Home Depot Style Challenge

I’m just popping in this lovely Saturday to let you know that I will be kicking off the Halloween/Harvest Home Depot Style Challenge this Monday!

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This popular series is a must-see and Home Depot always showcases some amazing talent! I am so honored to be participating in my first Home Depot Style Challenge!

I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been up to this last month! You can see the details on this year’s participants by visting The Apron, Home Depot’s awesome home improvement blog.

Here’s a little taste of things to come Monday…

Home Depot Style Challenge Sneak Peek | Kristin Cadwallader of Bliss at Home

I look forward to sharing with you this Monday!

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

Happy Weekend buddies! Today, I am sharing a special little project I did for my little family. Here is our simple fall mantel and our DIY Gratitude Tree we made for the month of November. I had some fun trying the new Dremel Micro 8050 for this project and will show you how it gave this an extra special touch.

One thing that is really important to Dave and I as parents is to instill the importance of gratitude in our children. So, for the month of November, I wanted to have a present and open dialog about this in our home. We came up with the idea of the “gratitude tree” to help keep the conversation going.

For the 30 days of November, at the end of each day…probably around the dinner table…we are going to have one family member write down something they are thankful for, an act of kindness they showed, a prayer request, or simply something they love. We made 30 felt leaves and have a marker handy to start writing them down. The tree will be a reminder in our home of this and I hope the kids enjoy this idea.

DiY Gratitude Tree To add something more to our tree, I made some wooden ornaments with our names on them. To me, one of the things I am most thankful for in this world is our little family. I played around with the Dremel Micro and here is how I engraved our names into the wood. I went for a rustic look and wanted the printing to reflect that. Almost like a burned in look.

 

Dremel Micro

 

The Dremel Micro 8050 can tackle a lot of things. The Micro 8050 is also fully compatible with all Dremel rotary tool accessories.

Here’s a little breakdown of the attachments that come with it.

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As you can see it can do a lot of different things on all kinds of surfaces like plastic, wood, metal, etc. For the purpose of this project I used the engraving attachments. I chose the smallest engraving bit and got started.

I practiced for another project by writing cursive in pencil and tracing over it with the engraving tip. I found that using it at speed 20 was the sweet spot for the wood I selected.

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I used the same method on these little wooden triangles that you can pick up at your nearest craft store. I just wrote our names in pencil and engraved over the writing with the Dremel Micro.

The built-in LED light is perfect for detail work like this. It casts a clean and light as you are working.

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It was really easy to use the engraving bit and all I had to do once I finished is clean the sawdust off. I traced back over the engraving once I was done to darken it a bit. I just added a band of gold paint at the bottom for a little extra touch.

Now our little gratitude tree sits in our home ready for a month of giving, reflecting, and thankfulness.

Fall Mantel and DIY Gratitude Tree

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Painting the Exterior of Our Home and a GIVEAWAY!

Paint the exterior of your house yourself!

I’ve been busy, busy making and styling and photographing for an exciting project that will be revealed soon! It’s been pretty labor intensive and amongst all the design fun, I needed to get the exterior foundation of our home painted. Painting the exterior of our home has been on the to-do list for quite some time and life has just gotten in the way.

Painting the exterior of your home

Not having a lot of extra time to spare, it was HomeRight to the rescue! I used the HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 Airless Paint Sprayer to get the job done. I had 2 areas of wall to coat where our basement walks out to our wrap around patio.

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The HomeRight Power-Flo 2800 is the go-to paint sprayer for painting the exterior of your house. It makes taking on that huge job a lot easier and you are saving money by not hiring out.

Normally, I would have Dave handle this for me while I work on my project, but he has been out-of-town a lot on business and on this particular day he was traveling. To my relief, the sprayer was extremely easy to figure out and put together.

The only hiccup I had was that I didn’t tighten one of the ends of the hose tight enough the first application I tried to do… so, I had a little paint mess to clean up. Just a lesson learned–MAKE SURE YOU TIGHTEN THE HOSE PROPERLY.

Other than that, it was easy! There isn’t much prep except attaching the hose and the spray gun. The directions are really clear on how to prime it before you use it. You will want to keep a bucket on hand for priming the sprayer and clean up.

How to paint the exterior of your home

The best part is it only took me under 10 minutes to spray a little over a gallon of paint! The paint went on smooth and I only had to do one coat. I did use a good quality exterior paint which I think also makes a difference.

painting the exterior of your home

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This is a sponsored post and giveaway for HomeRight. As a HomeRight Ambassador, I love to share the HomeRight products with my readers that have made my projects easier. As always, 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

IN THE NEXT 6 WEEKS I WILL…

PAINT ALL THE WALLS (NOT JUST THE ONE)

DIY A CEILING LIGHT

MAKEOVER HIS CLOSET

GET NEW BEDDING

MAKE A WINDOW TREATMENT

ADD IN PERSONAL TOUCHES THAT WILL MAKE HIS SPACE SPECIAL

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 bhg.com!! Check out this gallery to see all the great fall ideas!

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours | Fall Home Tour

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Welcome!

It’s time for the Fall Edition of Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours! If you are coming from Kelly’s blog Eclectically Vintage, I hope you enjoy seeing my somewhat unconventional take on how I am welcoming fall into our home this year.

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

Truth be told, I have several projects in the works right now. I can’t share the details just yet, but I can let you in on what’s been going on very soon. Promise!

With that said, I haven’t had a ton of time shop for fall decor… nor do I want to. I love fall staples like pumpkins and gourds, but our stores just started to put these out. It seems too early to me. I’m more of a October pumpkin buying kind of girl.

This fall, I am really feeling a different approach to cozying up our nest.

Fresh and modern fall inspiration

 

While out thrifting one day, I found a gorgeous silk embroidered Spanish shawl or piano shawl…I’m not quite sure its original purpose. The floral design just screamed fall to me. The colors are rich, and I knew I wanted this to be my jumping off point.

Fall florals are trending this season, but I’m not the kind of girl who hops on every trend. This just happens to be a coincidence or happy accident.

I first shopped my house for items to incorporate into our fall decor. I stuck to pulling things from the inspiration I gave above.

I also stumbled upon some striking dahlias at the farmer’s market and they compliment the look and feel of what I wanted to bring into our space.

Pull inspiration from your surroundings

Without further ado, here’s our fall home tour

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

I am loving this carefree approach to fall decor in our home this year. As the harvest comes in, this will evolve and change. It’s so great to enjoy those last blooms of summer and usher in some fall-inspired pieces.

Next up on this blog hop style fall home tour is Perfectly Imperfect.

Fall Edition BSHT Participating Bloggers

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22:
The White Buffalo Styling Co:
The Nester:
Eclectically Vintage:
Bliss at Home:
Perfectly Imperfect:
DIY Playbook:
Décor Chick:
Rain on a Tin Roof:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23:
The Inspired Room:
Home Stories A to Z:
Charming in Charlotte:
Thistlewood Farms:
Julie Blanner:
Beneath My Heart:
Cuckoo 4 Design:
Dwellings by Devore:
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24:
Southern Hospitality:
Just a Girl:
Number Fifty-three:
My Fabuless Life:
In My Own Style:
Iron & Twine:
Run to Radiance:
The Thriftress:
Primitive & Proper:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25:
The Handmade Home:
DIY Showoff:
Simple Stylings:
Shabby Creek Cottage:
The Chronicles of Home:
Finding Home:
DesignPost Interiors:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26:
Jones Design Company
Jen Rizzo
Dimples & Tangles
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Retro Ranch Reno
Eleven Gables
Sarah M. Dorsey
 This, That, & Life
Tomorrow, I will be sharing a new design challenge that I am taking part in:
Next up, be sure to visit Perfectly Imperfect and see how she is decking her home out for the season!

 

the STYLE mix | links from the week

Hello, hello! It’s Friday, y’all! You know what means…it’s time for the STYLE mix!

Oh, and it’s brisk baby!  Like sweater weather time here in Northern Illinois. Nothing puts a smile on my face more than opening up that front door and being greeted by fall in the morning!!

…And, good things are brewing over here at B @ H! I can’t wait to share with you in the following weeks…but enough about me…today is more about you!

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Let’s give it up for Laura Dro! She’s phat…(P-H-A-T)… For real, that print above, I’m in love! Oh, geez, what has gotten into me today?!

It has to be the ridiculously good mood I am in brought on by the autumn temps around here!

I sometimes wonder if I had my own radio talk show, would anyone listen to these ramblings? My nonsensical words would fill the minds of some audience comprising of 2 or 3 really bored people with nothing better to do– one being my mother.

Enough of this silliness! Let’s get to the links of week:

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Apples are on my mind. To be more exact, all the things I am going to make with all the apples we pick at the orchard this weekend. I spied this French Apple Tart recipe and think I need to make it for the boys.

BTW- I like dressing for occassions. The annual apple orchard trip is a chance to wear something that one would wear while picking apples…or what I think one wears to pick apples. It has to be completely impractical of course. As seen in the next photo…last year I went for Swiss Miss or some sort of milk maid…I think I have my activities confused.

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Speaking of dressing for occassions…I have an event next week that I am excited to attend in NYC and I had to get this bright red skirt from Express!

A DIY geometric light fixture is something I want to incorporate into Sam’s room makeover and I really really like this DIY $10 Light Fixture for inspiration.

This pillow tutorial makes me want to stop staring at my sewing machine and actually use it!

I love marble and I love gold and this Ikea VITTSJO bookcase hack has both! It’s fab, you must see it!

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So, the hashtag project I started so I could spy into your pretty little homes is going swimmingly. Yep, I said swimmingly. I can at any moment grab my mobile device and look right into your homes without you knowing (insert evil genius laugh here…and here). I can’t help it, I am a born home interior stalker. If your shades are open on your windows at night and I drive by, I WILL slow down to see what the situation is in there. Beware…I could be anywhere. For all you know, I am looking at your home right now on my phone as I type this. (insert evil genius laugh here too)

Oh, Dans le Lakehouse, little do you know…wait!

What?!

Er…No!

I’m not looking at your awesome kitchen right now, or am I? (insert evil genius eyebrow raise)

Here’s my favorites from the #bhfavmoment feed this week…

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Okay, so I might have been staring at your kitchen Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse. You caught me!!!! You’re a turquoise goddess. It’s pretty fantastic, don’t you guys agree?

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I am totally in love with what Dusty from All Things G + D did here! Fall is in the air and I love this little glimpse of her fall decor.

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Pam from Simple Details always knocks it out of the park! I love her DIY tortoise vase. Yeah, it’s DIY!

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Courtney from  A Thoughtful Place is a rock star. She has designing spaces down and I love how she mixed things up in her bedroom.  This whole look is so soothing and I just want to curl up in that bed, but that might freak her out! She is way too sweet a person and we are not at that point in our relationship where spooning would be allowed.

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Isn’t this pretty? Erin from DIY on the Cheap made her own watercolor art and I love the way she styled it all too!

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Last but not least this week, Kathy from Up to Date Interiors shared her nightstand. It is so good! I love the art–all of it…it just works!

Keep those moments coming! I can’t wait to see what you share next!

#bhfavmoment

And so you don’t miss a thang…here’s what I was up to this week on B @ H:

Make your own pet station

MAKE YOUR OWN PET STATION

Styling | Hanging art on bookcase

STYLING | HANGING ART ON THE BOOKCASES

(or why Laura Dro is phat! P-H-A-T)

Geezsh! I told you the fall weather makes me ultra silly! I’m a sandwich full of crazy with a side of nonsense today! You brave people who actually read this post instead of scrolling to all the pretty pictures…my apologies!

Now I am going to pick some apples. Have a great weekend!!

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!

Doggy Organization with Zoey’s Pet Station

Hey buds! Zoey is quickly becoming top dog over here on B @ H. I’m a little jealous, but she is insanely adorable and a natural in front of the camera. It was only a matter of time before she would steal the show!

I just wanted to let you all know that you can see Zoey and her pet station over at Mohawk Flooring’s blog Creative Home today. I am sharing how we keep all her puppy supplies organized and within reach.

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She is totally into animal print (DUH! She’s a dog!) and is experimenting with pattern mixing too.

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You can see all the deets over at Creative Home! See you there!

the STYLE mix | links of the week

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Happy Weekend!

Fall is in the air in Northern Illinois today. A cold front moved in and it is perfect mid-70 degree weather here. You know I am giddy with excitement!

It’s so great to be back in our home, back to working, a routine, back to blogging!

Here are some pretty fab things I’ve spied around the web this week and just had to share with you too!

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First off, a change of seasons means a new desktop image! Does anyone else get excited about doing this as much as I do?  I have to thank Kelly Christine Studio for sharing this fab desktop freebie that sports one of my favorite fall quotables from F. Scott Fitzgerald. You can visit their blog and download your own here.

My sweet friend Carrie did a fantastic table makeover using that awesome marble contact paper that we have all been singing praises about. She scored it on Amazon for $10 too, so I need to check that out!

I adored the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours Favorite Room Edition and one thing that caught my eye was this wall treatment from Michelle over at Iron & Twine. It’s easy and makes such an impact!

Thinking about the cooler weather coming makes me realize that my throw blankets are lacking. I am finding an excuse to buy this Pom Pom Hand Crochet Throw from Pottery Barn. I want to wrap up in it so very badly!

style-links-2 Now it’s #bhfavmoment time!! Again, you guys!! You just blow me away with how stylish you all are! It is so hard to choose just one of your images, so I made a command decision…I am going to share a few every week. Hey, I can do that because I am the rule maker ;)

First up this week is this gorgeous image from @sitamontgomeryinteriors! Everything she touches turns to gold I swear. Such a design talent! Her blog:  www.sitamontgomeryinteriors.com

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I love this little peek at this fun gallery wall and hello! Awesome chair! Thanks for sharing @kaylawtaylor!

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I love a good thrifty find and @brynalyn shared her latest score. Vintage and awesome! You can follow Brynne on her blog http://www.thegatheredhome.com.

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I am a sucker for a pretty entry way and some great abstract art and @shannon_burlapandlace always brings it! Her moment is styled perfection and the colors in her artwork are brilliant! You can see more at Shannon’s blog http://www.burlapandlaceblog.com.

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@homestylereport shared a glimpse of her closet makeover and I adore it. The warm wood tones against the gray and gold totally works! You can read more at Jenn’s blog http://www.homestylereport.com.

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Last but certainly not least is @jenniferdimplesandtangles. Jennifer shared this awesome image. Hello bamboo beauties and pretty pillows. You can read more at Jennifer’s blog http://www.dimplesandtangles.blogspot.com.

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Be sure to keep sharing those moments! I love seeing what you guys are up to in your homes. So much inspiration!

#bhfavmoment

 

And so you don’t miss a thing…this week on B@H…

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

DIY ENTRY WAY MAKEOVER

10-EASY-FALL-DECORATING-IDEAS 10 FALL DECORATING IDEAS TO TRY

 

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend!

10 Fall Decorating Ideas to Try

10-EASY-FALL-DECORATING-IDEAS It’s September and you know what that means…pretty soon it will be time for apples, pumpkins, and all the fall pretties! I admit, I already put apple cinnamon oil in the diffusers. I couldn’t wait!

Fall is my favorite season and in honor of my fall state of mind, I wanted to share some of the projects I’ve done over the past couple years. These are all easy and a lot of them you can do with the kids. Here are 10 Easy Fall Decorating Ideas for you to try…

ACORN MAGNETS

DIY Neon Acorn Magnets | a fun and modern twist for fall!

GOLD LEAF AGATE SLICE COASTERS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

GLITTER PINECONES

10 easy fall decorating ideas

LIVE BRANCHES IN A VASE

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

TRIBAL PAINTED PUMPKINS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

FALL BUCKET LIST ON A CHALKBOARD WALL

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

THE 2 MINUTE FALL WREATH

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

MINI PUMPKINS IN A CLOCHE

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

LIQUID LEAF ACORNS

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEAS

SPRAY PAINTED CRAFT LEAF ART

10 EASY FALL DECORATING IDEASI can’t wait to try some fall ideas I’ve had in my head for a while now. I’m going to play around and maybe I’ll have another fall something to share with you soon.

Don’t forget…

Tomorrow is the STYLE mix. You can share your home’s “moment” on social media with #bhfavmoment and could be featured on Friday!

#bhfavmoment

Are you excited for fall weather and fun as much as I am??

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