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Our East Coast Apartment

Rise and Shine! The birds are chirping and the sun is up! I have a little pep in my step these days.

As some of you already know, we have moved into our summer apartment. We had the opportunity to live in Connecticut for 3 months over the summer and we jumped at the chance to be tourists.

The Upper East Coast is somewhere I have always wanted to explore. So, pinch me! Dreams coming true over here! We have 3 months of fun and weekend getaways planned all summer long. Our first order of business though– getting settled into our apartment.

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As you can see I wasted no time making it cozy for us. The rug that they provided in our living room I actually love, so I am basing the room design around that. Think palm springs meets Chinoiserie chic. I just want our place to scream bright and happy summer fun!

We are in corporate housing in an upscale apartment community. I haven’t lived in an apartment since the first year of our marriage. It is a little bit of an adjustment, going from a larger house and a yard. I tell you what though, it makes me feel like we are on vacation!! It’s a little escape from the ordinary. Everyone we have met has been so nice and helpful. We have full access to a very nice pool, a gym, and a wooded area all right on the property. It is a pet-friendly community too, and our little Zoey has already made a couple new buddies.

Our apartment is on the back of our building, which I love, because our window and balcony overlook the wildlife reserve next to the property. It’ just over 1,000 square feet of living space.

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Since it is a corporate lease, we are not allowed to paint and all of the furniture was provided so I had no hand in picking it out. But, it is pretty neutral and modern so it works. Everything is brand-spanking new too, so that is nice.

I’ll be sharing some great decor ideas for renters while we are here. I packed really light and just brought out a few things from our home to decorate with.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what I’ve been working on.

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I’ll be sharing more of our summer apartment as projects unfold. We have a balcony patio and an office area to set up still. Also, I haven’t touched the bedrooms yet.

I will also be sharing our travels around the Upper East Coast and sharing my favorite spots for dining, shopping, and activities. So B@H, is going to be a travel blog, too, these next 3 months!

So far, we are 2 for 2 on restaurants and the dining has been amazing!

Tomorrow, I will announce the first winner of our Blog Anniversary Giveaway Week! You still have time to enter all 5 giveaways with great prizes from LUCIANA, Rugs USA, Crane & Canopy, HomeRight, and Holly + Martin.

See and enter all 5 giveaways HERE.

It’s the last day for the LUCIANA print giveaway and I will announce the winner tomorrow!!

I will be traveling tomorrow for a blogger event and will share a bit more on that later too.

Happy Monday!!

GIVEAWAY 4 | BLOG ANNIVERSARY WEEK

Good morning!

It’s Day 4 of my Blog Anniversary Week!!

I have another great giveaway for you all today! Thanks for joining me for my 2 year Blog Anniversary! Each day this week I have shared one of my favorite things with you and you have a chance to win one for yourself! It’s my way of thanking all of you for your support and love for B@H.

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Today’s giveaway is for all you DIY’ers out there! I love my HomeRight products and one of my favorites is the HomeRight Finish Max Sprayer! It’s so handy and I’ve used it for many a painting project around here!

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One lucky reader will win a HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer!! This is such a game-changer and time saver!!

To enter just follow the Rafflecopter below. You can earn up to 3 entries!

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YOU CAN STILL ENTER TO WIN DAY 1, DAY 2, AND DAY 3 GIVEAWAYS:

Win a print of your choice from LUCIANA

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Win a Moroccan shag rug from Rugs USA

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Win a $100 gift card to Crane & Canopy

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Be sure to check back tomorrow for the last giveaway of our B@H | Blog Anniversary Week!!

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

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.

Table Makeover with Lion Head Hardware via Bliss at Home

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!! 

Pin It! DIY Spray Paint Table Makeover

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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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Creating with the Stars 2014

First off, I just want to thank you for all the sweet comments on my Spring Bedroom Reveal that I shared yesterday! You guys always make me blush!!

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Now for the BIGGIE! Did you hear? Creating with the Stars 2014.  I am one of the 12 contestants on Creating with the Stars this year!! I spent my morning yesterday in a state of shock…and then I was excited…followed by more shock…and then I had the sudden realization that this is happening now and my first project needs to get done this week!!!!

Being pretty new in the DIY/design blogging world, I caught last year’s CWTS just after Week 1 began. I was HOOKED. Are you a DIY junkie? Do you love creative projects and really fantastic design?? When someone says these words: PAINT  FABRIC  POWER TOOLS — do you get all hot and bothered?! These things make my heart go pitter-patter and if this is you– YOU NEED TO FOLLOW CWTS!!!!

CWTS is a 4 week competition hosted by Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative. Yep, these girls are amazing. They make DIY look easy and even have their own TV show “Knock It Off” to prove it!

Each week of CWTS has a different theme. There are 12 contestants who each get paired with a Blog Star. It’s pretty much the Hunger Games of all DIY competitions except no one wants to kill me and I’m not hearing strange whistling in the background (well, except from Dave). Oh, and did I mention the competition is FIERCE!! 12 contestants….12 districts– maybe a coincidence?  I will stop making Hunger Games comparisons… starting now! In all seriousness though, this is some major talent! You can check out the 12 contestants and the Blog Stars here.

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I am so lucky and beyond stoked to have Kristin from The Hunted Interior as my Blog Star and mentor!!!! She has been a favorite of mine and I am so thankful for her help in this competition. Her work has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens: Do It Yourself Magazine, and her blog was named one of Better Homes and Gardens Top Ten Decorating Blogs. She’s sort of big deal!!! She’s a DIY rock star and design goddess!!

Here’s my DIY project that got my foot in the door:

DIY fireplace makeover || B @ H DIY Fireplace Makeover

You can see all my DIY projects here:

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This coming Monday, March 24th kicks off the competition. Week 1 the theme is “KNOCK OFF” so you will see 12 fantastically DIY’ed knock offs.

Here’s where you come in! You get to vote for your favorite!! I had so much fun looking through the projects and voting each week last year. You don’t know who has done what project, so that makes the whole thing even more interesting! Sometimes it was hard to choose because the projects were just that good!

I will be busy the next 4 weeks (like insanely busy sunup to sundown!!) so I will not be posting as much on the blog.  I do have some posts lined up still, so I won’t be completely MIA. I will be giving you guys CWTS updates from time to time too on the blog and of course on Instagram with hashtag:

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If you are diehard (Oh my gosh! I love it!), be sure to connect with me on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter too.

If you want to find me follow the scent of paint fumes and the trail of saw dust…I’m somewhere around there!

I’m ready! Let’s do this thang!!!

CWTS 2014

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Lust List || Favorite Finds of the Week 1/31

Two weeks until Valentine’s Day!! Here’s my Lust List Valentine’s Day edition for this week. My favorite finds from around the web. If you feel like getting your craft on, check out my DIY Heart Arrows. I shared the full tutorial yesterday.

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|| one || These Love Me Knot Stud Earrings from CWonder come in a great color palette. I love knot earrings. They are a fun way to mix up your regular studs. || two || I love Michelle Dwight Designs shop, especially the pillows! Add the XO pillow in gold to bring a little fun to your decor. Just in time for Valentine’s Day and great anytime of the year. || three || A romantic Valentine’s Day would be complete with a festive drink to share with your loved one. I love this clear wine rack from Target.         || four || You guys know I love gold prints and this new love print from Made by Girl is super cute!        || five || One thing I would love is a set of these Threshold Tufted Ottomans in pink and gold for my office makeover. They come in other colors too, but these pink ones would work so well in my space. I would totally use these in place of a coffee table.

Have a fantastic weekend friends! I will be working on some more Valentine’s Day projects to ready for our big dinner.

You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine!! Enter here.

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DIY Heart Arrow

Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away! I love it! I know there are some V-day haters out there, but I say a day to celebrate the ones you love and do special stuff is alright by me!

Every year, my little family and I do a very special Valentine’s Day dinner. We decorate the table and make one of our favorite dishes full of carbs, my Vodka Cream Pasta Recipe. I love holidays, don’t you? An excuse to mindlessly consume carbs and fattening foods with zero guilt! Gotta have something to live for, am I right? All joking aside, I do look forward to the occasional indulgent meal. I am on the auto-immune paleo plan and it is pretty much rabbit food and meat. I will be ready to have something sinful by then.

In preparation for the feast, I made an easy Valentine’s Day craft. These heart arrows– or if we want to get all lovey-dovey– these ‘Cupid’s arrows’ are going to be used on our table and I will share how a little later. For today, I am going to show you how I made these little babies! heart-arrow-craft

 

For this craft you can get everything you need from the craft store. I went to Michaels. They had a great selection of papers to choose from. They also had the heart punch that you see pictured below. I used kebab skewers for mine. If you are really nice and smile really big, the employees at your grocery store’s meat counter will give you some for free. I’m all about smiling and not spending money when I don’t have to!


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2 3/8 inch extra-large heart punch || one 12×12 sheet of fun cardstock || kebab skewers || Liquid Leaf or paint of your choice || small paint brush || super glue || scissors for trimming (only if needed)

The first thing I did was paint my kebabs. I set up a little paint drying station with a couple of the kebabs underneath the ones I painted.

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While your kebabs dry, you can use your heart punch. I punched 5 hearts for each arrow. You can do a total of four arrows from one 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.

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Take 3 hearts and fold each one in half. Then you are going to glue the sides together to form the end of the arrow.

fold-and-glue-hearts When all 3 hearts are glued together you can attach them to the end of your kebab. I used the pointed end and applied glue to it and slid it in the center of my hearts.

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All you need to do for the point of the arrow is glue 2 hearts together and slide the other end of the kebab in the center of them. From trial and error, I learned it is easier to glue the bottom of the hearts first– then add your kebab. You glue the top after the kebab is in place.

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That’s it! You could totally make this a kid-friendly craft and use non-toxic paints and glues so little hands can help you.

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I will be sharing our Valentine’s Day table the week of the day of love and kisses!

Linking to: Design It Friday, The Inspiration Gallery

Just a reminder you can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine! That thing is amazing!!

Workspace and Office Pretties

Today, I am sharing my organized and freshened up workspace. With a new year, I wanted to be on top of my game. I organized all my desk drawers and added a few things to keep me tidy.

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On top of my desk, I like to have flowers– especially roses. They don’t cost much for 3 or 4 and I love the fragrance while I have to sit at the computer. I found some good things in the Target dollar spot like that pen you see there. I decided to use my DIY chalkboard as an inspiration board and hung a few things on it and will add to it as time goes by. I added my by Luciana print.

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Another Target find is that striped basket. I am using it to hold my files right now. I don’t have a file cabinet and I’d like to keep it that way for now. That little vanity stool I picked up over the summer at a resale shop for $7. It is really comfortable and the right height. I don’t want anything too large for this desk. My brass Goodwill lamp works great here too. I just added the new shade and finial to it.

desk-organization That little pencil holder was another Target dollar spot find. I like to have little things that make a more personalized space. Fun pencils, pens, and gold paper clips. I picked the clips up at Staples.

desk-styling It’s not a huge space, but it works for what I need it for.

desk-blogger Have you refreshed your office space for the new year?

Enter to win a Mohawk area rug of your choice. Click below to enter:

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DIY Winter Scarf Trees + A Holiday Table

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here is the table all ready for our holiday dinner!

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

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

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

Only 6 days until Christmas!!!

A Desk Makeover + More Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tours

Hi Everyone! I have one more day until I share my Holiday Home Tour and I was able to squeeze in a little furniture makeover.

desk-makeover We were given a desk a while back. We were going to use it for our son, but we have had lots of new developments with what’s going on with our boys, their rooms, and the layout and function of our home. I’ll share more on that later.  As my grams says, to make a long story short, I needed to find a home for this little desk or give it away. Well, it has a new home in our living room. Now that I’ve floated the furniture,  I have space behind the sofa for a little workspace. My office nook for the present.

Here’s the Before:

before-desk-makeover In its defense, it used to belong to a little girl. So the lavender is fitting. It was in good shape except for some dents on the top. I used the same painting method as this desk makeover. Basically, patch, sand, prime, and paint with a foam roller brush. You can get all the specifics in that post I just referenced.

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The hardware is really the star of this makeover. I used these brass pulls from D Lawless Hardware.

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I am always amazed at what a little paint and some new bling can do to an old piece of furniture!

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Oh, and just FYI– these brass lion pulls are on sale for 75 cents!!!

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Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing how I’m using this space in my Holiday Home Tour. I hope you enjoyed Day 1 of the Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tours. Check out Monday’s tours here if you missed them or you can see the complete list of participants. We’ll be sharing our homes all week long!

Here’s todays tours:

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Tuesday:

Cassie – Primitive & Proper
Caitlin - Desert Domicile
Carolyn - Sweet Chaos Home
Shavonda - A Home Full of Color
Come back here tomorrow and I will be sharing my Holiday Home Tour along with some fabulous bloggers!!
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Enjoy the tours!

Holiday Mantel 2013

I have been doing a bit of holiday decorating this week, and today I wanted to share our holiday mantel. It is the first year I have had a real mantel to deck out! You can see our before and after of our fireplace or check out how we added tile to it here.

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This year we are adding to our silver and gold with some black too. It’s so rich and lovely! Our white and marble fireplace makes the perfect backdrop for this combo too.

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For a little fun, I added the gifts to the fireplace instead of wood. I told the kids Santa had an accident, but they didn’t buy it. Can you believe that!  They informed me Santa hadn’t been here yet.

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I love the white gifts popping out of the fireplace. It probably won’t stay like this for long since the weather will insist we have a fire soon, but for now I think this is just lovely.

The gift wrap is all about the ribbon. Simple white boxes or packages wrapped with old wrapping paper give a nice white shape. I just save old birthday paper and flip it over to the white side to make some easy wrapping. The ribbon adds the elegance and I adorned some of the packages with gold leafed white feathers and pheasant feathers.

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I found these fur stockings at Target. We have one for each of us, including our little puppy Zoey. She kind of looks like one of these stockings…if we put her in there we may not find her!

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The ornament trees are a project from last year. Just a simple garland and some disco ball ornaments are the only other things I added. I cluster the ornaments in groupings. This is a great idea, especially if you don’t have enough ornaments to fill up the entire garland.

disco-ball-oranments The final touch is some firewood stored in a tall basket. The little chalkboard label is fun to change with the season.

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Today I am linking my mantel design over at Ten June and Our Fifth House for the Holiday Cheer Link Party:

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Also, next week I will be joining 50 bloggers for another Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. We are all opening our doors for a week of Christmas home tours!! Today’s post was just a preview of the holiday happenings to come!!

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Linking to: The Inspiration Gallery

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 

 

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