Sunday, May 25, 2014

How I Found My Style Sundays- Bliss Ranch

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays

When Pamela asked me if I would like to share on 'How I Found My Style Sundays', my first thought was "me... style"?.  Then I thought about how it takes all sorts of tastes to make the decorating world go round.  For me, I'd need to own about a dozen homes, decorated in a dozen different styles to capture all the different looks I like.

But I only have one place I call home, and as I write this I'm still pondering what my decorating style really is!

Sometimes I think I will haul anything home that I like even a little, and try to make it work.  My shed full of junk proves that to be true.

So in that sense my style is probably "collected", if that's a style.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Hammered Aluminum Collection Bliss-Ranch.com
Hammered Aluminum Collection

 Often times I like to use old wood with a history.......

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Barn Wood Cabinet Bliss-Ranch.com
Barn Wood Window Bathroom Cabinet
To me decorating is like music.  I don't have to enjoy listening to every genre there is to still appreciate that making music requires a certain talent.

The same is true for decorating a home.  What works for some might not work for me, but it doesn't mean I don't appreciate or see the beauty in other design styles.

It's a matter of taste and preference.  And many times of budget.

Decorating at my house takes compromise, and being realistic usually trumps what I would pick if no one touched the furniture.


From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Old Barn Door Turned Coffee Table Bliss-Ranch.com
Barn Door Coffee Table

The truth about my style is that it has to be easy.  This is a very lived in home, where not only my style has to fit in, but that of the other people who call this place home.

Sometimes my decorating means making lemonade out of lemons.
 

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Vintage Scale Bliss-Ranch.com

There are not any priceless artifacts here.

Just the art work of the six kids who have carved out the lifestyle that works for our house as well as our yard.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Kids Art Work Gallery Collage Bliss-Ranch.com
Kids Wall Art Collage and dog moon
My style has to handle wet feet and soggy swimsuits, whether I like it or not.

So my decorating can be a little bit country.....

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-3 Season Porch Bliss-Ranch.com
The Cedar Porch Furniture Redo

Or a little bit rock & roll, depending on who I'm doing the decorating for.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Teen Boy Rock and Roll Dresser Bliss-Ranch.com
Rock & Roll Boys Dresser

I've never felt that I'm very good at melding the many things I like into cohesive design, so I'm the last one to give any decorating advice.

But every once in a while something I dream up in my head turns out just like I imagined.....

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Drop Cloth Designed Dining Room Chairs, Bliss-Ranch.com
Faux Grain Sack Drop Cloth Chairs

Fortunately for me, someone else who lives in this house can build things that often pull the style I'm after, all together......

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Master Bedroom Custom Bed, Bliss-Ranch.com
Scene's From the Master Bedroom

Natural elements, rock & stone, barn wood, vintage finds, passed down treasures, industrial metals, and things that are relaxed and comfortable.  I like it all.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-100 year old barn wood shelves, Bliss-Ranch.com
100 Year Old Barn Wood Bathroom Shelves

Sometimes rustic, sometimes clean and white.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Master Bed Room Built-in, Bliss-Ranch.com
Master Bedroom

Decorating that looks good but can handle anything from a mug of spilled coffee, and tiny fingers, to teenagers big dirty feet.

And of course that can handle the darn dog!

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays- Bliss Ranch

 I like the old with the new.....

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Vintage Barber Shop Scissors, Bliss-Ranch.com

Or a blissful little spot where sometimes I can't even here the word "mom" in the distance.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style SundaysReading Spot, Bliss-Ranch.com

Often I passed over a decorative item or beautiful piece of furniture that I really liked because it just wasn't going to work in a sometimes very messy household.

OK, fine.... often messy household!

Every decorating choice I have ever made had to be family friendly, and I don't always get it right while I'm busy focusing on the bigger picture.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Baby Boy Gift Sign, Bliss-Ranch.com

I do what I can, with what I have, so that it works for me and who I lived with.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Dresser Converted to Patio Bar, Bliss-Ranch.com
Dresser turned portable patio bar
The way we live - with many minds and busy hands - means we extend our living space outdoors as often as we can.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Potting Shed, Bliss-Ranch.com
Outdoors at Bliss Ranch
From playhouses and garden sheds, to fire pits and pools that all have to survive over a cold winter, my decorating has usually been intentional so it's family friendly.... and lots of times accidental.

We intentionally and accidentally have created a home where not just our adult friends are welcome, but our kids' friends as well.

But really, there is only one thing that makes a home beautiful, and that's the people inside it.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays-Wall Words, Bliss-Ranch.com
Thank you Pamela for inviting a bit of northern Bliss Ranch 
down south....  From My Front Porch To Yours.

From My Front Porch To Yours- How I Found my Style Sundays
Bliss you have a wonderful style and I always love looking at your many projects. Thanx so very much for stopping by today and visiting with!

28 comments:

  1. So many pretties! Your home looks beautiful!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  2. Luv Bliss' style :) Relaxed and beautiful!

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  3. What a wonderful way to describe not only a home and the various styles within, but the life that's breathed into it, collected over time.

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  4. I *heart* Bliss! Her house is perfect for her.

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  5. Thank you for having me Pamela, a lady who really DOES have style!

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  6. I enjoyed reading about Bliss's style. She has so many unique things in her home. It is a family home with lots of personality thrown in.

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  7. I love Bliss and I love her beautiful home...It is perfect!!!

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  8. So...are you calling Braun a dog?... A very nice review if your home decorated with love.

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  9. Bliss's style is wonderful.

    Bliss Ranch is one of the first blogs I followed and I always enjoy seeing what she is creating out of something others would walk away from.

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  10. I think you could sum up Bliss's style in one word - inspirational !

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  11. I love your style and the quirky and whimsical touches. That kid's paintings wall is amazing. Gosh I need that sterilizer for my hubby's scissors collection. :)

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  12. I adore Bliss! Thank you for sharing her and her home! She is an exceptional woman!!~~Angela

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  13. I love Bliss too! That woman has skills! And her style is all her own. She has been such a huge inspiration to me. Great feature!!!

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  14. I think her style is pure " bliss " -
    Just beautiful !
    Thanks for sharing Pam :)
    XOX

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  15. What a beautiful story of home! Love ya Bliss!
    Debbie

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  16. Lovely home and a great way of thinking! I've always thought that way myself when decorating my home. When you are married and have a family you have to consider all the other personalities you have living in your home. It can sometimes be hard to do and I think that is why sometimes there are a couple of different "styles" going on. That's how it was at our house anyway when our kids were growing up! Thanks for featuring Bliss' style, Pamela!

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  17. Love Love your beautiful style. Love that dresser turned portable outdoor bar. How sweet is that. Thanks Pamela for featuring Bliss. Her style is awesome.
    Kris

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  18. Great pick, Pam! Bliss has a special talent for envisioning unique pieces and then putting it into action with what's on hand. There's always loads of charm and fun in her creations.

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  19. Oh how I love her style...it's all so very charming!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. Like Bliss, I'm a Minnesota gal . . . and one her avid followers.
    Looks like I have another Southern Belle to follow now too!
    Thanks, Ladies, for a wonderful post and sharing your great sites!

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  21. Bliss's style is so full of originality and personality! I loved this look at her creative home!

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  22. She has blissful style with a certain uniqueness that makes every project her own style.

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  23. I am so happy to see Bliss featured. I love how creative she is and it amazes me how she does it all with all of her children and hectic life. That hammered tin collection is gorgeous and those chairs that she finally got finished are gorgeous, LOL. Great for you Bliss and you always make me laugh!!!

    Cynthia

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  24. The definition of "Bliss"....~ perfect untroubled happiness ~ ~ pleasure beyond words . .
    That is what I have to say about the blog "Blissful Ranch"... Bliss is a most creative person and undoubtedly creates a most happy home for her and her family. Such a fabulous feature Pamela!!!

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  25. Bliss is one of my favorite all time bloggers and I want to be her when I grow up (oh, except I have three boys and not having any more!). I am blown away by her awesome projects - this is such a fantastic post. Thanks, Pamela for hosting!!

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  26. Love this, love Bliss and love her eclectic style! I love a home with so many special touches and can be lived in...not just a show place. The kid's art wall is just awesome!

    xo
    Pat

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  27. I love Bliss's style, and love reading her blog. Thanks for having her visit today. Debbie :)

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