Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014

Hi friends!

I’ve been busy these past few months with traveling and working on some larger projects. I am excited to get to share some of those things soon!  Today, I wanted to take a moment to share my trip to Kohler, Wisconsin for the 2014 Kohler Bloggers Conference.

Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014

Kohler Company invited 20 top design bloggers to come experience the Kohler culture and learn more about their company. I was honored to get the invite and soon found out that Kohler Co. is much more than a leading maker of bathtubs and faucets.

The History

A trip to Kohler, Wisconsin is like getting transported into a different era, yet it has a modern, artsy feel. Brick and stone buildings are encompassed by meticulously manicured grounds. That wasn’t by accident. The village of Kohler is one of our nation’s first and finest planned communities. Walter J. Kohler hired the Olmstead Bros. to bring his vision of a garden/industrial community to life. Frederick Law Olmstead, the renowned landscape architect, is also credited with designing New York’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate grounds.

Founded in 1873 and head-quartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Company employs over 30,000 associates and has more than 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. This privately held company continues to be on the forefront of design in the world of kitchen and bath, power systems, interiors and hospitality.

Kohler Bloggers Conference 2014

After a day of travel, we checked into our luxurious accommodations at The American Club. This resort destination is amazing! It echoes the feeling of the entire town. Living well, is definitely a message you understand after a trip to Kohler. Every possible thing you would want or need is here for your stay. It is definitely somewhere I want to revisit.

american club After settling into our unique suites, we went to the Kohler Design Center for a welcome reception.

Kohler Bloggers Conference

We had fun chatting it up with the Kohler associates and sampling some delicious food and drink.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 From left to right: Veronica from designhunterla.com, Mandi from vintagerevivals.com, yours truly, Kristin from huntedinterior.com, Jenn from withheart.com, and Kirsten from simplygrove.com.

The entire top floor of the design center is a showcase of Kohler products used in dreamy designs. My favorite was the bathroom designed by Jonathan Adler.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Cocktails in the bath. I think JA would expect no less.

The next day started bright and early. It was a day of learning all things Kohler–from the Kohler brand story to the latest design trends. We heard from all different departments and even got to see their communications building called The Beacon. Aside from an impressive design library and offices galore, they also have a studio where they shoot a lot of the Kohler campaigns. It was an impressive sight to see.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 “The Beacon” – Kohler’s communications building

Before a wonderful dinner, we were all treated to spa experiences at the Kohler Water Spa. I was lulled into a happy state of bliss with the best 60-minute massage I have had in a long time! We also had time to experience the rest of the spa amenities during our stay there.

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 The Relaxation Pool at Kohler Water Spa

Day 2 of the KBC 14, was so interesting! We toured the Kohler factories where a lot of the Kohler products are made. We learned more about the history of the company and got to see skilled factory workers in action. We even witnessed cast iron tubs being made–quite the sight to see!  Kohler Blogger Conference

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 Before we departed for home, we were treated to a lovely lunch at River Wildlife. We gathered in a rustic cabin lodge that greeted you upon arrival with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. It also had some delectable eats!

Kohler Blogger Conference 2014 MMMMMM…this carrot soup was delicious!

A few takeaways from my Kohler trip:

Kohler has beautiful products and finishes with a focus on putting out the best product each and every time. A very high standard of quality.

Kohler is an amazing company that is design-centric, innovative, and environmentally conscious. A company that gives back in huge ways.

To live Kohler is to live well. This is evident in the entire village of Kohler. From the water spa to the excellent cuisine, Kohler is more than just a successful brand– it is a way of life.

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If you ever have the chance to visit Kohler, Wisconsin– do it! It is an experience you won’t forget. I am still coming off my Kohler high, you could say I drank the Kohler water.

This is a company that I am very excited to be partnering with and can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on. You know that bathroom I’ve been planning and talking about…stay tuned!

Oh, and you know my love of gold and mixed metals…

Kohler has the PERFECT gold! Check out this beautiful finish:

Kohler Purist Faucet

Kohler Purist Faucet in Vibrant Moderne Brushed Gold

I’d like to thank Kohler Co. for organizing and creating such a lovely blogger conference. It was a wonderful thing to attend!

I’ve been designing away on my bathroom and there are some exciting things to come!

Kohler Co. provided me with an all-expense paid trip to come to their headquarters in Kohler, WI for the first Kohler Bloggers Conference. I was not required to post about the conference or company. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine. 

All images and photography in this post are supplied by Kohler Co. and the Bliss at Home Instagram account.

My New Favorite Shop | Hattan Home

 

Fab home decor from Hattan Home

zebra dish || pouf || tray || lotus votive || muah! || love || pom pom throw

Happy Friday loves!! I especially love this Friday because I discovered a new-to-me shop that I just adore. You know I like some great home accessories and Hattan Home does not disappoint! It’s right up my alley and I just had to share it with you today.

All those goodies above are from Hattan Home. Their tagline “treats for your home” is perfect because there is so much deliciousness to choose from in their shop! They are right on trend and offer a great selection of home decor, office accessories, and more!

I just received the Capiz Lotus Votive and had some fun styling it up in my home. Lotus decor is on trend right now and it’s a classic look so ,of course, I love it!

Bliss at Home styles it up with the Capiz Lotus Votive for Hattan Home

One thing I am a little addicted to is reworking my bookcases. They provide such a great opportunity to do something new in my home when I feel the urge to refresh.

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

I love the addition of the lotus votive. It’s just the right, chic touch and blends nicely with the rest of the accessories.

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Be sure to check out Hattan Home. It is such a well-curated shop that is full of style. With the holidays right around the corner it has some great gift options. Have a fab weekend!!

This is a sponsored post for Hattan Home. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

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!

bhg style iheart

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.

Dremel-micro-attachments

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.

engraving-wood

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.

dremel-micro-engraving

engraving

engraving-in-wood

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

Enter to win a HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 below!!

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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

Fall

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!

 

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