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West Elm Hack

Inspired Design Challenge

Today we are sharing our projects for Week 3 of the Inspired Design Challenge. West Elm was our inspiration for the week and I am excited to reveal our latest DIY!

West Elm Hack Art

As you know, we are collecting items for our very first gallery wall in our home. I really want this wall to speak to who we are as a family. I’ve been printing photos, collecting art, making things, and this August we will be revealing our gallery wall.

I have loved this West Elm Abstract Art Collection since the first time I saw it:

west elm inspiration I wanted one feature piece on our wall since a lot of the other items are smaller. When I saw these, I knew this was something that me and the boys could make together.

DIY canvas supplies

This project cost us less than $15 which I love because the West Elm version was a lot more than I was willing to pay.

To build the canvas:

• A canvas drop cloth (I got mine at Lowes) Super inexpensive!

• wood for frame from the Lumber Dept. 12 ft for a 3 x 2 1/2 foot frame

• wood screws and drill

• staple gun and staples

There are several ways to build a frame for your canvas, from trial and error we have learned to add corner pieces to ensure a sturdy and level frame.

My boys were excited to paint with me. We took it outdoors since the weather has been absolutley gorgeous!

Kids painting

We just used the art and craft paint we already had on hand. We didn’t use any fancy brushes, just basic craft brushes. I made the first brush stroke and we took turns painting line after line.

kids painting 2

Once we got our black brush strokes painted, we followed with white brush strokes, filling in and blending all the gaps.

DIY Brush Stroke art

I am still recovering from being sick all week, but this was a fun low-key activity that I could do with the kids. I love that we made this together and that it will be the key piece to our gallery wall.

DIY Black and white art

I think we did pretty darn good! I haven’t decided on how I want to frame it yet. My first instinct is gold, but I may change my mind.

Black and white abstract

I really love the contrast and texture. Layering the paint worked really well. I showed the boys the inspiration image and they felt like professional little artists. They were so proud. A nice little memory for us to share and I love that we all worked together to create it.

West Elm Hack

Are you ready to see the rest of the Week 3 projects?

west elm inspiration board

1. Jennifer from Brave New Home

2. Lindsay from Life of Splendor

3. Angie from Angie’s Roost

4. Sara from Embrace My Space

Next week is Anthropologie! Always a great source for inspiration!

Linking to: Give Me the Goods Monday, Tip & Tricks Tutorial Party

Artreka Artwork & a GIVEAWAY!!

I love being able to host giveaways for you guys and today we got a good one!!

Let me introduce you to Artreka. I love abstract art and Artreka designs original abstract art on canvas. The paintings are full of texture and measure 24”. Each painting is an original and this is even better, I love this, they are made in the USA. Sometimes that seems like such a rarity these days! The paintings even come with a frame and hanging hardware included.

Here’s a couple of their original paintings:



You can visit the Artreka paintings page and see which one strikes your fancy.

Artreka is giving away 2 paintings to two lucky winners. Each painting is a $140 value. To enter just follow these instructions:


3 ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment on this post saying which painting you like. 

2. Facebook Entry. Like Artreka and Bliss at Home and leave a message about the giveaway.

3. Twitter Entry. Follow Artreka and Bliss at Home on Twitter and tweet the giveaway.

You can enter until midnight tonight (CST) and a winners will be announced May 27th.

Good Luck!!

xoxo Kristin

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Happenings: Treasure Hunting, Kitchen Work, & Art!


Happy Weekend, Everyone!

We have a fun winter weekend ahead of us. Today we have planned a family outing that involves searching for treasure. All of us are going to go to some of our favorite spots for thrifty finds and see what we can uncover. Our kids enjoy it as much as we do, so it’s a win-win!


Shopping one of our favorite spots over the summer.

We are going to continue to work on our kitchen. We still have some things to finish before we move to Phase II.


I played around in my livingroom and mixed things up for winter. I needed some bright and some bold going on in here…


…and I am still painting trim and going to try to get the big window in our living room painted and revamped.

I just love being busy in a good way!

Enjoy your weekend!! 


Laura Dro Art and an Offer For You!

Good Morning, Y’all!

I was so giddy when I received my Laura Dro print of her Kaleidoscope Canvas in the mail the other day! I had to rush out and frame it!

118571402661087913_YyTecuuJ_c I am in love with it! I walk by it and smile. I was also impressed by the quality of the paper. It is a print of her original painting printed on Archival Rag Entrada paper. Fantastic quality!!

Have you met Laura? (That was totally “How I Met Your Mother” btw.)


If you don’t know Laura Dro and her work you will now! Laura Dro is a fantastic artist and I adore her artwork. Her abstracts are inspired by textile patterns and I love the colors!

Here’s a sampling:

Art on Canvas


iPhone cases




Coming Soon…


Oh! I need to mention the best part! Just for you, Bliss readers, Laura Dro Designs & Art is offering a 20% off discount on prints! So, you can get a print just like mine if you want to (16×20 Kaleidoscope Canvas Print) or choose from some of her other fabulous art prints. This offer is good until December 20th.

Just enter this code at checkout: BLISSART

To shop Laura Dro Art click here:


Here is where I decided to display my new art:



I love the riot of color on this dark brick…and I added a bar cart. Actually, this is not a bar cart, but a kitchen cart that we turned into a bar cart by adding a wine glass holder on the bottom shelf. It is our fill-in until we find one we want to purchase. Hopefully, vintage…


As you can see, I styled it to match my artwork.


We got the cobalt glassware as a wedding gift…over 10 years ago…I still can’t believe it has been that long. I love that we can display it now.



I chose roses in pinks and yellows and put them in a thrifted canister.

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By a chance encounter, I found these Evian waters. I love fancy glass water bottles. Perfect for a bar cart.


And you know how I love flow in a house. The eye carries right to the navy wall in the living room.


Wow! I feel so grown up now! Well, not really!

My thanks to Laura from Laura Dro Designs & Art for creating such a beautiful piece of art and offering such a great discount on prints–just in time for the holidays!

Happy Holidays!


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