Posts Tagged ‘decor’

B @H Monthly || May

Helloooooooo Summer! That’s what I’m talking about! June is the official beginning of summer in my mind. The kids are out of school and the pool is open! This year is an extra special summer for all of us since we will be spending it as East Coasters!! Yep– that’s right! This Illinois girl is headed to Connecticut for a full summer of New England adventures!! We leave today!!! We could be in the car right now…

Oh, and guess what else happens in June?! My blog-o-versary!! 2 years of B @ H. I have planned a week of celebration for you guys with what else, but a whole lot of goodies! Giveaways everyday next week :) It’s my way of saying thank you to all of you who I share my projects and life with on a daily basis. I am so excited about the prizes and can’t wait to share them with you!  You guys make this all worth it :)

So, here’s our Best of May recap. Every month, I like to highlight all the projects, plans, decor and happenings around here. Thanks so much for joining me on all my design and DIY adventures! Let’s get to it!

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I made an Audrey Hepburn inspired clothing rack for the first month of the Summer Style Soiree.

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Another fun touch are these DIY embellished hangers.

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I also got my paint on and gave our home a little more curb appeal by using the HomeRight Finish Max Pro to give our door a makeover.

How to Professionally Paint a Door the FAST WAY!

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I am a new contributor over at Mohawk Flooring’s blog Creative Home and I shared some ways to add color to your summer entertaining.

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I shared our office photo shoot for my feature over at The Office Stylist. I also shared some sources for my favorite office accessories.

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I shared details about my Paleo lifestyle and why Paleo has changed my life.

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My office got some new furniture pieces that give me more storage and I love the sleek modern design.

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One of my favorite things I shared this month is the progress I have made on Sam’s bedroom makeover.

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The giveaway for the HomeRight Finish Max Pro is still going on! You still have time to enter. This is so great for getting a pro finish on cabinets, doors, furniture and more!

ENTER HERE

HomeRight Finish Max Pro

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I also want to take time out to give a special thank you to these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of May:

Apartment Therapy

6th Street Design School

The Office Stylist

A Stroll Thru Life

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The month of June brings another Summer Style Soiree! It was so fun seeing all the projects linked up last month. This month the style icon that will be the muse for our projects is Jackie Kennedy. Be sure to join us for project reveals and the link party so you can share your Jackie-inspired projects!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite And as I mentioned above, every single day next week, June 2nd – 6th, we are celebrating!! It’s my 2 year blog-o-versary and I have some great giveaways lined up for you! Each day, I will be hosting a giveaway of some of my favorite things. They’re good!!

Enjoy your weekend friends! When we meet again I will be blogging from my new summer digs in Connecticut!

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Safavieh for Target + Where I am Today

Happy Friday friends!

I have brought back the Lust List, my weekly favorite finds from around the web, for a special edition. There are so many things to love about the Safavieh for Target collection that I had to share a few of my favorites!

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For starters– THAT MIRROR!! The Safavieh Meadow Sunburst Mirror is pretty perfect. I would love to see this in an entry way over a white console table or chest.

I have had a major crush on the Mary McDonald Santorini Lamp by Robert Abbey, but the price tag is too hefty for my pocketbook… unfortunately. So, you can imagine how happy I am to see Safavieh Parker Table Lamp and it comes in a set of 2 at a great price!

I have been spying black and white rugs and runners lately and I love the pattern of the Safavieh Maison Textured Wool Rug. If I didn’t already have a runner in my hallway, this would be in my shopping cart!

I can always appreciate a good x-bench too. I love them for under a console table or in a seating arrangement that you want backless seating. I am really digging the Safavieh Mystic Ottoman in yellow.

Last but not least, the Safavieh Venice Screen is pretty darn swoon-worthy!! I love a good screen for a vertical element in a room… or if you just have to hide something. I should get one to hide the endless mounds of laundry that never seem to go away.

Seriously, there is so much goodness going on with the Safavieh line for Target that I could do a post a day on all the things I love about it!! Definitely check it out!

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Also, today I will over at Kirsten Krason’s blog 6th Street Design School for her Feature Friday series. I am honored to be on her blog sharing my home.  Be sure to come on over for a visit. You will just love her and her blog. It is full of design goodness and style! I have been reading it for a while, so it is a treat to be over there today.

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I am traveling the blogosphere this Friday, and I will also be over at Marty’s blog A Stroll Thru Life. I am joining her Pulling It All Together series and sharing the details of my living room. I love the idea for this series! Marty invites design bloggers to share the process of how they finished a room. I always love hearing the details on a gorgeous room design, don’t you?! I thank Marty for inviting me to join her fun series!

So, after I sip my coffee and read my fave blogs this morning, I am getting ready for the day! I have a photo shoot and I can’t wait to share what it is for. It should be good fun and I am excited to collaborate with the photographer. Good stuff!

After I am done with all the running around this Friday will bring,  I am looking forward to relaxing  and unwinding a bit. By unwinding, I mean have that glass of red…or two!!

I have a weekend full of projects to complete…I just counted–4 projects…eek!

Do you guys have a project weekend planned too? Or maybe not? I wish you all a fab weekend friends!

This post does contain affiliate links.

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B @ H Monthly || April

It’s almost a week late, but today I am sharing the Best of April. Each month, I like to highlight all the projects, decor, plans, and happenings. I thank each and every single one of you for making this blogging journey a joy and joining me on all my designing and DIY adventures.

Before we get started, I would love some prayers and well wishes for my oldest son, Bman. He just broke his arm and dislocated his shoulder and he is in a lot of pain. Because of where he broke it, they couldn’t do much in the ER so we going to a specialist first thing this morning. He is so bummed that he can’t play outside with his friends, so we are hoping for a speedy recovery with summer just around the corner!

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Now, let’s get to it and see our April!

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I shared how I gilded these agate slice coasters. They are the perfect addition to my coffee table and I love the mix of gold with the natural.

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This little thrift store table got a makeover. By using a high gloss spray paint and adding chic hardware details, it is as good as new! You can see the spray paint table makeover for all the details.

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With Creating with the Stars coming to an end, I released my tutorial of my DIY Bar Cabinet inspired by the Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet. The tutorial contains full instructions on how you can build your own from scratch.

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I shared my new office lamp and my picks for chic table lamps.

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We discussed the pros and the cons of real vs. faux sheepskins. I also shared a new source for high quality sheepskins.

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Another successful treasure hunting trip brought home some goodies. You can see my latest thrifty finds around my house.

Office space via Bliss at Home I have been sharing my office updates and a complete source list so you can get this office look.

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The giveaway for the Burl Table Lamp has ended, but I would like to thank Kenroy Home for providing the giveaway to my readers.

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I got to share a big announcement with you guys!! I will be in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I will share some behind the scenes goodness when it gets a little closer, but I do want to thank the fab people I had the pleasure of working with! A big thank you to Lindsay and Greg for making the shoot so much fun and a success!

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I also want to take time out to give a special thank you to these wonderful websites and blogs that featured my work in the month of April:

HGTV.com

The Huffington Post Home

Danielle Oakey Interiors

11 Magnolia Lane

A Home Full of Color

Dimples & Tangles

Nesting Place

Organize & Inspire

Powell Brower at Home

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I shared that we will be spending our summer in Connecticut. It is exciting for all of us and we are ready to explore all that the upper east coast has to offer! I will be sharing more projects and some ways to make a rental a home in the next 3 months.

We are hoping to have all the tile work in our bathroom done before we leave, so you might be getting a bathroom update in the next couple weeks…hopefully!

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

Yesterday, I announced a fun summer series I am co-hosting with these wonderful ladies pictured above! Be sure to read the details on the Summer Style Soiree and link party. I hope you join us May 15th for our first link party with projects inspired by Audrey Hepburn.

April felt like such a whirlwind of a month with playing catch up after Creating with the Stars and then getting everything ready for the BHG shoot. So many good things and I am curious to see how our summer will be a rental. It feels like a little adventure!

Now, I am going to go see what we can do for Bman’s arm and shoulder. Hopefully, he will be back to playing before school is out!

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Summer Style Soiree | The Icons

I have an exciting announcement today! It’s Summer Style Soiree time!!

It’s time to kickoff the 2nd Annual Summer Style Soiree!! Did you follow along last year? It is such a fun series. Each month, I am joining some fab design bloggers and we will be sharing a project inspired by a style icon. I am so happy to be hosting this year and hope you all will join us!

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It is the same concept as last year. Each month, we will share our projects inspired by that month’s style icon and you will have the opportunity to link up your own!

So, each month (May-Aug) we will have the Summer Style Soiree link party where you can feature your creations based off of the monthly style icon. I can’t wait to see what you create!! It can be anything– as long as it is based on the style icon. Fashion, decor, table settings, party ideas, recipes, drinks, crafts–really anything you can dream up!

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This year we are pulling inspiration from these vintage style icons. I am so excited to get creative. Audrey is one of my all-time faves!

Here is the line up:

We will get the soiree started on May 15th with Audrey Hepburn, and then continue on the 3rd Thursday of each month this summer.

May 15th : Audrey Hepburn

June 19th : Jackie “O” Kennedy

July 17th : Princess Diana

August 21st: James Dean

What fun, right? So, mark your calendars for Thursday, May 15th and get read to share an Audrey-inspired project! Last year the projects were pretty darn amazing, so I am so anxious to see what you cook up this year!

I also want to introduce you to these talented gals who I am hosting with! I’m sure you are familiar with them, but you never know…you just may find your new favorite blog here!

Carmel @ Our Fifth House

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Kristin @ Bliss at Home

Amy @ Blissful Bee

Angela @ Life in Velvet

Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles

Amanda @ Dixie Delights

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

See you May 15th!!!!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide and win $500 to C. Wonder!!

I just realized that Mother’s Day is about 2 weeks away…Sunday, May 11th to be exact!! I have some gift ideas for Mom to share with you from the Mother’s Day Gift Guide at C. Wonder.  PLUS you have a chance to win $500 to shop there!!! It is a great place to find unique gifts or find something for yourself (wink, wink!).

C.Wonder Mother's Day Gift Guide via Bliss at Home

 From left to right:  Flamingo Suede Smoking Slipper, Golden Coral Frame,  Ikat Tea For One Set, Enamel Initial Monogram Bracelet, Monogram Jewelry Box

Honey, kids..listen up…

I will take any of those items above (or all of them, let’s be honest!) if you are completely stumped on what to buy me for Mother’s Day. I can drop a hint, can’t I!?!

Be sure to shop the Mother’s Day Gift Guide at C. Wonder! You can shop all the items I featured here or find favorites of your own for Mom (or yourself, who are we kidding?!) C. Wonder has such a great selection of feminine gifts. Everything from jewelry and clothing to home decor and kitchen items. I love that so many of their products you can make personal with a monogram. Their patterns are trendy and they have many color options available on several of their products.

I just recently shopped C. Wonder for a few things myself, and I saved some extra money using these C. Wonder codes at Coupons.com. I saved a total of $83 off my entire purchase, so you should check those out for sure!

CWonder $500 Giveaway

Like what you see here and want to get your hands on some great gifts for mom? I’ve teamed up with Oh to Be a Muse and other bloggers to give you the chance to win a $500 C. Wonder e-gift card when you enter this Mother’s Day Giveaway courtesy of Coupons.com. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends May 9, 2014.

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It’s a great time to shop for Mom so be sure to shop the Mother’s Day Gift Guide at C. Wonder!

I’d like to thank Coupons.com and C. Wonder for sponsoring this post. As always, I only share what I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Playing in my Office and a Lamp GIVEAWAY!!

Today, I am sharing my new lamp in my office plus I have a lamp giveaway for you too!! I just added a new lamp from Kenroy Home to my desk. The Burl Table Lamp has a modern design, but also adds the rich warmth I wanted to bring into this space.

A lot of homeowners are banishing browns and beiges from their spaces and trading them for “greiges” –those gray neutrals. I love that, but sometimes gray walls or white walls can play a little cold. I felt that in my new office space. While I loved the way it was coming together, I needed a warm element to soften the space so it wasn’t too harsh. Warm woods and golds do the trick.

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I have some details to finish up in here, but I am liking this space more and more every chance I get to work on it. Next week is going to be an exciting week with 2 things I am so stoked about! One being the BHG shoot (READ ABOUT IT HERE) and another top secret photo shoot is centered around this very space…so I just have to make sure the kids don’t destroy the house before then. Wishful thinking!

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I have been loving burled wood furniture and tiger wood pieces. The Kenroy Home Burl Table Lamp has a paint treatment that mimics these woods I love so much.

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The Burl Table Lamp makes a great desk lamp because of its height and the oval shape of the shade. If you have a smaller desk like I do, you want to make the most of your surface. The oval shade allows you to place the lamp closer to a wall or edge of your desk.

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I will be doing some more things in here over the weekend to get it ready for its close-up, but here is what I was playing around with yesterday…

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Now here’s the really fun part!! Kenroy Home is giving away 1 Burl Table Lamp to a lucky winner!! Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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Also, if you love my Creating with the Stars Knockoff, I just posted a full tutorial on how I made it with instructions on how to build your own DIY Bar Cabinet. It is multi-functioning as a bar and office storage. I needed the storage…and sometimes a little tasty drink doesn’t hurt either!

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CWTS Knockoff Tutorial || Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet

Today, I am sharing my tutorial for my Creating with the Stars Knockoff of the Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet. Are you ready for this MONSTER tutorial!?! I kid you not, this is a Tolstoy novel, but I didn’t want to leave out any details. This was a lot to squeeze into such a short time frame, and for real– I pulled 2 all-nighters to get it all done!! A lot of planning went into creating this. Originally, I wanted to find a premade cabinet and just build the base, but it was actually more cost-effective to build it from scratch and I could not find a suitable cabinet on such short notice in my area.

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I just want to preface this by saying I am not a carpenter and I tried to keep it as simple as I could. I also kept in mind that a lot of DIYers may not have access to certain wood-working tools. You will have to have some basic knowledge of how to use a drill, a nail gun, a  miter saw, and a jig saw. I would not consider this a beginner’s project. I pushed myself for Creating with the Stars and I’m glad I did it.

I also built this in two pieces–the cabinet and the base. This way it is easier to move, since it is quite heavy and a larger furniture item.

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Make your cabinet cuts…actually… let the home improvement store do it.

The first thing I did was build the cabinet. I went to my local home improvement store and selected 2 pieces of 3/4″ 4×8 Birch Hardwood Plywood. This has a really smooth finish which is great for painting. This design is based on the 3/4″width of this plywood, so all measurements had to take that into account.

I designed some templates to get the best cuts from each piece of plywood so I would not have to buy extra or waste too much. I had the home improvement store use their large saw and make all my cuts for me. I LOVE THAT SAW!! The first two cuts are free and then they charge 29 cents per cut after that. This is a great alternative if you don’t have access to the proper saw at home.

The first piece of wood will make the cuts for your top, back, and 2 side pieces of the cabinet. You will want to save the extra wood because you will be using it later.

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Your second piece of wood will be the cuts for your 2 doors, bottom, and transition piece between the cabinet and the base. Again, you are going to want to save your leftover pieces for later.

Keep in mind, that your 2 doors are cut to have a tiny space between them when hung so they do not touch.

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 Build your cabinet.

To build your cabinet you will need the following:

 cabinet cuts from your plywood, wood for the frame: (2) 1″x1″x8′ (actually 1-3/8″x 1-5/8″) lumber, a nail gun and 1-3/4 in. x 15 gauge nails, a level, a drill and 1-1/2 in. wood screws, wood fill, a sander or sandpaper

**an extra set of hands to help position and hold pieces in place

bar cabinet building You will cut your lumber into 8 pieces to use as the inner frame that you will attach your cabinet plywood pieces to. It is really great to have a buddy near by to help hold things in place as you use your nail gun. I kept a level handy too to make sure everything was aligned properly.

To start, I drew lines a 3/4 inch inside from the outer edges of the bottom piece. This was my guide as I attached my frame. Since the plywood cuts are 3/4 inch wide, this makes everything line up perfectly.

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It is really important to make sure that top piece hangs over the front of the cabinet by 3/4″. You want your doors to be flush with the top.

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I placed a nail using my nail gun about every 4 inches. I used my drill and 6 wood screws on the top, sides, and back to ensure solid construction.

Once constructed, I filled in nail holes with wood fill, sanded them down, and cleaned the surface.

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Build the base. You will need:

(4) 1″ x 1″ x 8′ lumber (remember it is actually 1-3/8″ x 1-5/8″ x 8′) 

1/2″ oak pressed board cut to 36″x 20-3/4″

3/4″ birch hardwood plywood cut to 15″x 21″ (from leftover wood from cabinet)

(12) 2″ 2-hole 90 degree corner brace

(8) 2″ 2-hole L-strap

(8) 3″ mending plates

(8) brass furniture glides

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After you make your cuts for the base pieces, take your top piece and lay it on the ground. Basically, build it upside down. I found that working from the top down was best. I used corner braces on all interior corners. I hid the L-brackets on the back sides of joints that can not be seen from the front of the cabinet. I did this to keep things plumb and extra secure. I just used the wood screws that came with the packages and my cordless drill. The mending plates I placed under the joints on the bottom of the base for extra stability.

The brass furniture glides were an extra touch and I placed them under every vertical leg of the base.

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I loved the emerald green of the original Anna Bar Cabinet, so I went with Benjamin Moore Very Green (2040-30) in Semi-Gloss. I purchased 1 quart of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start High-Hiding All Purpose Primer in Deep Base. My friendly Benjamin Moore paint expert also tinted the primer for me with Very Green. I did one coat of primer using a foam roller. Once dry, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore Very Green. 1 quart is enough to cover everything twice and still have enough leftover for the doors and base piece. I used a foam roller application for the paint and had a paint brush handy for hard to reach areas. This is excellent paint, and my paint expert advised me to use Benjamin Moore Advance Paint for furniture. Hands down the best quality paint I have worked with.

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While my paint was drying, I worked on the fabric panel for the inside of the cabinet. This was really simple and I customized it so it could come out easily and be changed. I had my home improvement store use that handy saw of theirs once again to cut a piece of smooth board (it’s brown and located with the baseboard and paneling) the size of the back of my cabinet 33″x 35″. When I got it home, I notched the corners with my jig saw so it would fit tightly against the back of the cabinet.

I found this animal print fabric at Hancock Fabrics. That is also where the awesome white hand came from that you all loved so much! It is an outdoor fabric and easy to clean. Using spray adhesive, I attached the fabric to the board and smoothed it out as I worked with a wallpaper smoothing tool. Worked like a charm! The excess I just taped on the back.

This is not permanent and if I ever wish to change it out it will be an easy fix. The shelving I added in holds it flush against the back, so there is no need to permanently attach it to.

So, cabinet meet your base…

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Now onto doors…

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The bamboo detail– I spared no expense…LOL. I had some old tiki torches in my garage that we weren’t going to use ever again,  so I grabbed my hand saw and got to work cutting them.

First, I marked on my doors in pencil where I wanted the bamboo to be placed. Then, I made my cuts. I cut the corners at 45 degrees. I attached the bamboo with liquid nail. Once it was dry, I primed and painted the fronts of the doors.

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Attach doors and finish painting. Attach hardware. Gold leaf the base.

You must have the proper hinge for this type of door. The hinge has to be attached to the inside and not noticeable on the outside. I think they are called hidden collapsible hinges.

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Hanging doors…not easy! Let me repeat…hanging doors… NOT EASY! It helps to have another set of hands for this too. The directions that came with the hinges did help a lot though.

Once hung, I painted them and the shelf for the base.

The hardware is handmade, actually…Dave made…I loved the help with that!! I made a template out of grid paper that mimicked the shape and size of the hardware on the Worlds Away version. Dave took leftover birch from the cabinet cuts and used the jig saw and cut those by hand!! I was just going to cut pieces and glue them together, but he wanted to see if he could cut some out for me to save me the extra time…since I was playing beat the clock at this point! Once they were cut out,  I spray painted them gold.

The base got the gold leaf treatment. I filled in screw holes with wood fill and sanded them down before hand.  It took a couple of hours to gold leaf the entire base. I was really tired of gold leaf at this point. In retrospect, I could have just spray painted the base, but I wanted that gold leaf look.

Shelving is subjective, so I didn’t feel the need to do a tutorial for this. You can customize it to your own needs. I used the left over birch from the cabinet build and made my own.

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So, that’s my high-end knockoff. The Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet is in a league of its own. It is extremely well made with gorgeous finishes and details. My homemade version, recreates the look of this upscale piece using materials you can get at your nearest home improvement store.

My costs include all the lumber, all the hardware, fabric, and paint.

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I still can’t believe I got it done in time. I basically had 4 days to have it finished, styled, photographed and submitted to CWTS. You can see the amount of work and time I poured into every detail. I had to fit in time to source items to style it with since I couldn’t use anything identifiable to my home. I also painted those black and white abstracts quickly to add some art to the wall…oh and I painted the walls white too. It’s an insane amount of work to cram into such a short period of time! I am so glad I pushed myself and got it done. Now I have a lovely cabinet in my office.

DIY Bar Cabinet Tutorial via Bliss at Home

A special thanks to my CWTS Blog Star Kristin from The Hunted Interior & CWTS hosts Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative.

*linked here

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If you would like to see more projects to get inspired, check out my PROJECT GALLERY.

Spray Paint Table Makeover

Good Morning! I hope you all had a great weekend!! We were busy working on the house per usual, but enjoyed a day of celebration on Easter.

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Today, I am sharing a table makeover I just finished. I found this little table at a resale shop for $7 a couple of years back. The finish had some water damage, but the caning was perfect.

Last year, I spray painted it to add a pop of color. Now, the color wasn’t working for me, and I wanted to change things up again.

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I used the same spray paint as before, Valspar Paint + Primer In One Interior/Exterior Spray Paint in Gloss. I really like this spray paint for little projects like this, because it gives a nice even finish and is easy to recoat. The high gloss finish is perfect for a high-end look. I choose black because I always feel like I circle back to black and white pieces. I just love the contrast. You should definitely have some black furniture in your life!

B@H The hardware I just love! These little lion ring pulls from D Lawless Hardware are the perfect size for an accent table like this.

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Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

Table Makeover with Spray Paint via Bliss at Home

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

I feel like I breathed some new life into my little table and gave it a little RAWR!! 

For more projects like this check out my Project Gallery.

Have a great Monday friends! The boys have today off from school so we are going to have a little fun day!

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Exciting News with these 3 letters: BHG

I don’t even know how to begin this post…

Let me just say that the past couple weeks I’ve been keeping a secret and now I can share it! Those 3 letters are coming to my house!! Yes, BHG!! Better Homes and Gardens will be here in 13 days for a photo shoot!!! 

And, yes I am keeping a countdown!! There is sooo much to do.

Insane cleaning…I am going to clean like I’ve never cleaned before!! My pores will ooze cleaning products.

Wardrobe choices…note to self–must go shopping.

Work, work, work…Finishing up those pesky little projects that I am pretending will just finish themselves. Why hasn’t that piece of baseboard painted itself?

Working out… in hopes of looking like a super model…ummm…

To say I am beyond excited is the understatement of the year. I don’t think I can find a proper word to describe what I am feeling.

After a few emails and phone conversations with the editor and stylist, I can safely say this is going to rock my world!! I can’t wait to see them in action! The photographer making magic happen and the stylist working it to make everything perfect!! I am pinching myself that I get to be involved in the process!!

When all is ready and it’s GO TIME I just hope I don’t pull a Chandler Bing:

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I just had to spill the news to you guys! You have always been so encouraging and supportive– that has meant the world to me. Thanks for letting me share some personal joy with you!

I will be the crazy-cleaning-shopping-working-and-working-out lady for these remaining days. This is really a dream come true for me. Better Homes and Gardens has been my mag. I read it as a kid, dreaming of living in one of the beautiful homes that graced its pages. When I got married, my first subscription was of course BHG! As a design blogger, it has always given me tons of inspiration. So, you can imagine how stoked I was to receive that first email saying they want to come for a photo shoot!

I will be sharing some behind the scenes action, so be sure you follow me on Instagram to get the latest about the shoot.

Also, if you don’t already, I highly suggest following the BHG Style-Spotters blog. It is a great daily dose of ideas!!

PINTEREST ♥ FACEBOOK ♥ INSTAGRAM ♥ TWITTER

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The Sheepskin || Faux Real

Hello lovelies!

Today, I am sharing my new fave rug ’round these parts. I feel like I should have greeted you with “Howdy, partner!” after saying ’round these parts’…anyways…enough of the random thoughts and onto the deets.

Faux vs. Real || The Sheepskin via Bliss at Home

I love a sheepskin. I have 1,2,3,4,5, now 6 (well, 7 if you include Zoey, she kind of looks like a sheepskin) in my house. Can you ever have too much sheepskin?? The answer is always unequivocally NO. N to the O.

It works with so many styles. If you are a modern minimalist, the sheep skin adds a layer of texture and warmth so your spaces don’t play too cold. If you are a glamour girl, it adds a chic layer of comfort to your surroundings. If you are quirky and eclectic, it adds fun and brightness.

My latest sheepskin squeeze hails from Bold Rugs. This online rug store has every style of rug you can imagine! Great selection and they also offer a 14 day in-home trial, so you can’t beat that.

Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin Shag via Bliss at Home

I wanted something plush under my footsies when I am working at my desk. I selected the Safavieh Sheepskin Shag Rug. It comes in 3 sizes, even a 4 x 6 if you want a larger one– gotta love that! It is 100% sheepskin. All real baby!

It also made an appearance on the tulip chair in the styling for my Creating with the Stars knock off:

Bliss at Home - CWTS - Knockoff Overall

Now, as you can see, being the sheepskin connoisseur that I am (owning 7 sheepskins, I mean 6!! Sorry Zo-Zo!), I have seen them all– the faux and the real. I own both and I thought I’d weigh in with my experience with each.

Faux vs. Real || The Sheepskin via Bliss at Home

 

Just by seeing this picture…you can already see some major differences. Both are from the same maker, Safavieh, for comparison’s sake.

Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin via Bliss at Home REAL sheepskin With the real sheepskin, you are getting just that– the real deal. So, naturally, it is plusher, warmer, and thicker. It also has a creamier color than the bright white of the faux. It does shed some in the beginning with the first couple vacuums, but that is normal. They also wear better over time. They cost a little more, but I think it is worth the money if you want something that lasts.

I compared this sheepskin to the Ikea sheepskin too, since I have both on hand. The real sheepskin from Ikea has a lower price point and is a pretty good value. The Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin does appear to be made better and is thicker and plusher than the Ikea version. It costs a little more, but I really think you get what you pay for with this sheepskin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Ikea sheepskin, but I do see where my new Bold Rugs sheepskin is better quality.

I recommend frequent vacuuming and spot cleaning if you spill on it. You can also have it professionally cleaned.

FAUX sheepskin

 

The faux version. This is just okay to me. If you don’t have the bucks for the real deal the faux version is super inexpensive. I’d rather just save for the real myself. Now, with the faux, they have them cut to appearance of the real. I find the “sheepskin” on these to be longer. They are not as plush and I find them really hard to vacuum. A lot of times I am shaking them out and picking out debris by hand. They also have a bright white color.

Care and cleaning is the same as the real sheepskin.

FAUX VS. REAL

So, my two cents…go real. After living with them for a while, I can tell you that is the better deal in the long run. I just love my new real sheepskin from Bold Rugs! It is by far the nicest and best quality one in the house.

Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin via Bliss at Home

 

To see the sheepskin I featured in this post, be sure to check out Bold Rugs online. To get the latest on products and sales be sure to follow Bold Rugs on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

This is a product review for Bold Rugs. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

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