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DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap


Wrapping gifts for the holidays is something I always look forward to every year. It’s a chance to do something new and special. This year, I wanted to take an artsy stab at gift wrap and made my own abstract art paper. I based it off the painting I made for my living room that you can see in my Christmas Home Tour. It is full of the colors I used throughout the year in my home and a little gold leaf too.

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

The white craft paper is great (I like the one from Hobby Lobby because it is thicker and perfect for painting) or you can reuse old gift wrap by flipping it over to the plain white back.

My method is to start with dabbing the different colors on the paper and then taking white paint on a brush and working horizontally. I clean my brush and then paint vertically. Once it dries, I go back and add in where it needs it and press some gold leaf crumbles into the wet paint.

With the colors I chose, I love a simple black ribbon to finish the wrapping.

It makes for gift wrap as pretty as a painting! The only problem is that it is so beautiful you won’t want to unwrap it!

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap

DIY Abstract Gift Wrap


For more holiday ideas visit my HOLIDAY GALLERY.

Merry Christmas!

My Favorite Design Books

‘Tis the season for gift-giving and I am always happy to see a design book under the tree. For the design lover in your life, you really can’t go wrong giving them one as a gift OR a piece of art they’ve been eyeing for that matter! Am I right, design happy people out there? Well, art aside, today I wanted to help out and share my favorite design books and the ones I’ve been eyeing…hint, hint …if you have any last-minute gifts to grab for me. 

Favorite Design Books from B@H

All these books above I love and I have already. They all offer me something different and I love to flip through them. They also look pretty great on a coffee table, because books are decor too you know.

Left to right: Jonathan Adler Happy Chic Colors, Celerie Kemble Black & White, Domino The Book of Decorating, Kelly Wearstler Rhapsody, Will Taylor Bright Bazaar.

My Favorite Design Books from B@H

These books have been on my wish list for Christmas. I have pawed through a few of them at the bookstore. Yep, I am one of those people who goes to bookstores and sometimes just browses, OBNOXIOUS, I know! You will notice that when I say design books that also means from the world of fashion. I pull so much inspiration from fashion too, because, essentially, you are “dressing your home”. Design is design is design.

Left to right: Allegra Hicks An Eye for Design, Vogue Living Houses Gardens People, Erin Gates Elements of Style, Mary McDonald Interiors, Impact 50 Years of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

My Favorite Design Books from B@H

These are the books I want to know what’s inside! I love Chanel…hello! Black and White forever. And the rest of these I’ve seen the covers and I am oh so intrigued! They got to be good, right? Look at the covers…don’t judge a book by its cover…Well, I think they all look pretty darn good!

Left to Right by title: Artfully Modern Interiors by Richard Mishaan, Tom Ford, Chanel Set of Three, Campion Platt Made to Order, Markham Roberts Decorating the Way I See It.

Give the gift of books and make someone’s holiday! They are usually quick to ship from online stores too, so easy holiday shopping at your fingertips.

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas Bedroom

Christmas Holiday Bedroom


Sometimes inspiration comes from that one thing. That’s the way it was for our Christmas bedroom this year. It all started with a secondhand find.

While out Christmas shopping over the weekend, I saw a large white hand at one of my favorite spots to find treasures. When you see a large white hand for sale you buy the large white hand!! Maybe this is just my own rule? Well, I own my weirdness.

It actually became the jumping off point for my Christmas bedroom. It inspired me to add in white ball ornaments to the fresh greenery. Those white ball ornaments are actually styrofoam balls left over from a project. They glisten like snow, so it just worked for me.

Keeping with my love of black and white spaces, I left the rest pretty simple. I threw in the teal pillow from my Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge for a pop of color. I layered in a lot of warmth and texture through the pillows, throws, and rug. The art is just some chalk scribbles and the canvas I painted.

I love the look all together and it is such a lovely holiday touch, but not in your face holiday, if you know what I mean.

That giant hand comes in handy for a back scratcher too, just FYI. Ha-ha, I make myself giggle…handy. I may have high-fived it a couple of times too. Okay, I did. At the flea market, in front of perfect strangers.

bedding | TJMaxx fur throw | teal pillow | artwork (my own) | lamp (thrift score) | disco ball (out of stock)

Merry Christmas!!

Holiday Home Tour

Welcome, welcome!! Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours is one of my favorite things in the blogosphere and I am so glad you are here today! It’s even better this week because it’s all about sharing Christmas in our homes! A very warm welcome to all of you visiting from Inspired by Charm! Isn’t Michael’s holiday decorating amazing!?!

This year for our holiday home, I wanted to add to our shiny metallics and black and white with an infusion of color. Jewel tones are the inspiration for this space and I love the pop of bright mixed in! Sit back as you take a tour of our holiday spaces…

Walking into our living room always makes me smile, especially with the bright lights of the Christmas tree peeking out around the corner.

Kristin Cadwallader's classic holiday home with a modern spin and pop of color.


Our sofa got the sheepskin treatment for the holidays. It just adds another layer of comfort and warmth. I love using ball ornaments in different places throughout our home and potted plants, like the orchid behind our sofa, is no exception. Adding ornaments to planters adds just the right amount of sparkle.

Kristin Cadwallader's classic holiday home with modern details.


Our Christmas tree I like to keep full of silver, gold, black and white. This year, I added a pop of color with the bright ribbons on the simple white present boxes. I also hand-painted some wrapping paper to mimic the my painting above the sofa.

Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home.

Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home via Bliss at Home


Coffee tables are one of my favorite things to style.  I mixed in some antlers and ornaments in a tray to create a unique arrangement. It is so pretty at night too, because it reflects all the lights in the room.

Holiday glamour in from this classic home tour.

Details from Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home tour.


We use our fireplace A LOT in the fall and winter, but when it isn’t in use,  I like to pop some presents into the firebox. It’s a fun, whimsical touch, and my kids always say, “Oh, Santa had an accident again!”

I have faux lighted pine garland on the mantel, but I mix in fresh greens of cedar and white pine. This is an easy way to fill out your garlands and it looks completely natural. You can just swap out the greenery when it starts to look not so fresh anymore.

Instead of centering the wreath over the mantel, I like the look of placing it off to one side. My DIY Ornament Wreath was so easy to make and held up great from last year.

The fur stockings add the right amount of texture to soften the whole look.

Kristin Cadwallader's modern yet traditional holiday home.

Love this mantel from Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home tour.

Fresh cedar and white pine holiday garland.

Kristin Cadwallader's modern tradtitional holiday home.


The library wall of bookshelves, I like to keep clean and simple. I add in some holiday touches like gifts, ornaments, and woodland decor. I love the look of a wreath centered on them with some gorgeous ribbon. Ribbon is definitely something I love to splurge on every year.

Holiday home tour of Kristin Cadwallader's Illinois house from Bliss at Home.

Kristin Cadwallader's holiday home tour is a mix of modern and traditional.


We can’t forget the party, right? My DIY Ornament Trees are the perfect size for the top of the bar cart. I played around with some floral arranging and made a festive bouquet in a mercury glass vase.

Preserved boxwoods can be used all year-long, but I love to use them in my holiday decor too.

Mixing in more gift boxes and ornaments gives our little bar cart the holiday treatment and a sheepskin on the bottom shelf adds another layer of winter texture.

Holiday bar cart styling | Kristin Cadwallader Bliss at Home




I hope you enjoyed our holiday touches and wish you all a very Happy Holiday!!!


Next up is Kari Anne from Thistlewood Farms and I just know she has some amazing holiday decor to share with you!

ALSO…I have my Home Depot Style Challenge on the Home Depot Apron Blog today and you can see some more of our holiday decor and entertaining ideas. It’s double the Christmas fun!!


I’d like to thank my sweet friend, Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. for having me join her amazing line-up of talented design bloggers again.

BSHT Christmas 2014 Graphic

Here is the Christmas Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour line-up for today so you don’t miss any of the amazing homes:

Monday, December 8th:

        >>>Bliss at Home<<<
        Number Fifty-Three
Happy Holidays!!

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


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.

Modern Kid Room Makeover

Hey buds! I’m excited to share little man’s bedroom makeover today as part of the Fall In Love room reveals! My friend, Cassie from Primitive & Proper, got some of us together for a 6-week kick in the rear to get a room finished and boy, am I glad she did!

If you are coming from Boxy Colonial, welcome! I hope you stay and enjoy!

THE PLAN | Modern Kid Room


My little guy’s room has sat unfinished for months now. We started it before we headed out east and I just hadn’t made time to finish it when we got back this fall. With a little DIY on the cheap and some budget-friendly finds, it is now the room we sat down and planned together! Way ba-aaaack last year, I sat both my boys down for a design consultation. It was the cutest thing seeing what they were drawn to and what ideas they had for their rooms.

Today, you are seeing my youngest’s room. He is a dreamer, loves creatures…all kinds. He has brought worms into the house. YES, WORMS! He is tender and wild at the same time. A ball of energy and full of laughter.

Come on inside and see what we dreamed up…




Little man had a lot of requests for his teeny-tiny room. One big one was a teepee. With his room being so small it took some creative might to make it all work, but I love the end result.

Another thing, my little guy was drawn to was the Pia Wallén cross blanket. That was the inspiration for his accent wall. I DIY’ed it on the cheap and I will share the tutorial soon. His room has textured walls, so I had to come up with a way to do it that wasn’t a decal or paint.

Boy Bedroom Makeover with a DIY Pia Wallen Inspired Cross Wall

Little man also takes after his momma and loves black + white spaces. So, I painted all the walls white and the baseboards and trim black.

He loves stuffed animals and he wanted a place for his buddies. So that big teepee is where he plays and reads to them.

Thanks to Ylvis, we now know what a fox says, but do you know what a fox reads? Today it’s Where the Wild Things Are.




As you can see, little man loves his books. We found the perfect storage for them with this stackable bookcase. The large basket holds all his buddies.


He had a tiny closet that wasn’t good for much so I changed it into an art nook. My old Ikea desk fit snugly and I just reused some old floating shelves.



The woven stool was a flea market find and it is the perfect height for his desk. I took little man out for a shopping day and he selected the lamp. Good taste that guy!







When we talked about his bed, he said he wanted a bed soft like a teddy bear. We mixed up different textures and he picked out the fur blanket. It does look like a teddy bear.

His older brother has some map art, which I think made him want the same thing. So, I obliged and made some for him too.




His dresser is so old and he needs a new one. I haven’t found one yet, so I made some DIY agate hardware. Little buddy collects rocks and stones so he loved the idea.



In my original plan, I wanted to make my own light fixture, but the clock was ticking so I was happy to find this inexpensive one at Home Depot. It’s industrial and works well with the rest of the room.

I wanted the windows to have coverage but be simple, so I opted for bamboo shades.



That’s that! Little man loves his new room! I’ll be sharing more about the cross wall and the DIY agate hardware next week. I also will post a source list soon that covers everything featured in his room.


Thanks for visiting and be sure to visit Emily at Eleven Gables next!

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Have a fab day!

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.

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.

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge & Link Party

Hello, hello! Today, I am excited to announce that I am participating in a 6 week room makeover challenge charmingly named Fall in Love! 18 bloggers and I will take one room in our homes and completely make it over from top to bottom! Sounds like fun, right?!

That is one talented group of design bloggers and I am excited to get to work and follow along with their makeovers! We will update you on our progress from time to time and the big reveal is planned for November 3rd.

So, now the next question is what room am I making over???

Well, let’s delve into the dark side of home blogging, shall we?

It’s time to be accountable and share with you my BLOGGER SECRET SIN!!

I started makeovers on both of our kids’ rooms before we left for Connecticut. That 3 months of not being at home thwarted all my blogging plans. C’est la vie!

Both rooms have sat unfinished to my kids’ dismay. So, this makeover challenge comes at the best time because I can finish one of those rooms. Since timing is falling around some other things going on in my blogging schedule, I have chosen to finish little Sam’s bedroom.

By the looks of this photo you would think that his room is finished…

Fall in Love Makeover - Little Sam's Room Makeover

Oh, but it is soooo not! I put this together quickly for a furniture review and giveaway of that Holly + Martin bookcase. I actually painted one wall and trim, just so I could get my post done in time before we left for the East Coast. Yes, that is my blogger secret sin!

On the other side of this photo, nothing is done! It is a sad little room, but we have some great plans for it!

Fall in Love Room Makeover and Link Party








My youngest is a dreamer. He loves to be active, but he also has a softer side. He loves animals and nature. His room will have a very nature-inspired vibe to it. When I gave him a design consultation to see what his style was like…(yes, it was the cutest thing ever!) I was so surprised by his taste. This kid has the coolest style! He wanted black and white walls; he leaned towards Mid-century furnishings and Scandinavian decor. His biggest concern was to have a teepee and a place for all his buddies.

So, that’s the plan!

Now, you can click on the links below and see what all these talented ladies are planning on doing…

Home + Style Report

Also, I just had one of my fall projects featured on!! Check out this gallery to see all the great fall ideas!

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