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Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge

Fall in Love Room Makeover Challenge & Link Party

Hello, hello! Today, I am excited to announce that I am participating in a 6 week room makeover challenge charmingly named Fall in Love! 18 bloggers and I will take one room in our homes and completely make it over from top to bottom! Sounds like fun, right?!

That is one talented group of design bloggers and I am excited to get to work and follow along with their makeovers! We will update you on our progress from time to time and the big reveal is planned for November 3rd.

So, now the next question is what room am I making over???

Well, let’s delve into the dark side of home blogging, shall we?

It’s time to be accountable and share with you my BLOGGER SECRET SIN!!

I started makeovers on both of our kids’ rooms before we left for Connecticut. That 3 months of not being at home thwarted all my blogging plans. C’est la vie!

Both rooms have sat unfinished to my kids’ dismay. So, this makeover challenge comes at the best time because I can finish one of those rooms. Since timing is falling around some other things going on in my blogging schedule, I have chosen to finish little Sam’s bedroom.

By the looks of this photo you would think that his room is finished…

Fall in Love Makeover - Little Sam's Room Makeover

Oh, but it is soooo not! I put this together quickly for a furniture review and giveaway of that Holly + Martin bookcase. I actually painted one wall and trim, just so I could get my post done in time before we left for the East Coast. Yes, that is my blogger secret sin!

On the other side of this photo, nothing is done! It is a sad little room, but we have some great plans for it!

Fall in Love Room Makeover and Link Party

IN THE NEXT 6 WEEKS I WILL…

PAINT ALL THE WALLS (NOT JUST THE ONE)

DIY A CEILING LIGHT

MAKEOVER HIS CLOSET

GET NEW BEDDING

MAKE A WINDOW TREATMENT

ADD IN PERSONAL TOUCHES THAT WILL MAKE HIS SPACE SPECIAL

My youngest is a dreamer. He loves to be active, but he also has a softer side. He loves animals and nature. His room will have a very nature-inspired vibe to it. When I gave him a design consultation to see what his style was like…(yes, it was the cutest thing ever!) I was so surprised by his taste. This kid has the coolest style! He wanted black and white walls; he leaned towards Mid-century furnishings and Scandinavian decor. His biggest concern was to have a teepee and a place for all his buddies.

So, that’s the plan!

Now, you can click on the links below and see what all these talented ladies are planning on doing…

Home + Style Report

Also, I just had one of my fall projects featured on bhg.com!! Check out this gallery to see all the great fall ideas!

Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours | Fall Home Tour

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Welcome!

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

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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

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

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

Fresh and modern fall inspiration

 

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

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

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

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

Pull inspiration from your surroundings

Without further ado, here’s our fall home tour

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Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

Fall Home Tour | Bliss at Home

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

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

Fall Edition BSHT Participating Bloggers

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

 

the STYLE mix | links of the week

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Happy Weekend!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entry Way Makeover with a high end look on a budget

DIY ENTRY WAY MAKEOVER

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

 

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend!

A Chocolate Box Kind of Life

Forrest Gump–NAILED IT!!

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Nailed it, right? And don’t I look so AWESOME?! I’m calling it…dirty sneakers– totally the next hot fashion trend. They will call it “gumping”. I think my kids are totally ahead of the game. They can rock dirty sneakers and make it look effortless.

But, for real. This is a little post to catch you guys up on what’s been going on around here. I love me some Forrest Gump quotes. This one is probably the most quoted, but it is so true!

Life is totally like a box of chocolates. You get that delicious box of chocolates…you bite into the first couple and they are mouth-watering. Then, inevitably, there are a few duds that you wish you didn’t bite into that go half eaten back into that box. You take the good with the bad. Such is life, right?

Well, lately the chocolate assortment in my life has been pretty freaking amazing. I can’t complain about the duds, because the good so much outweighs the bad!

For starters, I shared some personal joy a week ago about our Better Homes and Gardens shoot. They were here last week. This was definitely one of those pinch me moments. I will be sharing some more behind the scenes goodness soon, but let me just say it was so fun!

It also became a reflective moment for me. In June, I will be celebrating 2 years of blogging and I am blown away by the things that this blog has brought into my life. This has to be the best thus far, and just opens my eyes to the possibilities of where I can go with my passions and talents.

better homes and gardens shoot Behind the scenes at our BHG photo shoot.

Back to that mixed assortment of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.

The Cadwallader household will be in CONNECTICUT this summer! Dave’s job is taking us to the East Coast. This was unexpected. We are not moving there for good and will be back in our home in time for the boys to start school.

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I guess that is the good thing about what I do, I can blog from anywhere. This will put a stop to some projects I originally had lined up for the summer, but it is such a great opportunity to experience an East Coast summer. And, it is only for 3 months. So, those projects will be waiting for me when I get home. We will be close to the ocean, can take weekend trips up and down the coast, and we are planning some trips to NYC. The boys are sooooo EXCITED. We just settled on where we will be living, and I think this will be a great chance to share how to make a rental property a home. So, it will be a great place to flex my creative muscle some more.

I am requiring everyone in the fam to rock some Sperry’s, and I may buy Zo-Zo a collar with anchors on it.

OH! And we have created a theme song…

“East Coast Adventures

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Lobster, beaches, and we’re getting our prep on”

So far all we have is the chorus. I am working on more lyrics. We are going for part Kung Fu soundtrack and part freestyle rap. This may warrant a family music video.

So, East Coast friends:  I’m coming for a visit soon! I cannot wait!!

There are some really exciting things coming up that I will be sharing with you guys here on the blog. The projects will keep coming and this summer we’ll be throwing in some travel too. Sorry for my lack of posting last week! It was a busy week with the photoshoot and we also went up to Chicago with our kids on Friday.

Also, a winner has been chosen for the Kenroy Home Burl Lamp Giveaway! Click here to see if you are the winner!!  You will be getting an email really soon! 

Have a great Monday friends!

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.

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

 

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.

Spray Paint Table Makeover via Bliss at Home

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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!!!

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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…

www.ahomefullofcolor.com Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color

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My Picks for Chic Table Lamps

Today I am sharing my favorite picks for chic table lamps. I showed you my spring bedroom refresh a couple of weeks ago, and one of my favorite new additions are the pair of table lamps I added to my nightstands. I chose the Claiborne Table Lamp from Kenroy Home because of its glossy white sleek base.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Lamp || B @ H

It measures 28″ high so it is the perfect height for my nightstands.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

I love the shape of the base and that it has a drum shade. It has an elegant form and the glossy finish is beautiful. The bright white also pops against my gray backdrop.

Spring Bedroom Reveal || B @ H

I added the trim to the drum shade for a little pop of color. I love these new lamps and they supply the perfect light for reading at night.

Kenroy Home Claiborne Table Lamp || B @ H

Here are my favorite picks from Kenroy Home for chic table lamps:

Chic Table Lamps

 

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glover Table Lamp,  Marrakesh Table Lamp, Bollero Table LampBurl Table Lamp, Pearl Table Lamp,  Mercurio Table LampCelestial Table Lamp Ike Table Lamp

Be sure to check out Kenroy Home for all your lighting needs. They also have some pretty home decor options.

You can also get the latest news and products by following Kenroy Home on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I absolutely love our new Claiborne Table Lamps. They totally add style and elegance to our master bedroom.  I have been eyeing that Burl Table Lamp…maybe for my office. I’ve been searching for a lamp for my desk and I think that might be the one. Don’t you think it would look great on my desk?

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What’s your favorite chic table lamp from Kenroy Home?

I’d like to thank Kenroy Home for supplying the lamps for this product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

5 Budget-friendly Tips for Creating a Vintage Eclectic Space

Recently, I updated my living room for spring. My living room is a mix of used and new furniture along with a lot of DIY projects. It definitely has a Vintage Eclectic vibe going on. I certainly don’t like to scrimp on style, and sometimes I like to find new affordable pieces that I can work into this space.

The Vintage Eclectic style is for the treasure seeker, which is my bread and butter! I love to hunt my area flea markets and thrift stores for unique and good quality items that I can work into my home. I also like to mix styles. I float between ultra modern to chinoiserie to polished and refined. I like to throw in an element of fun too–something to throw people off a bit. Quirky is good in my opinion. I definitely don’t shy away from refurbishing or updating a piece of furniture either.

While browsing Sauder‘s funiture offerings I was happy to find some affordable options that I could work into my room.

Cubby Storage Cabinet

This cabinet has a faux marble top which I love and it would work great as a bar cabinet. The wood adds some comfort and warmth, but the lines are clean and modern. Very eclectic! It’s so great to work in some wood pieces into a room with painted furniture and metal tables. It adds another layer and can cozy up a space. Plus, the price is great for the quality. I think a pair of these would look great on the back wall of my room, flanking each side of my DIY abstract art. It would add some symmetry and balance to the layout of this space.

 5 tips for creating a Vintage Eclectic space of your own:

Mix old with new.

Shop flea markets and thrift stores for unique items to work into your space. Look for quality pieces and don’t be afraid to negotiate price. I have never ever paid ticket price at these venues. Dealers will come down on their prices.

Add new, affordable pieces with your older pieces. Look at scale and the lines of a piece of furniture and work in items that flow with your existing items.

DIY special details.

I love to give my decor a custom feel. Add ribbon to lamp shades. Change out hardware on an older furniture items. Paint an accent table a bold color. Paint your own art or frame old vintage book pages. Little special details make all the difference!

Add in some whimsy.

Find something fun and quirky that you love and work it in. This could be a piece of art, a sculpture or figurine. Keep things light and happy. It’s always fun to have a conversation piece when you are entertaining.

Texture, texture, texture!

Texture is your best friend to keep things cozy and warm. You can achieve this feeling by layering in sheepskin rugs, woven baskets, a shag rug, or grass-cloth wallpaper.

Mix metals.

Gone are the days when every metal light fixture and door knob have to be matchy-matchy. Mixing metals in a space creates a “collected over time” look and brings a richer quality to your space. Mix bronzed brass with silver. Chrome finishes with duller ones. Brass and copper are huge right now and can warm up any space!

Need more inspiration?

Check out the Sauder furniture on Pinterest. Are you loving the Vintage Eclectic style? If this is you–you will love this Vintage Eclectic Pinterest Board with plenty of inspiration to get you on your way to creating your own beautiful space.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder Woodworking. The opinions and text are all mine.

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