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Guess who’s been up to a new look? Yup, that’s me! I’ve been up to a lot lately, in fact. A new brand is just one of many exciting things happening over here. I won’t get too far into the details just yet, but what I will say is I’m LOVING the new brand that I’ve created for myself. For a long time, I’ve wanted to streamline the many creative adventures I’ve launched over the years. Not only do I run The Blissful Bee, but I also write a lifestyle blog, Harp & Hud, and run my interior design business, Five 12 Main, on the side. And if you can’t tell, I’m also a graphic designer and web developer. I design all of my branding as well as my websites. So it got me thinking. I need a new look. A new brand. One that makes sense for… ME! So…

SHOP THE POST: My dearest Harper, how are you already 7 months old? In these past few months, you’ve brought your mama and daddy so much joy and laughter. You didn’t smile at us until you were at least a month and a half, you’ve got a pair of lungs like you wouldn’t believe, and you’re trying to crawl but absolutely hate it. I’m pretty sure you’re going to skip crawling and go straight to walking.  Oh, and pink is by far your color. Especially with those brunette locks of yours. Oh my sweet Harper — you’re just perfect! I started designing Harper’s nursery many, many months ago. I wanted her room to be colorful, bright and cheery. Her room has a ton of natural light, which reflects perfectly off the light grey walls and beige carpet (Quiet Durable in Champagne) from Shaw Floors to be exact. Since I kept the walls and flooring neutral, I was able…

For some reason, Christmas feels extra special to me this year. Maybe it’s because our 18-month-old will semi-appreciate it, or maybe it’s because our new baby girl (miss Harper) is now here with us, or maybe it’s that fact that our remodel is finally (like 90%) done! Or maybe, just maybe, it’s all of that combined. To say I’m thankful doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel. As you can tell, I’m super excited to finally get to share with you guys my Christmas home tour, and it’s all here thanks to Shaw Floors. Because, if it wasn’t for them, we literally wouldn’t have a floor. Yeah. Like, for real. It’s been nearly a year since we’ve had them installed and couldn’t be happier with our decision. We installed World Traveler (style of wood) in Trail (color of wood) from Shaw Floors.  It’s a 4″ solid hickory, which is one of the hardest wood species.…

The holiday season is here and it’s time to craft! Today I’m sharing my own take on creating a gingerbread house. Rather than creating just a single house, I wanted to build an entire village. You can do so by crafting multiple houses, or just one house paired with other Christmas decor. With some help from JoAnn’s, I was able to create my very own gingerbread house vignette and I’m here to tell you just how I did it. Supplies: Gingerbread house kit Icing  (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s) Icing Tips  (Wilton brand, I purchased the starter kit from JoAnn’s) Icing Bags  (Wilton brand, found at Joann’s) Icing Couplers  (Wilton brand, found at JoAnn’s) Holiday Candies Marshmallows (for the “snow”) Multiple Assorted Cake Stands  (I found my galvanized cake stands from JoAnn’s) Mini Holiday Trees  (found at JoAnn’s) Mini Battery Operated Lights Wooden Reindeer (found at JoAnn’s) Directions: First, gather all your supplies to make your gingerbread house (i.e. candies, icing, gingerbread…

Living in Texas, you just never know what the weather will look like from day to day. Over the summer, the temperatures rise above 100 degrees, while in the winter we’re known to get snow and ice one week, and 80 degrees the next. With warm and sunny days throughout the year, a beautiful pool view, and a movie projector for nightly TV watching, we knew we would use our back patio year-round. We started with painting our siding a matte black to make the space feel more modern. Next, we added a cedar ceiling that my Dad, Father-n-law and husband actually did themselves. Copper accents  were the original inspiration for the space, so I picked up a few copper side tables, lanterns and sconces to finish off the look. But if you ask me, the first two things you notice when you walk out on our back patio are our new Haiku…