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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!!

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess

Holiday Gift Guide for the Hostess marble board | cake & knife set | toasting flutes | kitchen towel | pitcher | candle | coasters 


It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas here. It’s snowing, it’s Thanksgiving week, it’s SNOWING

The weeks ahead are full of family gatherings, holiday parties, and travels. Here are some great gift ideas for the hostesses in your life. I always like to keep some gifts on hand this time of year to have ready-to-go for our next holiday gathering. These are sure to please and make a stylish “thank you”.

Also, don’t miss out…the Wrist Soirée giveaway is still going on…


Wrist Soiree Giveaway

I love jewelry…giving it and getting it ;)

Happy Holidays!

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Wrist Soiree Sale and GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday! I thought we’d end the week with an awesome sale and giveaway from Wrist Soirée. I’m sure a lot of you are already familiar with this fabulous jewelry and accessory brand, but incase you aren’t — you are in for a treat!

As a special bonus, I have a SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE and GIVEAWAY for you too!

Wrist Soiree Sale and Giveaway

With the holidays almost here, it’s a great time to start thinking about gift-giving. It’s also time to step up our style game for all those holiday parties! Nothing completes a holiday look better than a little sparkle. I have been thinking about what to buy the stylish ones in my life as I have been decorating for the season. I think some Wrist Soirée is a pretty good idea.

pink, black, gold and glam christmas and holiday

Our home is starting to get the holiday treatment and a little Wrist Soirée on my arm is the perfect inspiration for that extra sparkle.


What I love most about Wrist Soirée is even if I am just wearing jeans, these bracelets take my whole look up a notch.

I am wearing the Metallic Leather Tassel Bracelet in Gold and the Amelia Bracelet in Crystal both available on now.


I have a thing for metallics and it shows in my Wrist Soirée

Wrist Soiree Bracelets on sale now. Enter to win the $50 giveaway going on now!

I am going to keep decking the halls around here and will have some holiday interiors to show you soon!


While I keep making my house sparkle hard…Check out my favorite holiday picks from Wrist Soirée that will make great gifts or add the perfect sparkle to your holiday attire.








Let the holiday shopping begin! And as an added bonus…


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I’d like to thank my sweet friend, Lakeitha, for offering this special sale and giveaway for Wrist Soirée. Not only is she the talented designer behind Wrist Soirée, but she also writes the fabulous lifestyle blog She is doing amazing things and inspiring others to live healthy and sparkle hard.

Happy Weekend and let the holiday shopping begin…

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.

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:

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

4th of July Beach Style

It’s a short blog week over here due to the holiday. This is my last post for this week since we are leaving to enjoy a few days at the beach. I popped into Old Navy the other day and found some great summer essentials and got inspired to put together an outfit post. Here’s my beach style inspired by Independence Day!

Fourth of July Beach Style

Here’s my 4th of July beach style this year.

First off, Old Navy has been impressing me with their summer selections. I have been pleasantly surprised lately! I snagged a white gauze blouse and those boyfriend cuffed shorts. They are perfect to work into your wardrobe all summer long. I love this over a bikini and it’s great for strolling the beach.

In the spirit of the 4th, I found these cute mix and match swim separates at J.Crew. There is a really great selection of red, white, and blue to choose from. I love their suits too.

Another recent favorite of mine are Turkish towels. I received a Turkish T towel in my recent Popsugar Must Have Box and I adore it. The pattern, the fringe! It’s big enough to use as a beach towel and doubles as a sarong or wrap. Love, love, love!

Sunglasses are a must for a day at the beach, and I have a confession here. I go CHEAP on sunglasses. My kids grab them, scratch them, I end up leaving them somewhere…it is like throwing money away if I buy super nice ones! But, you know what? I get compliments ALL THE TIME on my cheapos from Forever 21. These cat-eye sunglasses are so flattering and for the price you can stock up!

I don’t know if it’s being on the East Coast right now, or the fact that I never met a bold stripe I don’t love, but a striped tote bag feels necessary for a beach day, does it not? This Sea Stripe Tote Bag  from L.L.Bean is a great price point and well-made. It’s canvas, has rope detail, and you can monogram it. What’s not to love!?!

I guess I’ve been living under a rock, but Jonathan Adler for TOMS! Ummm…yes, the collection is as good as it sounds! These Navy Geometric JA Correa Sandals are beyond yummy. I just adore them!

Last but definitely not least…my beach ensemble would not be complete without an anchor necklace. This simple gold anchor necklace from Charming Charlie is the perfect accessory for this look.

I can’t wait to slip into this for our beach day! These are pieces I will get use out of all summer long.

I wish you all a happy 4th! Have fun celebrating and be safe!!

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Uncommon Goods for Unique Gifts & Home Decor

Happy Wednesday! It’s midweek already and we have been settling into our new summer home here. I’ll be sharing more on that later, but today I wanted to share a really cool place to get unique gifts and home decor.

I have been bitten by the shopping bug big time and I am loving the selections from Uncommon Goods!! Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999 and is a platform for artists and designers to share their creations. There are some really great products to choose from; most of which are handcrafted and made right here in the good old USA.

Here are a few of my favorite picks from the Uncommon Goods website for gifts and home decor.

Shop Uncommon Goods for Unique Home Decor and Gifts


1) I have been on the hunt lately for a great floral piece to add to my collection. This Martina Hernanadez Flowers print is perfect. It is a print of the original made from magazine clippings. Just amazing! You can get it framed or unframed.

2) I have been loving the urchin and astral spheres that have been trending in home decor. This Astral Wall Hanging Set of 3 would be a great way to add the trend into your home. Check out all the home and garden decor here.

3) My love for agates and geodes is always going strong. This Gilded Amethyst Paperweight is so beautiful and would be a great addition to your desk or bookcase.

4) Your tabletops can always benefit from a large bowl. Bowls are a great accent to use for fruit or to add in a sculptural element. I love the structure of this Satellite Bowl. Bonus that it comes in black…to continue my black and white obsession.

5) Decanters! Do you have one? Bar carts and barware have been popular for the last couple years and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. As our love affair for all things bar continues, I don’t think you can go wrong with this Yours, Mine, and Ours Decanter Set. This would make a great gift for newlyweds or a hostess gift. Click here to check out more gifts for women.

6) Another great hostess gift would be this Double Tiered Teak Root Serving Platter. So unique and the beauty of the teak root adds such a lovely, natural element. This would be great all year round for your gatherings. I can see it at a summer outdoor party, a fall wine tasting, or used for your Thanksgiving celebration.

7) Last but certainly not least, are these Hand Embroidered Region Pillows. Since arriving in Connecticut and knowing that we are spending our entire summer exploring the Upper East Coast, I think we need this pillow as a memento, don’t you?! It’s something personal, that triggers a happy memory and I love that. I dig the heirloom design too. See all the personalized products here to add a special touch to your gift giving or surroundings.

I hope you enjoyed my picks from Uncommon Goods. I am really impressed with this company. They are an environmentally responsible retailer that is helping make the world a better place. Through their non-profit organizations and business practices they are impacting lives for the better. It’s a great resource for the makers and shoppers alike.

Speaking of shoppers, there really is something for everyone! Offerings range from quirky and eclectic to rare and beautiful. Visit Uncommon Goods to see all their unique offerings.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Uncommon Goods. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

A Big Boy Room Update with Holly + Martin

It’s been awhile since I’ve given you an update on Little Sam’s bedroom makeover. His big boy room is coming along! The boys’ rooms are something that I have been working on behind the scenes.

Just to recap…I sat both the boys down for a “design consultation” a few months back. They both have such distinct tastes and interests. It has been so much fun working on their rooms. I feel like by giving them these unique spaces I am helping to mold them into the people they are supposed to be. That’s just my cheesy take on it all, I guess.

Big Boy Room Update

As you may know, Sam is my very active 5-year-old. He is such a cool kid. Way cooler than me, that’s for sure! His design plan is very specific. He wanted black, whites, and grays. Specifically, white walls and black trim…gotta love that! On his must-have list is a teepee, a place for his buddies (a million stuffed animals!), a hanging basket chair, a guitar and a place to have a club house and read. He is also drawn to clean spaces. His tastes pointed towards Scandinavian design and Mid-century furniture. I found that really interesting and surprising. I totally love his style!

boy bedroom design plan via Bliss at Home

His room is quite tiny so we are making the most out of every inch. The teepee is quite the space sucker but it does check 3 things off of his list: the teepee (duh!), the club house, and the reading space. I wanted some book storage next to it for him. I found the perfect shelving unit for his room. When I say perfect, I mean it!

Ottico 3-piece table set from Holly + Martin

I found a 3-piece shelving unit at Holly + Martin that has a modern design and guess what– black, gray, and white cubbies!!! The Ottico 3-piece tables set can be used as a shelf or separately as tables. They stack together which is so clever! Can we say design kismet?  It also has the lighter wood legs that go great with the Scandinavian design aesthetic Sam likes and it works seamlessly next to his teepee.


Holly + Martin Ottico 3-piece Tables

I am loving how this room is coming together for him. I was trying to find a rug for his space, right now he has inherited our old living room rug which is the right size for his room and the color works. We have so much more to do and share, but I thought it would be fun to give you guys a progress report today.

I have my eye on some bedding, we plan to DIY some lighting for him, I have a cool built-in toy storage idea I am tweaking, and then all the little details that will make his room super special. A lot of it will have to be put on hold since we are spending the summer on the East Coast.

I’d like to thank Holly + Martin for the furniture featured in this post. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

*Also, I am over at Mohawk Flooring’s blog Creative Home today sharing how I made the DIY Triangles Banner. Come for a visit! I love their blog and they have a great line up of contributors. Endless ideas!!

DIY-triangles banner

Now I am going to go hang out with a boy in his teepee…

My New Favorite Bookcase & Storage

Today, I am sharing my new favorite addition to my office space. When shopping for furniture for this space, I wanted something with clean lines that could be used for storage. I instantly loved the Tower Bookcase from Sauder Furniture. It had the open shelving that I wanted and it is metal, so I know it is sturdy.


While shopping on their site, I also found some great storage ottomans that I can use for files and important papers. The Upholstered Storage Ottoman is lightweight enough to move around, yet has a very sturdy top. I like to have matching ottomans in pairs because they work great under a console table or in kids’ spaces. I move furniture around here a lot, so it is always nice to have options.



I really like the texture of the storage ottomans next to the modern and sleek style of bookcase.


I really hate to put furniture together. There–secrets out! Usually, I enlist Dave for that job! With Dave out of town, I had the job of putting it all together. The storage ottomans were beyond easy–big relief. The bases pop up and you just place the lid on top. I am really impressed with how well made the lid is. It has a good solid construction.

The bookcase I was dreading, truth be told. To my surprise, it was super easy to assemble, just bolts and an allen wrench! I didn’t even need to glance at the instructions. Phew! Crisis averted!



I love the new additions to my office! Both are well-constructed and I had them put together in minutes. That’s great, especially since I am an assemble-furniture-a-phobe.




I have been really impressed with the new designs Sauder has been creating lately–especially from the Soft Modern Collection. There is an office chair I am drooling over that I think will be perfect for my son’s bedroom and the price it right!

They have so many styles to choose from on their site. There really is something for everyone! I love that all their pieces are at affordable prices too!

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

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