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Our New Animal Print Runner

Bonjour! I am saying bonjour a lot lately…only because we are planning our dream Paris trip for next year…but that is neither here nor there! Today is all about this fabulous animal print runner I added to our home. You may remember the inspiration post I did a couple of weeks back on animal print runners. I have been obsessed with this look to say the least. I finally pulled the trigger and now our hallway is walking on the wild side and I totally love it!

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It was love at first sight. When I was looking online for a runner, I found the Safavieh Soho rug at Rugs USA. It has the perfect pattern repeat and I like that the spots are larger.

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It was love at first touch too for everyone in the family. It’s 100% wool and hand-tufted, the quality is great. It’s nice and thick and the perfect weight for a runner. It’s my youngest’s favorite new place to play with his cars.

hallway-11 He says the spots make a maze. They totally do.

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This hallway was the perfect place to add in some animal print without it being too much. The white walls and the contrast of the black light fixture are pretty perfect with the runner.

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Be sure to check out Rugs USA  and see their entire collection of animal print rugs. You can also see the ever popular Moroccan Shag like I used in our living room. They have something for every taste and budget.

I am going to go back to driving through the car maze with my main daytime squeeze!!

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What do you think of the animal print runner look? Love it or leave it? It may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for me! It adds a richness and a little pattern play to a neutral space.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Rugs USA. As always, I only share what I love and the little things that make my heart go pitter-patter. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

My Latest Target Style Finds

#TARGETSTYLE2 shirt | shoes | flatware | figurines | light

Hey! So, at the end of January I start to get antsy. I want to buy new clothes, but I want to wait until I shed the last of those holiday pounds. I want to spruce up the house, but I don’t want to spend a lot because, let’s face it,  we just got done spending over the holidays. Plus, there’s the whole we just edited our spaces excuse. So, here are some light on the pocketbook finds that will feed that desire to refresh, but won’t break the bank from non other than Target. Target, the place you cannot enter without buying at least 2 things you didn’t go in there for.

Hey, how did that make it into the cart? Kids, did you throw that pair of ladies leopard shoes in there when I wasn’t looking?! Can’t take you guys anywhere! Well, alright!  Just this once…”

OK, I’ve never said that, but you get it. I just did a guilt-free splurge on the items above because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. They are my latest Target style finds and some I bought in store and others are online only. It cures the shopping urges I stated above. I’ve been wanting that gold flatware FOREVER and it is finally back in stock. I’m excited it will be here before our annual Valentine’s Day dinner which I am starting to plan. I’m going for a vintage glam mix this year.

Other than that, we will be working on the gold and marble goddess. Getting closer to the finish line!

Have a fab weekend!

Rug Choices for the Bedroom

Wow! So, you guys are on it! Last week, when I asked you guys to weigh in on the pillow options for our bedroom design you were all about it! So, I thought we’d do it again, but this time with the rug options.

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First off, the bedding option with the most votes was option one. It was the majority winner by over 60% out of all of you that took the time to state your favorite. Nothing else was even close. You guys really love your animal print and I dig that about you!

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I am not sharing what I am going with until room reveal day, but for fun, since option one was the overall favorite, I thought we’d use that for our mock-ups today.

An area rug can definitely make or break a room design. As I shared before, the Rifle Paper Co. Peonies Paper I framed above my desk area is the jumping off point for this space.

Floral artwork above desk

Popping the option one choice in for bedding, I decided on two routes this could go.

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The first option is to go BOLD. Have some strong geometric pattern to contrast the already vintage feel of the desk area. It’s a statement and the black and white ties in the bedding. It makes the space feel more modern and exciting.

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An over-dyed rug has a vintage feel and plays up the romantic vibe a bit. The softer tones bring in the neutrals more and the pop of color is an unexpected twist. It keeps it fresh and not boring.

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As you can see, two completely different looks are created by the area rugs.  So, basically it comes down to what you want to feel when you are in this room.

Which do you prefer? Bold and exciting or vintage and romantic? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Here are the posts so far from this series if you want sources or need to get up to speed:

bedroom-series    Bedroom Changes with a Desk           Bedroom Bedding Options                  On My Desk 2015

Bedroom Bedding Choices

Mock it up! Mock it up! (I sing it like T Swift…Shake it off, shake it off!) How has Taylor Swift worked her way into every facet of my life in one form or another?!

Anyways! Yesterday, I shared my little desk space I added to my bedroom. Today, I wanted to show you the direction I am going with the bedding options. I have decided on black and white bedding for sure, but now I am trying to choose pillow options.

One of my blog goals this year is to let you guys in on my design process a bit more. For me, design isn’t just one day I decide on everything. It definitely is a process. I find one thing that inspires a space. That is key. I tend to always work that way. I find that one thing that I love and it starts those little design wheels in my head turning.

In this case, it is that gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. paper I framed. It is the starting point for everything. It is why I added in the kelly green chair. It is going to affect my decisions with our closet makeover too. I now have a clear vision of what I want there.

So, when I want to envision things a bit more, I do a quick mock-up so I can decide on options. Things like pillows, patterns, rugs, curtains, etc.

Here’s my options for our bed pillows. I’d love to hear which one is your favorite!

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So many options…I can get really carried away when I do this. I had to stop myself at six this time because it was starting to get out of hand. All you design happy people out there understand, right?

Which one is your favorite?

Bedroom Changes with a Desk

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Ehhh-lo, Gov’ner! There’s a desk in my bedroom. Sorry (not sorry), I am in an interesting mood today. Just go with it! It’s an awesome mood actually. I tend to be overly obnoxious when the awesome mood strikes. Oh! AND I watched Downton Abbey last night so my fake British accent is back. It’s not pretty.  It’s like Eliza Doolittle before she got the lessons from Professor Higgins…

…So…Yesterday, I shared my 2014 recap with some tidbits on what’s coming up for this year.

One thing happening is our home remodel is back in full force. Hip, hip, hooray! We are working on the bathroom presently and I hope to have it ready to share in a few weeks! EEK!

With our home remodel, things are constantly being moved and changed to accommodate the things that arrive in BIG BOXES and the working space needed to make some beautiful happen around here. My office space, as much as I loved it, had to go. Le sigh. We just needed the space for all the “things”. I will have a new studio and home for it this year, but until that day comes I need a little place to keep it all organized.

I have been operating with a stash-where-you-can-find-room method. Have you tried this method? It kind of blows.

So, I pulled this little writing desk out of my furniture hoard. Did you hear music? I heard it…oh, wait, it’s just the musical furniture again! This little old desk is my office space for now right next to my bed. Déjà vu, right? It is pulling double duty as a nightstand too.  The drawers are helping me out in the storage department. The center drawer fits my laptop so I can cleverly hide it when I don’t want it out. BOOM! Storage crisis averted.

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My $10 green office chair I scored from Connecticut works with it. I like the mix. I also wanted some flower power so I framed some new artwork. Here’s a tip. Got the winter blues? Frame some flowers and plant them on a wall–instant spring garden.

Floral artwork above desk

For Christmas, I received those gorgeous art deco bookends. Swoon! I absolutely adore them! They are holding the books I am getting so much inspiration from right now. Those bamboo frames I thrifted and with a little paint and lacquer they look smokin’. I keep reusing them for things and now they are framing that gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. paper. It’s an ultra feminine look with just enough quirk and different styles and eras mixed in. It’s just me.

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Since I am using the gray and white bedding in our son’s room makeover…you know what that means…my bed is going to get a whole new look…which (of course) means a few more things will be changed in this room.

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Tomorrow, I am sharing some pillow options and you guys can weigh in on the look you like. I also will be sharing my favorite new office accessories too this week. Hint, hint! A lot of them are in these photos.

We’ll reconvene here tomorrow and discuss!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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