Archive of ‘Best of Each Month’ category

B@H Monthly || June

Oh, summer feels like it is here! I am loving the weather in Connecticut. It is not as humid as back home. So, when it is in the 80′s it still feels lovely out! I am really falling in love with New England!! I have been pretty spoiled here in our summer rental with a pool and gym to use whenever I want. With the 4th this Friday, I feel like this will be the most memorable one for my family. We are headed to Mystic for our Independence Day celebrations.

Today, is recap day! So, today’s post is filled with the best of our June and what’s coming up for July. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks for joining me on all our design and DIY adventures! In the immortal words of Fergie-Ferg, let’s get it started in here!

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I made these DIY Border Curtains from Ikea RITVA panels for the Summer Style Soiree.

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To add some style to our summer balcony, I painted our patio chairs with a design inspired by abstract art.

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These DIY Paint-dipped Woven Pots are fun for your summer herbs and plants.

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For a memento of our time in Connecticut, I made this DIY Embossed State Art and you can too with this tutorial.

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Home is a little different these days. Our summer rental for June-August is starting to feel a bit like home. You can see our summer home tour to see where we are spending our warmer months. You can also get links to all the summer home tours there too.

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You can still enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. This is the heat gun I used for my embossing tutorial and a must-have in our DIY arsenal!

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I would also like to thank all my wonderful sponsors for our 2 Year Blog Anniversary Week of giveaways!!

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 LUCIANA

Rugs USA

Crane & Canopy

HomeRight

Holly + Martin

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I’d like to thank Delta Faucet Company for inviting me to their blogger event in Indianapolis. It was such a great time and I learned so much! You can read all about it here.

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I also want to take time to thank these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of June:

She Knows

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Mimosa Lane

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Haven! It’s just days away now! In just over a week, I will be joining many DIY/design bloggers at the Haven Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This will be my second year attending and I can’t wait to reconnect with friends and make new ones too!

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July will also bring another link party for the Summer Style Soiree. Our muse for July is Princess Diana. I can’t wait to see what you all link up! I just decided on my project the other day.

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Tomorrow, I will be sharing some of our East Coast Adventures from our first month here.

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B @H Monthly || May

Helloooooooo Summer! That’s what I’m talking about! June is the official beginning of summer in my mind. The kids are out of school and the pool is open! This year is an extra special summer for all of us since we will be spending it as East Coasters!! Yep– that’s right! This Illinois girl is headed to Connecticut for a full summer of New England adventures!! We leave today!!! We could be in the car right now…

Oh, and guess what else happens in June?! My blog-o-versary!! 2 years of B @ H. I have planned a week of celebration for you guys with what else, but a whole lot of goodies! Giveaways everyday next week :) It’s my way of saying thank you to all of you who I share my projects and life with on a daily basis. I am so excited about the prizes and can’t wait to share them with you!  You guys make this all worth it :)

So, here’s our Best of May recap. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks so much for joining me on all my design and DIY adventures! Let’s get to it!

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I made an Audrey Hepburn inspired clothing rack for the first month of the Summer Style Soiree.

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Another fun touch are these DIY embellished hangers.

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I also got my paint on and gave our home a little more curb appeal by using the HomeRight Finish Max Pro to give our door a makeover.

How to Professionally Paint a Door the FAST WAY!

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I am a new contributor over at Mohawk Flooring’s blog Creative Home and I shared some ways to add color to your summer entertaining.

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I shared our office photo shoot for my feature over at The Office Stylist. I also shared some sources for my favorite office accessories.

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I shared details about my Paleo lifestyle and why Paleo has changed my life.

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My office got some new furniture pieces that give me more storage and I love the sleek modern design.

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One of my favorite things I shared this month is the progress I have made on Sam’s bedroom makeover.

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The giveaway for the HomeRight Finish Max Pro is still going on! You still have time to enter. This is so great for getting a pro finish on cabinets, doors, furniture and more!

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HomeRight Finish Max Pro

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I also want to take time out to give a special thank you to these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of May:

Apartment Therapy

6th Street Design School

The Office Stylist

A Stroll Thru Life

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The month of June brings another Summer Style Soiree! It was so fun seeing all the projects linked up last month. This month the style icon that will be the muse for our projects is Jackie Kennedy. Be sure to join us for project reveals and the link party so you can share your Jackie-inspired projects!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite And as I mentioned above, every single day next week, June 2nd – 6th, we are celebrating!! It’s my 2 year blog-o-versary and I have some great giveaways lined up for you! Each day, I will be hosting a giveaway of some of my favorite things. They’re good!!

Enjoy your weekend friends! When we meet again I will be blogging from my new summer digs in Connecticut!

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B @ H Monthly || April

It’s almost a week late, but today I am sharing the Best of April. Each month, I like to highlight all the projects, decor, plans, and happenings. I thank each and every single one of you for making this blogging journey a joy and joining me on all my designing and DIY adventures.

Before we get started, I would love some prayers and well wishes for my oldest son, Bman. He just broke his arm and dislocated his shoulder and he is in a lot of pain. Because of where he broke it, they couldn’t do much in the ER so we going to a specialist first thing this morning. He is so bummed that he can’t play outside with his friends, so we are hoping for a speedy recovery with summer just around the corner!

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Now, let’s get to it and see our April!

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I shared how I gilded these agate slice coasters. They are the perfect addition to my coffee table and I love the mix of gold with the natural.

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This little thrift store table got a makeover. By using a high gloss spray paint and adding chic hardware details, it is as good as new! You can see the spray paint table makeover for all the details.

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With Creating with the Stars coming to an end, I released my tutorial of my DIY Bar Cabinet inspired by the Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet. The tutorial contains full instructions on how you can build your own from scratch.

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I shared my new office lamp and my picks for chic table lamps.

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We discussed the pros and the cons of real vs. faux sheepskins. I also shared a new source for high quality sheepskins.

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Another successful treasure hunting trip brought home some goodies. You can see my latest thrifty finds around my house.

Office space via Bliss at Home I have been sharing my office updates and a complete source list so you can get this office look.

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The giveaway for the Burl Table Lamp has ended, but I would like to thank Kenroy Home for providing the giveaway to my readers.

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I got to share a big announcement with you guys!! I will be in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I will share some behind the scenes goodness when it gets a little closer, but I do want to thank the fab people I had the pleasure of working with! A big thank you to Lindsay and Greg for making the shoot so much fun and a success!

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I also want to take time out to give a special thank you to these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of April:

HGTV.com

The Huffington Post Home

Danielle Oakey Interiors

11 Magnolia Lane

A Home Full of Color

Dimples & Tangles

Nesting Place

Organize & Inspire

Powell Brower at Home

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I shared that we will be spending our summer in Connecticut. It is exciting for all of us and we are ready to explore all that the upper east coast has to offer! I will be sharing more projects and some ways to make a rental a home in the next 3 months.

We are hoping to have all the tile work in our bathroom done before we leave, so you might be getting a bathroom update in the next couple weeks…hopefully!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

Yesterday, I announced a fun summer series I am co-hosting with these wonderful ladies pictured above! Be sure to read the details on the Summer Style Soiree and link party. I hope you join us May 15th for our first link party with projects inspired by Audrey Hepburn.

April felt like such a whirlwind of a month with playing catch up after Creating with the Stars and then getting everything ready for the BHG shoot. So many good things and I am curious to see how our summer will be a rental. It feels like a little adventure!

Now, I am going to go see what we can do for Bman’s arm and shoulder. Hopefully, he will be back to playing before school is out!

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B @ H Monthly || March

First, I would just like to apologize to everyone who tried to leave a comment yesterday and couldn’t. I am working with my website host to get it remedied. Sorry about that!

March was quite the interesting month around here to say the least! We finally had some temps that are closer to spring weather…50 degrees feels like summer when we just made it through the longest winter EVER!! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings.  Thanks for joining me on my DIY and design adventures!

B@H Monthly Recap || March 2014

 

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As I said, this month was full of surprises! All the DIY tutorials I had planned to show you from our spring bedroom reveal got put on hold due to all the Creating with the Stars busy time! I am hoping I can squeeze them into April for you!

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My oldest’s bedroom is starting to take shape and we got his room painted and scored an awesome midcentury desk for him!

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I shared our spring bedroom reveal complete with bright pops of coral. I will be sharing a tutorial (hopefully soon!!) on the pillows, art, and wallpaper panels.

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My master plan to add in some pink touches totally happened without any groaning from the boys in my life! Just call me Pink Ninja!!

You can see all the spring touches I added to our living room and maybe get inspired to take the pink plunge yourself!

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Spring Givaway and Spring Trends 2014

 

You can see if you are the winner of the $150 e-gift card to West Elm or Target. I will be sending an email out to the lucky winner later on today too!

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I am so glad I got to take part in East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars 2014. You can read all about my personal experience. It was one of my favorite things of the year thus far and I have a new piece of furniture in my home that I absolutely adore…

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Another exciting thing that happened in March is got my first shout out in a magazine!!!!

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You can check me out in USA Today Home magazine on newstands now across the country. I am in two articles on page 39 and page 55. Super cool!

I’d also like to take time out to thank these wonderful blogs and websites that featured my work in the month of March:

Centsational Girl

Clever Girls

Cuckoo 4 Design

Dimples & Tangles

Freckles Chic

The Hunted Interior

Rugs USA blog

Yahoo Shine

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Well, we just started to prep the walls and floor in our bathroom for tile!! I cannot wait!!! We have been living with one of the ugliest bathrooms in America folks and it is going to transform into “bathroom fancy pants”. That’s the big one this month and it will probably take all month to get it done.

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More work on the Boys’ Rooms

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My CWTS Tutorial 

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for our ugly bathroom…

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April we should probably just call “marble month”...because it’s going to be everywhere!!! Oh, yea-aaaaah!

Today, be sure to pop on over to 11 Magnolia Lane for their tour of Spring Homes!

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B @ H Monthly || FEBRUARY

WOW! So, another month has come and gone! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. February was FREEZING! I am getting anxious for some warmer temps and being able to work on projects in my garage once again. Thanks for joining me on our DIY and design adventures!

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DIY Mondrian Inspired Art || B @ H

I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some more color to my living room. It is inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s original abstracts and a print at Lulu & Georgia.

Valentine's Table || B @ H

We had our annual Valentine’s Day family dinner and I shared some craft ideas, our tablescape, and tips on what to splurge and save on when it comes to your table.

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas || B @ H

Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.

 

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Entry ways are the first thing people see when they enter your home. I shared my tips for creating a budget-friendly yet chic entry way.

Rugs Usa Area Rug Review || B @ H

We have a new addition in our living room. You can read my review of our new rug from Rugs USA and get all the details.

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I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.

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I hatched my master plan to be sneaky and add in some pink into my living room for spring. I’m waiting to see if the boys say anything…

 

bah-monthly-giveaways I love it when I can share the products and brands I love with you guys!! Best job ever! I have 2 giveaways going right now for you guys!

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The fine people at moo.com gave away 2 sets of business cards to 2 lucky winners! I will be announcing and contacting the winners today! It may be YOU! You can read my full review of my moo.com business cards.

HomeRight Giveaway

GOING ON NOW! I shared my review of the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Multipurpose Steam Mop. This thing is A-MAAAAA-ZING! You don’t want to miss a chance to win this baby!

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newspaper article I was featured in my area newspaper this month. It was so great to share how much I love what I do and be featured locally.

homies 2014  I also want to thank all of you for the nominations and votes in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. You guys make my heart so big! It is an honor to be recognized with so many talented DIY and Home bloggers.

 

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I just finished looking at my plans for March. There’s some good stuff coming up! I have a couple more giveaways lined up for you guys and I can’t wait to share them.

I also will be working on…

OUR BATHROOM REMODEL

THE BOYS’ ROOMS

SPRING REFRESH IN OUR MASTER BEDROOM

MAKING OUR LIVING ROOM MORE COLORFUL

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AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…

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Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!

 

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Best of January

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! We had a lot of snow again and it is rumored more is on the way!

Today I am sharing our monthly recap. I like to share all our projects and happenings from the past month. If you are new to B @ H this is a great chance to catch those posts you may not have seen. This is also a great chance to get the details on that post you saw but want to see again. I just want to thank all of you for your support and some great things are ahead for February!

DIY + Crafts

I shared my first Valentine’s day craft last week. These DIY Heart Arrows are super cute and fun to make.

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DIY Heart Arrows

I also shared the easiest way to remove wallpaper and reviewed my first Home Right product of the month. I will be selecting the winner of the giveaway tomorrow!! You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Mahchine here. Every month I will be sharing a new Home Right product with you guys and offering a giveaway!!

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Home Right Steam Machine and Removing Wallpaper

Around the House.

Last month I got to some projects that I have been wanting to do for a while! We started makeovers on the boys’ rooms. Our oldest got a brand new rug for his room and we centered a design board around it.

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New Mohawk Rug and Big Boy Bedroom Design

We also shared our plans for our little guy’s new room complete with a teepee.

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Little Guy’s Bedroom Design Plans

Our living room got a fresh coat of paint to give more flow to the rest of the house.

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Living Room Refresh

My temporary workspace got some much needed organization and some office pretties. I am excited to share the befores of my new office space with you guys soon! Some good things are cookin’!!

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I also shared our bathroom design plans. We will be getting our tile soon and are going to get to work!

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Bathroom Design Plans

I feel like January was a lot of planning and laying out timelines for our bigger home projects. The beginning of the year just makes a planner out of me, what can I say?

February is going to be a fun month around here. We have some more Valentine’s Day projects to share, more givewaways, and we are going to start on some more projects, like our bathroom tile!! I will also be working behind the scenes on my super top top secret project! Okay, you guys know what schmoffice means, but let’s just pretend you don’t. Good? Good!

Happy February!!

Best of October + November Happenings

October, I miss you already! It’s my favorite. We trick-or-treated with the kids last night and the fall colors are at their peak around here so it just makes walking the neighborhood such a pleasure. Our October was a busy one with all the trips and birthdays, so November we plan on getting back at all these rooms we are working on.

Here’s our October recap and what’s ahead for Bliss at Home:

October-DIY

 DIY Projects

Tribal Painted Pumpkins

Mummy Pumpkins using Duck Brand Tape

Chalkboard Labels with Paper Straws

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Around the House

Fall Bedroom Refresh with White Faux Taxidermy

New Fireside Chairs from DHP Furniture

Bar Cart Lamp from Lamps.com

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View our full fall home tour here

November

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The holidays will be here before we know it! Also, the cold weather if you live in that part of the country that gets a real winter. We’ll be busy getting our nest cozy for the season. Here’s what you can expect this month around our casa.

Our tile came in so we are able to start our first tiling project, our fireplace makeover. I am so ready to get rolling on this. I can’t wait to show you what we are up to! We also will be revealing our hallway makeover. I will be sharing a holiday gift guide including some new favorites. We will be taking an awesome trip to the Field Museum in Chicago to see the World’s Fair Exhibit. We are going to start our holiday decorating too! We’ll be sharing some Thanksgiving ideas and Holiday ideas. Those are just a few of the fun plans we have up our sleeve for November.

You can also still enter to win a MINI Templeton from White Faux Taxidermy.

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September Recap + October Happenings

Today we are doing our Best of September Recap and sharing what’s coming up for October. It’s been busy, busy, busy around here and that seems to be the trend for the rest of the year. We just got back from our trip to The Tile Shop and have some exciting transformations planned to start soon! We will share more on that very soon.

Here are our September highlights. Let’s get to it!

DIY Projects ||

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•Fall Bucket List Chalkboard Wall•

•Painted Acorns•

•Campaign Inspired Door•

•Painting Oak Interior Doors•

Around the House ||

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  •Crane & Canopy Bedding•

•New Thrifty Finds•

•Gallery Wall Reveal•

•Big Boy Beds•

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 •Foyer Makeover•

What’s Coming || October

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That is perfectly said, isn’t it? October is my favorite month. It’s the most beautiful for weather and fall colors around my part of the country. It’s also my birthday month. I’m all about birthdays. I’m totally Lily from “How I Met Your Mother” when it comes to my day. Sad but true!

We have quite a bit going on this month!! Here’s our upcoming projects and goals, but I’m sure a lot of these will carry over into November too.

•Hallway Makeover Reveal•

•Fireplace Makeover•

•Continue the Kitchen Reno• 

(yep, that’s right! We are going to get back to work on our kitchen.)

•Start the Bathroom Reno•

October Happenings ||

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I am loving what we have going on this October! We have two trips we are taking to Wisconsin, birthdays, and fall activities. There are also some fun things coming up here on the blog that you can join in on.

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I can not wait to see the home tours starting tomorrow! I will be linking to each fall home tour blogger at the end of my posts this month so we don’t miss a thing.

Bring on October!

August Recap + a Fun September

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Friends!

Dun, Dun, Dun, Dun…

Another month bites the dust!

And another month gone! And another month gone!

OK, sorry about the play on Queen…I can explain…I used to like to listen to my Dad’s records…who am I kidding I still like to…

August is over…I am not sorry to say that I am a bit glad about that. I DO NOT LIKE HEAT. I DO NOT LIKE HUMIDITY. My forecast for September 2nd says a high of 78 degrees. I am down with that!

Here’s what happened in August. I like to do these little monthly recaps. First off, they make me realize that I actually got a lot done! I like to feel accomplished from time to time. They also give you guys a chance to catch something you may have missed or want to see again. Also, if you are new to Bliss at Home, Welcome! I am so glad you are here!!

DIY Projects ||

August-projects

Anthro Placemat Art

Paint Dipped Utensils

Fabric + Nailhead Table Makeover

Gold Leaf Feathers

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Hometalk + Lamps Plus 2013 Holiday Challenge

Holiday + New Years Eve Lamp

Around the House ||

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Zebra Poster Print

By Luciana Gold Foil Art

What’s Coming ||

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September we are refocusing a lot of our energy on the interior of the house. We had some furniture switcheroos last weekend that prompted some more projects. Imagine that! Here’s what we are working on for September.

•Gallery Wall Reveal•

•Foyer Reveal•

•Fireplace Makeover•

•Hallway Makeover•

•Office Makeover•

(Ahem…Look at me! Big blogger! I have an office now! All joking aside, I am super excited to work on this space!)

•Starting the Bathroom Reno•

A little overly ambitious maybe…but what can I say we have a lot to get done around here! Of course, there will be some fall decor projects, furniture makeovers, and other things sprinkled in there too. Bring on September!

 

 

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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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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