Month: August 2013

Decorating for Everyday Living

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not always entirely practical.  On occasion, I’ve been known to stuff my feet into ridiculously painful high heels because just because they look best with an outfit, forgo a jacket on a chilly evening because it didn’t “go” with my top, and carry evening purses that were too small to hold all of my things.  Clearly, these are all examples of when I let form takes precedence over function.

But when it comes to decorating my home, I’ve found that my decisions affect everyone living in the house, not just me, and so it’s better to ensure that functional needs are met first and foremost to create a comfortable living space that works for everyone.  That being said, there’s no reason that items can’t be both functional and beautiful!

Side story:  There is a step down to our living room from the entryway.  Both spaces have hardwood floors and because the hardwood ran the same direction in both rooms, several people didn’t see the step and tripped down it.  My dad, Mr. Practical, suggested that we line the step with the yellow, anti-slip tape you see at subway stations.  (Seriously, he wasn’t kidding…)  Obviously, I didn’t go that route, but instead, added a rug to the living room and changed the layout of the furniture so that visually, they looked like two different spaces.  Problem solved with an option that was both practical and stylish!


{Where Form & Function Collide}


I believe that when you marry form and function, you’ll be the happiest with the end result.  After all, we quickly tire of items that look good but don’t work well.  Similarly, items that work well but don’t look good don’t add to the aesthetic of our homes.  Instead, look for multitasking items that can do both things at once!

While looking through Pottery Barn’s Fall 2013 catalog, I saw several items that beautifully serve their intended purpose.  Note:  This post is NOT sponsored by or in any way affiliated with Pottery Barn.  I’m just sharing with you some items that I love and think you will, too!


The Warren Pulley Task Lamp has functioning pulleys that adjust the angle of the light.

Pottery Barn Warren Task Lamp


The Wingate Swivel Chair is adjustable and practical but adds some much texture and warmth to an office.

Wingate Swivel Chair


This Square Pocketwatch Clock is a functioning alarm clock with a lot of personality!



How cute is this pig paper towel holder?!

Vintage Blacksmith Paper Towel Holder



So as you shop, keep in mind that you’re decorating for real life, and your home needs to be functional, but also reflect your personality and taste.  You’ll find you get the biggest bang for your buck when form and function collide!


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P.S. For more information about determining your functional needs, check  out Creating a Design Plan in 4 Easy Steps!





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Adding Personality to Your Tiebacks!

I’m not typically a tie back kind of gal, but the arrangement of my guest bedroom dictates that a tieback will be necessary to keep the curtains from covering too much of the windows.  So, I’ve been on the hunt for some unique tieback ideas and thought I’d share my 8 favorites with you.

At one time, the most popular form of curtain tie backs seemed to be the store-bought, ready-made tassles.  Whenever I think of a tieback, one of two things come to mind.  Either I am reminded of my grandma’s super formal braided cord tieback with tassles that was made to match her draperies, or I think of the typical hook-shaped tieback.  Both options are fine if they are your style, but neither would work well in my home.  Thankfully, today’s choices are much more varied and unique so that they can play into your decorating style, theme or personality!


8 Unique Curtain Tiebacks


1. Vintage Door Knob

How cute is this door knob!  It is completely practical and adds a bit of sparkle!  While the image below isn’t an actual door knob, if gives you an idea as to what it would look like.  You can find tiebacks that resemble door knobs, such as pictured below, or you can purchase a dummy knob at the hardware store that you can screw directly into the wall.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Doorknob Tieback


2. Belt

Isn’t this a great idea if you have some old, weathered belts you can use?

Tidbits&Twine Belt Tieback


3. Ribbon

This is a very simple and affordable idea that adds a touch of femininity.

Tidbits&Twine Ribbon Tieback
{Chateau Chic}


4. Vintage Necklace

Have any necklaces lying around that you no longer wear but you don’t want to part with?  Maybe they would work as a tie back!

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Necklace Tieback


5. Rope

This could work well with a nautical or industrial theme, as well as with European decor.


Tidbits&Twine Rope Tieback
{Stonk Knots}

If you don’t want to make one, you can purchase a rope tieback from Restoration Hardware.

6. Antlers

This isn’t something that I could use in my home, but I just got back from Lake Tahoe and these would look great in the cabin we stayed at!

Tidbits&Twine Antler Tieback


7. Corset

Okay, this one isn’t practical if you need your curtains to functions, but it’s so clever!

Tidbits&Twine Corset Tieback
{Details Pattern Company}


8. Burlap

This is a very simple tieback that adds texture in a neutral palette.

Tidbits&Twine Burlap Tieback
{Chateau Chic}



What I like about the ideas above is that they add a bit of interest to the room but are primarily, items that you can buy and don’t require you to sew or create anything (with the exception of the corset), so you can change them out easily when your style or decor changes.  Keep in mind that unless your curtain panels are purely decorative, your tie backs will need to be both functional and stylish.


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Dining Room Buffet Reveal

Tidbits&Twine Dining Room

Last Thursday, I stopped by Room With a Past to pick up the Beckely Coal CeCe Caldwell paint that I need for my guest bedroom makeover.  My son was with me and I told him I’d be in and out in about five minutes since I just had to pick up some paint.  Boy was I wrong!!!

I had no sooner walked through the door when I saw so many beautiful items that caught my attention!  An hour later, I was finally done shopping.  Most of the items were for my dining room buffet and I stayed up late Thursday night arranging and rearranging them with the hopes of showing you on Friday morning.  Camera issues delayed my post, but I got it working over the weekend to show you today.


I don’t have any “before” pictures, but basically I changed out everything that was on top of the buffet so that I could include a mix of white and silver.  The buffet is dark wood from a consignment shop that I’ve had since my Tuscan phase of decorating, but I like how it contrasts with my French items, so I plan to keep it.  The mirror is also from my Tuscan phase (from Home Depot, if you can believe it!) but I added the French blue/gray shutters that I picked up from the antique faire the last time I went.  Of course, they are just leaned against the wall since that’s my style.

Tidbits&Twine Buffet


I picked up all of the silver pieces at the store last Thursday and combined them with various topiaries and boxwood that I already had.  I always think that it looks best to group a collection together, but I prefer to mix other pieces in with the collection to help make the items “pop.”  I like the contrast between the silver and the white, as well as the addition of the green.   I also picked up this little gravy boat, which is my very first piece of Ironstone!

Tidbits&Twine Buffet Silver


The reproduction French bottle drying rack that I ordered from Decor Steals a few weeks ago also arrived Thursday and I couldn’t wait to incorporate it into the display!

Tidbits&Twine Bottle Drying Rack


I felt that I needed some additional greenery on the left-hand side of the buffet but didn’t want to be matchy-matchy to the right, so instead, I added a small bird nest.  The nest isn’t real, but the eggs are!  Did I ever mention that I have two finches!  Sparky and Lola.  Unfortunately, Lola doesn’t ever sit on her eggs and so they never hatch, so after a while, I collect them and add them to the nest to use as display.

Tidbits&Twine Finch Nest


I am always changing things around in my home, but for now, I’m happy with the new arrangement on my buffet!

Tidbits&Twine Dining Room Buffet and Table



I picked up a couple of other fun items from my shopping trip last week and as soon as I have them incorporated into my home, I’ll share those with you as well.


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