July Round-up Time

July left quicker than it arrived! I feel like the countdown to school has now begun. A little clock is ticking in my head and reminding me of everything I must do before the kids go back to school. I just got done signing the boys up for fall sports and making physical appointments. Pretty soon we’ll be buying pencils and new school clothes. It’s like August is just a reminder that September is almost here. I really want to enjoy our last month of summer though.

Well, enough of that rambling…

This week will be a little different, since I will be leaving for Haven Wednesday. I won’t be posting as much, but I may pop in here and there!

Let’s recap the month, shall we? If you missed something or want to revisit something here are the links.

DIY Projects.

July DIY

I just loved the DIY’s I got done around here this month. This Inspired Design Challenge has really sparked some creativity! Inside the house, our foyer has been getting a facelift and you can see how we made our own DIY chandelier with a shade by using the existing ceiling fixture. I also spruced up some old photo frames with this snake skin duct tape DIY.

Outdoors we have been working on our patio and I showed how you can DIY your way through a beautiful summer dinner party. I also gave a Goodwill find an updated look by making a birdcage into a candle holder to use outside.

West Elm Hack Art

Our latest DIY was a family affair. The boys helped me paint our latest masterpiece a DIY version of the West Elm Black + White Abstract Art. We made our own canvas and did it all for under $15.

Around the House.

Around the House July

July was a month of organizing, bargains, and tackling those little projects around the house. I shared my new favorite source for beautiful outdoor pillows on Etsy.  I banished more oak woodwork and painted our coat closet door and installed a thrifted swing arm wall lamp in our living room. Our foyer makeover is coming along and I found the perfect jute rug at World Market on a surprise shopping trip. I am so happy to be bringing some color into our master bedroom with a few new items from Target. At last, we have a great storage solution for our summer pool toys using the new Rubbermaid All Access Organizers.

Happenings.

Inspired Design Challenge

I have been having such a great time being a part of the Inspired Design Challenge! We are now working on our projects for Week 4 and will be revealing them on Monday. Week 4 is Anthropologie so you know it’s going to be good!

www.brittanymakes.com I also want to thank Brittany of Brittany Makes for having me blog crash and be part of her Summer VIP Guest Blog Series.

Brittany is one of my fave DIY’ers and I just love her style. You must check out her Project Gallery. One of my favorites is her Craigslist Dresser Makeover.

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via BrittanyMakes

I will be leaving for the Haven Conference tomorrow! Excited doesn’t sum it up…there isn’t a word for it. I am going to try to blog a bit while we are gone, but I can’t make any promises. I may be MIA until Aug. 5th. We’ll see how it goes.

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8 Comments on July Round-up Time

  1. Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
    July 30, 2013 at 9:49 am (9 months ago)

    You’ve been busy! I missed a few things I’ll have to go back and check out. Enjoy your time at Haven! I’m jealous, I would totally be hitting some fabulous fabric stores in Atlanta!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 30, 2013 at 10:52 am (9 months ago)

      It’s going to be whirlwind trip. I don’t know how much time we are going to have to shop. I want to go to a few places before we leave on Sunday. I have heard such great things about the fabric stores too :) xo Kristin

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  2. now at home mom
    July 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm (9 months ago)

    I can’t believe August is almost here too! :-) you had a busy July :-) & you are so lucky to get to meet a lot of bloggers over at Haven; so lucky! :-) I wish you a great trip Kristin and hope you will be able to share the details with us when you come back! :-)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 31, 2013 at 6:42 am (9 months ago)

      Thanks Ingrid. It was busy! I am so excited for Haven. Leaving this morning!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t believe it’s here and I hope to have some good takeaways to share. xo Kristin

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  3. Julia @cuckoo4design
    July 31, 2013 at 12:42 am (9 months ago)

    I really really love your West Elm hack!
    Have fun at Haven!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 31, 2013 at 6:44 am (9 months ago)

      Thanks so much J! I am officially in Happy Haven mode :) xo Kristin

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  4. Aimee - It's Overflowing
    August 4, 2013 at 7:21 am (9 months ago)

    I love your West Elm hack, too Kristin!!! And oh my goodness — I’ve been stalking you on Instagram — what a total blast!!! XO, Aimee

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      August 4, 2013 at 7:23 am (9 months ago)

      Hi Aimee :) Thanks so much! Haven was amazing!!!! xo Kristin

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