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Christmas in July | Holiday Inspiration & Dreaming of Decking the Halls

Are you dreaming of decking the halls yet? When do you go cray cray for Christmas?!! I’ll admit, it is a teensy weensy early to be going all out for Christmas, but I don’t think it’s ever to early to start gathering inspiration and ideas, especially if you are in the mood to switch things up a bit!

Today, 8 of us joined forces to bring you Christmas in July! Monica of Monica Wants It rallied the troops and we are here to share some of our best and brightest Christmas moments from year’s past as well as some new ideas for this year!  Hopefully we can help you get a jump start on the season by stirring up some Christmas inspiration and spreading a little cheer!

I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas color palette and decor theme if you are looking to bring some unity and cohesiveness to your Christmas decor and then you can see firsthand, how I transferred that “look” into my own home last year. So here we go!

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Inspired by DIY | Pottery Barn Inspired 3D Wall Art

Hi there! It feels so amazing to be able to jump back into our monthly Inspired by DIY challenge each 3rd Thursday of the month after sitting out from last month’s Urban Outfitters challenge. If you haven’t been by the blog since since May’s Eddie Ross challenge, then I can tell you a lot has happened! I announced the move, then we actually did it and now I’m working to turn the once empty house into a home. A few rooms have freshly painted walls and are more than ready for some lovin’.

If you’re anything like me, the standard picture frame or framed piece of art, can feel overused in a space, so I’m always looking for new and different types of things to hang on the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a gallery wall, but when I spotted this Forged Metal Sculpture, an idea for a DIY popped into my head. So, I went at it! Continue reading

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Our New Home [Empty House Tour 2016]

Empty house tour?

Yep, I’m going to show you what our house looked like when we strolled through the front door 4 short weeks ago. 4, I know! Crazy, right?! These photos were taken before the moving trucks came and dumped 27,681 boxes inside. I didn’t think we would ever have a single cleared-out space. But we do. A couple, actually. The boxes were stacked to the ceiling and the boys found weaving in and out of the mazes to be quite entertaining. Me on the other hand, I wanted to snap my finger and make them all disappear.

Starting out in new home, new neighborhood in a new city without any family within an hour or more can be super overwhelming and quite intimidating. Certain things take some getting used to. Change is a very good thing, though. It keeps us flexible, gives us new experiences and teaches us to adapt and accept the challenges and adventures around the corner.  But the truth is…change can be plain hard.  Amidst the coo-koo craziness, I’m doing my best to keep a positive attitude and just roll with it. One things for sure, I am SO thankful the boys have adjusted like champs. I mean, complete rock stars. The littlest’s nap schedule didn’t skip a beat and both have slept through the night with the exception of a really bad thunderstorm on our very first night! The biggest even moved from his toddler bed to a full-sized bed seamlessly during our second week here. The move has had its challenges, but all of those minor things aside, I truly have zero complaints. After all, T’s commute went from 2 hours down to 20 minutes after the move. I think the last 4 months in the old house were the toughest because he was never there! So, now that we’re here, the walls are ready for fresh paint and then the fun begins. Bring on the decorating! There’s nothing like a blank slate and I can’t wait to get my hands on it 😉

Below, are a few shots of the new house on day number 1. Welcome to our new home.

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I will get around to taking another shot of the exterior of the house [without the cars in the driveway!], but this was a quick snap a few nights ago.

The house was built in 2000, is 3,300 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, with a 3 car garage and sits on .25 acre of land.

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Ahh the entry!56b050f3-2014-4f01-84b4-69962c80fb47I love the 2 story entryway opening up to the formal living room, leading right into the dining room. Yes, I have a dining room again since we have a separate space for the playroom on the main floor! I already have BIG dreams for the staircase, but they are on the “someday” list. The walls, however, are being painted at this very moment. I’m going with a color I’ve never done before. I should be able to show you soon.

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The yellow dining room…ahhh yes. There are actually several rooms painted this color – 3 bathrooms, actually. As much as I want to get this room in shape, I’m going to put it on the back-burner because we need to buy a dining room table and I want to do something snazzy with the walls and ceiling. At this point, the window treatments are off and the room is loaded with unpacked boxes and quite possibly every single picture frame I’ve ever owned. T claims there is 9,000, but I think there’s only 8,000.
Fullscreen capture 7112016 32107 PM.bmpTo the right of the dining room is our kitchen and I can tell you, I want to do A LOT in here! The granite and new appliances will stay, but the rest I hope to say goodbye to at some point. I do love the space and the best part is that it opens right up to the family room — perfect for nights at home as a family, meal prep while the kids play and entertaining with friends. I can’t wait!

Fullscreen capture 7112016 32117 PM.bmp f584881a-6755-48fd-9f96-1767078c8c67To the right of this room is a hallway with a mudroom, laundry room and powder room. Trust me, there will be some great before photos to share after I start tackling those spaces! Past that hallway and right back to the front of the house is this “den”…
den office spaceThe space immediately became the playroom. It’s been painted and is already filled with toys. I have a few ideas brewing for some wall decor and window treatments. Deets coming soon!

Now let’s head upstairs. When you reach the top of the staircase, there is a bedroom with a bathroom inside…Perfect for overnight guests. This room is actually going to become a shared space – guestroom / office. I want a place to store my craft and diy supplies, alongside my desk without having to be on the mainfloor or basement. It isn’t the biggest of rooms and my furniture isn’t exactly petite, so its a bit scrunched at the moment. Nothing is carved in stone, yet, so there might be changes happening even before I show you what round one looks like! Oh and more yellow.

c36717b6-24d4-4dc4-91a4-4400f9f35176Across the hall are 2 additional bedrooms with a Jack and Jill bathroom. Right now the littlest is in this one…
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…and the biggest is in here.
9dbc1a93-82ab-4c8e-9d53-625741c75e12We’ve already painted the purple one, but we left the light aqua on the walls as seen in the above photo.

Fullscreen capture 7112016 32128 PM.bmpAnd now for the master!  Although the 3 other bedrooms are a bit smaller, we definitely gained some square footage in our room! The littles only need room to sleep and store some clothes, but mama needs a master retreat, right?! Dad, too, of course. We completely scored with his and hers master closets in our room, which are positioned on either side of the hallway leading from the master bedroom into the master bath.

Unfortunately, I don’t have photos from every single space taken when they were “empty”, but like I said before, I’ll be sure to share the fabulous “before photos” once I start working on the transformations room-by-room. I’ll tell you more about my plan a little later on!

Let’s move on to the basement, shall we?basement work room/ bedroom

Killer work room, huh? Well, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with this space, other than it had the potential to turn into a 5th bedroom for guests. The bright florescent box lights scream “Welcome! Come on in!” Don’t they?! And the pegboard at the back has nothin’ on Simon’s old one!

We removed the lower cabinet and mirror above, with plans to make it more homey. It’s on the master punch list, but towards the end.

The main space in the basement is unique with hardwood flooring, but wide open for play space and hang out space. The jury’s still out on whether or not we carpet down here someday. After all, I was so in love with the stuff we put in our recently finished basement in the last house. I hated leaving that brand new basement! The bar! And don’t get me started on having to leave that basement bathroom!! I’ll get over it with time — oooof!

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If you’ve been reading for awhile, then you know I don’t sway too far left or right on the color wheel. I’m a neutral wall color gal and I just can’t even with this basement! Again, we’ll get to it. Right now there are still stacks and stacks of unpacked boxes in the basement, so we really don’t see ourselves spending any time down here in the near future. We’ll be digging our way out on a rainy weekend, perhaps.

And lastly, I’ll show you a few shots of the back deck and yard…
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Front to back and everything (or nothing!) in between. I hope you enjoyed the peek into our new digs. We are thrilled to be moved and settled in and it is actually beginning to feel like home. As you probably guessed, the projects have already started and multiple at that. I think the approach I’m going to take, in attempt to stay organized, is to share with you – the before photos with a checklist, inspiration photos and / or a design board, then the progress pics and specific diy project tutorials along the way. And then one day, one day, I will have a full room reveal ready for you. I’m not making any promises on timelines, but hopefully there will be a couple simple transformations I can share sooner than later. Oh and I need to decide which room I’m going to take on for the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge. You can BET I’m going to hop in this time around. I’ve got a whole house to work on, so nothing is going to get in my way! [Check out the guestroom I completed for the Spring 2015 ORC here.]

That’s it for today! Again, I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays this summer while the boys are both home with me. On second thought, I do have a fun post scheduled for next Wednesday, so I guess it’ll be a bonus!

Thanks for hanging out and taking a look around the house today!

See you back here soon!

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How to Set A Simple Summer Table

Hey guys! It’s been a little while, huh? I hope you all had a wonderful long fourth of July weekend. We are back home and I’m getting back to business on the blog! Today, I’m going to share my tips for how to set a simple Summer Table. Yes, creating a lovely table – the easy way! I adore a beautifully embellished table and an ornate place setting, but let’s be real. There just isn’t time for all the frills and fuss! I mean, creating a super fancy tablescape for each holiday or change of the season would be waaaay too much work. It’s a wonderful thought, but just not realistic, especially for the stage of life I’m currently in. #littleonesarewildones  Continue reading

June Pretty Project Party Features

Hi everyone! Today we are back again to show you a few of our very favorite features from last week’s Pretty Project Party. There were some amazing projects shared this month and below, we are featuring three that caught our eye, but you can see everything that was linked up HERE.

First up, Making it in the Mountains shared this incredibly cool technique using a stencil and paint to create the look of concrete tile on an accent wall, you can see how it she did it HERE. Continue reading

Summer Giveaway!

Hi friends!! I hope everyone had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend spent with all of the important men in your life! T took the boys to his parents’ house last Wednesday and I joined them on Saturday since I had a friend’s wedding to attend on Friday night. I was able to get a TON of unpacking and organizing done on Thursday and Friday without my favorite little guys running around. Love ’em, but productivity sure does decrease when they are bouncing off the walls ha! However, they truly have been rock-stars adjusting to the new house—new spaces, new rooms, boxes everywhere, limited access to their toys, etc. In fact, they’ve even been sleeping better here…crazy right?! Maybe they are just as exhausted as their mama!

Now, on to the exciting stuff! To kick off the start of summer, I’ve teamed up with some fabulous blogs and businesses to bring you this fun Summer Pinterest Cash Giveaway! 

Wouldn’t you like some extra summer cash?!! It’s super easy to enter!

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One very lucky winner will win $600 in PayPal Cash!

This giveaway is blog/business sponsored and would not be possible without the following: Soiree Event Design, This is Our Bliss, Taste of Lizzy T, Bloom Designs Online, The Farm Girl Gabs, Premeditated Leftovers, Momma Lew, What the ForkFood Blog, The Honeycomb Home, Jolee Studio, Gather For Bread, Fantabulosity

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I hope your summer is off to a wonderful start! I’ll be back on Thursday with the Pretty Project Party features and then next week, I should be getting close to back on track with my normal 2 – 3 project posts per week!

See you then!

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Pretty Project Party #5 [June 2016]

Phwew! Moving day was last week and we are slowly but surely knocking out the unpacking. Aside from today’s Pretty Project Party post, the blog was on vacay this week! I couldn’t miss the party!!

Summer is certainly in full swing and and so are the summery projects around blog-land, have you seen them?! Wow! I’m excited to see what pretty projects everyone has been working on, including what all of the hostesses have been up to this past month.

Let’s check them out!

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If you are looking to make simple changes in your home that make a big impact, Tammy is sharing tips for choosing and installing the perfect pendant lighting for your kitchen that will help update your look without breaking the bank.

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Just before the big move, I gave our home one final “zhush” by adding a few simple summery touches and shared my summer home tour here. Since half-empty boxes stacked throughout our new home don’t allow for many blog-worthy photo ops, I’ll be starting to share inspiration posts and round-ups over the next few weeks of ideas that are brewing. Stay tuned for new house updates coming soon!

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Heather from Southern State of Mind shared a trip recap of their recent getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. She’s not sure what she loved more: the houses, the history or the food! Charleston Weekend Getaway Trip Recap

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Julie has been busy with outdoor decor this month, specifically with container plants! She and her husband just installed an easy DIY irrigation system for her flower box and potted plants. All the instructions and supply lists are on her blog. Click {here} to check it out.

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Sarah from Life On Virginia Street shared Part I and Part II of her beachy, relaxed summer home tour.

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Over at 11 Magnolia Lane, Amy created an easy DIY graduation gift for her teenage son, using photos from his Instagram feed. The retro Polaroid look was a big hit–see all the how-to’s here.

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Now on to the fun part! We want to see your PRETTY projects! We’ll be selecting our favorites to feature on all our blogs next Thursday as well as sharing our picks on our social media, including the Pretty Project Party Pinterest Board which you can follow HERE.

Directions: Be sure to include a link back to the party in your post, especially if you want to be considered for a feature. Share some love by leaving comments on other links. You can also share your project on Instagram using the hashtag #prettyprojectparty {great for you non-bloggers!} as we look for features that catch our eye over there as well.

We can’t wait to see what you have been working on!

Have an awesome day and I’ll see you back here sometime next week! Here’s to hoping our stacks of boxes start to shrink!!

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The Day is Here

Hey, all! I’m popping in quickly today to let you know that it’s moving week, which is why its been crickets over here since I posted our Summer Home Tour and my recent Thrifted Finds last week. The packers have been here all week and the house is literally being packed up and boxes are being loaded out at this very moment. It’s slowly becoming more and more empty and the move is finally feeling more and more real.

See…
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I’ll admit I did tear up last night while rocking the littlest before putting him in his crib and then shed a few more while reading to the biggest and then tucking him in. I so clearly remember bringing the boys home from the hospital and the memories of those first few nights and even weeks learning our new normal and their desired bedtime routine came rushing over me. It was the last bedtime in this house. Yes, they will have new rooms and their furniture and belongings, but it just won’t quite be the same. I’ve felt all the feels in this house. The emotional roller coaster of becoming a mom for the first time and the images of bringing the babes home here will forever be ingrained in heart and soul.

We are actually headed to the new house today, so our first night in our new home is tonight. And then the cycle continues….the first of many more firsts to come. Such a crazy thought! Friday our moving trucks will arrive to deliver our things, so we’ll be unpacking this coming weekend and working to get settled in the weeks to come. As for the blog, my plan for a little while is to share the remaining project & styling posts from our current house (or is it already our old house?—Either way it feels strange!) as well as begin to share a few inspiration posts as ideas start brewing for the new spaces! Eeeek!

I truly appreciate all of your sweet notes, comments and emails wishing us well on this exciting adventure of making the next house our new home.

I’m signing off for the week, but hope to be back up and running sometime next week…as long as we don’t have any snafus getting our cable & internet up and running!

I’ll be popping in and out of social media throughout the week, so if you aren’t already following This is our Bliss on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, be sure to change that immediately! I’d love to see you over there!

I’m so excited to be able to take you on this journey! Thanks for reading and I promise to be back soon!

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Thrifted Finds | Getting “Summer Ready”

You know when you see something and you get this overwhelming feeling like… I just HAVE to have that! Well, I’ve been on a mission lately to do some last minute summer sprucing around the house before we move, but buying new decor for this house just wasn’t in the budget and didn’t really make much sense.

What if it wouldn’t work in the new house? What if it was an impulse buy and I didn’t truly love it?

You know what my answer was?… Just THRIFT it.

Today, I’ll be sharing, not ONE, but TWO madeover thrifted finds for this month’s “It’s So Ugly It’s Cool” Challenge. I’m going to show you how I scooped up my thrifted pieces, worked a little DIY magic and transformed my thrifted finds into beautiful, functional pieces at an affordable price just in time to style our home for summer! Continue reading

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Summer Home Tour 2016 | One Final Zhush

Hello! And welcome! You guys – I have been anxiously awaiting today for a little while now. It’s time to share my Summer Home as part of the Eclectic Summer Home Tour Blog Hop hosted by Jess of Domicile 37! It might not seem like a big deal. I mean, I do decorate and re-decorate on the daily and post bits and pieces along the way, but today is not just any home tour. It’s actually the very last home tour I’ll be able to share with you guys in this house. Yes, our move date is quickly approaching and while I should have been purging and organizing our things in preparation, I couldn’t help but get carried away in giving our home one last zhush.

And a bold, colorful summery zhush I might add 😉

I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull this together in time for this week of Tours, but I thought – hey, its eclectic so anything goes, right?! 

So step right up as I take you from the front porch and all the way through the main level of our house one final time. Continue reading