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5 Simple Touches to Make Your Kitchen More You

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I’d like to thank Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® for sponsoring this post. This is a product I love and have used for a while now. I am happy to share it with you.

Today, I will be giving you a glimpse into one of the rooms in my house that I haven’t tackled that much yet, my kitchen. Truth be told, it is going to be a huge project and I am waiting until after the holidays to get rolling on it. So, before all the design fun can take place, I have been making the most of this space that I spend a lot of time in. Today, I am going to show you 5 Simple Touches to Make Your Kitchen More You.

Simple Ways to Make Your Kitchen More You

 

1 | BRING IN SCENTS THAT INSPIRE.

Marble stand to hold cleaners by sink

 

I love to cook for my family. When I am in the kitchen, I want to feel inspired to make that next creation. One of the ways I do that is by incorporating the scents I love into a space.

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products  Safe Cleaning and Care for Your Home

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® has been a line of cleaning and care products that I fell in love with the first time I used them a few years ago. Not only do they smell heavenly, but they are made with essential oils, plants, and flowers. It makes washing the dishes and scrubbing the counters less of a chore.

Chemical free cleaning with Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Geranium

Let’s face it, the kitchen becomes the hub of the house, at least it does for us. My kids always want to be where I am, especially my little guy.  If I am working in the kitchen he wants to sit on the counter or play on the floor with his toys.

Having fun in the kitchen on a snowy day

I have taken a very natural approach to our health and that includes how I choose to clean my home. I strive to be as chemical free as possible. A lot of the natural cleaning products I have tried in the past, smelled great and were chemical free, but didn’t do such a bang up job in the cleaning department. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® packs a punch! I was sold the first time I used them.

My favorite Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® scents include Honeysuckle, Geranium, and Lemon Verbena.

 

2 | ADD A COLORFUL PAINTED EDGE TO YOUR CUTTING BOARDS AND UTENSILS.

As I stated earlier, my kitchen needs some updating, but I make it a little more me by adding in personal touches. One little thing I love to do is add some color to an everyday item. Cutting boards are a much-needed tool in the kitchen, and I like to paint the edges to give them a little extra something. Pick a color you love and have fun with it!

5 Simple Touches to Make Your Kitchen More You Paint a colorful edge on your cutting boards.

They are still usable since you are not painting the surface and it is an easy way to make something your own. I also have done this with other items in the kitchen and you can see my DIY Paint-dipped Utensils for more inspiration.

 

3 | WORK IN PRETTY DISHES AND SERVEWARE.

I dream of this kitchen having Carrara marble and brass hardware with beautiful cabinetry, but until that day comes…I take it up a notch with some pretty dishes and serveware. It’s a nice distraction from the things about my kitchen I am not so fond of…like the brown countertops.

gold and white bowls

 

4 | BRING NATURE IN.

The power of flowers never ceases to amaze me. Seeing beautiful blooms is such a mood enhancer and doesn’t cost a lot. Spending $6-10 bucks on some flowers is so worth it. My favorite is always the $10 rose bouquet from the grocery store.

grocery store roses

 

5 | MAKE THE MOST OF THE INDOORS.

Celebrate living in your home. A cold, snowy day can become an opportunity to have some fun. Set up a table or counter like it’s a holiday. Our Midwest winter feels like it has already started with temps not getting above 20 degrees. It was the perfect day to have cocoa and cookies and start decorating for Christmas in the kitchen. Be thankful for what you do have and live in your rooms.

cookie and cocoa party

I hope this helps inspire you to make the most of your kitchen, even if it isn’t the dream workspace you desire. Homegrown inspiration is everywhere, whether it is the smell of lavendar in your garden or a color that inspires your next project. Simple touches can really make a difference!

You can read more about Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® which was created by an Iowa mom of 9 children who desired to make chemical free cleaning products with scents right from her backyard garden.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day®.

Starting the Big Kid Room

 

Kid Room Plans Starting with a Bookcase

 

A few months ago, I showed you how I updated a space in our home using a bookcase. With little man’s bedroom completed, it is time to move on to the big kid’s space. The Tower Bookcase from Sauder Furniture is something that has been used a couple different places in our home. Its clean lines make it work with many different design styles.

It first was in my office, then it became a temporary pet station in our kitchen, and now it is giving our son’s room some much-needed shelving.

I have just started revisiting the design plan for my oldest’s bedroom. My boys definitely have opposite styles, so it is going to be fun to switch gears for this room makeover. I don’t want to share too much of the room just yet, but I did want to show you how we worked the bookcase into his space.

He needed a place to display the things he likes. This tall bookcase is a great space saver and the open design makes it appear to not eat up space or affect your line of sight.

Whether it’s an adult space or kid space, I think it just adds to your atmosphere to have a lovely styled piece of furniture. If you can display the things you love in a meaningful way, it adds something special to a space.

This is where this bookcase is going to stay and I can’t wait to get cracking on the projects for this room!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

DIY Cross Wall | The Tutorial

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of sharing my little guy’s room makeover with all of you for the Fall in Love room reveals hosted by Primitive & Proper. You can see the entire reveal of his modern kids room here.

I made a DIY Cross Wall that was inspired by the Pia Wallén Crux blanket that little guy really liked.

Pia Wallen Crux Blanket

Pia Wallén Crux Blanket

Today, I wanted to share how I made his cross wall. It was a bit difficult at first since the walls in his room are textured. Painting designs on them is a pain and decals just don’t work. I tried washi tape but that wouldn’t hold. I found the perfect solution!

Drum roll please…

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

Yes, electrical tape was the perfect fit! It was easy to work with and held to the textured walls without coming off. You can also reposition it, so if you don’t get it right the first time you can try again.

Up close you can see how it took the shape of what it was covering with no bubbling at all. It was the perfect solution!

DIY Cross Wall

MEASUREMENTS:

For each cross I cut 2 strips 4 inches each.

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial via Bliss at Home

On the wall, the spacing was designed to fit my particular wall so you would have to figuire out the right spacing for yours. I spaced each row 3 inches from the top. Each cross is spaced 10 inches. 

DIY Cross Wall via Bliss at Home

 

As you can see I did my own tweaks based off the original design. I wanted the crosses slimmer and I also chose to stagger them for my desired look.

I also want to note that my husband got his start as an electrician, so we know our electrical tape…(so we got that going for us, ha!)…I guess we are electrical tape snobs. I used Scotch Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape and you can pick it up at the Home Depot or your closest home improvement store. It has the best stick factor. One roll almost did the entire wall. It’s a super inexpensive way to get the look. I think I paid $5.99 a roll.

We have been enjoying playing and creating in little man’s room! I think the look on his face says it all!

DIY Cross Wall via Bliss at Home

Thanks for all your sweet comments on his room reveal. It has been one of my favorite rooms to work on so far.

DIY Cross Wall Tutorial by Bliss at Home

If you want to see more cross wall inspiration, check out Julia’s (Cuckoo 4 Design) cross wall hallway she created making her own wall decals.

I’ll be back with some more DIY projects from his space and a full source list soon.

My New Favorite Shop | Hattan Home

 

Fab home decor from Hattan Home

zebra dish || pouf || tray || lotus votive || muah! || love || pom pom throw

Happy Friday loves!! I especially love this Friday because I discovered a new-to-me shop that I just adore. You know I like some great home accessories and Hattan Home does not disappoint! It’s right up my alley and I just had to share it with you today.

All those goodies above are from Hattan Home. Their tagline “treats for your home” is perfect because there is so much deliciousness to choose from in their shop! They are right on trend and offer a great selection of home decor, office accessories, and more!

I just received the Capiz Lotus Votive and had some fun styling it up in my home. Lotus decor is on trend right now and it’s a classic look so ,of course, I love it!

Bliss at Home styles it up with the Capiz Lotus Votive for Hattan Home

One thing I am a little addicted to is reworking my bookcases. They provide such a great opportunity to do something new in my home when I feel the urge to refresh.

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

I love the addition of the lotus votive. It’s just the right, chic touch and blends nicely with the rest of the accessories.

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Bliss at Home styles it up with Hattan Home

Be sure to check out Hattan Home. It is such a well-curated shop that is full of style. With the holidays right around the corner it has some great gift options. Have a fab weekend!!

This is a sponsored post for Hattan Home. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Styling | Hanging Art on the Bookcases

Howdy! So, I was cooped up indoors yesterday. It was rainy and one of my kiddos had the dreaded tummy virus that has been going around. Needless to say we could not go anywhere. I got a little stir crazy and decided to rework my bookcases. Hanging art on the bookcases also happened.

I went into my storage room and saw one of my favorite pieces of art leaning against the wall. This Laura Dro Ikat Kaleidoscope print I had taken down to do some painting.  I never hung it back up because we went out East for the summer.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcase

I decided to reframe it and hang it up on the bookcase. I have been wanting to hang something there for a while now.  Just the pop of pattern and color that was missing!

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

 

This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the art almost 2 years ago. I just really love Laura’s textile-inspired abstracts. The colors are stunning and even the prints are of high quality and look like canvases. I really love supporting artists I admire.

 

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

I’ve been feeling lively and vibrant lately. My home definitely mimics my mood. With the exception of my kiddo getting sick, this house has been bustling with activity. It just feels right to showcase this print center stage.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

This print is still for purchase on Laura’s website: http://www.lauradrodesigns.com

You can also check out these awesome lucite trays that can be customized with a monogram and print selection. I just love them!

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

With a new fall season around the corner, we start to look at reinventing our indoor spaces again. Curtains are a great way to freshen up a room. They add warmth and texture, but window coverings can be very expensive. It’s great when you can find affordable ways to work this much needed staple into your home. Here is a round-up of 10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas that you can do on a budget!

10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Malachite Curtains

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Border Curtains

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10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Lined and Lengthened Curtains

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10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Knock Off Crate & Barrel Cutains

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Lined & Pleated Curtains

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10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Bed Sheet Curtains

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10 Great DIY Curtain Ideas

DIY Dyed Curtains

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Upholstered Cornice and Pom-Pom Curtains

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY 15 Minute Curtains

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10 great DIY curtain ideas

DIY Circle Pattern Curtains

So much great inspiration to dress those windows! I love it!!

I am enjoying the last few days of our summer break seeing the coast of Maine. Pretty soon I will be back home working on all my projects again while running the kids around in the mommy bus!

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Also, be sure to check out our home tour featured on Eclectically Vintage. Kelly has such a great blog and an amazing home! You must see it!

Happy Monday!

 

DIY Wood Block Candle Holders

DIY Wood Block Candle Holders

Happy DIY Monday!

Today, I am sharing my latest project with you! I made a pair of DIY Wood Block Candle Holders this weekend and I love them! See how pretty they are on my coffee table…

DIY wood block candle holders

 

I’ve had tapered candles on my mind lately and wanted to make some candlesticks. Cruising the woodworking aisle, I came across wood blocks and thought they’d make some really great candle holders.

DIY wood block candle holder supply list

I just want to preface this by saying that list above is how I would do it at home with all my tools.

Since we are still at our rental, I had to get creative with the minimal tools I have here. I would recommend getting a paddlewheel bit the width of a tapered candle. A good rule of thumb– the width of a nickel will work great.

wood-block-candle

 

Not having this and just my drill and one drill bit, I drilled perforated holes and knocked out the center gently. The wood block is hollow so this wasn’t too bad. A little more time-consuming and takes some precision. Definitely get the paddlewheel bit to make it easy on yourself. I am cheap and didn’t want to buy something I have back at home so I came up with another way to do it.

Once I drilled out the holes for the candles, I glued two of the blocks together. I chose to glue them out of line because I like the look.

DIY wood block candle holders

I let my glued blocks dry overnight and set a weighty book on top of them. The next day it was time to paint. Normally, I would recommend spray painting them a glossy white. Again, with me being in the rental, I don’t have a good place to spray paint so I chose to use craft paint. I did two coats.

Once that was dry, I taped off my lines for the liquid leaf. I like working with liquid leaf on smaller things like this. It gives a really pretty sheen. This has to dry for at least an hour before you can handle it.

I love the result!!! It’s a fun, modern look that is on trend.

DIY Wood Block Candle Holders

DIY wood block candle holders

DIY wood block candle holders

Pretty! Pretty! Really pretty easy too.

So, every Monday here is DIY Monday. Here’s what’s coming next week…

I am secretly pining for fall. It’s my favorite season and it inspired my next DIY project. Can’t wait to share it with you!

For more DIY projects check out my PROJECT GALLERY.

How to Create an Entry Way…when you don’t have one!

Heeee-lloooooo! Hey, so I’ve been in an apartment for over 2 months now…

Talk about living in a small space! It’s been so fun to be out here this summer and I think it’s rebooted my creativity. The other day I decided to play around with some things I’ve found around here to show you how to create an entry way…when you don’t have one!

Our apartment does not have an entry way. You walk right into a wall of doors that hide the washer and dryer. It’s all open concept and the dining area and living room are one space. But, if you have a wall you can make an entry way drop zone and so I did!

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

Did you guys love The Nate Berkus Show as much as I did? Man, I miss that show. I love when Nate would say, “Shop your house first.” Well, because that’s what I do ALL THE TIME. Sometimes just freshening up and playing around with things you already have can breathe new life into a space. Plus, it’s FREE…my favorite four letter word.

Here’s what I did to show you how to create a entry way drop zone on a budget with things I already have on hand.

THE FOUNDATION:

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

This inexpensive Ikea desk is small enough to double as a console table. The Ikea LINNMON/ADILS Table is under $20 and a great size for a small space. Just like at home, I love to add storage below a console table. I used my storage cubes there. In a small space you need a place to keep extra shoes and bags…especially if you are low on closet space. The $10 green desk chair (I scored when we first got here) is great to place next to the table for a place to drop your purse or sit and slip on your shoes.

WALL & FLOOR:

Artwork is my number one go-to for dressing walls. If you wanted to swap this out for a mirror you could totally do that too. I also like to lean artwork instead of hanging it all the time and it makes for a nice layer. One large and one smaller piece of art work well together for leaning them against a wall.  Rugs always, always, always, help anchor and define a space. So, a runner or a scatter rug is perfect here.

TABLE TOP:

It’s always great to have somewhere to drop your mail and keys when you get home so if you can fit in a table or shelf you should do it.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one.

Last weekend, we went to some flea markets and antique stores around here and I scored a gold and black set of china for super cheap. Just a small plate serves as a place to set your keys and shades.

shades-keys

Books are my go-to for adding height a lot of times. If the spines don’t work with your overall look– just flip them around and have the pages show.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

I think every space should possess a life element. Having plants and flowers around your home just make for a happy space. You don’t have to spend money on this. I just clipped a couple leaves from our patio palm. That vase is actually a utensil holder. I just added a drinking glass to it and it makes for a pretty holder for stems.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

Roses are my favorite and I am lucky to have a grocery store by me that sells $6 bundles of roses every day. I love arranging them in different ways.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

Another find from my weekend is that brass planter with greek key feet. It was $7 buried in the basement sale room of an antique store. Totally worth the hunt.

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one!

How to Create an Entry Way...when you don't have one.

shoes

So, any wall can become a place to land and create a welcoming spot in your home. Get creative with the space you live in and design it to suit your life. My “entry way”  also doubles as a workspace when I need it, so it’s multi-functional too. I love reinventing my rooms time and again. Shopping your house can be so fun!

DIY’s featured here:

See how I made the DIY Mondrian Art.

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See how I made the No Sew Fabric Covered Storage Cubes.

diy storage cubes

Emboss like a BOSS and a GIVEAWAY!!

I embossed.

I embossed and I want to do it again, and again, and AGAIN!

Today, I am sharing my new favorite DIY toy, the HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II. You will have a chance to win one at the end of this post!

Heat guns are amazing and great to have in your DIY tool arsenal. They do countless things that I will share at the end of this post, but today I want to focus on embossing.

If you are not familiar with embossing, it is how you achieve that raised and printed look on paper. You can use this technique on other things too, but today we are going to focus on paper. It is great to use with your favorite rubber stamps.

DIY Embossed State Art Tutorial

Here’s a tutorial on how to emboss like a boss. I really just wanted to say that!

Since, we are spending our summer months in Connecticut, I wanted a little memento I could bring home with us and add to our gallery wall. DIY state art seemed like a great choice.

embossing-supplies

To emboss you will need:

• a rubber stamp or template

• cardstock for your print

• fine tip paint brush (only if using template)

• clear embossing ink

• embossing powder

• heat gun

For my DIY state art, I used a downloaded state image from this source. I just cut it out and used it as my template and inked the outline.

DIY embossed state art tutorial

Before you begin, make sure you protect your surfaces. I also recommend working outside if you can or in a very well ventilated area.

Above is a step-by-step image tutorial. Basically, it is simple:

1) Stamp or paint on your embossing ink.

2) Pour your embossing powder over the ink and shake the excess off on a spare piece of paper. You can use your paper to add it back into its container so you can use it again.

3) Use your heat gun to set the powder in the ink. It will raise up and have a glossy sheen.

* I found it helpful to have a spare paint brush on hand to help brush the excess embossing powder off my print. Just make sure not to touch where your ink is or you could risk smudging your print.

After my practice run I made a gold one. It has such a pretty sheen to it!

DIY embossed state art tutorial

I can’t wait for the stamps I ordered to come in and play some more with embossing! I want to emboss everything right now! It’s a bit addicting!

The HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II has some pretty amazing applications! Here’s some of the things you can use it for:

Embossing (as seen here).

Removal of: paint, urethane from furniture and woodwork, stickers and bumper stickers, vinyl flooring, linoleum, laminate, caulk, wood putty.

Drying metal surfaces prior to painting, ignition system.

Heating shrink-wrap, window shrink coverings, frozen locks and water pipes, bearings and gears, loosening rusted bolts.

You can also solder water pipes, weld plastic, bend plastic/poly carbonate, and wax skis with it!

It comes with several attachments for scraping and different nozzles to control how the heat is directed. I used the concentrator nozzle for embossing.

homeright-heat-gun

It also has a side dial to control the temp and 2 speeds. The top of the gun lets you know what temp you are at. I found the sweet spot for embossing to be 340 degrees on the low setting.

HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II

This is going to come in handy for so many projects we have left to do back on the home front. I can’t wait to use it to remove paint and urethane!

To enter to win a HomeRight Heat Pro Deluxe II just follow the Rafflecopter below.

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You can check out the Home Right website to see all their great products.

Happy Monday friends! I am going to do another embossing project soon to share with you!

Paint-dipped Ikea FRIDFULL Woven Planters

One thing I miss this summer is my herb garden. Since we have a little patio space here at our summer rental, I wanted to make sure I had some fresh herbs on hand.

This is a quick and easy painted pot project. In the amount of time it takes you to blink, you can get this done!

ikea-painted-pots

 

Pros about living here are the great stores! I am minutes from Ikea, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods…stores that are a bit of drive back home…like a 3 hour drive!

On my last Ikea haul, I grabbed 3 FRIDFULL woven 4-1/2 inch pots. They are the perfect size for little herbs and succulents.

To make them more personalized, I opted to give them a paint-dipped look with black and white paint leftover from my DIY Painted Patio Chairs.

DIY Painted-Dipped Ikea FRIDFULL Woven Pots

 

I just used my leftover painter’s tape to make a clean line as I measured 3 inches up on each one.

DIY painted pots

This is a really quick way to get that paint-dipped look.

At Trader Joe’s, I picked up a variety of herbs and a succulent. I just love these little woven planters.

planting-herbs

Now, I have a little herb garden to snip for cooking. I am hoping our little patio will get enough sun to keep these little guys happy.

little-herb-garden

As you see our garden gnome “Cheese McBean” traveled out east with us. I am going to add some more herbs when I get to the store again, but this is a good little start.

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I moved the succulent indoors for now to make more room for herbs. I like him by our little brass heron that the boys named Rocky.

If you’d like to see more of our summer rental that will be ours until the end of August, you can check out my summer home tour below.

home tour 2

 

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. I have a project to finish up, but we are going hiking all day Saturday. We found a great spot that is close-by that has some beautiful trails and waterfalls. The boys can’t wait!

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