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Launch of the New Adorne Collection in NYC

I was traveling last week and I am excited to share with you what I was up to in New York City!  I had the pleasure of going to NYC for the press release party of the new Hubbardton Forge line for the Adorne Collection, a collaboration between Legrand and Hubbardton Forge.

The New Adorne Collection

The Adorne Collection

Here’s the dilemma…You design a room. You get every detail selected: the flooring, the surfaces, wall treatments, the lighting…and then you stick a 20 cent plastic wall plate on your switches and outlets. It doesn’t fit with all the nice finishes you just added to your space!

In 2012, Legrand “reinvented” the everyday light switch with the Adorne collection of distinctive switches, dimmers, outlets and wall plates. Now you can match these much overlooked must-haves with your design for a seamless look. Homeowners now have choices when it comes to selecting these details with 32 wall plate options that coordinate with the switch.

The unveiling of the new Hubbardton Forge line as part of the Adorne Collection

The Adorne collection has been very successful since its launch and that brings me to what’s new. Building off the success of this collection, Legrand has teamed up with Hubbardton Forge–the oldest commercial forge in the country that is a maker of beautiful forged metal light fixtures. Each light fixture is a piece of art. This collaboration has married the two brands with the introduction of six lustrous metal wall plates forged by fire that pair perfectly with the light fixtures.

The new Adorne collection with Hubbardton Forge

Now you have the perfect pairing between these gorgeous light fixtures and wall plates. Each one is exquisitely made right here in the USA by skilled artisans. I can’t wait to share more about this exciting new collection in the weeks to come!

On February 19th, I was 1 of 6 design bloggers invited to the press cocktail event held at Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea. We all had a blast getting to know one another and learn more from the Legrand and Hubbardton Forge teams.

Hubbardton Blog Team

Left to Right:  Christy Davis from Donna Vining, Jeanne Chung from Cozy Stylish Chic, (yours truly) Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home, Renee Carman of Mandeville Canyon Designs, and Patricia Davis Brown of Dig This Design. Not pictured Justin Power from Maison Decor.

The night was full of great conversation, drink and food pairings, and some fun little extras too!

the new Adorne collection launch

The New Adorne Collection

I’m excited to share more with you on the new Hubbarton Forge line of the Adorne collection in the weeks ahead. It’s an exciting thing when function and design blend seamlessly to bring you great new options for your home!

You can follow my coverage of this new Hubbardton Forge Adorne collection with #HubbardtonBlogTeam and #LegrandMeetsHubbardton on social: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

I’d like to thank Legrand and Hubbardton Forge for the all-expense paid trip the NYC to cover the release of the new Hubbardton Forge line of the Adorne Collection. Also, a thank you to Sharp Communications. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions expressed are 100% mine. Photos in this post provided by Sharp Communications.

HGTV Magazine Feature



Hello! Here’s to the weekend! And… while you are out you should grab your copy of the January/February issue of HGTV Magazine. Not only is it full of great decorating advice, but you might see someone familiar staring back at you! I know you are wishing it is the Property Brothers, but you’ll have to put up with my mug instead!

I and three other design bloggers collaborated on a style challenge. Each one of us was asked to come up with a budget-friendly design styled around one piece of furniture. With a little DIY and some pretty accessories there is a lot you can do! As you know, I love a high end look for less and this was a fun project to collaborate on.


For info on how to make the stencil wall accent featured in my design visit You can get all the details on the DIY projects featured in all 4 challenges.

To all of you suffering these freezing temperatures, I sympathize with you! Northern Illinois right now is requiring a parka and Uggs during all instances where you will be outside for more than 10 seconds. Instead of freezing our heinies off, we are staying indoors this weekend to make some progress on all these home projects. We are deep in the midst of our bathroom remodel and a couple other projects around here. Stay tuned and stay warm my friends!

*Images in this post courtesy of HGTV Magazine.

2014 Year in Review

Hello, wonderful readers and friends!

This 2 week holiday break was so wonderful! I definitely think the holiday blog vacation is going to become a thing. I feel happy, balanced, and refreshed– ready to take on 2015!

Sayonara 2014! I mean that in the most loving interpretation possible, of course! It was a busy, unexpected, at times stressful, but AMAZING YEAR! This is one of those posts that you sit down to write and then realize there are so many things you could recap and share. It could get INSANELY long-winded. To save you the epic novel this could become, I went to great pains…(not really) to create these awesome graphics to help condense 2014 into a clear post. Here’s my 2014 Year in Review…




Let me just say, that being published on a national level was definitely a highlight of 2014 for me. Much thanks to the editors and creatives that made that happen. Also, having what I do featured prominently in our local newspapers was pretty darn awesome too. A big, warm thank you to USA Today Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine, The Argus, and The Quad-City Times.

I was invited to travel a bit and enjoyed some blogger events. Many thanks to Delta Faucet Company, the BHG Stylemaker Event, and Kohler for the amazing experiences.

My contestant experience on Creating with the Stars was unique and very valuable on so many levels. Collaborating with Kristin was such a perk and even though I did not make it past Round 1, I have a mighty fine piece of furniture to show for it! Still, one of my favorite projects of the year. Thanks to everyone, again, for all your kind comments and emails after CWTS. I feel like the most awesome loser ever after all those!


Bliss at Home - CWTS - Knockoff Overall

Bliss at Home - CWTS - Knockoff Collage Shelves

On the home front, I chipped away at our home remodel. I can happily say our living room, at the least the bones, is completely finished! The missing piece to that puzzle I am going to be sharing with you soon!


Home Tour  B @ H

Little guy’s room also got knocked out and he is happy to play in his teepee all the live-long day, lion costume and all.



Our entry way got a refresh and the flow of the house is coming together.



Much got delayed with our unexpected 3 months in Connecticut, but that was a trip of a lifetime! No regrets being beach bums and travel happy all summer. I also made our rental feel like home.




I had some really cool collaborations with brands this year which allowed me to flex some styling skills too. Being a participant in the Home Depot Style Challenges this year was a blast. You can see my Harvest Style Challenge and my Holiday Style Challenge on the Home Depot Apron Blog.

I could get crazy up in here and share every project I did last year, but here’s the ones I loved the most. In my book, they are the best for personal reasons.

best diy of 2014


DIY Bar Cabinet | DIY Border Curtains | DIY Mondrian-inspired Art | Living Room Makeover | DIY Gold Leaf Agate Coasters | Entry Way Refresh

And just because I really, really love the holidays at our home here are some of my favorite shots from our holiday posts.








cookie and cocoa party


finished ornament


sam teepee




You can see my PROJECT GALLERY and HOLIDAY GALLERY for all the projects from 2014.


If you saw my little graphic at the beginning of this post, you see that another magazine collaboration will be out. I’ll get to share more on that soon.

You also see that the bathroom I have talked about ALL LAST YEAR (pathetic, I know!) will have its big reveal very soon. It’s beyond what I originally dreamed for it, so it is worth the wait! I am calling it my gold and marble goddess.This will be the first big design reveal of 2015.

There are also 3 collaborations in the works that I am really excited to show you guys that will be happening in the first quarter of 2015. They involve a bedroom upgrade, a sofa, and some wallpaper.

And, at the beginning of every year, I like to see the remodel list dwindle, so here’s what’s left at the Cadwallader casa. And whenever this list looks like we’ve done nothing…I have to remind myself that we have pretty much finished: our bedroom, the living room, the hallway, the entryway, and little guy’s room. That’s like almost half of the house…

bh goals

My blog goals…so here’s the thing. I love to blog, I love to share my design work and what inspires me. Last year, I purchased my big girl camera, as I call it, and I have been in love. Like it is hard for me not to want to become a photo ninja. Everytime I get behind that camera I am learning more and more. Styling a shoot and getting THE SHOT is quickly becoming a thing.

I assessed my blogging pattern last year. I am good about revealing projects and collaborating with brands, but I tend to skim over the design process. I really want to focus on sharing more of what inspires me and my work. Also, more in-process ideas and tips. So, you are going to go a bit deeper with me on each of my design projects.

I also want to keep focusing on collaborating with amazing brands. It’s great to work with someone that allows me to be creative and allows me the chance to share something you really want to see. I love a chance to do something new and push myself. So, I am open to new ventures and unchartered territory. I enjoy it so much. Which brings me to Target. I am just putting it out in the universe. How cool would it be if Target and I were pals in doing awesome designy things?! In my head it is pretty darn fantastic.

Ok, this one…might need an explanation. If you are a blogger you may understand. So, I post in the AM and my routine fell apart last year. I could feel my arse growing into my office chair. Before you know it, after doing blog things…it was like 10am. Not cool, Kristin, not cool. So, I am going to discipline myself to gym, wash, dress EVERY SINGLE MORNING before work time starts. Plus, I am just a happier me when I follow that discipline. That last one maybe TMI, so sorry!

I have to thank ALL OF YOU for making this blogging journey so worthwhile! I promise to keep on creating and sharing with you. It was an exciting 2014 and I hope 2015 has some amazing things in store! It’s starting off on the right track so let’s keep the design happiness going!

Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours

Monday is the day! Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours will be kicking off this Monday, December 8th. I will be sharing our holiday home alongside some very talented design bloggers!

Here’s a peek…




BSHT Christmas 2014 Graphic

Monday, December 8th:
The White Buffalo Styling Co.
Inspired by Charm
>>>Bliss at Home<<<
Thistlewood Farms
Charming in Charlotte
Number Fifty-Three
Julie Blanner
Cuckoo 4 Design
Eclectically Vintage
Tuesday, December 9th:
My Fabuless Life
Scout & Nimble
Primitive & Proper
Sand & Sisal
The Chronicles of Home
DIY Playbook
This, That, & Life
Wednesday, December 10th:
Desert Domicile
Design Post Interiors
Tatertots and Jello
Southern Hospitality
In my own style
Retro Ranch Reno
Iron & Twine
Thursday, December 11th:
Jones Design Company
Finding Home
Jen Rizzo
Home Stories A to Z
Dimples & Tangles
Simple Stylings
Run to Radiance
 The Thriftress
Friday, December 12th:
Inspired Room
Beneath my Heart
DIY Showoff
Just a Girl
A Home Full of Color
Rain on a Tin Roof
Eleven Gables
Burlap and Lace
Sarah M. Dorsey
Happy Holidays!!

Wrist Soiree Gift Card Winner!

Wrist Soiree Sale and Giveaway

We are announcing the winner of the Wrist Soirée $50 Gift Card Giveaway today! One of you is going to sparkle hard soon! Thanks to all of you for entering and I hope you discovered a favorite new place to get some on-trend jewelry!

Visit to browse her selection of tassel bracelets, crystal bracelets, statement necklaces and more!

And the winner is…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Winner was selected using


I’ll be in touch via email soon so we can get your gift card to you!

Merry Christmas!

BHG Everything Holidays Pinning Party

Are you stuffed with too much food and lack the desire to move? Did you head out to the Black Friday sales and now need a low key activity to keep the holiday spirit going? I have a great idea for you! Join me for the Better Homes and Gardens Everything Holidays Pinning Party GOING ON ALL DAY TODAY NOVEMBER 28TH on Pinterest.

Everything Holidays Pinning Party


It will be just the pick-me-up you need to get in the holiday spirit. I’ll be pinning my favorite holiday inspirations along side a group of extremely talented bloggers. Get decorating ideas, recipes, craft ideas and more!

Here’s the link to the Everything Holidays Pinterest Board so you can start collecting those pins and links to ideas that inspire you:

Let’s get our holiday on!!

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, Mandi from, yours truly, Kristin from, Jenn from, and Kirsten from

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.


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.

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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