decide to go to town on the wall. Have you seen my stairwell?!

So, although I am not going to be showing you the finished product yet, I am going to share my tips for pulling together a gallery wall. Next week, you get to see the goods 😉

Sometimes I have no method to my madness and other times, like in this particular case, I have a plan of attack.

ok, so here we go!

1 | Select your inspiration piece.

Not only is my art piece inspiration for my gallery wall, but it was actually what ignited the entire room’s design and color palette. Here it is:
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This print is from Minted and I absolutely adore it. It is the perfect combination of color and texture. I will always decorate with black, white and gold – always, but this piece allows me to pull a couple of other colors into the room as well. I love that its a bright and fun piece, but it still has a few splashes of black and dark gray in the print, too, which you’ll see used throughout the room next week. Like most of minted’s prints, this one comes in 8 different sizes with the option of 15 different frames. I chose to have mine framed in basic black.

For this inspiration piece, you ultimately need to determine what piece is going to make it onto the wall – one way or another. A large family portrait on canvas, a vintage art find, a special gift, a splurge piece – whatever the case may be. Just something you can build off of…a starting point. It’s the non-negotiable piece. Its going up no matter what.

2 | Gather frames.

This is the fun and inexpensive part! If you know me, then you know I seriously hoard collect frames.

Target clearance frame – mine.

Michaels 40% off – in the cart. 

$1.99 at Goodwill – I’ll take 3.

After exercises A, B and C on repeat over time, you can see how my stash would steadily increase. My point is if you do a little hunting around town before you are ready to put up a gallery wall or before you even have the idea, then you allow yourself some time to score a few deals. When the time comes to put the frames up, I like to go to my collection and start pulling a few frames that I might want to use in that particular space. Shopping your house is one of the THEE best things ever! I grab a few colors, sizes and shapes and head into the room to plan the layout – typically, by placing the frames on the floor and then rearranging until I think I have it just right. I have been known to rearrange a few more times once the frames are up on the wall. Shhhh don’t tell! I am definitely not one of those people who write posts on “how to hang a gallery wall like a pro on the first try without extra nail holes”. I mean, who are those people anyways? #notreallife

While gathering your frames, you want to decide on your color scheme. Since I started with my minted art print framed in black, I am choosing to work with black, white and gold frames in my gallery wall which is pretty standard around my home, but holds true in this space as well.

3 | Add a unique shape.

Sometimes I like uniformity and sometimes I don’t. More often than not, I like things to be slightly edgy with a little sass or a wee bit of funk. This could be by simply placing a round frame among all rectangles. This could also mean adding a sunburst mirror, a key or even a number to your wall. It doesn’t have to be anything too extreme, but by adding something that looks a little different than the rest of the frames, creates visual interest on your wall and in your space overall.
Guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - minted - This is our BlissHere, I used an open round frame to break up all of the rectangles on the wall in our guestroom. Its not too crazy or dramatic, but it gives it a unique, eclectic look.

4 | Keep it interesting & do something unexpected.

I would’t say adding a picture ledge (like above) within a gallery wall is unexpected, but it does create an interesting focal point. I was able to layer some leaning frames on the ledge and even put a small plant on the end which added another styling accessory…some fresh greens  – something other than a frame.

In other areas of the guestroom, I put a slight twist on your standard wall decor. First, by layering 2 separate metal pieces (the black one and the gold one) on top of each other to create a multi-dimensional over-the-bed decor piece…
bed view - layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our Bliss…and on the other side of the room, opposite of the picture ledge gallery wall, I framed 2 prints and hung them on the wall and then put an open frame around them both. I called it “framing a frame” – so clever, I know!
Guestroom revamp - Minted art - open frame - luggage rack - - dresser - fresh flowers - This is our BlissIt’s a way of taking two smaller pieces and creating one, larger statement piece out of it. This “technique” is applied in the master bedroom gallery wall, too. Sorry, still no sneak peeks!!

Ok, fine. I’ll share this eensie weensie spoiler with you since I shared it on instagram already.
master bedroom gallery wall in progress - thisisourbliss.comThe wall has already had 4 makeovers since this cell phone shot, but at least its something other than a blank wall!

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Some of the best and my most favorite gallery walls are the unique, awe-inspiring ones. The ones that don’t resemble my next door neighbor’s or the go-to, standard layout on pinterest. I like to have fun with the walls and be a little bold. Why not? If you change your mind some day, there’s nothing that a little spackle, sandpaper and paint can’t fix, right?!

Not to drag this post on by adding another list, but I thought it might be helpful to see my original hit list and where I am at this point.

1 | buy curtain rods / hang curtain rods
2 | buy curtains / hang curtains
3 | TV gallery wall
4 | determine over the bed decor
5 | determine left side of the window
6 | determine right side of the window
7 | new bedding
8 | pillow arrangement?
9 | tabletop accessories (dresser x 2 & nightstand x 2)
10| conceal cable box
11 | bench?
12 | additional seating
13 | wall storage / hooks
14 | DIY art
15 | lamp
16 | _____________
17 | _____________
18 | _____________
19 | _____________
20 | _____________

Since there a very few “checks” and even more blanks, I for sure have my work cut out for me. But with a few solid naptime hours and the weekend ahead, this room will be good to go. If not, then you’ll hear about it!

What are your gallery wall hanging tips? Do you like symmetrical layouts? Monochromatic? Eclectic?!

If you missed the rest of the Challenge, get caught up below:

Week 1 | Before Pictures + Inspiration Board
Week 2 | Progress + Gallery Wall Tips
Week 3 | Sneak Peek + gold lamp options
Week 4 | The Reveal Part I

Another big, big thank you to our lovely, talented and super hardworking host, Stephanie of Casa Watkins!!

Now, hurry and go see what the others are up to – I know they’ve been working their tails off!

New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Participants:
Thank you to our New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge brand collaborators!
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Last, but not least thanks to all of YOU! I sincerely want to thank everyone who took the time to leave a lovely comment on my in-home photoshoot post. You all sure know how to make a girl blush! You’re too sweet!
Still more coming your way this week right back here! Have an awesome day!
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Alright, so another bedroom it is!

Our guestroom revamp project last year for the ORC was one of the greatest makeovers – I just fell in love with that room. The only problem was…it wasn’t our room. It was for our guests! I was thrilled to be able to create a nice place for our family and friends to stay, but I was feeling a little left out.
Guestroom revamp - Gallery wall - picture ledge - floating frame - DIY cane chair - Floral pattern - This is our BlissI think its pretty common for us to spruce up the places in our home that people actually see, or design a nursery for our little ones on the way, but typically, our own bedrooms & bathrooms take a backseat.
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We’ll get to it…someday.

Have you been there before? I’m willing to bet yes!

This was totally the case in our house. We moved into our home in 2012 and had the entire house painted. We decorated room-by-room, but never really came back to ours. Sure, I hung a few things on the walls and yes, we had curtains and bedding, but it never felt finished. Fast-forward to last year, we decided the dark toffee color needed to go, so we opted for Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and I’m still 100% in love a year later. It is light, calming and very neutral. I highly recommend!

When it was time to select a room for the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge, I looked at the list of bedrooms make my decision:

1 – I created the biggest’s room when he was born in 2012. (He’s do for a refresh, but he’s teetering between a big boy room and possibly going to live with the littlest if we decide to have another baby someday. Time will tell 😉 )

2 – The littlest’s nursery was created in 2014 and still feels extremely fresh & new!

3 – The main guestroom was done last spring for the One Room Challenge

4 – Our 2nd guestroom / office / craft room didn’t even make the cut for consideration. It is in the midst of the world’s largest overhaul and I just didn’t have it in me to wrap it up in 3 weeks. uggghhh!

5 – So…. the master bedroom it is! insert happy girl dance here.

The other rooms are in pretty good shape and the basement is being worked on simultaneously, so I was confident the master bedroom was the true winner!

So, over the next 3 weeks you are going to have front row seats to our Master Bedroom Refresh Project for the New Year, New Room Challenge! Let’s take a look at what we’ve been working with off and on for the last couple years and then I’ll share my big plans for the space…

mirror1 mirror2 mirror3 mirror6 mirror7 mirror8These might quite possibly be the worst photos of any room in the house! AHHHH!

Do you want to know the best part?

I used them in one of my first blog posts about mixing metals. Ha! I guess we all have to start somewhere 😉

I’ll let you in on another secret, too, while we’re at it. You might remember when I shared my nightstand styling tips with you all last fall.
how to style a nightstand - 6 elements of well-styled nightstand - bedside table styling tips - This is our BlissWell, that was a fabulous update to the bedside table, but I only styled one side of the bed. The other side (you can guess whose side remained untouched!) and the rest of the room were pretty much what you saw above, with the exception of the new light gray walls.
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So, you see, I really felt the need to create a room that actually matches this lovely spot. Do you agree?!?

Ok, let’s get to the good stuff – the inspiration & design!

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Ok, so here is a taste of some of the looks & pieces I’ve been inspired by, although I won’t necessarily be using these items in my final room. I’m still sourcing and shopping (in the house, too of course!) so I don’t know exactly what will end up in there and what won’t. I will tell you that I’m stoked about the choices I’ve made so far! I’m sticking with my bold, neutral glam style, but have added a pop of color. I’ve sort of fallen for those splashes of pink! What do you think?

Next Tuesday, you can come by again to see more of where the master bedroom is headed. I’ll be sharing a few of my decor selections and possibly a decor tutorial! Please pop over to take a peek! There will be plenty black, white and gold – I can promise you that.

The greatest part about the New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge?

I’m participating with 10 other fabulous bloggers! Go have a look at what they are up to today with their spaces. I’m sure you’ll find that new year refresh inspiration somewhere along the way for your own hom!

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A big thank you to our challenge sponsors:

Brand collaboratorsIf you had 3 weeks to dedicate to a space, which room in your house would you choose?

If you missed the rest of the Challenge, get caught up below:

Week 1 | Before Pictures + Inspiration Board
Week 2 | Progress + Gallery Wall Tips
Week 3 | Sneak Peek + gold lamp options
Week 4 | The Reveal Part I

Have a wonderful day! Please come back for a visit soon!
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Looking Ahead | What’s coming in 2016

I guess it really is taking me awhile to get back into the swing of things after the holidays!  Sorry I’ve been MIA for an entire week since posting the top 15 posts of 2015! Anyone else struggling to snap back?! Please tell me I’m not alone!

Starting the week of Christmas, it went a little something like this…Away for 5 days at my in-laws, then back home on Christmas eve where we captured a few moments like this…
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[That’s what it’s all about, right?]

…hosted for 3 days, then had a few days of downtime and before a super fun New Year’s celebration & mini kid-free getaway for 2 nights for our friends’ wedding in Milwaukee. We had a blast! New Year’s Eve Day we were on a mission for a bomb bloody mary (you have to have missions like that when you are without your kids!) and we found this tiny spot called Sobelman’s with some serious bloody Mary biz going on – like a meal in a glass kind of biz!

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Now, January is here, more like a third over, but I’m finally feeling like a normal person again! Of course the house has seen better days, at least a few…ahem… designated rooms. If you saw my post on Instagram then you what what I’m workin’ with over here right now! Other than some much needed decluttering and organizing, we are getting back into our daily routine. The biggest is back in preschool, the littlest is home with me creating chaos with every step, BUT, I’m seriously feeling ready to rock and roll, dive in and get my blogging groove back!

As for where things are headed and what I have coming your way…well, a lot. I so loved the momentum of the holidays with the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes and the My Home Style Christmas Tree Blog Hop, that I really wanted to be able to bring you a dose of that organized blog hop / blogger challenge type of posts this coming year, too. For me, it has been incredible rewarding and inspiring to collaborate with other bloggers to tackle a project or simply participate in a series (see my Back to Basics series posts here). I know that I can’t operate at the pace I was going at during the month of December (a couple weeks with 4 or 5 published blog posts), but I’m happy to announce a few notable and exciting things on the calendar so far this year for This is our Bliss.

Want to see what’s coming? Let’s take a peek ahead!
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I’ve teamed up with 10 other bloggers to bring you a mini room refresh series that kicks off tomorrow! Yay! I’m not going to spill all the details until then, but basically it’s going to be a scaled-back version of the One Room Challenge. If you aren’t familiar, the One Room Challenge is a design challenge that takes place in the spring and fall each year where participants have 6 weeks to transform a space of their choosing. Intense, I know! I absolutely had a ball when I participated last year in the Spring 2015 ORC. I really wanted to do it again in the fall, but I just had to say no. Tomorrow you’ll get to see what space I am sprucing up as well as my design to help bring it to life!

2 | It’s So Ugly, It’s Cool
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This one is going to be GOOOOD! I literally can’t wait to see what these fabulous gals come up with each month! I know when I feel like I’ve scored some amazing thrifted find, I literally feel like I’m Queen of the world and no one can mess with my vision! Not my husband, not my schedule, NO ONE can get in my way of transforming my less than desirable looking something or other and turning it into the most gorgeous who knows what! HA!

The last Tuesday of the month, a group of bloggers and I will be sharing a thrifted find that we’ve transformed into something great! I like to mix old with new when creating spaces in our home, so this challenge seemed like a good fit. I mean, who doesnt love a steal of a deal? and better yet, a total score that becomes so fabulous that it looks like a million bucks! Who does? I do! [Have a look at some of my thrifted find posts here] Some months there might be a designated item we all work on and other months might be sharing anything we’ve found!

3 | Knock it Off DIY

Its a date! Another Tuesday hangout for you and me 😉
Knock it off DIY | 8 bloggersThemes are still in the works, but here is the team! Hoping Monday nights and Tuesday mornings aren’t too tough for me. I’m going to tell myself the deadlines are on Sunday, so I’m not working up until the last minute into the wee hours of the morning. I don’t need to be pulling all-nighters like I’m in college studying for finals. #mamalikeshersleep

4 | Basement Bathroom Reveal

This one has been a long time comin’.

She’s still talking about that BASEMENT!

We did finish up the basement project last year, but “finishing” each space and having it ready (or ready enough) to share with you all has been a real struggle. I knew taking on the project was going to be a lot for our family with the noise, the sawdust, constant in-and-out with the contractors, etc., but it was a lot for me personally, trying to keep everything on schedule, coordinating contractors and sub-contractors, picking out the finishes (paint, carpet, flooring, bathroom fixtures, lighting throughout, cabinetry, shelving) and then the decorating. My spastic tendancies came out in full-force when it was time for me to put my “stamp” on the space.

Where do I start?
What’s the budget?
Which space needs to be done first?
How do I best share all of this excitment and commotion with all of you?!

It caught up to me and I sort of just stopped doing anything at all down there.

I shared the Basement Bar progress and after that, it was a lot of on-again, off-again (mainly a big OFF) type of work. Well, I picked up again a liiitttle bit in the fall and then stopped again before Thanksgiving to be able to focus on getting the house ready for the holidays where I shared our Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home and prepped for Christmas like everyone else – gathering wish lists, shopping, wrapping, baking, packing, etc. Does that list ever stop in December?
TIOB basement project - basement bathroom - marble tile & marble hexagon niche - reveal coming soon - This is our BlissBut now I can say the bathroom is ready finally ready so the reveal post will be coming very soon! I’m aiming for next week, so please stay tuned.

5 | Get to know me (more) + in-home photoshoot recap

Late into the fall, our wonderfully sweet and talented family photographer, Robin of Robin Joy Photography came over to do a mini shoot. of the house. with me in it. It felt super strange to have my picture taken without the boys or with anyone else, period. I felt like I was posing for senior pictures – Volume 2. You wouldn’t think I needed help feeling comfortable in my own home, but I DID! Robin helped me to relax and just be in the moment. I’ve wanted to share these pictures for a little while now, but other projects and posts took priority. I’ll be sharing some of my favorites from the shoot in the next week or so. She did an awesome job!

6 | 2015 To Do List Update!

At the beginning of 2015, I set up a number of goals for myself personally and professionally (for the blog), so thought it only be appropriate to share the progress I made and then reevaluate any lingering goals & half-finished projects to see if they are still priorities. Focus may have shifted for one reason or another and other things may have made their way to the top of the list. I love a good checklist, so I can’t wait to get this post ready to roll-out just to see how many checks I made!

Ok, so those 6 items are a done deal, but the coolest part about it all is that there is still so much on its way and even I don’t know about it yet! Inspiration finds me, an idea sparks and before I know it, a whole new project is in full-swing. This year is going to be busy, but awesome – I can just feel it!

While I admit I have a lot on my plate right now, I’ve never felt more energized and inspired to create and share my ideas with you guys. This blogging gig has slowly evolved and I can’t believe This is our Bliss will be celebrating its 2 year anniversary in March. What the WHAT?! I mean, it doesn’t even seem possible that I’ve been blabbing about my diy projects and decorating adventures and blasting it all out on the internet for nearly 2 years now! I truly believe I’ve fallen in love with this whole thing, especially all of you!

So thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there through the excitement, through the crickets and moments of a missing blogger! and for the words of encouragement & sweet comments. You are all just the best!!!

Cheers to 2016, everyone! May your year be filled with all things that make you happy!
2016 whats goin down at thisisourbliss.comSee you back here tomorrow to give you a glimpse of what’s going on in one particular room in our house right now! There is a REFRESH about to go down! I hope you’ll come back to check it all out!

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Year in Review: Top 15 Posts of 2015

Well, hi there! I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how good it feels to be back! I’ve tried to stay fairly active on FB & Insta, but I’ve missed actually blogging. There is something about sitting down at the computer and creating a post to share with the world!

Speaking of blogging,  let’s just say I have waaaay too many ideas brewing, projects slated and drafted blog posts to share with you all this year, I can barely keep from bubbling over with excitement! Before I dive headfirst into 2016, I thought I would spend a little time strolling down memory lane by sharing the top 15 posts of 2015. A glance back at last year at This is our Bliss.
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Buckle up and let’s get this 2015 party started (or is it already over?)! Either way, let’s celebrate a little and take a look back in case you missed any of my most viewed posts! Some are old, some are new, some are your faves and some are mine!
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To top off the list, its no surprise that Simon’s Nursery is still number one even though I designed his room and published his room reveal in 2014. Pinterest is the #1 traffic generator to my blog and pinners have gone nuts for this little guy’s bright and bold space! Hoping that some of the posts I actually published in 2015 pick-up and have some staying power like this!
Baby boy nursery closet - DIY nursery closet deatails  - navy green gray - This is our Bliss2 | Nursery Closet DIY Details

A few of these favorites are nursery related and the closet is no exception. After the Nursery Reveal post grew a following, I decided to dish on some of the details of how we created different aspects of the room. This popular post focuses on how we created the closet – the shelves we built, the rods we installed and the organizer we customized. I have actually seen a pretty amazing replica of his closet and I was extremely impressed. I’ll have to try to find it so I can share!
Merry bright and blissful holiday home 12 days of Christmas Tour of Homes3 | Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home

I created this series to showcase our house all decked and ready for Christmas. This particular popular post was the one where I participated in the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes. It was an incredible experience as it was my first home tour of any sort and the bloggers involved have been some of my idols for years! Being invited to join was definitely a pinch me moment of the year.
DIY playroom reading nook bookshelves - diy bookshelves from ikea spice rack - This is our Bliss4 | Playroom Reading Nook Bookshelves

This, too, is another 2014 project, but I added a 4th post to the Playroom Reading Nook series this year, which drummed up some activity on the other related posts. Gotta love a few $4 IKEA spice racks to keep the blog chugging along!
Little boy nursery pegboard gallery wall - DIY nursery decor - navy green & gray - This is our Bliss5 | Nursery Pegboard Gallery Wall

You guys are so into this nursery! Another popular post was when I broke down the details of the pegboard gallery wall that hangs over the dresser / changing area in Simon’s nursery. You can read up on how to create your own above! I have been contemplating putting another one of these up somewhere…basement play area? craft room office space? You’ll have to wait and see what I decide!
Merry Bright & Blissful Holiday home - front door - This is our Bliss6 | Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday Home | Front Door

Yay! I was thrilled that my holiday home series received so many views and so much comment love! I worked really hard to deck the house out this past holiday season and I feel like it paid off! I’ve already been scheming on Christmas 2016’s decor. #toosoon?!
Back to Basics - How to style a nightstand - 6 elements of a well-styled nightstand - bedside table - bedroom decor - This is our Bliss7 | How to Style a Nightstand

If you’ve been reading long or are an instagram follower, then you are familiar with my #blackwhiteandgoldalways hashtag motto. My nightstand totally reflects me, so sharing how I styled it for an awesome series I was lucky enough to be a part of this past September was a blast! Swing over thatta way if you want to learn my take on the 6 elements of a well-style nightstand. Bedside tables deserve some love too!
This is our Bliss My Home Style Christmas Tree Edition - bold neutral glam - thisisourbliss.com8 | My Home Style | Bold, Neutral, Glam Christmas Tree Edition

More Christmas! Yes! I shared our Living Room Christmas tree for the My Home Style Christmas Tree Edition during this past holiday season with 20+ other bloggers! It was incredibly inspiring to see everyone’s trees trimmed and decked to the nines and to hear the stories behind them.
Baby boy nursery closet - DIY nursery decor - navy green gray - This is our Bliss9 | Nursery Closet Organization Details

The second part of the nursery closet, I shared the details on all of the storage and organization – where to buy it, how the closet functions, etc. After so many comments and emails with questions, etc., I thought it only made sense to create a 2-part mini series on how this bright and bold lime green closet came to be!
Guestroom revamp - full bed & wall view - This is our Bliss10 | One Room Challenge Guestroom Reveal

This particular post signifies one of the most exhausting, exhilarating and rewarding experiences of my short little blogging career. I took the plunge last spring and participated in the One Room Challenge where I revamped our current guestroom, where I whipped that baby into shape in just 6 weeks! with a status report posted weekly! The comaraderie and super motivating support system I was a part of was incredible. The pressure was ON and if I ever felt like I wasn’t going to finish, or the room was going to be good enough or whatever! Someone was right there to pick me up and let me know I wasn’t alone! Late nights, lots of coffee and social media support got me through this one! Oh and my husband and my gf! I am instantly in a happy place when I walk into the room to prep and get ready for guests.
how to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - formal living room couch - gallery wall - elements of a well-styled coffee table - gold detail - back to basics - This is our bliss11 | How to Style a Coffee Table

Another post in the Back to Basics series. After several requests for more styling posts after the nightstand one, I decided to go this route. More styling tips in other spaces to come this year, too.
Welcome to the Jungle DIY bunting - safari jungle birthday party - first birthday party - Pretzel twigs - DIY party decorations - This is our Bliss12 | 1st Birthday Safari-style Soiree

My littlest (yes, the infamous, Simon!) turned one this past May and I shared the scoop from his 1st birthday party in this post – my favorite part were the shiny gold jungle animals! I love coming up with different birthday party themes each May and July for my little guys.
Playroom reading nook  playroom gallery wall  3 black frames  mini playroom picture wall  This is our Bliss13 | Playroom Reading Nook Light

This was the final (hopefully!) installment of the Reading Nook series and was actually my top Instagram post of the year. That light, I tell ya, really pulled the space together and finished it off just how I had envisioned a year before. Whoops. Its not a Rachael project unless it takes a year or more to complete! So happy with how it turned out and the boys love it, too!
DIY Guest laundry hamper - linen closet details - linen closet makoever - This is our Bliss14 | DIY Hamper

Our linen closet got a facelift this year and since gold is my jam, a gold laundry basket was created and placed inside. Read more to see how I made it!
this is our bliss basement project - paint & carpet sources - Sherwin Williams & Shaw Floors This is our Bliss15 | Basement Project | Paint & Carpet sources

Is your basement done yet?

Well, yes, it is. I just decided it would be more fun to hold out on you guys awhile longer. The basement has really taken shape this fall and I will absolutely, 100% be sharing more of the finished space very, very soon. You believe me right?! 😉

There you go! My top 15 of ’15!
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Which one was your favorite? What do you want to see more of in 2016?

Please share! I’m dying to know!  Thanks for being here today to reminisce and I hope you’ll come back again this week to see what is coming your way in the month of January and beyond in 2016!

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