My first contributor post is LIVE today at Polished Habitat! Head on over to Coffee Table Styling Two Ways to check out my tips for creating two completely different looks for your coffee table. I’m sharing key elements to achieve each look, as well as listing all the sources for the pieces you see in all of my photos plus a few go-to interior styling faves! Continue reading
*This post was in collaboration with Cost Plus World Market, however all thoughts, opinions and outright swooning are my own! This is our Bliss is a proud member of the Cost Plus World Market Blogger Trendsetter Tribe.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial nod to the start of Summer and if you are anything like us, we like to be OUTSIDE as soon as the Midwest weather starts cooperating! Having a comfortable and stylish outdoor space is important since it truly is an extension of our home in the warmer months. I started sprucing up our deck when I was at my local Cost Plus World Market store hosting an in-store DIY demo and fell head-over-heels in love with this outdoor pillow! I’m telling you, inspiration can strike at any time! You may remember it from when I shared it in my Fab Friday Finds Summer Stylin’ post! Continue reading
Hello! Get ready for things to start picking up around here. My favorite time of the year is upon us and I can’t wait to kick off the holiday season on the blog with you today with my first Holiday Gift Guide of 2016!
Do you need to spice up your living room coffee table or could your shelfies use an upgrade? Have you ever struggled with ideas for your own holiday wish list or with what to give your bestie, mom, sis or aunt that loves to decorate their house, but seems to already have the perfect styling accessories?!
Raise your hand! Yes! Me too. Continue reading
So, I’m probably doing this all wrong…completely backwards, but today I am sharing my newly styled mantel! If you are coming over from Iris Nacole, then welcome! If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, then you’re probably wondering why I’ve been talking about this “new” mantel (and not just the styling) without every showing the old one!
Well, today is Day 2 of the How to Decorate Any Table or as we are referring to it — #ourtabletophop! Since we do have this new mantel and Christmas mantel decor is GONE, I’m sharing my slightly modern take on styling a slightly rustic mantel using my go-to colors — black, white and gold. And my next post, will be the journey of the mantel – before, during and after (whoops you are seeing those today!) photos.
Now let’s get to some visuals and the breakdown of my must-have mantel elements to accompany them!
1 | Lean back.
Place a piece of art, a funky mirror or a beautifully framed family portrait at a slight angle and rest it against the wall.
In this case, I actually placed this geometric overlay mirror on a “stack” (see #2) and then leaned it.
2 | Stack it up.
Grab a few books from your bookcase and stick them here. You could lay them down and also place 1 or 2 of them upright next to the stack. Here, I used one book and one decorative storage box. I wanted to add some height, as well as an itty bit of typography (in the spine of the book + it reads my mantra).
Just be careful that your mantel is deep enough to house your stack. You don’t want them to hang off the front. Mine do just a teensy weensy bit, but you can hardly tell. Use your best judgement here.
3 | Vary the height.
I had this pair of candlesticks that I used on my Christmas Table, but I wanted them slightly staggered, so I placed one on the far left side of the mantel and the other one on top of my “stack”. You can purposely vary the height of like items or use various sized items. Either option is great!
4 | Pattern play.
The bold black lines of the mirror contrast nicely with the soft white and metallic gold floral print + one random bird?! on the box.
I love mixing prints. seriously. love. So why not on the mantel?
5 | Make it pop.
A cohesive color scheme is a good idea here since it is one long surface. Carrying similar colors across the entire length of the mantel helps achieve balance and demonstrates a well-thought out styling vision. I’m using classic black and white with pops of gold and green. Its super neutral so any color can be added in for seasons, holidays and my ever-changing moods. Right now, pretty pink tulips would look pretty fab up here.
6 | Stems down, greens up.
Freshly cut stems or a vase of flowers are lovely, but I also adore the look of a couple of faux greens sticking out of a simple cylinder vase. They add height, freshness, texture and dimension to your styled surface.
Put them anywhere and everywhere in your home for a pulled-together, finished look.
7 | Double “u” – unique & unexpected.
I placed the mini gold planter with faux greens on the left side and wanted a touch of gold on the right to balance it out like I mentioned in #6, so I grabbed the stack of 4 mini dishes out of my kitchen cupboard and set them next to the clear vase. They sort of naturally tipped to the right and I decided it was meant to be.
They dishes are textured, and also a different look and shape than anything else on the mantel. My eye is instantly drawn to that second “stack”… just because its something subtly unique, while bold and blingy at the same time!
8 | Layer away.
Again, more leaning pieces, but this time I layered a smaller framed photo in front of a larger framed piece of art. Both in black and white with the back piece intentionally covered up by the various accessories in front.
The black and gold candlestick holders are also layered in front of the mirror for added depth and dimension.
I didn’t have a lot of room to play with larger frames due to the width of the mantel and the giant ELEPHANT in the room right now!! That TV!! I honestly hate having an enormous screen mounted above the mantel because it totally IS the focal point in the room. Who wants their flatscreen as their focal point? Due to the layout and size of the room, we had zero alternative locations for it.
So….my styling suffers because of it. Half kidding. The styling doesn’t necessarily suffer, but it does limit the possibilities for size and shape of objects to use around it. The biggest drawback is you can’t have anything covering the little red light. Otherwise, the remote doesn’t work. #heavenforbid
Although the TV is large and in charge, at least its my favorite color 🙂 I’m pretty happy with out it turned out!
What do you think? Do you, too, struggle with what to put on your mantel especially around a TV? What are your go-to items for decorating it? Do you do seasonal or holiday mantels?
If you are just waking up to my post or maybe reading while you’re winding down after a long day, be sure to pop over to the start of the hop, which was yesterday, Day 1 and then work your way through Day 2 until you end up right back here! The looks are so beautiful and are gushing with inspiration!
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.
I 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.
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!
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…
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.
Well, 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.
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!
sunburst mirror | nightstand art | lamps | vase w/ greens | left nightstand | gray euro pillows | black, white & gold geo pillows | right nightstand | curtain panels | pink stool | striped throw | white bedding | large colorful minted print | Vintage “3” | white square frame | “life is meant to be lived” word art | wood framed art
[affiliate links were used above]
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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Talk about an upswing of beautiful room photos in blogland and across Pinterest last week – have you seen them?!!! I’m talking about the One Room Challenge reveal photos!
My jaw is still on the ground
No, really. They were that good.
Although I chose to sit this round out [see my Spring ORC reveal here], I have such an admiration for the dedication, creativity and downright skills these bloggers displayed during the fall challenge. 6 weeks and more blood, sweat and tears than I care to recollect! Linda from Calling it Home hosts this phenomenal challenge twice a year and I couldn’t let myself fully getting into holiday decorating mode without absorbing some of this design & décor greatness!
Without further ado, here are just a few of my favorite room reveals!
If this were my office, I might actually jump out of bed & sprint to work each morning, of course with a quick pit-stop by the coffee maker! I can’t get over all the details – the gold dipped AND gray stripe dresser, the perfectly styled bookshelves and on the other side, the prettiest, bold & blingy metallic curtains. All I can say is, simply stunning!
This is seriously the most gorgeous tiny space I’ve ever seen? It looks like a luxury boutique hotel, but nope. Its just the newly revamped laundry & linen closets in Blue I Style’s home. The black and white (<3) with pops of green make my heart go pitter patter.
And this isn’t even half of it! Talk about a little girl’s DREAM room! From the pale pink walls, to that CHAIR and don’t get me started on the gallery wall curated to perfection on the other side of the room above the bed. You must. go see. the rest. NOW!
I stopped dead in my tracks when I laid eyes on this office. The black, white and gold were singing to me in perfect unison through the computer screen. And that chair! It brought back happy thoughts of my cane chair makeover from earlier this year. The gallery wall ledges and storage baskets are functional AND fabulous! When it comes down to it, isn’t that what the inside of your home should be?
And because I couldn’t help but fall for another little girl’s room 🙂 #boymom Isn’t this so lovely? The pillow game is on point and that bedside table! Jenny is a painting extraordinaire so I didn’t expect anything less! The room is light fresh with subtle pops of bright and bold brilliance. I think I’m going a little coo-koo crazy for pink!
Like I said, these are only a small representation of my favorites – if you want to see more One Room Challenge goodies, go here. And I you missed any of the select 20 designer/bloggers rooms revealed last Wednesday, then you must go here, too!
I hope you enjoyed all of this eye candy as much as I did. Some serious inspiration if you are redoing a room in your home or even just a little minor décor sprucing!
Happy Friday, everyone! Excuse me while I go start planning my Spring 2016 One Room Challenge right quick 🙂 Oooorrr, start holiday décor scheming and Christmas shopping from the couch!
I don’t go all out and fall-ify my house to the 9’s, but I do like to add a few simple touches. Every house needs a little fall-ification, right?! But it CAN be done quickly, simply & on the cheap. With the exception of my fall entryway with the addition of a large DIY Fall word art piece, I try to use what I already have! I’ll break it down and show you 2 spots in our house where fall is taking on more of a supporting role 😉
Formal Living Room
This little fall vignette was created on the end table next to the couch in our formal living room. I started with 3 dollar tree pumpkins…
I added them to a stack of books…
…and then filled a thrifted vase (which ironically resembles a white pumpkin!) with a small bouquet of fall-colored flowers.
That’s it. I had the vase, bought the pumpkins (which I was going to makeover with gold spray paint or craft them up in some way, but sometimes its nice to leave things as is – I didn’t want to add another project… no, not even a 3 minute project + I have plenty of gold around here ha!)
…and the flowers I picked up while at the grocery store one day. A touch of fall amidst my normal, everyday décor.
Although I did just style a fall mantel at my parent’s house last week in Arizona, but around here, I don’t really have one. At least one that’s not decked out. I did add a few leaf stems (Pier One) to a mercury glass vase (HomeGoods) I have had for a year or so & plopped a few pumpkins next to it. The metallic ones were from the $1 spot at Target last year and the chevron glitter one, I picked up from Hobby Lobby (50%) a few weeks ago. I used what I had except for spending a few dollars on a fun, glitzy little pump!
And if you are still over-thinking your fall decor, here is my list for ways to add SIMPLE FALL TOUCHES & not break the bank while doing it:
1 | Toss a fall pillow to the couch (plaid, fall colors, pumpkin, typography, etc.)
2 | Add a throw blanket to a chair (plaid, fall colors, wool, etc.)
3 | Scatter mini pumpkins in various places (pick up a few at your local grocery store – white ones are super neutral & orange pumpkins give you that fall “punch” or pop of color)
4 | Fill a bowl with pumpkins & gourds
5 | Fill a vase with acorns
6 | light a pumpkin scented candle
7 | Hang an autumn wreath on your front door
8 | Fill a large vase with fall-colored flowers as a centerpiece on your table (or split the bouquet up and make 3 smaller arrangements & put in 3 different rooms)
9 | Add a pot of mums to your front porch
10 | Hang a fall dish towel on the outside of your oven door
What simple fall touches do you add to your home around this time of year?
If you follow me on instagram, then you saw I was away on vacation for the past 9 days. After a lovely trip away with family, I came to the realization I have a bit too many things going on right now around the house and in life in general. Obviously, when life gets busy, that busyness can quickly turn into feelings of stress & anxiety. And no, I don’t want that to happen! So, now that I’m back, I’ve decided my #1 goal is to finish up all of the UNfinished projects I have in the works and start making some big CHECKS on my to-do lists. I’ll be the first to admit, I oftentimes take on too much. Like start 10 new projects while 25 are barely halfway complete. I want to be able to blog about projects I am naturally working on and not feel like I have to create something brand new each and every post. I want to be able to share with you the real things going on over here and also, get back to all of the posts where I have maybe left you hanging…
Did she ever finish that?
What does it look like now?
Whatever happened to this idea?
That sort of thing. I want to simplify a bit and make use of ideas, supplies & décor pieces I already HAVE, without bringing more into the house (or my mind, if I can help that!)
So, I am unfortunately not going to be taking part in the Fall One Room Challenge. I mentioned last week, I was going to make a game-time decision and that decision was a no. It was going to be too much for me to take on right now. I am however, going to be cheering from the sidelines because they are some AMAZING rooms being transformed right now and I can’t wait to see the reveals in week #6. Eek!
So please hang with me. My goal is still to keep this little blog machine running, but circling back to finish up where I left off is going to be my focus for the next few weeks. Please come back and see where things are headed!
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!
Apparently, I can’t hold back my urge to splash a little fall around the house – even while on vacation. If you follow me on instagram, then you probably know we are visiting my family in Arizona right now. Yay for vacay!
The 4 of us are here at my parent’s house and my husband is facilitating a training class out of his company’s Phoenix office this week – it worked out perfectly to be able to spend some time in the sunshine! My parent’s live in Iowa the majority of the time and typically come down here for 2 – 4 weeks at a time off and on throughout the winter months. We’ve spent spring breaks and winter breaks down here for as long as I remember, since my grandparents and my mom’s 2 sisters have lived in AZ full-time since the late 80’s. It’s like home away from home and now with the my husband’s company recently creating their Southwest corporate location here, its a win for us all!
So back to fall decorating…sorry for the detour! We were at Safeway grocery shopping over the weekend and I spotted several barrels of mini pumpkins near the floral section. I so LOVE mini pumpkins…they are theee cutest little things & can be used in so many ways for fall decorating. I also grabbed some spider mums, a small rose gold vase (couldn’t resist) & the sack of mini pumps.
Thinking I would just sprinkle a few pumpkins around their house and enjoy the flowers this week.
Then this happened…
I ended up shopping her house and before I knew it…the whole mantle was put together.
The copper plate was already mounted above the mantel – a Southwest art show find last year…so I guess it was pretty much blank slate which made it easy to start styling.
My mom & aunt recently scooped these 3 brass candlesticks up from a realtor friend who sold them to her for $10 – they were just sitting in her garage! They are waaaay too pretty to be hiding away in a place like that. My mom then left them in her garage until I came down here and rescued these brass triplets again! I need to figure out how to sneak them home in my suitcase 😉
The sunburst mirror (HomeGoods) is simply leaning on the mantel and creates some dimension – a layering effect. It was swiped off the wall from in between 2 framed photographs in my mom’s hallway – a small wall I styled while I was down here in August helping her decorate this new house (more on that trip soon!).
The owl…well he’s normally perched on my mom’s kitchen counter. She picked the owl candle holder up at Bath & Body Works sometime last year.
The rose gold vase was $6 in the floral section of the grocery store where I bought the flowers & mini pumpkins.
This cage / vase / urn thing is one of my favorite pieces of my mom’s, although she can’t remember where she got it! I can picture it being styled with all sorts of fun gems throughout the year for each season & holiday. It normally sits in one of her built-in niches in the family room. It is super lightweight so can be transferred around the house quite easily – something very important to keep in mind while shopping your house!
The pewter “book” (Ross) was resting on a shelf in a bookcase in my parent’s bedroom. I grabbed it to use to add some height to the right side. A stack of books are great props for styling (see how I use books for nightstand styling & coffee table styling).Another look at the left side…
There it is again – a mixed metals fall mantel almost completely pulled together from shopping the house!
If you aren’t on board with this notion yet, then I highly suggest you start practicing!
If you aren’t familiar – here is what it means to “shop your house”:
- shifting things around to different spaces or rooms
- pulling things out of storage to use again after they’ve been packed away because you were tired of it, but didn’t want to get rid of it
- grouping new & different things together to make it look fresh & appealing
- using something you already have, but zhushing it up a bit – creating some sort of DIY project to transform what you already own to give it a new look
THAT, my friends, is how it’s done. Give it a shot! It is so much fun and the best part is – its FREE!
Are you a professional or novice when it comes to shopping your house? Do you pull things from other rooms or do you have a stash of décor items to rummage through?! Please share – I love doing this and want to know where my fellow “shop your house” peeps are!
You can check out my Fall Entryway here.
P.S. I am still unsure about taking the plunge and taking part in the Fall 2015 One Room Challenge as a Linking participant. It starts tomorrow and I am sooooo nervous to commit! I guess we’ll see what I decide tonight – EEEK!
Check out my Spring 2015 One Room Challenge Reveal if you aren’t sure what level of decision I have on my hands at the moment!
Thanks for reading, friends! Please come back soon 🙂
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Although it IS national coffee day, the only coffee I’m serving over here is the scoop on my coffee table accessories. Get it? Scoop?! HA! I know…so terrible…Ok, moving on…
I sure do hope you guys enjoyed the Back to Basics series I was fortunate enough to be a part of these past 4 Mondays in September. I learned so much about different styles of blogging and new ideas for types of posts to create. The other awesome part…the tips! These girls brought some serious how-to-DIY-tutorial-basic-business GAME! I too, now have a few new tricks up my sleeve! You aren’t the only ones 😉
So, to officially wrap up my portion of the series, I am sharing the sources for my coffee table styling accessories you saw here yesterday. So, shop on!
hydrangeas [Costco] | gold faceted terrarium | crisp champagne candle |
gold foil paper coasters [Homegoods | similar] | coaster dish [thrifted] | pillar candle [Homegoods]
pierced metal candle holder [HomeGoods | similar here & here] | gold tray [similar]
Did I miss anything?! I am planning to do a full living room tour sometime in the near future, so I will be able to include more sourcing for this space including the accessories from the recent peek at newly updated bookcase!
More fall goodies and yes, basement talk are on the way soon, too!
For more table styling inspiration…
…take a peek at How to Style a Nightstand!
Oh my! These 4 weeks sure did come & go! I can’t believe the month of September was here and then, poof, gone! With 3 of the 5 weekends of the month spent out of town, I literally feel like I blinked and it was over. I’m going to hang on to these last few days for dear life. I am not ready for the cold! Hopefully Chicago can hold out until November!
I am so glad you joined me here today for the very last post of our 4 week Back to Basics series!