My Kind of Town | Chicago

Is everyone scrambling to get the fixings for Thanksgiving? I have a run to make today before we head out-of-town to visit one of my favorite cities EVER! We are Chicago bound for this Thanksgiving holiday so it is going to be a short blog week here.

You can keep up with me over the holidays on Instagram where I will be sharing goodies as we hit some of our favorite spots in The Windy City.

I’m going to continue packing (NOTE TO SELF: DON’T FORGET THE STRETCHY PANTS!!) and doing the last-minute errands before our trip.

When I return home, I will continue all the holiday decorating. Here’s a little glimpse at the sparkle and shine that’s been going on around here…

glam holiday decor

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess marble board | cake & knife set | toasting flutes | kitchen towel | pitcher | candle | coasters 

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR THE HOSTESS

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas here. It’s snowing, it’s Thanksgiving week, it’s SNOWING

The weeks ahead are full of family gatherings, holiday parties, and travels. Here are some great gift ideas for the hostesses in your life. I always like to keep some gifts on hand this time of year to have ready-to-go for our next holiday gathering. These are sure to please and make a stylish “thank you”.

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Happy Holidays!

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Wrist Soiree Sale and GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday! I thought we’d end the week with an awesome sale and giveaway from Wrist Soirée. I’m sure a lot of you are already familiar with this fabulous jewelry and accessory brand, but incase you aren’t — you are in for a treat!

As a special bonus, I have a SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE and GIVEAWAY for you too!

Wrist Soiree Sale and Giveaway

With the holidays almost here, it’s a great time to start thinking about gift-giving. It’s also time to step up our style game for all those holiday parties! Nothing completes a holiday look better than a little sparkle. I have been thinking about what to buy the stylish ones in my life as I have been decorating for the season. I think some Wrist Soirée is a pretty good idea.

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Our home is starting to get the holiday treatment and a little Wrist Soirée on my arm is the perfect inspiration for that extra sparkle.

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What I love most about Wrist Soirée is even if I am just wearing jeans, these bracelets take my whole look up a notch.

I am wearing the Metallic Leather Tassel Bracelet in Gold and the Amelia Bracelet in Crystal both available on http://www.wristsoiree.com now.

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I have a thing for metallics and it shows in my Wrist Soirée

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I am going to keep decking the halls around here and will have some holiday interiors to show you soon!

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While I keep making my house sparkle hard…Check out my favorite holiday picks from Wrist Soirée that will make great gifts or add the perfect sparkle to your holiday attire.

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I’d like to thank my sweet friend, Lakeitha, for offering this special sale and giveaway for Wrist Soirée. Not only is she the talented designer behind Wrist Soirée, but she also writes the fabulous lifestyle blog http://www.lakeithaduncan.com. She is doing amazing things and inspiring others to live healthy and sparkle hard.

Happy Weekend and let the holiday shopping begin…

5 Simple Touches to Make Your Kitchen More You

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I’d like to thank Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for sponsoring this post. This is a product I love and have used for a while now. I am happy to share it with you.

Today, I will be giving you a glimpse into one of the rooms in my house that I haven’t tackled that much yet, my kitchen. Truth be told, it is going to be a huge project and I am waiting until after the holidays to get rolling on it. So, before all the design fun can take place, I have been making the most of this space that I spend a lot of time in. Today, I am going to show you 5 Simple Touches to Make Your Kitchen More You.

Simple Ways to Make Your Kitchen More You

 

1 | BRING IN SCENTS THAT INSPIRE.

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I love to cook for my family. When I am in the kitchen, I want to feel inspired to make that next creation. One of the ways I do that is by incorporating the scents I love into a space.

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Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® has been a line of cleaning and care products that I fell in love with the first time I used them a few years ago. Not only do they smell heavenly, but they are made with essential oils, plants, and flowers. It makes washing the dishes and scrubbing the counters less of a chore.

Chemical free cleaning with Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Geranium

Let’s face it, the kitchen becomes the hub of the house, at least it does for us. My kids always want to be where I am, especially my little guy.  If I am working in the kitchen he wants to sit on the counter or play on the floor with his toys.

Having fun in the kitchen on a snowy day

I have taken a very natural approach to our health and that includes how I choose to clean my home. I strive to be as chemical free as possible. A lot of the natural cleaning products I have tried in the past, smelled great and were chemical free, but didn’t do such a bang up job in the cleaning department. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® packs a punch! I was sold the first time I used them.

My favorite Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® scents include Honeysuckle, Geranium, and Lemon Verbena.

 

2 | ADD A COLORFUL PAINTED EDGE TO YOUR CUTTING BOARDS AND UTENSILS.

As I stated earlier, my kitchen needs some updating, but I make it a little more me by adding in personal touches. One little thing I love to do is add some color to an everyday item. Cutting boards are a much-needed tool in the kitchen, and I like to paint the edges to give them a little extra something. Pick a color you love and have fun with it!

5 Simple Touches to Make Your Kitchen More You Paint a colorful edge on your cutting boards.

They are still usable since you are not painting the surface and it is an easy way to make something your own. I also have done this with other items in the kitchen and you can see my DIY Paint-dipped Utensils for more inspiration.

 

3 | WORK IN PRETTY DISHES AND SERVEWARE.

I dream of this kitchen having Carrara marble and brass hardware with beautiful cabinetry, but until that day comes…I take it up a notch with some pretty dishes and serveware. It’s a nice distraction from the things about my kitchen I am not so fond of…like the brown countertops.

gold and white bowls

 

4 | BRING NATURE IN.

The power of flowers never ceases to amaze me. Seeing beautiful blooms is such a mood enhancer and doesn’t cost a lot. Spending $6-10 bucks on some flowers is so worth it. My favorite is always the $10 rose bouquet from the grocery store.

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5 | MAKE THE MOST OF THE INDOORS.

Celebrate living in your home. A cold, snowy day can become an opportunity to have some fun. Set up a table or counter like it’s a holiday. Our Midwest winter feels like it has already started with temps not getting above 20 degrees. It was the perfect day to have cocoa and cookies and start decorating for Christmas in the kitchen. Be thankful for what you do have and live in your rooms.

cookie and cocoa party

I hope this helps inspire you to make the most of your kitchen, even if it isn’t the dream workspace you desire. Homegrown inspiration is everywhere, whether it is the smell of lavendar in your garden or a color that inspires your next project. Simple touches can really make a difference!

You can read more about Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® which was created by an Iowa mom of 9 children who desired to make chemical free cleaning products with scents right from her backyard garden.

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Starting the Big Kid Room

 

Kid Room Plans Starting with a Bookcase

 

A few months ago, I showed you how I updated a space in our home using a bookcase. With little man’s bedroom completed, it is time to move on to the big kid’s space. The Tower Bookcase from Sauder Furniture is something that has been used a couple different places in our home. Its clean lines make it work with many different design styles.

It first was in my office, then it became a temporary pet station in our kitchen, and now it is giving our son’s room some much-needed shelving.

I have just started revisiting the design plan for my oldest’s bedroom. My boys definitely have opposite styles, so it is going to be fun to switch gears for this room makeover. I don’t want to share too much of the room just yet, but I did want to show you how we worked the bookcase into his space.

He needed a place to display the things he likes. This tall bookcase is a great space saver and the open design makes it appear to not eat up space or affect your line of sight.

Whether it’s an adult space or kid space, I think it just adds to your atmosphere to have a lovely styled piece of furniture. If you can display the things you love in a meaningful way, it adds something special to a space.

This is where this bookcase is going to stay and I can’t wait to get cracking on the projects for this room!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Cross Wall | The Tutorial

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of sharing my little guy’s room makeover with all of you for the Fall in Love room reveals hosted by Primitive & Proper. You can see the entire reveal of his modern kids room here.

I made a DIY Cross Wall that was inspired by the Pia Wallén Crux blanket that little guy really liked.

Pia Wallen Crux Blanket

Pia Wallén Crux Blanket

Today, I wanted to share how I made his cross wall. It was a bit difficult at first since the walls in his room are textured. Painting designs on them is a pain and decals just don’t work. I tried washi tape but that wouldn’t hold. I found the perfect solution!

Drum roll please…

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

Yes, electrical tape was the perfect fit! It was easy to work with and held to the textured walls without coming off. You can also reposition it, so if you don’t get it right the first time you can try again.

Up close you can see how it took the shape of what it was covering with no bubbling at all. It was the perfect solution!

DIY Cross Wall

MEASUREMENTS:

For each cross I cut 2 strips 4 inches each.

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

On the wall, the spacing was designed to fit my particular wall so you would have to figuire out the right spacing for yours. I spaced each row 3 inches from the top. Each cross is spaced 10 inches. 

DIY Cross Wall via Bliss at Home

 

As you can see I did my own tweaks based off the original design. I wanted the crosses slimmer and I also chose to stagger them for my desired look.

I also want to note that my husband got his start as an electrician, so we know our electrical tape…(so we got that going for us, ha!)…I guess we are electrical tape snobs. I used Scotch Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape and you can pick it up at the Home Depot or your closest home improvement store. It has the best stick factor. One roll almost did the entire wall. It’s a super inexpensive way to get the look. I think I paid $5.99 a roll.

We have been enjoying playing and creating in little man’s room! I think the look on his face says it all!

DIY Cross Wall via Bliss at Home

Thanks for all your sweet comments on his room reveal. It has been one of my favorite rooms to work on so far.

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial by Bliss at Home

If you want to see more cross wall inspiration, check out Julia’s (Cuckoo 4 Design) cross wall hallway she created making her own wall decals.

I’ll be back with some more DIY projects from his space and a full source list soon.

Modern Kid Room Makeover

Hey buds! I’m excited to share little man’s bedroom makeover today as part of the Fall In Love room reveals! My friend, Cassie from Primitive & Proper, got some of us together for a 6-week kick in the rear to get a room finished and boy, am I glad she did!

If you are coming from Boxy Colonial, welcome! I hope you stay and enjoy!

THE PLAN | Modern Kid Room

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My little guy’s room has sat unfinished for months now. We started it before we headed out east and I just hadn’t made time to finish it when we got back this fall. With a little DIY on the cheap and some budget-friendly finds, it is now the room we sat down and planned together! Way ba-aaaack last year, I sat both my boys down for a design consultation. It was the cutest thing seeing what they were drawn to and what ideas they had for their rooms.

Today, you are seeing my youngest’s room. He is a dreamer, loves creatures…all kinds. He has brought worms into the house. YES, WORMS! He is tender and wild at the same time. A ball of energy and full of laughter.

Come on inside and see what we dreamed up…

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Little man had a lot of requests for his teeny-tiny room. One big one was a teepee. With his room being so small it took some creative might to make it all work, but I love the end result.

Another thing, my little guy was drawn to was the Pia Wallén cross blanket. That was the inspiration for his accent wall. I DIY’ed it on the cheap and I will share the tutorial soon. His room has textured walls, so I had to come up with a way to do it that wasn’t a decal or paint.

Boy Bedroom Makeover with a DIY Pia Wallen Inspired Cross Wall

Little man also takes after his momma and loves black + white spaces. So, I painted all the walls white and the baseboards and trim black.

He loves stuffed animals and he wanted a place for his buddies. So that big teepee is where he plays and reads to them.

Thanks to Ylvis, we now know what a fox says, but do you know what a fox reads? Today it’s Where the Wild Things Are.

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As you can see, little man loves his books. We found the perfect storage for them with this stackable bookcase. The large basket holds all his buddies.

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He had a tiny closet that wasn’t good for much so I changed it into an art nook. My old Ikea desk fit snugly and I just reused some old floating shelves.

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The woven stool was a flea market find and it is the perfect height for his desk. I took little man out for a shopping day and he selected the lamp. Good taste that guy!

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When we talked about his bed, he said he wanted a bed soft like a teddy bear. We mixed up different textures and he picked out the fur blanket. It does look like a teddy bear.

His older brother has some map art, which I think made him want the same thing. So, I obliged and made some for him too.

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His dresser is so old and he needs a new one. I haven’t found one yet, so I made some DIY agate hardware. Little buddy collects rocks and stones so he loved the idea.

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In my original plan, I wanted to make my own light fixture, but the clock was ticking so I was happy to find this inexpensive one at Home Depot. It’s industrial and works well with the rest of the room.

I wanted the windows to have coverage but be simple, so I opted for bamboo shades.

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That’s that! Little man loves his new room! I’ll be sharing more about the cross wall and the DIY agate hardware next week. I also will post a source list soon that covers everything featured in his room.

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Thanks for visiting and be sure to visit Emily at Eleven Gables next!

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge & Link Party

HERE’S THE FULL LINE-UP OF ROOM REVEALS:

Monday

Decor and the Dog

Home + Style Report

Dwellings by Devore

A Home Full of Color

Tuesday

Shift Ctrl Art

Go Haus Go

The Gathered Home

The Thriftress

Wednesday

Primitive & Proper

Wills Casa

Nalle’s House

Brittany Makes

Number Fifty-Three

Thursday

Boxy Colonial

>>Bliss at Home<<

Eleven Gables

Newly Woodwards

The Chronicles of Home

Have a fab day!

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!!

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