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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.

bhg style minted


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, 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!!


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!



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!

Featured on Eclectically Vintage Today!

Hey buddies!

Just wanted to share where I am today…

The talented Kelly of Eclectically Vintage featured our home as part of her wonderful Eclectic Home Tour series! I love that she shared our home in different stages and seasons :) Be sure to pay her a visit. Her blog is full of great inspiration and style!

This image is from her home tour and trust me, you will want to check that out!



See you over at Eclectically Vintage!

Behind the Scenes of My Better Homes and Gardens Shoot

Hey, hey! So, today instead of DIY Monday, I want to share with you some behind the scenes action of my Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot. Don’t worry, the DIY’s are a coming still! I messed with the schedule because I am over at BHG’s Style Spotters blog and I thought it would make the perfect day to dish on my shoot!


I always like reading about stuff like this and thought you might get a kick out of it too.

I had cleaned and cleaned…and cleaned…

Then, the day came for BHG to come to my house. The morning before the shoot,  BHG stylist Lindsay Berger came on over to start styling the bookcases and check things out. She was the sweetest and she came with goodies too. After helping her carry in bags and bags and boxes she settled in.

BHG photo shoot

Before BHG came over, I had emailed them shots of my bookcases and items on them. They had a very clear idea of what they wanted on them. They also had a color story and specific colors they wanted me to wear. Lindsay had sourced a few items for the shelves and also pulled some decor from BHG’s prop shop.

My friends all wanted to know if I got to keep anything from the shoot. Items that were purchased I had the option to buy. The flowers, plants, drinks, and food they brought for styling we got to keep. My boys were very excited about the two bags of Hershey’s Kisses!

I gave her a quick tour of the house. I am embarrassed to say that we had just ripped the floor out of the main bathroom to start the remodel, but she was gracious and nice about the whole thing.

My living room was completely clean and lovely that morning. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Since BHG had a vision of colors and textures they wanted used in the shot, a lot of what was on my bookcases came off. In fact, we took everything off and reworked them entirely.


I really just assisted in handing things to Lindsay or finding things when she wanted a metallic, or this color book, or something white. I was happy to be a fly on the wall and watch her work. Seeing her move a picture frame a centimeter or using objects to prop things up or add more height. I was taking styling notes in my head ;)


As she was working on the styling, BHG photographer Greg Scheidemann came on over to set up his camera and equipment.


We immediately realized that we would have to take almost all the furniture out of my living room to get the shot they needed. We moved the sofa all the way over in front of the fireplace so it was out of the way. All my chairs lived in the hallway. We had things covering my kitchen table. My rug was repositioned and coffee table was added to the shot.

Once everything was set up it was time to take some test shots and see clothing options. I stood in wearing different outfits and they sent the proofs right to the BHG team to get their feedback on changes that needed to be made. Lindsay kept adjusting and restyling things so they would look just right in the shot.


Greg had everything set up and ready to go the night before. I was like, “No kids, no dog, no Dave are allowed in this room! I love you guys but you are not allowed in here, not even to breathe!”


The next morning was PHOTO SHOOT MORNING :)

After wardrobe approval and getting my shirt clamped just right it was time to take some photos.



Greg had me laughing too much, which helped put me at ease. There were tweaks and last-minute styling changes here and there but it was a pretty quick process. Greg and Lindsay sent on over their favorite shots to the BHG team. I got to see firsthand on Greg’s computer what the photos looked like.


They tried a few different poses for some variety. What worked best was me leaning into the bookcases.

It was a great experience working with Lindsay and Greg. They are genuinely kind and fun which made the whole process all the more enjoyable. I hope our paths get to cross again one of these days. I just kept thinking to myself, “Ha! They are at work right now! That’s awesome!”

No BHG photo shoot would be complete without a selfie taken by the photographer ;)


A BIG THANK YOU to editor Kit Selzer for giving me this opportunity to be featured in my favorite magazine! Thanks again to Lindsay and Greg for a fun couple days that I will never forget. This was such a great experience to be a part of and it has inspired me even more to keep on doing what I love.

DIY Library Wall in August issue of BHG

courtesty of BHG

You can get all the details on my DIY Library Wall here.

Be sure to visit me over at BHG Style Spotters today!

Summer Picnic

It’s the weekend! Hooray!

I hope you all have some fun plans. This weekend we are taking the kids to a pretty park we found and we are going to have a picnic. Can you believe that summer is coming to its end and we haven’t done this yet?!! Well, we still have a month of summer because our kids don’t start back to school until after Labor Day. I know that a lot of you are already gearing up to send the littles back to school.

I’ll be sharing some easy and budget-friendly ideas for your next summer picnic next week.

Summer Picnic Ideas In other news… See that picture there? That was taken with my new camera!! I have been having a blast this week playing with my newfangled toy! I feel pretty comfortable with it now and I will be doing my first “official” shoot with it this weekend.

That image just says summer to me. It’s not overdone. Just simply summer. Picnic blankets and small white bowls. All you need is a scoop of ice cream and blueberries from the Farmer’s Market.

That whole image was prompted by my kids begging for ice cream. It was two in the afternoon, and I said, “Why the heck not!?!” Off to the store we went for ice cream and I snapped a couple of shots before the kids gobbled it all up!

So, happy summer and I hope you have some fun this weekend!

Friday Favorites | Blogger Style Files

Happy Friday!

I am just sharing where I am today. I’d love for you to come visit me over at Kayla’s blog A Delightful Place to Dwell. Kayla is such a sweet blog friend and I am honored that she asked me to be a part of her Friday Favorites Blogger Style Files series.

Blogger Style Files

Kayla and I go way back. In fact, she is one of the first bloggers I started reading when I began B@H. You will love her style and most of all– you will love her!

One of my favorite projects that Kayla has done is her bar cart makeover.



Happy Weekend friends! Be sure to visit us at !!

The August Issue of Better Homes and Gardens

I am just getting back into the groove here after my trip to the Haven Conference. I’ll be sharing more about that later this week, but there was a surprise awaiting me when I arrived Thursday!

One thing I feel really blessed with in this blogging journey are the great friendships that have formed because of it.

Without going into too much detail, I had travel drama and I was supposed to fly out with a couple of friends. Well, because of a major accident and interstate traffic jam, I missed my flight and had to catch the next one.

These sweet girls waited for me at the Atlanta airport! Can you believe that?!!

The Chronicles of Home | Jennifer was my roommate for Haven and we have connected through our blogs for over a year now. I joked with her that she is an awesome spooner–we shared a king bed. No, we didn’t spoon!  I had the pleasure of already getting to meet her at another blogger event and she is everything you think she would be– fun, down-to-earth, caring, and gorgeous. Some of my favorite moments from our trip are when we were up in our room getting ready for things or in our down times just chatting away. And any girl that brings you a gold and acrylic stapler is the cat’s meow in my book!

Dimples & Tangles | Jennifer is another friend that I just adore spending time with. She has a heart of gold and beautiful style. So giving, loving, and puts you right at ease. She met up with the girls at the airport and when I showed up she had the August Better Homes & Gardens laying out on the table. This was such a fun thing to see because if you turn to that back page, (you know–the one everyone turns to first ;)) there I am!

Better Homes and Garden August Issue

Finding Silver Pennies | Danielle and I got to meet last year at Haven so it was so great to get to spend more time with her. I remember when we were very new to blogging (and had no clue what we were doing), we teamed up with a few other bloggers to do a holiday link party. We’ve learned a lot since then and I have enjoyed following her. She is petite and pretty as you’d expect and such a sweet soul. I had the pleasure of talking with her on our flight home and I am so glad I got to share that time with her. I just absolutely love this girl and I am excited to visit her while I’m out east.

Once we got pass the security check point, we stopped in to see if the August issue was on newsstands yet…and it was!! Danielle kindly snapped these pics for me:


I feel like it still isn’t real. I had a BHG photographer and stylist at my house! Now, I get to be in one of my favorite magazines of all time! Somebody pinch me!!

I’ll share more about the shoot later this month, but for now I want to share what it changed for me. I just feel like doing this was a pivotal moment for me and my blog. I’ve always loved styling and photographing my projects. It is fastly becoming the thing I love the most.

At Haven, I went to Kristin (AKA- the HUNTED interior) and Lucy’s (AKA Craftberry Bush) Photography Styling class (which was my favorite session btw), and I really connected with something that Kristin shared there.  She said that when she had the photographers at her house for a magazine shoot, it really got her focused on that side of blogging even more. I feel the exact same way! It was a really pivotal moment for me. When BHG was here, I was observing every detail of what they were doing. It just got the wheels turning even more and makes me want to focus more on that side of the blog. Oh, and if you don’t already follow Kristin and Lucy I suggest adding them to your blog roll.

You don’t need an expensive camera or a photographer grade Photoshop program to do this. Here’s a behind the blog secret…I have been getting by for 2 years here with a Panasonic Lumix! When I share that with other bloggers, they are so shocked. Which, I guess is a good thing and a lot of people have said they love my photography here on the blog. I think that this goes to show you that it isn’t the camera that makes or breaks a photo. It’s the way you use it and the styling.

But here’s the thing,  I am limited in what I can do with it. I can’t add lenses to it. Even in the manual setting, it is not a true manual mode and I can not manipulate the camera as I would like to. I have learned some ways to trick my camera, but I am so ready for more.

So, after some saving I finally got myself my “big girl camera” and I am going to start learning it. I also bought my first lens and a decent tripod, so I am eager and ready to improve my photography skills even more.

This has been something I have been wanting to do for a while now, so it feels so great to get it going!

It’s becoming an even bigger passion of mine to create those shots that speak to me (and hopefully to you) and that get the message across with a beauty that is captivating. A photo is a story to tell. It sets the mood for what you are sharing. So, that is my goal of late. To focus not just on the quality of what I am sharing with you, but to sharpen my photography more and more. I feel like each time I get behind that camera I get better and better. It is so fun and just takes what I create to another level.

Aside from being in a publication that I adore, BHG gave me a real gift that in my eyes is priceless. They gave me an experience that I would not otherwise have had. A chance to observe and learn from professionals that create and style those photographs we drool over all the time. I give a huge thank you to Greg Scheidemann and Lindsay Berger for making the whole experience a joyful event. They were amazing to work with and I enjoyed being a fly on the wall as they worked their magic!

So, I think we can all agree that blogging is AWESOME. It encourages me even more to keep on sharing what I love to create with you guys. I feel so blessed that I can do that and that you all keep coming back to see it.


I will be sharing some more Haven goodness with you soon, but thanks so much for all your messages and comments about the Better Homes and Gardens feature. It totally made my day!

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