Month: July 2013

20 Sophisticated & Serene Bathrooms

My husband said that the next project on the To Do list should be our master bath.  So despite the fact that his idea of “next” is about 10 years from now, I’ve started gathering some ideas in preparation and thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.

In putting this together, I realized that the majority of these rooms feature white cabinetry, which I didn’t realize I was drawn to until now.  After giving it some thought, I suppose I’m drawn to the white for two reasons:  1) it makes the room seem brighter and my master bath doesn’t have a lot of natural light and 2) I love vintage pieces and they tend to be darker and will “pop” better against lighter backgrounds.  So my inspiration for my master bath remodel is to create a sophisticated and serene space where I can relax…



20 Sophisticated & Serene Bathrooms to Inspire!


1. The showerhead and marble surround give a luxurious quality to this bathroom!  Clean, sophisticated and timeless!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 23
{via Pinterest}


2. I love the glass chandelier and repeating arches.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom
{via Hendel Homes}


3. An amazing built-in cabinet paired with the more rustic look of exposed plumbing in a bronze finish.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 22
{via Sköna Hem}


4. The soft coral walls add a touch of femininity to this space.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 21
{via Pinterest}


5. I love that the tile backsplash extends up the entire wall and that the dividers in the cabinetry tie in with the window.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 15
{via Pinterest}


6. The dark frame on the mirror adds warmth to the room, as does that gorgeous fireplace!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 24
{via Pinterest}


7. I love the gold mirror leaning behind the tub and OMG!  That shower!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 20
{via Amy Morris}


8. The curtains add drama and texture to this space.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 14
{via Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro Italy}


9. The sconce mounted to the cabinetry add grace and dimension.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 10
{via Houzz}


10. I’ve been thinking of adding a similar light fixture to my dressing area…

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 4
{via Alexandra Ray}


11. A soothing white room.  Love the cabinets beside the tub!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 3
{via Veranda}


12. This room is so glamorous with its corner, enclosed marble shower, dark floors and large chandelier.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 8
{via Kravitz Design}


13. A very classic wallpaper really makes a statement in this space.  And what’s not to love about that oversized vanity that overlooks the yard?!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 7
{via RLH Studio}


14. The tub is set apart in this bathroom, giving it some privacy from the rest of the room.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 13
{via Palm Design Group}


15. Look at this amazing sink and faucet!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 11
{via Pinterest}


16. I love the warmth that the exposed brick adds, as well as the character of the barreled ceiling.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 6
{via Pinterest}


17. A beautiful space with so many charming details!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 19
{via Pinterest}


18.The sconces mounted to the mirror add extra light to this small space.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 12
{via Palm Design Group}


19. This rustic table has been turned into a vanity to create a custom look!

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 18
{via Pinterest}


20. The crystal and marble make this such a sophisticated space while the pop of pink adds some playfulness.

Tidbits & Twine Sophisticated Bathroom 5
{via Interior Intuitions}



You can see more of my favorite bathrooms on Pinterest.


So tell me…

Which one is your favorite?


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Tidbit Tuesday: Mess-Free Painting Tip


This weekend, I finally started using my CeCe Caldwell Limited Edition Chesapeake Blue chalk paint.  In general, I’m not a very tidy painter and tend to slop paint over the sides of the can.  But as you can see from the photo below, this paint can is special, as it was signed for me by CeCe Caldwell herself!  So of course I don’t want paint running down the side of this can!

I finally implemented a little trick that I learned at chalk painting class and thought I’d share this trick with you on Tidbit Tuesday.  Before you start painting, wrap a wide rubber band around the paint can from top to bottom.  You can then wipe the excess paint off of your brush on the rubber band instead of on the side of the paint can.  This not only keeps the paint can clean but also saves paint, as the excess spills back into the can instead of down the sides!  Hooray for mess-free painting!

Tidbit Tuesday Rubber Band Around Paint Can


Have a happy Tuesday!


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Vintage Silver: Everyday Decorating Ideas

Currently, I have an obsession with the Maxfield flatware set from Pottery Barn.  I love the mismatched set that looks as if it’s been collected over time and the aged look of a true heirloom piece.

Tidbits&Twine Pottery Barn Maxfield Flatware
{Pottery Barn Maxfield Flatware}


The Maxfield flatware set is intended for everyday use but would definitely add an air of sophistication to mealtime. Unfortunately, I don’t really need new flatware, so I can’t quite justify the purchase.  Someday maybe…At any rate, I admire it every time I go through the catalog or pop by the store, which got me to thinking about…

…my love of vintage silver pieces

Growing up, I never really appreciated the beauty of silver.  My mom had several of her grandmother’s antique silver serving pieces in a glass cabinet in the living room.  These were the “good” pieces to be used only for special occasions, but quite honestly, I can’t remember a time when they were actually used.  I guess she didn’t so much decorate with them as she did display them.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good display, but when closed off from the room behind the glass doors of a curio cabinet, to me, the display doesn’t ever feel as if it’s part of the room.  I prefer to see vintage silver mixed in with everyday pieces.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Silver Hairbrush Set
{An antique vanity set passed down to me from my great-grandma. I’m still looking for just the right spot to display these pieces.}

It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized just how beautiful silver can be, especially when it’s used as part of the everyday decor.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love the look of Casual Elegance, so for me, adding just a touch of silver brings a touch of glamor to a room.  And truthfully, I prefer it if it’s a little tarnished, but I know that look isn’t for everyone.  I now have a few silver pieces of my own – some are from my great-grandma and some I’ve picked up along the way  – but I try to find everyday uses for them so that their beauty and history is part of my home.

Serving Utensils in Mason Jar Tidbits&Twine
{Tidbits&Twine Casual Elegant Centerpiece}


So today I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite ways to incorporate vintage silver into your everyday decor.


8 Everyday Decorating Ideas for Vintage Silver


1. Collections

When you have several pieces, they are beautifully displayed when grouped together to showcase the collection.  I love that these hand mirrors have been used like hanging wall art and are highlighted by the rustic backdrop.  And the vintage platters hanging on the wall become a piece of showstopping art!

Tidbits&Twine Silver Mirror Collection
{via Pinterest}
Tidbits&Twine Silver Wall Art Tray Collection
{via HGTV}


2. Vignettes

I love a vignette!   The antique silver pieces below are mixed with more casual, everyday decor for an unexpected bit of glam.

Tidbits&Twine Silver and Scale Vignette
{via Cinnamon Creek}
Tidbits&Twine Silver Deor
{via Pinterest}


3. Vases

Antique teapots and trophies make beautiful vases and are so much more eye-catching when filled with flowers versus sitting empty on a shelf.

Tidbits&Twine Silver Teapot Vase
{via Pinterest}
Tidbits&Twine Silver Trophy Vase
{via The Little Book of Secrets}


4. Containers

Have an antique silver serving set?  Considering using it to organize makeup or other toiletries!

Tidbits&Twine Silver Bathroom Organizer
{via Pinterest}
Tidbits&Twine Silver Containers
{via Savvy Southern Style}


5. Utensil Holders

Antique silver can serve a practical purpose as a utensil caddy for a beautiful buffet or a utensil caddy in the kitchen.

Tidbits&Twine Silver Utensil Caddy
{via French Garden House}
Tidbits&Twine Silver Kitchen Utensil Caddy
{via Heather Bullard}


6. Stamped Flatware

Mismatched or one-off pieces of flatware can be turned into garden markers or sentimental and inspirational pieces!

Tidbits&Twine Milk and Honey Luxuries Silver Stamped Spoon
{Available via Milk and Honey Luxuries on Etsy}
Tidbits&Twine Beach House Living Silver Garden Markers
{Available via Beach House Living on Etsy}


7. Magnets & Magnet Boards

Consider mounting a metal tray to the wall via wire wrapped from handle to handle and use it as a magnet board!  Vintage flatware can also be used as magnets.

Tidbits&Twine Silver Tray Magnet Board
{via Canadian Family Magazine}
Tidbits&Twine Love Letter Upcycled Silver Flatware Magnets
{Available via Love Letters Upcycled on Etsy}


8. Photo Displays

Did you realize that the tines on a fork can be used to hold photos or maybe even recipes in a kitchen as part of your kitchen decor?

Tidbits&Twine Silver Photo Display
{via Pinterest}


So, if you’ve got a few pieces of vintage silver stashed somewhere or on display behind glass, maybe now’s the time to take it out and figure out how you can make use of it as part of your everyday decor so that you can better enjoy its beauty and history.


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P.S. – For more inspirational images of antique silver used as everyday decor, follow my board on Pinterest!