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Holiday Gift Guide | Stylish Coffee Table & Accessorizing Books

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

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How to Style a Mantel | A Table Top Blog Hop

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!
How to style a mantle modern rustic family room This is our BlissWell, 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.
How to style a mantle - black white and gold display on rustic floating mantle - stacked stone This is our Bliss www.thisisourbliss.comNow let’s get to some visuals and the breakdown of my must-have mantel elements to accompany them!

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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.
How to style a mantle table top styling hop family room mantle styling stacked books and box black white and gold mantle This is our Bliss www.thisisourbliss.comIn 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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
How to style a mantle table top styling hop family room mantle styling layering and leaning with faux stems black white and gold mantle This is our Bliss www.thisisourbliss.comPut 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.
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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.
How to style a mantle - black white and gold display w pops of green on rustic floating mantle - stacked stone This is our Bliss www.thisisourbliss.comThe black and gold candlestick holders are also layered in front of the mirror for added depth and dimension.
How to style a mantle table top styling hop family room mantle styling stacked books and box black white and gold mantle This is our Bliss www.thisisourbliss.comI 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
How to style a mantle table top styling hop family room mantle styling and rug This is our Bliss www.thisisourbliss.comAlthough the TV is large and in charge, at least its my favorite color 🙂 I’m pretty happy with out it turned out!
How to style a mantle This is our BlissWhat 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!

Day One Bloggers:
Britt Kingery – Desk Styling
Up To Date Interiors – Sofa Table Styling
Pretty Practical Home – Console Table Styling
Domicile 37 – Bar Cart Styling
Casa Watkins – Coffee Table Styling
Day Two Bloggers:
Monica Wants It – End Table Styling
Shabby Grace Blog – Buffet Table Styling
Vintage Romance Style – Round Coffee Table Styling
This Is Our Bliss – Mantel Top Styling

More on the mantel, circling back on the master bedroom and so much more still coming your way!! Thanks for reading!
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New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge | Master Bedroom Week 1: Before Pictures + Inspiration Board

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!

New year new room Master Bedroom Refresh Design board - bold neutral glam with a pop of color | This is our Bliss - thisisourbliss.comsunburst 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

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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!

New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Participants:

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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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This is our Bliss Fall 2015 One Room Challenge Favorites

5 Fab Friday Finds [My Fall 2015 One Room Challenge Picks]

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!

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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!

untitledA Well Dressed Life | Home Office

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!

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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.

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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!

Slide12Holtwood Hipster | Home Office

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?

DSC_1233Evolution of Style | Girl’s Bedroom

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!
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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!

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How to add a few simple Fall touches

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 😉

Is it me or have we been talking about fall decorating for months now?!
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Formal Living Room

easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - this is our BlissThis 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…
dollar tree pumpkins - This is our BlissI added them to a stack of books…
easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - this is our Bliss…and then filled a thrifted vase (which ironically resembles a white pumpkin!) with a small bouquet of fall-colored flowers.
easy fall vignette - simply fall decor 1 - this is our BlissThat’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!)
easy fall vignette - simply fall decor - fall flowers - end table styling - fall flowers - this is our Bliss…and the flowers I picked up while at the grocery store one day. A touch of fall amidst my normal, everyday décor.
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Mantle

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!

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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?
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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!

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A Fall Mantel [at my parents’ house + how to “shop your house”]

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…
fall mantle - mixing metals - copper gold - rose gold vase - white pumpkins - This is our BlissI ended up shopping her house and before I knew it…the whole mantle was put together.
fall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold - mini pumpkins - gold sunburst - fall vignette - brass candlesticks - fall vignette - This is our BlissThe 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!).
fall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold 2 - gold sunburst - fall vignette - bronze owl figurine - fall vignette - This is our BlissThe 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.
fall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold - mini pumpkins - gold sunburst - fall vignette - This is our BlissThe rose gold vase was $6 in the floral section of the grocery store where I bought the flowers & mini pumpkins.
fall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold - mini pumpkins - rose gold vase - spider mums - fall vignette - fall vignette - This is our BlissThis 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).fall mantle - mantle styling - copper & gold - mini pumpkins - rose gold vase - stacked white pumpkins - fall vignette - fall vignette - This is our Blissfall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold - mini pumpkins - gold sunburst - fall vignette - brass candlesticks - fall vignette 1 - This is our BlissAnother look at the left side…
fall mantle - mantle styling - copper gold 1 - mini pumpkins - This is our BlissThere 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
    fall mantle - mixing metals - copper gold - rose gold vase - white pumpkins - This is our BlissTHAT, my friends, is how it’s done. Give it a shot! It is so much fun and the best part is – its FREE!
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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.
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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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Love the look?! | Coffee Table Styling Sources

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 😉
How to style a coffee table - sources - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Back to Basics - This is our BlissSo, 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!

How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Back to Basics 2 - This is our Blisshydrangeas [Costco] | gold faceted terrarium  |  crisp champagne candle |
How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - gold detail - coasters - Back to Basics - This is our Blissgold foil paper coasters [Homegoods  | similar] | coaster dish [thrifted] | pillar candle [Homegoods]
How to style a coffee table - coffee table styling - elements of a well-styled coffee table - Back to Basics - This is our Blisspierced metal candle holder [HomeGoods | similar here & here] | gold tray [similar]

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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!
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For more table styling inspiration…
How to style a nightstand - bedside table styling essentials - back to basics - This is our Bliss…take a peek at How to Style a Nightstand!

Thank you, thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll stay awhile and have a look around!
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How to Style a Coffee Table | Back to Basics Week #4

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!

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How to update an old Bookcase in 30 seconds | Back to Basics Week #3

I’m taking the word “basic” down to its core today. I mean, for real.

Aren’t we always looking for ways to give something a quick update without breaking the bank or taking up too much of our precious time? I feel that struggle ALL .OF. THE. TIME. Seriously, it’s just part of who I am, but I constantly have the urge to fuss with things around the house. Like Heather from Southern State of Mind puts it, “Can’t stop. Won’t stop zhushing my house.” Ain’t that the truth?!
Back to Basics Series Graphic - This is our Bliss - Southern State of Mind - Being Bianca - 11 Magnolia Lane - Heathered Nest - House by HoffToday is week 3 of our Back to Basic series where the 6 of us are giving our readers the low-down on some of our favorite tips, how-to’s and good-to-know’s for DIY’ng, decorating and all other things home!
Well, for my 3rd post in the series, I decided to go reaaaally basic.  No nightstand styling or pattern play fuss today!

back to basics - how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - shelf styling 3 - This is our blissInstead, I’m sharing a simple solution for how to update an old bookcase in 30 seconds for basically free. You could spend an entire day rearranging your bookcase knick knacks (like I recently did!), and another day painting the bookcase (if it needs it) and another few hours applying a patterned wallpaper or fabric backing OR you could take 30 seconds to make one small change and completely transform the look.

And the best part aside from it being a cinch – it only requires 2 things – a command hook & a piece of art. I mean we are talking about basics, right?

This itty bitty project will take your bookcase right from drab to fab and here’s how!

INSTRUCTIONS:

IMG_2648I had a package of these mini clear hooks laying around and they ended up being just the right size to fit along the middle section of the bookcase and would hold up an 11″x14″ frame.
*be sure to check the weight limit for the hooks you are using in comparison to the piece you are going to hang

Here is the bookcase before:
formal living room bookcase before - how to update an old bookcase - This is our blissformal living room bookcase before 1 - how to update an old bookcase - This is our blissAnd here are the simple steps I took to give it a quick facelift.

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That’s it! 30 seconds tops!

Does my “art” look familiar?! Things tend to shift around from time-to-time over here 😉
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - This is our bliss how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - formal living room after - This is our bliss how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - chatbooks - This is our bliss  I just love how fresh & modern it feels! I had to flip flop a couple of shelf styling pieces because of the white mat of the “I want to have adventures with you” piece was a bit too close to the new art…I needed to disperse all of the bright white.

how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - living room chair - bookcase after - This is our blisshow to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase 2 - This is our bliss…and my favorite little stack of books – my chatbooks. I’ll have to fill you in another time, but if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, you definitely should! That stack was created from my personal IG account, but at the Haven conference this summer, they had a chatbook created for each attendee. Such a special touch!
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - shelf styling - This is our blissIt’s not too big and not too bulky, but it adds some depth and dimension. It does slightly cover some of my bookshelf accessories, but I did that intentionally…allowing a few things to sort of “peek out” from behind it.

I was really happy with the bookcase before, especially after recently rearranging everything, but now there is a “pop”. That little something unexpected… which is what I love most about styling and décor. I certainly haven’t mastered this area of expertise, but I sure do admire those who have. For now, I’m having fun playing around as I hone my skills!
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - formal living room coffee table - This is our blissI’ll probably be shifting my shelves again any day now (just kidding! I mean, I just did it 2 weeks ago!) but I can change out the art as often as I want or even remove it completely if I get bored with it. I love command hooks for this reason. They are easy to use and 100% temporary!

I use them quite often for party decorations – like for holding up the ends of my DIY buntings I’ve made for my boys’ birthday parties (see a few here, here and here) and were used another time for a Thanksgiving bunting.

The books come in all sorts of colors and sizes, but I personally like the smaller clear hooks best. The are almost invisible if you aren’t placing something in front of them, like I did on the bookcase. They really do work like a charm!
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Are you digging up some hooks and running to your bookcase NOW?! I highly recommend you test it out…play around and see what you like. You might surprise yourself by trying something new!

So, do you have a bookcase and a half a minute to give this a shot?

And do yourself another quick favor and stop by and visit my awesome co-hosts and see what fun things they’re busting out to share today!

11 Magnolia Lane
Being Bianca
Heathered Nest
House by Hoff
Southern State of Mind
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If you are just catching up on our Back to Basics series today, see what you missed the last 2 weeks:
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How to mix patterns - mixing patterns - mix like a boss - back to basics - pattern play - This is our BlissWeek 2: How to mix Patterns

Lots more on the way this week, so please do come back again soon!
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A Fall Entryway

Hello out there! Welcome! I am so happy to have my fall entryway table styled, photographed and ready to share with you today! If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t typically go all out for fall, although I had fun styling our fall front porch last year. This year, I knew I wanted to decorate a few little nooks in the house and the entryway area was one of them!

If you follow me on instagram, then you may have seen a couple of sneak peeks, but I just couldn’t help myself! I joke that I am decades behind in my fall decorating here in the blogosphere, but you can’t win ’em all! However, I did just realize I didn’t post my front porch last year until October 30th…I guess I’ve come a little ways then 🙂

 I’m so happy this little nook of our house is fully decked out and ready for fall…and that I was able to complete this little space without too many interruptions from my little guys. Henry started preschool last week, and although Simon doesn’t really nap in the morning anymore, it is a tad bit easier to get things done around the house & here on the blog with just one little one running around! Preschool is a short 3 hours though, so I know I have to step it into high gear if I have a want to get through one task from start-to-finish. Although having lots of things going on simultaneously is the norm around here 😉 Buuut the fall entry is checked off the list and I think I will be wrapping up the front porch next…stay tuned!

Ok, lets get to the pics, shall we! Sidenote…there are lots of photos today. I recently bought a new camera lens so I was playing around (a lot) with these little vignettes. I hope you like it!

Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissHere are a few shots from the top shelf…
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissIll just come right out and say it…Not to discriminate or anything, but I love the left side of the top of the table!
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - oversized DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art -- open frame - This is our BlissThe oversized framed word art is a DIY that I will be sharing later this week…the white handled vase was a Goodwill find, that I painted white and “dipped” in gold (it was red to start!)…the leaves are from Pier1…the orange gourd (Michaels) is simply placed on a stack of books with a thrifted open gold frame resting in front of it…The little acorn art was printed from Graphicstock and put into a mini black, white and gold frame from HomeGoods…
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes -gingham fabric pumpkin - fall decor - This is our BlissThe black & wood rustic number “4” has been in our family room leaning on a floating shelf, but I decided it needed to be a part of this little fall party. I wanted to keep the color scheme black, white and gold, with a pop of orange and a few natural touches. $25 from HomeGoods, but I’ve had it for a over a year.

When I spotted the black and white gingham fabric pumpkin, there was not a question whether or not it was coming home with me. Nope, not one.
I bought an orange light-up pumpkin from HomeGoods a few weeks back and originally had it here, but I moved it to the family room once I found this natural colored one at Pier One.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 - fall decor - light-up pumpkin - This is our Bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - metallic artichokes - rustic number 4 - fall decor - This is our BlissThese metallic artichokes are also from Pier1. I hadn’t been in there for quite awhile, but did find a few gems that day. Copper, gold and silver ones are sitting inside my gold-dipped bowl which typically resides in the kitchen. Shopping your home at its finest!Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - view from the stairs - fall word art - This is our BlissMy black Hunter boots + leopard scarf are set off to the side to add a cozy, fall feel…that is…until I need to wear either of them!
Fall entryway - fall vignette - fall decor - boots & scarf - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our Bliss fall entry way table - fall entryway - fall vignette - table styling - this is our bliss Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY fall word art - framed word art - fall decor - This is our BlissI have a thing for “B’s” and “4’s”…If I find one I like, I usually buy it thinking it will just find its way somewhere in the house. Until you realize you have a “B” & a “4” in every room. Then you put them away for a little while, regroup and figure out which one needs to leave. This “B” was a gift from my parents and was pulled from my mantel.

The gold leaf bowl holds our keys or other personal items after we walk in the door and need a place to set them down. I always find that small trinket dishes or trays are a nice way to corral small, loose items and help you find them more easily.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissThe sun mirror is a thrifted find. I remember when I found this piece earlier this year, the girl that sold it to me asked if I planned to paint it. I told her, “Yes, it’ll probably end up gold.” and it almost did. I tried working it into the Guestroom revamp project, but it didn’t quite make the cut, so back to my stash it went. When I went digging this week, I came across it and just loved the coloring – antiqued autumn colors! Perfect! Just the right amount of color to pull together the leaves and the solo orange gourd.
I did take my gold Rub ‘n Buff Wax and run some along the inner edge with a q-tip. That stuff will do the trick every time. Especially when its not something you want to spray-paint in its entirety.
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - This is our BlissI really love how my DIY oversized fall word art turned out and can’t wait to give you the scoop soon!
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - oversized DIY fall word art - leaves - open frame - This is our BlissAnd here is a shot of the entryway table at night…isn’t this sort of dreamy?
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art - This is our BlissAnd there’s that left-side again 😉
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissThere it is! My fall entryway! [insert happy dance.] Now off to (frantically) tackle a few other things around here before the boys wake up!

Thank you for hanging out here for a bit today! I am working on a couple more posts to get out yet this week and don’t forget next Monday is Week #3 in our Back to Basics series. Check out my week 1 & week 2 if you missed!
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Check out below to see how I made a small change to my fall entryway…
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 …by adding in my DIY Fall Pillow! The orange plaid was just the perfect pop I needed on that bottom shelf!

What are your favorite spots in the house to deck out for fall? What colors do you like to use? Where are your go-to fall décor shopping stops?!

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