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Our Family’s Christmas Card

There is so much joy [and Chicago wind and coldness!] in the air at this time of the year. One of the things I find the most joy in, is the tradition of exchanging holiday cards with family and friends. When I sit down to create our holiday card each year, I look forward to a seamless experience without any stress or hassle. Who has time for that?!! From art prints and curtains, to ornaments [and even the bright & shiny table runner you saw in our Merry & Metallic Christmas Dining Room tour!] and Holiday cards, Minted will ALWAYS be at the top of my go-to list for such items! Their selection is amazing and their curated collection is full of pieces created by talented and aspiring independent artists. Last year, I posted about Minted’s beautiful holiday card collection, but this year, while I am ooohing and ahhhing about how wonderful Minted is, I thought I would share a peek of our family’s actual Christmas card with you! Continue reading

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A Merry & Metallic Christmas Home | The Dining Room | Winter Eclectic Home Tour 2016

Woo hoo! The 3rd and final part of my Merry and Metallic Christmas Home Tour today and while I know you’ve seen A LOT of this space over the last couple of months, I still can’t wait to show it you all dressed up for Christmas! The Dining Room is blinging, ringing and singing with Christmas cheer! Today I’m sharing my Merry and Metallic Christmas Dining Room as part of the Winter Eclectic Home Tour 2016 hosted by Jess of Domicile 37. If you’re joining me today from Foxy Oxie, welcome and be sure to head over to Monica Wants It next! The rest of the tour schedule is posted at the end. Right after all of the Christmas and decor sources you see in my space. Yep, I’ve linked to many of the things you’ll see here today.

Alright, let’s get to it!

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Bold Neutral Glam Christmas Tree in the Living Room

Hi out there! I have to say, this week is one of the most jam-packed, hustle bustle weeks on the blog and staying up at night to work on fresh Christmas posts and perusing blogland filled with so many show-stopper Holiday tours has me feeling tired! That’s on top of chasing the littles and trying to get a handle on my Christmas shopping, buuuut, I still have some steam in my engine so I’ve got even more Christmas goodness to share! Today I’m sharing the details of our Bold Neutral Glam Christmas Tree in the Living Room as part of the My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins Living. If you’re joining me here today from Designing Vibes, then welcome. Aren’t her fun pops of teal gorgeous?! The entire hop schedule is at the bottom of this post so be sure to head on to Iris Nacole next! You’re in for a real treat with her magical white winter wonderland!

You already caught a glimpse of this tree in my Merry & Metallic Christmas Living Room Tour yesterday, but today I’m going to be sharing even more photos plus sources for the ornaments, gift wrap and more! Continue reading

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A Merry & Metallic Christmas Home | The Family Room | Pink Door Holiday Tour 2016

Hello and welcome to Part 2 of my Merry and Metallic Christmas Home Tour! Today, I’m sharing our Christmas Family Room as part of the Pink Door Holiday Tour hosted by All Things Big and Small. I’m going to refer to this part of our Christmas home as the cozy and warm side!

If you joined me here yesterday, you viewed our Merry & Metallic Christmas Living Room — filled with bright metallics, light whites, dark blacks and an overall blingy and festive space. Like a party room! Well, today, I’m cranking up the heat to show you the warm and cozy space where we truly do “FAMILY” all day, all night in here. From Paw Patrol marathons, to snack-time on a “picnic blanket” to movie nights and Netflix binges or just settling in after dinner with friends and family to hang out. We dance, we play, we sing and snuggle in this space.

At Christmastime, this is the room where are stockings are hung, the main Christmas tree stands and the fire crackles. The hot cocoa is always flowing [or a merry cocktail!] and the boys’ Christmas visions of Santa Claus coming down the chimney come to life. Continue reading

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A Merry & Metallic Christmas Home | The Living Room | 12 Days of Holiday Homes Tour 2016

All of the decking is DONE! And I’m so excited to welcome you in for the first peak of our Merry & Metallic Christmas Home today! If you are joining me from the 12 Days of Holiday Homes Tour, then welcome! Today marks the 5th Day of the tour, hosted by Evolution of Style and 11 Magnolia Lane! I’m so honored to be part of this lovely group of incredibly talented bloggers sharing their inspirational holiday homes!

Today, I’m going to invite you in to see my Merry & Metallic Christmas Living Room. As for the rest of the house, I’ll be sharing several other spaces over the course of the week, so please come back to see the rest!! But for now, come on in…

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DIY Foil Confetti & Pom-Pom Filled Lightbulb Ornament

Is it seriously December already?! How did this happen? Since it’s officially acceptable to talk all things Christmas now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I have a real treat for you today. Actually 15 of them. I’ve had DIY Christmas decor ideas brewing all year long and when Ariel from PMQ for Two announced she was hosting an Eclectic Ornaments of Christmas Hop, I knew this would be a great reason to bring one of these ideas to life in an ornament fashion.

To be completely honest, I originally planned and attempted to execute a different ornament idea, but well, I fell flat and came up short. I just wasn’t going to be able to pull it off, so alas, this idea was born. Today, I’m sharing my DIY foil-confetti-mini-pom-pom-faux-snow-filled-light-bulb ornament. GASP! Did you catch all that?! If not, we can just refer to it as the “fun-filled” light bulb ornament. Because what’s not fun about metallic silver, gold foil, teeny tiny pom-poms and itty bitty snow balls?! Continue reading

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Starting to Deck the Halls! [Christmas Home Sneak Peek]

The decking has begun! It’s official. The Christmas decorating is in full-swing over here and today I’m sharing a sneak peek of our Christmas Home! I always scoop up after-season sale items to use the following year, but I usually can’t stop myself from grabbing a few new decor pieces just before or even while I’m spreading holiday cheer around the house. This year, I’m especially excited about a few new finds from Kirkland’s Christmasland collection. I decided to go quite neutral with my decor this time, at least in a few main areas and knew when I saw spotted some of their new holiday items [specifically the ones with a touch of metallic gold] they had to join the fun at my house! Continue reading

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Breaking News: Black Friday Deals You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Happy day after Thanksgiving friends! I’ll keep this short and sweet today, but wanted to put together a quick list of some of the Black Friday deals I’ve been eyeing at a handful of the stores and sites I shop at! This way, you have a comprehensive list in front of you on the computer. on the couch. while you relax and enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend! Shop away and I’ll see you  back here next week ;)A

BLACK FRIDAY STEALS, DEALS & SALES – in no particular order!

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Minted | 20% off all orders over $150 or 15% off all orders
PB Teen | 20% off + Free Shipping
West Elm | Up to 30% off entire purchase
Target | Early bird access specials available!
Joss & Main | Decor under $10, Bedding under $100, Up to 75% off Rugs & more
Amazon | Black Friday Deals Week!!
Bed Bath & Beyond
WalMart
Nordstrom | Always free shipping & returns + killer deals!!
Anthropologie
Wayfair | Up to 80% off sitewide
All Modern
JoAnn Fabric | 40% off Singer sewing machines, 70% off Christmas ornaments & baskets
William Sonoma | 20% off Holiday Tabletop & linens, 70% Cutlery
Pier One | Up to 30% off
Living Social | Mystery deals – 10, 15 or 20% off at check-out!
Shutterfly | 50% off hardcover books + 40% off everything else!
Serena & Lily | 20% off EVERYTHING
World Market | buy 1, get 1 FREE pillows, 40% off throws, buy 1, get 1 FREE candles & MORE
Kohl’s | 25% off Nike, Fitbit, Dyson deals & more!
Land of Nod | 20% off + FREE shipping!
Domino | 20% off sitewide

I might be updating this list throughout the weekend as I spot additional deals and some of these deals are good through Monday, while others end TODAY! And if you missed my first gift guide of the season, you can check it out here!

xo!

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Holiday Gift Guide | Stylish Coffee Table & Accessorizing Books

Hello! Get ready for things to start picking up around here. My favorite time of the year is upon us and I can’t wait to kick off the holiday season on the blog with you today with my first Holiday Gift Guide of 2016!

Do you need to spice up your living room coffee table or could your shelfies use an upgrade? Have you ever struggled with ideas for your own holiday wish list or with what to give your bestie, mom, sis or aunt that loves to decorate their house, but seems to already have the perfect styling accessories?!

Raise your hand! Yes! Me too.

The Ultimate Coffee Table Book Gift Guide | Stylish coffee table books for your holiday gift wishlist | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

It’s no secret that decorating and redecorating spaces in our home is hobby [or should I call it a sickness?!]. I just can’t seem to keep my hands of those little nooks around the house like nightstands, bookcases and coffee tables. And now with our new dining room completed after the One Room Challenge this Fall, I now have a new bar cart and new-to-me hutch, both of which will probably receive some styling love every now and then.

Today, I’m sharing a holiday gift guide for some of my favorite styling accessories — BOOKS! Setting them out on your coffee table, placing a vase pf flowers on a stack of them on your bedside table or using them to create additional height, color and interest on your mantel or bookcase. They truly are a home decor staple in my eyes.

So get ready. I’m sharing 39 of my top coffee table book picks at several price points. Pick a few up for holiday gifts or stick a couple in your shopping cart for yourself. I won’t tell! They make a great stand-alone gift or paired with a nice candle or bottle of wine, they would also make a fabulous hostess gift! Read on and stock up. You’ll probably recognize several titles from spots in our home…

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How to Style a Coffee Table

Or most recently in our new master bedroom featuring a fun wallpaper accent wall

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And in the dining room I madeover for the One Room Challenge!

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…and if I don’t already own them, you can bet I have SEVERAL on my wish list this season. My goal is to fill up the library, so I’ll just keep buying them.

HA! Are you cracking up?!! No, we do NOT have a library in our house, but I’m going to need one after this Christmas!

Enjoy!

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These books are stylish, timeless and make fabulous conversation starters. Not only are they pretty on the outside [with some sweet-looking spines], but they are also good reads, too. They are filled with eye-candy as well as helpful tips and tricks for decorating, fashion, travel and more.

Plus, I love typography, so a bold, fun title is another way to incorporate some interesting “words” in a space.

I always get asked where I got that “black and white striped spine book”. It really is the perfect shelfie accessory. And did you catch how pretty & blingy this book’s cover is? And similarly, this one’s gold spine? I’m slightly obsessed with the south, after visiting Charleston after Haven this past year and Savannah after Haven last year. so this book and this one are darling! Plus, my blogging bestie, Heather from Southern State of Mind always shares the cutest southern decorating ideas, diy’s, recipes and travel spots! I wouldn’t call myself a trendsetter or fashionista but I do appreciate fashion and love to stay in the know of stylish trends, so Christian Louboutin, Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton are fun ones to scoop up! Actually, I’d take ’em all 😉

Which ones are you going to gift? How many are going on your own personal list?!

The Ultimate Coffee Table Book Gift Guide | Stylish coffee table books for your holiday gift wishlist | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Be on the lookout for a round-up of Black Friday sales and deals in an upcoming post and more Holiday gift guides, too. I’m going to be mixing gift guides in with the rest of my holiday decorating and diy posts, so are there any special things you’d like to see? What kinds of gift guides should I get working on for you? Please leave me a comment and let me know!

Happy early Thanksgiving, friends!

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DIY Geometric Dresser Makeover [Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room Project]

Phew! Now that the Fall ORC has concluded, I can finally come up for some air! Right now is most certainly the calm before the storm around here. The calm being the couple of weeks I’m trying to lay low, catch up on sleep, get organized around the house after a 6-week dining room makeover that created a tornado-like aftermath in every other room in our home and then enjoy Thanksgiving next week with family. The storm being… the holidays! I mean that only in a way that a fellow blogger might understand. But looking back at pre-blog life, I would say the holidays can get a little cray cray anyways!

Well, today I’m taking a few minutes to post one of the promised follow-up posts from both the Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room. I realize I owe you probably close to 10 for the biggest’s room and most recently my One Room Challenge Dining Room Reveal and while I’ll work to get them out to you soon, I am going to have to put a few holiday posts in the mix as well. It’s just that time of year now, don’t you agree?! Continue reading