January 2014 archive

Dreamy Bedding Giveaway from Elsie Green

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I promise I’ll get to the giveaway info, but first I want to share with you some exciting news!  I got my first sponsor, Elsie Green!  {*happy dance!*}  See the ad in the right-hand sidebar?!  Yay!  For those of you that blog, you know what a big deal this is and I’m sure can relate to my joy.  For the rest of you, I think you’ll be happy as well when you see how many beautiful items Elsie Green has to offer. Elsie-Green-House-and-Home   I first came across Elsie Green while browsing the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.  I then discovered that they have an online store and a showroom not too far from my house in Northern California, giving me the perfect excuse to pop in and shop as often as my budget allows! Elsie-Green-House-and-Home-2   Elsie Green is a small, family business owned by JP and Laurie that features a collection of pretty, green things for the home.  And what’s more is that the story behind their company is quite interesting.  Laurie is a former Pottery Barn exec who, along with her husband, decided to take the plunge to start Elsie Green in search of a life that was simpler, lighter, and more centered around family.  They now they spend their days together, communing with their clients and their beautiful products, traveling the world looking for vintage treasures, and yet still make time to pick up their kids from school every day.  Sounds idyllic! If you take even a second to look at some of the items they sell, you’ll know the Elsie Green team has an amazing eye for beautiful, sustainable items.  I own several pieces of the Not Your Grandma’s Vintage Flatware and love it. Elsie Green Vintage Flatware   I also have a bit of a love affair with other kitchen items, including vintage cast-iron scales, timeless serveware collected in the French countryside, and vintage bread boards from eastern Europe.

  Decorative items are always fun to shop for, too, like delicate glass bottles that can be used for flowers or placecard holders, and handcrafted soaps from Marfa, Texas.

  Elsie Green also has some beautiful linens, like pillow covers whose fabrics were imported from the French countryside , cloth napkins crafted by a California textile artist, mangle cloth table runners sourced from Montpelier, and loads of luxurious bedding.

 

Elsie Green Dreamy Organic Sheet Set Giveaway 2

 

And speaking of bedding, not only is Elsie Green a sponsor, but they are also going to give away a Dreamy Organic Sheet Set in the size of your choice to one lucky Tidbits&Twine reader!  The set includes fitted sheet, flat sheet, and two pillowcases.  Oh, and did I mention the monogramming?  The winner can make their set extra special with a monogram in one of Elsie Green’s custom fonts or icons. This winter, you’re sure to stay cozy and have sweet dreams in a bed made with these 350 thread count organic cotton percale sheets imported from Portugal.

Smooth, soft…..mmmmm….perfect!

TIDBITS-&-TWINE---Dreamy-Bedding-Giveaway Here are the details:

    • One winner will receive a Dreamy Organic Sheet Set in your choice of size (full, queen or king)

 

  • Sheet  set includes fitted sheet, flat sheet and two standard pillowcases (two king cases with king set)

 

 

  • Winner can have their sheet set monogrammed to add a personal touch

 

 

  • Must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada and 18 years or older to enter

 

 

  • Entry via Rafflecopter widget only

 

 

  Entering is easy!  You can enter up to 6 times via the Rafflecopter widget below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

The giveaway ends Thursday, January 30th at 11:59 PM Eastern and the winner will be announced on the blog on the 31st.  In the meantime, please hop on over to Elsie Green {here} to browse the full selection of beautiful, sustainable finds!

 

Good luck and sweet dreams!

 

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Are You Sitting on Thonet?

Okay, not literally sitting on him, but you might be sitting on his legacy to design, the bentwood tradition of furniture making.  Michael Thonet (pronounced TOE-NET) lived from 1796 to 1871 and was a German-Austrian cabinet maker whose innovative design created lightweight and elegant chairs that remain fashionable to this day.  Thonet’s most famous design, Chair No. 14, is known as the “chair of chairs” or the coffee shop chair.

Look familiar?

TIDBITS & TWINE -  Thonet's Bentwood Chair no 14

{via Pinterest}

 

Not only were Thonet’s bentwood designs a departure from the heavy, carved designs of the past, but they were also more affordable, both in materials and shipping costs.  He discovered a process of bending wood (hence the term bentwood) using steam that allowed him to create chairs using just a few pieces of wood held together by screws, providing an economy of materials.  He founded his company, Gebrüder Thonet, and along with his sons, began producing a variety of styles all using the bentwood process.

TIDBITS & TWINE - Thonet Chairs

 

So why all this talk about Michael Thonet? 

 

Well, not only do you see his signature coffee house chair still in use at restaurants and cafes, but his style has influenced many other designs, including the ever-popular X Back (or Cross Back) chair with the handwoven rattan seat, which is my current obsession.

Hello, Beautiful!

 

 

I love that this chair is simple, graceful and neutral, allowing it to work in a variety of design styles.

 

Given its simple wood design, it also pairs nicely with chairs of a completely different style.

 

These chairs are suitable for more than just the kitchen and dining room, and also work well in home offices, as well as accent chairs throughout the house.

 

If you’re on the lookout for one of these chairs, you can have your pick from many different finishes and price ranges given the number of retailers currently selling them.

 

Restoration Hardware Madeleine Side Chair – $99

TIDBITS & TWINE - Madeleine Side Chair from Restoration Hardware

 

Ballard Designs Constance Side Chair – Set of 2 $279

TIDBITS & TWINE - Constance Side Chair from Ballard Designs

 

Target Safavieh Franklin Cross Back Chair – Set of 2 $139.99

TIDBITS & TWINE - Safavieh Franklin Chair from Target

Home Decorators Collection Hamilton – Set of 2 $249

TIDBITS & TWINE - Hamilton Bentwood Chair from Home Decorators Collection

 

Williams Sonoma Bosquet Chair – $149

TIDBITS & TWINE - Bosquet Chair from Williams Sonoma

 

Cost Plus World Market French Bistro Side Chairs – Set of 2 $239.98

TIDBITS & TWINE - French Bistro Chair from Cost Plus

 

Last week I even saw a pair at HomeGoods…now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get them for my kitchen!

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So the next time you’re at a restaurant or out shopping and see a bentwood chair, you’ll now know that they were inspired by Thonet!

 

Do you have a bentwood chair in your home?

 

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When to Decorate Above the Bed

For the last year, I’ve been debating whether I should decorate above the bed in my master bedroom.  And each time I consider adding something, I always decide against it.  Yet as I’m finishing up my guest bedroom makeover there’s no doubt in my mind that I want to hang something over the bed.

So what determines whether you should decorate above the bed?

 

First off, let me say that I don’t personally believe there are any “rules” in decorating.  I like to think of them more as guidelines, and even then, they are open to interpretation, personal preference and artistic license.  After all, that’s what makes each of us different and keeps life so interesting!  But when I look at my bedrooms and make a determination as to whether I should have something over the bed, there are a few guidelines that I follow for my style of decorating.

Keep in mind that in a bedroom, the bed itself is almost always the focal point of the room, meaning that upon walking in, our eyes are drawn to the bed first.  From there, our eyes are then usually drawn upward to the wall before they scan around the rest of the room.  As such, if the space on the wall above the bed is empty when it shouldn’t be, the space can feel “off.”  Likewise, if it’s filled when it shouldn’t be, it can feel too crowded.  So here are my thoughts to help decide whether to decorate the space.

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YES, LET’S DECORATE THE SPACE!

 

Here are some situations in which it’s best to decorate above the bed.

 

– When the headboard is low or the ceiling is tall

In both situations, there is ample wall space that can sometimes, look empty if there is nothing on the wall above the bed.  Hanging something over the bed can help keep your eye moving around the room.

TIDBITS & TWNE - Upholstered headboard with butterflies

{Image via Kara Mann Design}

 

– When the bed is framed by windows and you don’t want the windows to detract from the bed

Sometimes, in order to keep the bed as the focal point, it’s necessary to create height uniformity with the surroundings.  This is especially true when the combination of windows, bed and ceiling create a “frame” around the wall space above the bed.

 

– When your goal is to create a focal point above the bed and not just on the bed itself

One caveat in this situation…Be sure that what you hang above the bed doesn’t compete with what you might be using on the wall behind the nightstands.

TIDBITS & TWINE - Focal point above bed

{Image via Courtney Giles}

TIDBITS & TWINE - Gallery wall above bed

{Image via Pinterest}

 

 

 NO, SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE

 

It’s not always essential to decorate above the bed and in fact, sometimes it’s better to leave the space empty!

 

– When the bed takes center stage

Sometimes, you want the bed frame itself to be the focal point without any other distractions.

TIDBITS & TWINE - Black four poster bed

{Image via Traditional Home}

TIDBITS & TWINE - Black carved headboard

{via Pinterest}

 

– When the headboard is tall and the ceiling low

This is the situation in my master bedroom and while I’d love to put something over the bed, anything I put there will just look like it’s squished into the space.  If there’s not enough room, best to leave the space blank.

TIDBITS & TWINE - Tall headboard

{via Decor Pad}

 

– When your nightstand decor is enough

Sometimes, the decor on your nightstands is enough to balance out the bed and anything you hang on the wall would just compete with your other decor.  If that’s the case, leave the space blank!

TIDBITS & TWINE - Blue and orange nightstand

{via Pinterest}

 

– When you can’t secure something to the wall properly

Okay, this one might seem a little silly, but I live in earthquake country so being able to secure something to the wall properly is extremely important and always a consideration for me, especially when it’s above the bed!  If you decide to decorate above your bed, always make sure that you anchor items to the wall securely; otherwise, leave it empty!  Better to have an empty spot on the wall than risk it falling on your head.

 

 

Whether you hang something above your bed will also depend on the other walls in your space.  If they are empty, consider adding something over the bed.  If all of your walls are filled, maybe leave the space above your bed empty to create some negative space.  Again these are just guidelines and you should use your best judgement and artistic eye when deciding how you want to accessorize your space.

 

So now I’m curious, if you’ve decorated above your bed, how have you decorated it?  Art?  Mirrors?  Plates?  Let me know!
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