Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge

I’ve been busy behind-the-scenes preparing for the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge! Things are becoming quite sparkly and colorful around these parts as I finish up and get ready to shoot it all this weekend.

Once I completed my Halloween/Harvest Home Depot Style Challenge I rolled right into holiday mode! Be sure to pop on over to the Home Depot blog and catch up on all the great Halloween/Harvest Style Challenge ideas!

What kind of blogging bud would I be if I didn’t at least give you guys a little peek at what has been consuming a good bulk of my time?!

Home Depot Hoiday Style Challenge Sneak Peek Bliss at Home

Several neighbors have already asked why I have a Christmas tree in my window and I really want to say it’s because I just really love Christmas!

I’ll keep you guys posted when the series kicks off and I may put a few more teasers on Instagram…we’ll see…

For now, I wish you all a wonderful weekend! I am hoping to fit a hike in with the fam since the fall colors are brilliant right now!!

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event

Traveling…traveling…I’ve been a-traveling! It’s been such a fun experience these past few months with Bliss at Home! Today, I wanted to share my trip to New York City for the 2014 Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Workshop and Party. This was an all-day event hosted by BHG in their New York offices in Midtown and it ended with a fabulous party at the Gansevoort Park Hotel.

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My trip started the day before the event. After flying in, I met up with my roomates Kelly from View Along the Way and Darlene from Fieldstone Hill. I love these girls to bits! A girl couldn’t ask for more sweet and fun buds!!

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event Darlene, Kelly, and yours truly.

We met up with a group of bloggers in town for dinner and then had a magical evening on the rooftop of the Kimberly Hotel for drinks and girl talk.  Darlene’s good friend, Caroline, who lives in the city, was our guide and so wonderfully sweet to spend time with us. I just love the energy of the city at night and we had the perfect view of the Chrysler Building and NYC skyline.

#BHGstyle in NYC

Our day started early the next morning with a breakfast at the BHG offices. 70 of us home, food, and fashion bloggers got to gab the morning away.

My sweet blogging friend, Jen of iheartorganizing.com, and I showed up wearing the same skirt and leopard heels…I feared if there was a side by side “who wore it better” her darling beauty and petite frame would win that style match-up! We made light of it and yes…she wore it better!

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The workshop portion of the day was full of great tips and really inspiring. We each got to select sessions ahead of time and we spent the day in small groups going from session to session. I really, really loved this part! The sessions were led by BHG editors and we got to hear about how they do things at the magazine as they shared their processes and tips. Some really great conversations sprung from these groups. Oh, and Eddie Ross…he is just as awesome and talented as you think he would be! His styling session was tops on my list!

After our workshop sessions wrapped up, we went to the Better TV studio and got to hear from 3 of the stylemakers featured in the September issue. Nate Berkus led the discussion and it was fun to hear their perspectives.

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker EventThe panel from left to right:  Gen Sohr, Gaby Dalkin, Susan Feldman, and Nate Berkus…but I think you already know that!

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event

Our eventful day wrapped up with a fabulous party at the Gansevoort Park Hotel. It was decked out with fab furnishings and was the perfect way to celebrate our time with BHG.

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event 2014Do you see my tall blondness above?? See if you can spot me!

Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker Event 2014

It was a whirlwind of a day and I am so happy Better Homes & Gardens invited me to this fabulous event! I got to spend time with blogging buds and meet and learn from the people behind the magazine I love. Doesn’t get much better than that!

So, pinch me! I am loving the journey and so glad I can share it with all of you!

You can get all the BHG Stylemaker behind-the-scenes by following #BHGStyle on Instagram and social! Photos in this post provided by photographer Avi Gerver.

Halloween/Harvest Home Depot Style Challenge Time!!

Hey,hey! I’m kicking off the Halloween/Harvest Home Depot Style Challenge today on The Apron (Home Depot’s blog)!! I’ve been hinting and teasing a bit on Instagram and now you can see what I’ve been up to these past weeks. I’m giddy with festive fall spirit over here and I can’t wait for you to see it all!

Home Depot  Style Challenge Outdoor Harvest Party

Join me over at The Apron for the kickoff of the Halloween/Harvest Home Depot Style Challenge!!

And…

I am also over at Krystine Edward’s blog today for her fun “Guess Whose Dropping in for Coffee” series. Come on over and chat with us!

Happy Fall Buds!!

Home Depot Style Challenge

I’m just popping in this lovely Saturday to let you know that I will be kicking off the Halloween/Harvest Home Depot Style Challenge this Monday!

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This popular series is a must-see and Home Depot always showcases some amazing talent! I am so honored to be participating in my first Home Depot Style Challenge!

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to this last month! You can see the details on this year’s participants by visting The Apron, Home Depot’s awesome home improvement blog.

Here’s a little taste of things to come Monday…

Home Depot Style Challenge Sneak Peek | Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home

I look forward to sharing with you this Monday!

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

Happy Weekend buddies! Today, I am sharing a special little project I did for my little family. Here is our simple fall mantel and our DIY Gratitude Tree we made for the month of November. I had some fun trying the new Dremel Micro 8050 for this project and will show you how it gave this an extra special touch.

One thing that is really important to Dave and I as parents is to instill the importance of gratitude in our children. So, for the month of November, I wanted to have a present and open dialog about this in our home. We came up with the idea of the “gratitude tree” to help keep the conversation going.

For the 30 days of November, at the end of each day…probably around the dinner table…we are going to have one family member write down something they are thankful for, an act of kindness they showed, a prayer request, or simply something they love. We made 30 felt leaves and have a marker handy to start writing them down. The tree will be a reminder in our home of this and I hope the kids enjoy this idea.

DiY Gratitude Tree To add something more to our tree, I made some wooden ornaments with our names on them. To me, one of the things I am most thankful for in this world is our little family. I played around with the Dremel Micro and here is how I engraved our names into the wood. I went for a rustic look and wanted the printing to reflect that. Almost like a burned in look.

 

Dremel Micro

 

The Dremel Micro 8050 can tackle a lot of things. The Micro 8050 is also fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories.

Here’s a little breakdown of the attachments that come with it.

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As you can see it can do a lot of different things on all kinds of surfaces like plastic, wood, metal, etc. For the purpose of this project I used the engraving attachments. I chose the smallest engraving bit and got started.

I practiced for another project by writing cursive in pencil and tracing over it with the engraving tip. I found that using it at speed 20 was the sweet spot for the wood I selected.

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I used the same method on these little wooden triangles that you can pick up at your nearest craft store. I just wrote our names in pencil and engraved over the writing with the Dremel Micro.

The built-in LED light is perfect for detail work like this. It casts a clean and light as you are working.

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It was really easy to use the engraving bit and all I had to do once I finished is clean the sawdust off. I traced back over the engraving once I was done to darken it a bit. I just added a band of gold paint at the bottom for a little extra touch.

Now our little gratitude tree sits in our home ready for a month of giving, reflecting, and thankfulness.

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree

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Painting the Exterior of Our Home and a GIVEAWAY!

Paint the exterior of your house yourself!

I’ve been busy, busy making and styling and photographing for an exciting project that will be revealed soon! It’s been pretty labor intensive and amongst all the design fun, I needed to get the exterior foundation of our home painted. Painting the exterior of our home has been on the to-do list for quite some time and life has just gotten in the way.

Painting the exterior of your home

Not having a lot of extra time to spare, it was HomeRight to the rescue! I used the HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 Airless Paint Sprayer to get the job done. I had 2 areas of wall to coat where our basement walks out to our wrap around patio.

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The HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 is the go-to paint sprayer for painting the exterior of your house. It makes taking on that huge job a lot easier and you are saving money by not hiring out.

Normally, I would have Dave handle this for me while I work on my project, but he has been out-of-town a lot on business and on this particular day he was traveling. To my relief, the sprayer was extremely easy to figure out and put together.

The only hiccup I had was that I didn’t tighten one of the ends of the hose tight enough the first application I tried to do… so, I had a little paint mess to clean up. Just a lesson learned–MAKE SURE YOU TIGHTEN THE HOSE PROPERLY.

Other than that, it was easy! There isn’t much prep except attaching the hose and the spray gun. The directions are really clear on how to prime it before you use it. You will want to keep a bucket on hand for priming the sprayer and clean up.

How to paint the exterior of your home

The best part is it only took me under 10 minutes to spray a little over a gallon of paint! The paint went on smooth and I only had to do one coat. I did use a good quality exterior paint which I think also makes a difference.

painting the exterior of your home

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This is a sponsored post and giveaway for HomeRight. As a HomeRight Ambassador, I love to share the HomeRight products with my readers that have made my projects easier. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge & Link Party

Hello, hello! Today, I am excited to announce that I am participating in a 6 week room makeover challenge charmingly named Fall in Love! 18 bloggers and I will take one room in our homes and completely make it over from top to bottom! Sounds like fun, right?!

That is one talented group of design bloggers and I am excited to get to work and follow along with their makeovers! We will update you on our progress from time to time and the big reveal is planned for November 3rd.

So, now the next question is what room am I making over???

Well, let’s delve into the dark side of home blogging, shall we?

It’s time to be accountable and share with you my BLOGGER SECRET SIN!!

I started makeovers on both of our kids’ rooms before we left for Connecticut. That 3 months of not being at home thwarted all my blogging plans. C’est la vie!

Both rooms have sat unfinished to my kids’ dismay. So, this makeover challenge comes at the best time because I can finish one of those rooms. Since timing is falling around some other things going on in my blogging schedule, I have chosen to finish little Sam’s bedroom.

By the looks of this photo you would think that his room is finished…

Fall in Love Makeover - Little Sam's Room Makeover

Oh, but it is soooo not! I put this together quickly for a furniture review and giveaway of that Holly + Martin bookcase. I actually painted one wall and trim, just so I could get my post done in time before we left for the East Coast. Yes, that is my blogger secret sin!

On the other side of this photo, nothing is done! It is a sad little room, but we have some great plans for it!

Fall in Love Room Makeover and Link Party

IN THE NEXT 6 WEEKS I WILL…

PAINT ALL THE WALLS (NOT JUST THE ONE)

DIY A CEILING LIGHT

MAKEOVER HIS CLOSET

GET NEW BEDDING

MAKE A WINDOW TREATMENT

ADD IN PERSONAL TOUCHES THAT WILL MAKE HIS SPACE SPECIAL

My youngest is a dreamer. He loves to be active, but he also has a softer side. He loves animals and nature. His room will have a very nature-inspired vibe to it. When I gave him a design consultation to see what his style was like…(yes, it was the cutest thing ever!) I was so surprised by his taste. This kid has the coolest style! He wanted black and white walls; he leaned towards Mid-century furnishings and Scandinavian decor. His biggest concern was to have a teepee and a place for all his buddies.

So, that’s the plan!

Now, you can click on the links below and see what all these talented ladies are planning on doing…

Home + Style Report

Also, I just had one of my fall projects featured on bhg.com!! Check out this gallery to see all the great fall ideas!

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours | Fall Home Tour

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Welcome!

It’s time for the Fall Edition of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours! If you are coming from Kelly’s blog Eclectically Vintage, I hope you enjoy seeing my somewhat unconventional take on how I am welcoming fall into our home this year.

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

Truth be told, I have several projects in the works right now. I can’t share the details just yet, but I can let you in on what’s been going on very soon. Promise!

With that said, I haven’t had a ton of time shop for fall decor… nor do I want to. I love fall staples like pumpkins and gourds, but our stores just started to put these out. It seems too early to me. I’m more of a October pumpkin buying kind of girl.

This fall, I am really feeling a different approach to cozying up our nest.

Fresh and modern fall inspiration

 

While out thrifting one day, I found a gorgeous silk embroidered Spanish shawl or piano shawl…I’m not quite sure its original purpose. The floral design just screamed fall to me. The colors are rich, and I knew I wanted this to be my jumping off point.

Fall florals are trending this season, but I’m not the kind of girl who hops on every trend. This just happens to be a coincidence or happy accident.

I first shopped my house for items to incorporate into our fall decor. I stuck to pulling things from the inspiration I gave above.

I also stumbled upon some striking dahlias at the farmer’s market and they compliment the look and feel of what I wanted to bring into our space.

Pull inspiration from your surroundings

Without further ado, here’s our fall home tour

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

I am loving this carefree approach to fall decor in our home this year. As the harvest comes in, this will evolve and change. It’s so great to enjoy those last blooms of summer and usher in some fall-inspired pieces.

Next up on this blog hop style fall home tour is Perfectly Imperfect.

Fall Edition BSHT Participating Bloggers

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:
The White Buffalo Styling Co:
The Nester:
Eclectically Vintage:
Bliss at Home:
Perfectly Imperfect:
DIY Playbook:
Décor Chick:
Rain on a Tin Roof:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23:
The Inspired Room:
Home Stories A to Z:
Charming in Charlotte:
Thistlewood Farms:
Julie Blanner:
Beneath My Heart:
Cuckoo 4 Design:
Dwellings by Devore:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:
Southern Hospitality:
Just a Girl:
Number Fifty-three:
My Fabuless Life:
In My Own Style:
Iron & Twine:
Run to Radiance:
The Thriftress:
Primitive & Proper:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25:
The Handmade Home:
DIY Showoff:
Simple Stylings:
Shabby Creek Cottage:
The Chronicles of Home:
Finding Home:
DesignPost Interiors:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:
Jones Design Company
Jen Rizzo
Dimples & Tangles
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Retro Ranch Reno
Eleven Gables
Sarah M. Dorsey
 This, That, & Life
Tomorrow, I will be sharing a new design challenge that I am taking part in:
Next up, be sure to visit Perfectly Imperfect and see how she is decking her home out for the season!

 

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…

the STYLE mix

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?

the STYLE mix | links from the week

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.

the STYLE mix | links from the week

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!

the STYLE mix |links from the week

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!

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