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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!!

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 !!

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