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Blogger Stylin Home Tours | Favorite Room Edition

Hello and welcome if you are new to Bliss at Home today!

I’m excited to be part of another Blogger Stylin Home Tour and loved seeing Diane’s room from In My Own Style. She is such a talented decorator and the sweetest lady! If you are new to Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours, boy are you in for a treat! This is a blog hop style tour that is filled with so much eye candy and inspiration from some very talented DIY and design bloggers.


You are joining us on the last day of tours, but you can see the full list of participant links at the end of this post.

This time around we were asked to share our favorite room in our home and express why it is special and how it reflects our style. I knew right away what room I wanted to share! So welcome to my living room…


What I love most about this room is that it is the place we spend a great deal of time in. It is the heart of our little home. It is the place everyone wants to be in together.

This room felt so dark when we bought this house, and now after a lot of DIYing and paint it is full of light. The large windows give such gorgeous warm light throughout the day. It really makes this room the most pleasant place to be in at our house.

Bliss at Home Living Room

I tweak this room from time to time, but the foundation is something I really love! The large windows, the fireplace, library wall, and original hardwoods and crown molding make my little design loving heart go pitter-patter! The bones are so good in this space. I love more traditional foundations mixed in with modern and eclectic pieces and this room is exactly that.

living room bliss at home

The DIY Border Curtains I made for our summer rental were the perfect addition to these large windows. They frame them nicely without being too obtrusive. I always love to work black and white into my spaces. It’s definitely my go-to combo.

If you look closely you can see my cat-dog, Zoey, sun-bathing on one of her favorite perches.


My most favorite place to sit is on our sofa and see this view above. Our DIY fireplace makeover was such a huge game changer for this space. I also love seeing the stenciled wall in our entry way.

bliss at home living room

There are so many flea market and thrift store treasures that grace this space. So many furniture makeovers and art projects. I always think it’s amazing what you can do on a budget.

bliss at home living room

One thing I do “splurge” on every week are fresh flowers. Roses are my favorite, but I mix it up from time to time. Add some roses and brass to a room and it is a place I want to be!

My coffee table is ever-changing, but it always has books, and interesting little curiosities.

bliss at home living room

Even though I want to get a new sofa so very badly, I make this old one of ours work by adding some warm and polished touches.

bliss at home living room

I can’t leave out the DIY Library Wall that really is what this room is about. We took the television out and installed the library wall. Books, music, and memories. This room is meant for conversation, relaxation, and enjoying our family.

bliss at home living room

My youngest and the cat-dog were photo-bombing the entire shoot which was actually a lot of fun, but then I realized the little guy had rearranged the bookcases and pulled the receiver antenna out. Such is life, so the imperfection shines through. We definitely live in our house and the only time it looks perfectly styled is when I am working on a project.

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Another couple of zones in this room that are important that I can’t leave out. The bar. Dave surprised me with this vintage brass Italian bar cart a couple of years ago and it adds the party to this room.

bliss at home living room

As of recently, I had to move my desk in here. So, this is my temporary office while other things are going on in this house. I wanted to keep it protected and my other office pieces are in storage until I can have them out again.

Thanks so much for having me share my favorite place in our home with you today!

Next up on the BSHT Favorite Room Tours is Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.

Also, so you don’t miss at thing here are links to all the participants throughout the week. Check them out!

Monday, August 25th:
Tuesday, August 26th:
Wednesday, August 27th:
Thursday, August 28th: 
Friday, August 29th:

Have a fabulous weekend! We have been home from our East Coast summer of fun for just under a week now. It’s been busy, busy getting back into the groove of normal and getting the boys ready for the start of school next week. We are getting it done, and I will be back to regular blogging next week :) I missed you guys!

Next up Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.

DIY Border Curtains & Summer Soiree Link Party

Today is the Summer Style Soiree Link Party! This month our muse was Jacqueline Kennedy.

If you have been following along here, we have been making our summer rental a cozy little home for the next 3 months. We were in desperate need of some window coverings, so I decided to make these DIY border curtains.



Studying some images of Jackie “O”, I quickly discovered an ongoing theme with her fashion…

Jackie Kennedy

*Photograph via The Huffington Post

She had a lot of black and white going on. Like, A LOT. She always stuck to very clean lines and structured silhouettes for the most part. I found several images of her wearing outfits like the one above. Then, there is that iconic pink and black suit. She had an East Coast sensibility and always looked put together, whether on a boat or relaxing at home.

How appropriate for the month of June, since we just moved into our summer rental here on the East Coast!

That image above is the inspiration for my DIY Border Curtains. My love for black and white spaces will never die out. It’s my go-to for a beautifully designed space. Sometimes just the most simple contrast of black and white can add style. I feel like our living room is saying WOW now. It is full of drama.

This is so easy to do. If you can tape a straight line, you can do this.

Here is what I used:


Ikea Ritva Curtain Panels 

Black Paint mixed with Fabric Medium and a Paint Brush

Painter’s Tape (I used Frog Tape Multi-Surface)

Tape Measure and Pencil

Before you start, make sure to iron or steam out the fold wrinkles in your curtain panels. I just spread my curtain panels out on the floor and began.



I wanted my black border to be thicker so I opted to measure 4 inches in on each side.

Once measured, I taped off my border.

For the paint, I just followed the mixing instructions on the back of the fabric medium container. You can pick this up at most craft and fabric stores. I’ve used this before for pillows and it works like a charm.

I protected my floor by placing cardboard boxes underneath the edge I was painting. This also acted as a knee pad while I was painting so that was great!

Once you have a border painted, remove the tape right away to ensure a crisp straight line.

When you are done, just follow the instructions to set the paint to the fabric. You will want to do this so you can wash your curtains and not have the paint fade or wash out.

crisp line

After they dried and I set the paint, I could not wait to install these babies!


They just stop me in my tracks. It’s like seeing a gorgeous woman from afar in an evening gown. The really do make the room, do they not?!

I also wanted them to pool on the floor a bit. It just felt right.


window with black timmed curtains



Be sure to check out these other great Jackie Kennedy inspired projects from these talented bloggers listed below and link up your own at the end of this post:

Summer Style Soiree 2014 Invite

Blissful Bee

Dimples & Tangles

Dixie Delights

Life in Velvet

Our Fifth House

Rain on a Tin Roof

Southern State of Mind

Now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to see your creativity. Just link up your Jacqueline Kennedy inspried project below:

Be sure to join me back here tomorrow for the Summer Home Tours!! 23 amazing bloggers sharing 23 inspiring homes all decked out for summer!

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Visit Kristin Cadwallader [BLISS AT HOME]’s profile on Pinterest.

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What a fun week so far, huh!?!

It’s Day 5 of our Blog Anniversary Week!

It’s been such a great celebration week of our 2 year Blog Anniversary!! I love that I can share some of my favorite things with you and give you a chance to take them home.

If you are just joining us, all week long I have had giveaways of some of my favorite things.You can enter all the giveaways at the end of this post.


Today, is our last giveaway and it is a great one! I shared the latest addition to my son’s bedroom last week from Holly + Martin. Holly + Martin has a great line of modern furniture and I love them as a company. You will have a chance to win the Ottico 3-piece Table Set that we featured in my little guy’s room! This is my new favorite piece of furniture in our house. They are stacking tables that you can use as shelving or separately as individual tables. Very clever!


Enter the giveaway by following the Rafflecopter below. You can earn up to 4 entries!!

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Win a print of your choice from LUCIANA



Win a Moroccan shag rug from Rugs USA



Win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy




Win a Finish Max Paint Sprayer from HomeRight



It’s been such a fun week of giveaways to celebrate our 2 year blog-o-versary!!

I will be sharing the winners each day next week at the end of my blog posts so be sure to check back to see if you have won!! 

Also, next week I will be sharing a bit about our first week as East Coasters and our summer rental.

I’d like to thank Holly + Martin for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | Blog Anniversary Week!


Good Morning!

In celebration of my 2 year blog anniversary, I am excited to share another great giveaway with you today!!

2-year-blogoversary One of my favorite things in my house is our living room rug!! I love Moroccan shag rugs. They are so plush and I love the pattern.

I am so excited to be partnering with Rugs USA to offer one lucky reader a 5’3″ x 7’6″ Rugs USA Moroccan Diamond Shag Grey Rug!!


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. You can get up to 3 entries!!

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Did you miss Giveaway 1? Click below to enter to win a print of your choice from LUCIANA:



I’ll be back tomorrow with another great giveaway!!

I’d like to thank Rugs USA for sponsoring this giveaway for the B@H | 2 Year Anniversary!

Finding Awesome || Thrifty Finds

Happy Weekend!!

Are you guys ready for some thrifty finds?!?

I don’t know what my deal has been lately, but by the end of the day I am done! I have felt so tired, but there is so much to do I really can’t afford to be right now. To break up my normal day, I decided to change things up a bit and plan some time for some fun– some penny-pinching fun!

I have a lot of rooms to find decor for right now. Both the boys bedrooms, our bathroom, and my office. Thursday, Sam and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting around some of our favorite local shops…and it did not disappoint.

My hands down favorite find of the day is this brass antelope. I love love love when I find decor like this for just a few dollars! It’s solid brass and it just has a sexy vibe. I totally dig it and it had to come home with me.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H


I love it in my office, and I think it’s a great spot at the current moment since those antlers could impale a child around here.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H


I scored another piece of round cut stone for $1.25 at the Salvation Army. It appears to have been part of a little accent table. I found another one of these last year and I love to use them as trays. I also have plans to turn one into a plant stand soon.

I grabbed another fish bowl vase for my desk too. I think they are perfect for arranging roses.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H

Since we are in “bathroom reno mode” right now, I was happy to find this vintage lucite towel bar. It was only $8 at a flea market. The hardware needs a little cleaning but it is in great shape and even more beautiful in person. It will look so great with the marble tile.

Thrifty Finds || B @ H


Last but not least, I found something for Sam’s bedroom makeover. A few months back, I sat down with him and did a little “design consultation” and he totally surprised me with what he likes and wants for his room.



He is requesting all white walls and wants black and white decor. We are also mixing in some natural wood tones and copper. He totally has the hippest decor taste of any 5-year-old I know. He wants lots of animals and a guitar too. We have already purchased him a teepee from off his list and there are some other fun details that I am going to save for later.

Thfirty Finds || B @ H

This little stool is so perfect for the vibe his room is taking. He drags the bathroom stool into his room all the time to sit on. So, this was so great because now he has one for his room. Sam thinks it is a pterodactyl and it totally sold him on wanting it. For $6 we couldn’t pass it up. The tribal vibe, colors, and warm wood tones are perfect.

This warmer weather is totally putting me into treasure-seeking mode!! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my hunt on!!!



I am over at my friend Shavonda’s blog A Home Full of Color today sharing my thoughts on our home for her Small Home, Big Style series.

Shavonda is one talented designer and such a sweet friend!  I always enjoy a visit to her site and I know you will too! Here’s just at taste of her talent… Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color



Spring Into Style with New Kleenex Designs

I’d like to thank Kleenex® for sponsoring this post.

Oh yes, spring is upon us! The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and those noses are running! The first two sound pretty wonderful…but runny noses are no fun. Unfortunately, they are a part of spring in my household and probably yours too.

As I have been bringing spring touches to our rooms, I have also been adding Kleenex to them. Between our kids, who both suffer seasonal allergies, and my own sinus issues, I am a master nose wiper. Yes, I have awarded myself that title. I can wipe noses like nobody’s business!

My recent trip to the store for our springtime stock pile was so fun! Have you seen all the great styles of Kleenex boxes? Well, I found something for every spot in our house that works with our decor and adds more style.


Our bedroom is the numero uno place I need Kleenex. You guys are getting a little teaser today of my spring bedroom refresh, but the big reveal is not ready just yet. Don’t you just love my bedside Kleenex box?! It totally adds more spring and whimsy to my room.

Kleenex style

I need this here for myself at night and for the occasional late night kiddie nose wipe. At 3am when your little ones wake up uncomfortable and need help blowing their noses,  it’s nice not to scramble to find the Kleenex. My youngest still hasn’t mastered the nose blow, so support and instruction is needed.



Isaac Mizrahi for Kleenex

Our living room gets the Kleenex treatment too. It’s the hub of the house, and it is always handy to have some close by here.


This is my favorite box design! It is designed by Isaac Mizrahi for Kleenex. It feels better to know that I am at least super stylish while blowing my nose!

Another essential springtime must is to have Kleenex go packs. I add these to my car and my purse. They are so handy! The pattern and color selections are so great too.


I had to add another animal print Isaac Mizrahi box in my office too…


Did you guys know that Kleenex has been around for 90 years? A lot has changed with the box designs and options even from when I was a kid. In celebration of this anniversary, they are bringing you another innovative first: The Kleenex Style Studio. It’s a great, fun way to find your own favorite Kleenex design. You can also take the style quiz and read fun facts about the history of Kleenex.

Check out how fashion and Kleenex intersect with this video:

This was a sponsored post for Kleenex®. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Let’s all survive the spring time sneezes in style! Go on and find your Kleenex style!

DIY Winter Scarf Trees + A Holiday Table

I’d like to thank FloraCraft® for sponsoring this project. 

DIY sweater trees

I was happy to partner with FloraCraft® for their Foam for the Holidays campaign. I was sent a mystery box of Make it: Fun® Foam and a surprise element to add into my design. I was excited to see the box contained Make it: Fun® Foam cones of all different sizes and some Design It:® Simple Style® LED lighted branches and string lights.

styrofoam cones


led-lighted-branches led-light-strand

My dining room table came to mind when thinking about my design.  I was thinking of ways to cozy it up for the holidays. It was playing a little cold to me, partly because there is hardly anything in it right now since we are still remodeling that part of the house. We will be using our table for our Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas morning pancake breakfast. So, I wanted to make it festive for our celebrations. Nothing says cozy holiday time better than sweaters and plaid. Whenever the temperature plunges, I love a chunky sweater or woolen plaid blanket. Those thoughts became the basis for my table design.


I had a couple of old cream scarves that I haven’t worn in quite a few years and decided to use them for this project. If you don’t have scarves, you could always stop in thrift shop for a few or some sweaters. This was so insanely easy to do! You don’t even need glue!

Supplies to make DIY Winter Scarf Trees:

your sweater material || straight pins || Make It: Fun® Foam cones in a variety of sizes


OK, this was RIDICULOUSLY easy folks! All I did was roll the scarves around the cones. I cut the scarf to size just leaving about a 1/2 inch on top and bottom.

I pinned the starting end about every inch. The straight pins worked excellent. They didn’t wiggle loose at all, I didn’t even need glue.


Then you just pin the end of your cut. The pins don’t stand out at all once placed and I like that if I want to reuse the cones in the future I can remove the sweater material without damaging them.


You just need to pin the tops and along the bottom. So easy, right!?!


I decided to work the LED lighted branches and string garland into my tablescape. I added fresh-cut greens and worked the lighted branches into them. I wrapped a couple of the scarf trees with the string lights.


I added touches of plaid with a scart as a table runner and some tartan fabric I scored at a flea market still on the bolt with the old tag still attached.


The rest is just a combination of collected plates and glassware. I went with a vintage look to continue the cozy feel. I also added the mittens to hold the silverware for a fun holiday touch.




Here is the table all ready for our holiday dinner!



I played around with the lights a bit too using the string lights in the branches too.


I can’t wait to enjoy our Christmas Eve dinner here!!

For more holiday inspiration check out and the Crafts ‘n Coffee blog.

Only 6 days until Christmas!!!

10 DIY Holiday Decor Ideas to Deck the WALLS

If you are like me, your mind is already thinking of ways to deck the halls for the holidays. We plan out our trees, our tabletops, entry ways, and mantels. Another spot in our home to think about are the walls. Wreaths are a great go-to, but sometimes you want something a little different. Today, I am sharing 10 easy DIY projects to dress up your walls this holiday season and not break the bank.

10 Holiday Ideas


DIY Glitter Reindeer Art

DIY Glitter Reindeer Art

Bliss at Home

This was by far the most popular holiday post I did last year. I still love it for Holiday 2013 since gold is emerging as a front-runner for holiday decor.


DIY Sparkly Ornament Sign

sparkle sign2

House by Hoff

I just love this ornament sign April from House by Hoff made. The ornament silhouettes and arrangement make a pleasing display.


IKEA Margareta Christmas


Cuckoo 4 Design

This is so clever what Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design did with this IKEA Margareta fabric. The ornaments hung on it are the perfect touch.


DIY Christmas Canvas Art


View Along the Way

Kelly from View Along the Way used items you can find at any craft store to make this DIY chipboard letter art. Such a great idea and you could customize it to your own message.


DIY Holiday Paper Art

DIY Holiday Art

Newly Woodwards

I love it when I see ideas inspired from catalogs. Kim from Newly Woodwards did a Ballard Designs knock-off of their holiday decor.  Scrapbook paper cut out in holiday shapes and placed in frames. Super inexpensive but makes such a nice display!


DIY Vintage-Inspired Holiday Art

glitter plaques

Primitive & Proper

Cassie from Primitive & Proper added a vintage touch to her decor with these DIY Holiday Plaques. Using a vintage Santa book she took the pages and added them to these plaques. I just love them! So charming!!


DIY Instagram Wall Art

DIY Holiday photo art

Wills Casa

I love what Amber and Nick from Wills Casa did with their Instagram photos for Thanksgiving. I could see this done for the holidays saying “BE MERRY”. They made a letter grid using Instagram photos they printed in a template in Photoshop. So creative and a great way to showcase those memories.


DIY Noel Sign

noel letter sign

Newly Woodwards

Kim also made this Noel sign for her front door. I love this! I could definitely see this on a mantel for the holidays.


DIY Greenery Star


Shift Ctrl Art

Katja from Shift Ctrl Art made a festive vignette using greenery from her yard. This is so simple and easy and it makes such a nice touch. I love it in this arrangement with the art on the wall.


DIY Snowflake Art


Bliss at Home

If you want something really quick and easy, you can always frame snowflake ornaments like I did here. These are just inexpensive ornaments popped in frames with scrapbook paper and fabric for backgrounds.

DIY snowflake holiday art

I don’t know about you, but that is getting me in the holiday spirit!!! I hope you found something that inspired you. What I love most is that all these projects are so creative but can done for next to nothing!

Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tour


I am so thrilled to be part of the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. and Kristen of KFD Designs!!! I have been loving the tours so far, haven’t you? Yesterday, Danika of Gorgeous Shiny Things shared her home tour. She has some serious style! It is so great to see a fresh take on fall decor and the creativity is so inspiring! If you follow this blog you know that fall is hands-down my favorite time of year here in the Midwest. If you are visiting for the first time, WELCOME!! I hope you enjoy our little fall home tour…


 ♥ Cabin-Chic or Luxe-Lodge 

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 ♥ Cozy Glam ♥



fall bookcase


view-from-sofa firewood


modern-and-fresh-fall-home-tour-Bliss-at-Home Have you been keeping up with all the Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours? They have been pretty amazing!! There’s more Modern + Fresh Fall Home Tours coming your way!! Tomorrow Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof will be sharing her home. You won’t want to miss that!

Here’s a complete list of the bloggers who already shared their homes incase you’d like to check them out:

October 1 – Kristen and Lindsay will kick things off!!

2 – Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

3 – Gabbi from Retro Ranch Reno

4 – Brittany from Brittany Makes

5 – Jesse from Scout & Nimble

6 – Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design

7 – Carolyn from Sweet Chaos Home

8 – Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home

9 – Bethany from Dwellings by Devore

10 – Carmel from Our Fifth House

11 – Kristin from The Hunted Interior

12 – Anneke from This That & Life 

13 – Michelle from Décor and the Dog

14 – Cassie from Primitive & Proper

15 – Ally from From the Right Bank

16 – Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs

17 – Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things

18 – Kristin from Bliss at Home <——-That’s Me :)

Here’s who is coming up the rest of the month:

19 – Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

20 – Jessica from Dear Emmeline

21 – Kelly from View Along the Way

22 – Sarah from Lacquer and Linen

23 – Eileen from A Creative Day Blog

24 – Sarah from Royal Marigold

25 – Lori from Lori May Interiors

26 – Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles

27 – Caitlin from Desert Domicile

28 – Sherry from Design Indulgence

29 – Lakeitha from Lakeitha Duncan Lifestyle Blog

30 – Shavonda from A Home Full of Color and Whitney from The Curtis Casa

31 – Angela from Number Fifty-three and Jennifer from Brave New Home

Linking to: Inspire Me Please, The Inspiration Gallery, Share Your Creativity

happy fall

Pumpkin Parade Features

Today we are sharing our favorites from the Pumpkin Parade Link Party. It was so fun to look through all your links and see all your creativity! Thanks for joining us for a little fall fun!!



Each one of us chose one or two favorites to feature and I knew what pumpkin project I wanted to feature right away! I just loved loved loved these mod painted pumpkins from Nalle’s House.

modern painted pumpkins collage

Nalle’s House

I think those pumpkins and my Tribal Painted Pumpkins should get together and have a million little pumpkin babies!!

Now, it’s time to see who else got featured blog hop style. Visit these Pumpkin Parade hosts and see who they featured…it could be you!



Shift Ctrl Art

Primitive & Proper

Decor and the Dog

A Little Bite of Everything


Newly Woodwards

Boxy Colonial

A Swell Place to Dwell


Go Haus Go

Interiors By Kenz

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