the STYLE mix | links from the week

Hello, hello! It’s Friday, y’all! You know what means…it’s time for the STYLE mix!

Oh, and it’s brisk baby!  Like sweater weather time here in Northern Illinois. Nothing puts a smile on my face more than opening up that front door and being greeted by fall in the morning!!

…And, good things are brewing over here at B @ H! I can’t wait to share with you in the following weeks…but enough about me…today is more about you!

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Let’s give it up for Laura Dro! She’s phat…(P-H-A-T)… For real, that print above, I’m in love! Oh, geez, what has gotten into me today?!

It has to be the ridiculously good mood I am in brought on by the autumn temps around here!

I sometimes wonder if I had my own radio talk show, would anyone listen to these ramblings? My nonsensical words would fill the minds of some audience comprising of 2 or 3 really bored people with nothing better to do– one being my mother.

Enough of this silliness! Let’s get to the links of week:

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Apples are on my mind. To be more exact, all the things I am going to make with all the apples we pick at the orchard this weekend. I spied this French Apple Tart recipe and think I need to make it for the boys.

BTW- I like dressing for occassions. The annual apple orchard trip is a chance to wear something that one would wear while picking apples…or what I think one wears to pick apples. It has to be completely impractical of course. As seen in the next photo…last year I went for Swiss Miss or some sort of milk maid…I think I have my activities confused.

milkmaid apple girl

 

Speaking of dressing for occassions…I have an event next week that I am excited to attend in NYC and I had to get this bright red skirt from Express!

A DIY geometric light fixture is something I want to incorporate into Sam’s room makeover and I really really like this DIY $10 Light Fixture for inspiration.

This pillow tutorial makes me want to stop staring at my sewing machine and actually use it!

I love marble and I love gold and this Ikea VITTSJO bookcase hack has both! It’s fab, you must see it!

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So, the hashtag project I started so I could spy into your pretty little homes is going swimmingly. Yep, I said swimmingly. I can at any moment grab my mobile device and look right into your homes without you knowing (insert evil genius laugh here…and here). I can’t help it, I am a born home interior stalker. If your shades are open on your windows at night and I drive by, I WILL slow down to see what the situation is in there. Beware…I could be anywhere. For all you know, I am looking at your home right now on my phone as I type this. (insert evil genius laugh here too)

Oh, Dans le Lakehouse, little do you know…wait!

What?!

Er…No!

I’m not looking at your awesome kitchen right now, or am I? (insert evil genius eyebrow raise)

Here’s my favorites from the #bhfavmoment feed this week…

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Okay, so I might have been staring at your kitchen Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse. You caught me!!!! You’re a turquoise goddess. It’s pretty fantastic, don’t you guys agree?

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I am totally in love with what Dusty from All Things G + D did here! Fall is in the air and I love this little glimpse of her fall decor.

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Pam from Simple Details always knocks it out of the park! I love her DIY tortoise vase. Yeah, it’s DIY!

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Courtney from  A Thoughtful Place is a rock star. She has designing spaces down and I love how she mixed things up in her bedroom.  This whole look is so soothing and I just want to curl up in that bed, but that might freak her out! She is way too sweet a person and we are not at that point in our relationship where spooning would be allowed.

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Isn’t this pretty? Erin from DIY on the Cheap made her own watercolor art and I love the way she styled it all too!

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Last but not least this week, Kathy from Up to Date Interiors shared her nightstand. It is so good! I love the art–all of it…it just works!

Keep those moments coming! I can’t wait to see what you share next!

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And so you don’t miss a thang…here’s what I was up to this week on B @ H:

Make your own pet station

MAKE YOUR OWN PET STATION

Styling | Hanging art on bookcase

STYLING | HANGING ART ON THE BOOKCASES

(or why Laura Dro is phat! P-H-A-T)

Geezsh! I told you the fall weather makes me ultra silly! I’m a sandwich full of crazy with a side of nonsense today! You brave people who actually read this post instead of scrolling to all the pretty pictures…my apologies!

Now I am going to pick some apples. Have a great weekend!!

Styling | Hanging Art on the Bookcases

Howdy! So, I was cooped up indoors yesterday. It was rainy and one of my kiddos had the dreaded tummy virus that has been going around. Needless to say we could not go anywhere. I got a little stir crazy and decided to rework my bookcases. Hanging art on the bookcases also happened.

I went into my storage room and saw one of my favorite pieces of art leaning against the wall. This Laura Dro Ikat Kaleidoscope print I had taken down to do some painting.  I never hung it back up because we went out East for the summer.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcase

I decided to reframe it and hang it up on the bookcase. I have been wanting to hang something there for a while now.  Just the pop of pattern and color that was missing!

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

 

This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the art almost 2 years ago. I just really love Laura’s textile-inspired abstracts. The colors are stunning and even the prints are of high quality and look like canvases. I really love supporting artists I admire.

 

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

I’ve been feeling lively and vibrant lately. My home definitely mimics my mood. With the exception of my kiddo getting sick, this house has been bustling with activity. It just feels right to showcase this print center stage.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

This print is still for purchase on Laura’s website: http://www.lauradrodesigns.com

You can also check out these awesome lucite trays that can be customized with a monogram and print selection. I just love them!

Doggy Organization with Zoey’s Pet Station

Hey buds! Zoey is quickly becoming top dog over here on B @ H. I’m a little jealous, but she is insanely adorable and a natural in front of the camera. It was only a matter of time before she would steal the show!

I just wanted to let you all know that you can see Zoey and her pet station over at Mohawk Flooring’s blog Creative Home today. I am sharing how we keep all her puppy supplies organized and within reach.

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She is totally into animal print (DUH! She’s a dog!) and is experimenting with pattern mixing too.

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You can see all the deets over at Creative Home! See you there!

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the STYLE mix | 09-05-2014

Happy Weekend!

Fall is in the air in Northern Illinois today. A cold front moved in and it is perfect mid-70 degree weather here. You know I am giddy with excitement!

It’s so great to be back in our home, back to working, a routine, back to blogging!

Here are some pretty fab things I’ve spied around the web this week and just had to share with you too!

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First off, a change of seasons means a new desktop image! Does anyone else get excited about doing this as much as I do?  I have to thank Kelly Christine Studio for sharing this fab desktop freebie that sports one of my favorite fall quotables from F. Scott Fitzgerald. You can visit their blog and download your own here.

My sweet friend Carrie did a fantastic table makeover using that awesome marble contact paper that we have all been singing praises about. She scored it on Amazon for $10 too, so I need to check that out!

I adored the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours Favorite Room Edition and one thing that caught my eye was this wall treatment from Michelle over at Iron & Twine. It’s easy and makes such an impact!

Thinking about the cooler weather coming makes me realize that my throw blankets are lacking. I am finding an excuse to buy this Pom Pom Hand Crochet Throw from Pottery Barn. I want to wrap up in it so very badly!

style-links-2 Now it’s #bhfavmoment time!! Again, you guys!! You just blow me away with how stylish you all are! It is so hard to choose just one of your images, so I made a command decision…I am going to share a few every week. Hey, I can do that because I am the rule maker ;)

First up this week is this gorgeous image from @sitamontgomeryinteriors! Everything she touches turns to gold I swear. Such a design talent! Her blog:  www.sitamontgomeryinteriors.com

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I love this little peek at this fun gallery wall and hello! Awesome chair! Thanks for sharing @kaylawtaylor!

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I love a good thrifty find and @brynalyn shared her latest score. Vintage and awesome! You can follow Brynne on her blog http://www.thegatheredhome.com.

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I am a sucker for a pretty entry way and some great abstract art and @shannon_burlapandlace always brings it! Her moment is styled perfection and the colors in her artwork are brilliant! You can see more at Shannon’s blog http://www.burlapandlaceblog.com.

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@homestylereport shared a glimpse of her closet makeover and I adore it. The warm wood tones against the gray and gold totally works! You can read more at Jenn’s blog http://www.homestylereport.com.

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Last but certainly not least is @jenniferdimplesandtangles. Jennifer shared this awesome image. Hello bamboo beauties and pretty pillows. You can read more at Jennifer’s blog http://www.dimplesandtangles.blogspot.com.

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Be sure to keep sharing those moments! I love seeing what you guys are up to in your homes. So much inspiration!

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And so you don’t miss a thing…this week on B@H…

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

DIY ENTRY WAY MAKEOVER

10-EASY-FALL-DECORATING-IDEAS 10 FALL DECORATING IDEAS TO TRY

 

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend!

10 Fall Decorating Ideas to Try

10-EASY-FALL-DECORATING-IDEAS It’s September and you know what that means…pretty soon it will be time for apples, pumpkins, and all the fall pretties! I admit, I already put apple cinnamon oil in the diffusers. I couldn’t wait!

Fall is my favorite season and in honor of my fall state of mind, I wanted to share some of the projects I’ve done over the past couple years. These are all easy and a lot of them you can do with the kids. Here are 10 Easy Fall Decorating Ideas for you to try…

ACORN MAGNETS

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist for fall!

GOLD LEAF AGATE SLICE COASTERS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

GLITTER PINECONES

10 easy fall decorating ideas

LIVE BRANCHES IN A VASE

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

TRIBAL PAINTED PUMPKINS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

FALL BUCKET LIST ON A CHALKBOARD WALL

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

THE 2 MINUTE FALL WREATH

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

MINI PUMPKINS IN A CLOCHE

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

LIQUID LEAF ACORNS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

SPRAY PAINTED CRAFT LEAF ART

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEASI can’t wait to try some fall ideas I’ve had in my head for a while now. I’m going to play around and maybe I’ll have another fall something to share with you soon.

Don’t forget…

Tomorrow is the STYLE mix. You can share your home’s “moment” on social media with #bhfavmoment and could be featured on Friday!

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Are you excited for fall weather and fun as much as I am??

Entry Way Makeover with a High End Look on a Budget

Hello! It has been a busy week here back home, but it has been a productive one too. Today, I am sharing my entry way makeover!!

As you know, I love a high-end look. This entire makeover was done on the cheap but looks expensive! By shopping my house and adding a couple budget finds here’s how I got the look…

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

One thing that has bugged me ever since we remodeled the living room is that entry way wall.  The brown stripes had to go!  They were too busy with the new things we had done and the color was all wrong now. I also was not a fan of how it was breaking up the flow between the entry way, hallway, and living room.

Entry Way before makeover to add flow

Entry Way After Makeover to create flow

I love this so much more! This whole makeover was achieved by shopping for just a couple bargains and by reusing items and supplies I already had on hand.

The first thing I did was paint the wall white to match the hallway.

Over the summer on the coast, I found this sunburst mirror on clearance at TJ Maxx for $29. I knew right away it would look fab gold and be great for over the console table.

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I gave it a gilded look with a coat of Valspar Metallic in Gold. I hadn’t worked with this gold spray paint before, but I really love the finish! A great color and sheen.

Entry Way Makeover with a a high end look on a budget

I really just shopped my house besides the mirror and a couple very inexpensive purchases. I snagged some sale orchids for $6.98 each to add some life back into this house.

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

The only other new addition is the green tassel. The gold ring hardware is leftover from a past furniture makeover.

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

Since we are remodeling, I had to put my office in storage right now, but my desk doubles as a chic console table. So, I am not too sad about having to mix things up a bit.

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

Entry way makeover done on a budget with a high end look

Entry way makeover with a high end look on a budget

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

 

This adds the flow that was so desperately needed to unite the living room, entry way, and hallway. What I love most is that the whole makeover cost me under $40 by shopping bargains and using items and supplies I already had at home.

Source list for this makeover:

Paint and wall color: Valspar Paint & Primer white right off the shelf (leftover from another project)

Desk: World Market Josephine Desk (purchased on sale $159.99)

Sunburst mirror: TJ Maxx (clearance $29)

Green tassel:  Hancock Fabrics ($1.99)

Gold desk hardware: D Lawless Hardware Eastlake Ring Pull ($4.29/each from another project)

Wall lamps: Craigslist (Free)

Black gold foil shades: Home Depot (discontinued)

Orchid: Lowes ($6.98 on sale)

Pillows: Nate Berkus for Target (out of stock)

Storage Cubes: DIY No Sew Recovered Storage Cubes

Blue & white Japanese planter and pot: flea market and Goodwill

Cement horse head: flea market

This is a really great example of how adding just a few key pieces and using what you have can achieve a whole new look! If you collect and buy things you really love, chances are you will want to use them over and over again.

Tomorrow, I am sharing some fall inspiration!

Blogger Stylin Home Tours | Favorite Room Edition

Hello and welcome if you are new to Bliss at Home today!

I’m excited to be part of another Blogger Stylin Home Tour and loved seeing Diane’s room from In My Own Style. She is such a talented decorator and the sweetest lady! If you are new to Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, boy are you in for a treat! This is a blog hop style tour that is filled with so much eye candy and inspiration from some very talented DIY and design bloggers.

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You are joining us on the last day of tours, but you can see the full list of participant links at the end of this post.

This time around we were asked to share our favorite room in our home and express why it is special and how it reflects our style. I knew right away what room I wanted to share! So welcome to my living room…

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What I love most about this room is that it is the place we spend a great deal of time in. It is the heart of our little home. It is the place everyone wants to be in together.

This room felt so dark when we bought this house, and now after a lot of DIYing and paint it is full of light. The large windows give such gorgeous warm light throughout the day. It really makes this room the most pleasant place to be in at our house.

Bliss at Home Living Room

I tweak this room from time to time, but the foundation is something I really love! The large windows, the fireplace, library wall, and original hardwoods and crown molding make my little design loving heart go pitter-patter! The bones are so good in this space. I love more traditional foundations mixed in with modern and eclectic pieces and this room is exactly that.

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The DIY Border Curtains I made for our summer rental were the perfect addition to these large windows. They frame them nicely without being too obtrusive. I always love to work black and white into my spaces. It’s definitely my go-to combo.

If you look closely you can see my cat-dog, Zoey, sun-bathing on one of her favorite perches.

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My most favorite place to sit is on our sofa and see this view above. Our DIY fireplace makeover was such a huge game changer for this space. I also love seeing the stenciled wall in our entry way.

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There are so many flea market and thrift store treasures that grace this space. So many furniture makeovers and art projects. I always think it’s amazing what you can do on a budget.

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One thing I do “splurge” on every week are fresh flowers. Roses are my favorite, but I mix it up from time to time. Add some roses and brass to a room and it is a place I want to be!

My coffee table is ever-changing, but it always has books, and interesting little curiosities.

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Even though I want to get a new sofa so very badly, I make this old one of ours work by adding some warm and polished touches.

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I can’t leave out the DIY Library Wall that really is what this room is about. We took the television out and installed the library wall. Books, music, and memories. This room is meant for conversation, relaxation, and enjoying our family.

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My youngest and the cat-dog were photo-bombing the entire shoot which was actually a lot of fun, but then I realized the little guy had rearranged the bookcases and pulled the receiver antenna out. Such is life, so the imperfection shines through. We definitely live in our house and the only time it looks perfectly styled is when I am working on a project.

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Another couple of zones in this room that are important that I can’t leave out. The bar. Dave surprised me with this vintage brass Italian bar cart a couple of years ago and it adds the party to this room.

bliss at home living room

As of recently, I had to move my desk in here. So, this is my temporary office while other things are going on in this house. I wanted to keep it protected and my other office pieces are in storage until I can have them out again.

Thanks so much for having me share my favorite place in our home with you today!

Next up on the BSHT Favorite Room Tours is Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.

Also, so you don’t miss at thing here are links to all the participants throughout the week. Check them out!

Monday, August 25th:
Tuesday, August 26th:
Wednesday, August 27th:
Thursday, August 28th: 
Friday, August 29th:

Have a fabulous weekend! We have been home from our East Coast summer of fun for just under a week now. It’s been busy, busy getting back into the groove of normal and getting the boys ready for the start of school next week. We are getting it done, and I will be back to regular blogging next week :) I missed you guys!

Next up Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

With a new fall season around the corner, we start to look at reinventing our indoor spaces again. Curtains are a great way to freshen up a room. They add warmth and texture, but window coverings can be very expensive. It’s great when you can find affordable ways to work this much needed staple into your home. Here is a round-up of 10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas that you can do on a budget!

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Malachite Curtains

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Border Curtains

#3

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Lined and Lengthened Curtains

#4

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Knock Off Crate & Barrel Cutains

#5

10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Lined & Pleated Curtains

#6

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Bed Sheet Curtains

#7

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Dyed Curtains

#8

10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Upholstered Cornice and Pom-Pom Curtains

#9

10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY 15 Minute Curtains

#10

10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Circle Pattern Curtains

So much great inspiration to dress those windows! I love it!!

I am enjoying the last few days of our summer break seeing the coast of Maine. Pretty soon I will be back home working on all my projects again while running the kids around in the mommy bus!

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Also, be sure to check out our home tour featured on Eclectically Vintage. Kelly has such a great blog and an amazing home! You must see it!

Happy Monday!

 

Featured on Eclectically Vintage Today!

Hey buddies!

Just wanted to share where I am today…

The talented Kelly of Eclectically Vintage featured our home as part of her wonderful Eclectic Home Tour series! I love that she shared our home in different stages and seasons :) Be sure to pay her a visit. Her blog is full of great inspiration and style!

This image is from her home tour and trust me, you will want to check that out!

PLEASE PIN FROM HER BLOG

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See you over at Eclectically Vintage!

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