Month: March 2014

Little Projects Around the House

I don’t normally share work-in-progress photos with you, but I was so busy with house projects over the weekend that I didn’t get a chance to write a post for today!  So instead, I thought I’d share with you a few photos of what kept me so busy this weekend.  Please forgive the photo quality – I was rushing around snapping these photos mid-morning!

 

To start, we were gone all day in Santa Cruz on Saturday for a surprise party.  The weather the gorgeous and we had so much fun with friends and family, but by the time we got home, we were all exhausted, so no house or blog projects were accomplished on Saturday.  Sunday started off with cleaning out the garage.  Somehow, this seems like an ongoing process that is never finished, but I did manage to squeeze in a few other projects throughout the day.  I finally got around to framing some of my grandmother’s recipes that are meaningful to me.  I found the frame on clearance at Michaels and hung it on the side panel of our oven.  I like the combination of the rustic wooden frame and the linen matting.

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I also found the exact basket tray that I’ve been looking for to put in the entry to hold shoes!  We are actually one of the only families that I know of that wears shoes in our home, but many of our guests are so used to removing their shoes that they do so automatically upon entering.  Now our guests that prefer to remove their shoes finally have a spot to put them.

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We also built a tree swing for the kids in the front yard.  Thank goodness my husband is a Boy Scout den leader and knows how to make all sorts of fancy knots!  This project was a big hit with the kids yesterday and my daughter even got dressed and ready early this morning so that she’d have time to swing before school.  Here’s a shot of her swinging just before we left this morning.

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While at Home Depot getting the supplies for the swing, I also picked up a few plants for my front porch.  I planted two white gardenias surrounded by some purple pansies and yellow superbells.  It will take a while before the superbells start to trail over the sides of the pots, but it’s early in the season yet.

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I also ordered some new curtains after discovering that the ones I’ve been wanting for my family room went on sale for Buy 1 Get 1 Free plus 15% off!  I purchased the Park Avenue faux silk taffeta from Half Price Drapes.  Affiliate link below.

{Park Avenue Silk Taffeta Stripe Curtain from Half Price Drapes}
{Park Avenue Silk Taffeta Stripe Curtain from Half Price Drapes}

 

In the afternoon, I finished up a living room project I’ve been working on all week.  You might recall that I’m slowly working to update my living room.  My vision for my room looks like this:

TIDBITS & TWINE Living Room Olioboard

I found a gold framed painting during a recent trip to the antique faire that I knew would work as a chalkboard.  I recently finished making the chalkboard and got it hung above the fireplace.  My wedding photo was also in a gold frame, but it was too bright next to the antique frame, so I antiqued and embellished it a bit so that it would better coordinate.  The mantel isn’t decorated yet, so here’s just a sneak peek.  Tutorial for antiquing coming soon!

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And just when I thought I was done for the day, I decided that I wanted to learn how to strip….furniture that is!  Despite that I was supposed to drop my antique chairs off this week to be upholstered, I decided at the eleventh hour that I wanted to change the color of the wood.  The antique chairs that were passed down to us from my in-laws have a reddish, mahogany stain on them.

Antique Chair 1 Tidbits&Twine

 

I’ve never refinished furniture in my life, but started the process yesterday evening.  I decided to try just the back legs of the chair first in case things went wrong.  So far, I have stripped them, but haven’t yet cleaned, sanded, or stained them.  Here’s a look at the early stages of the process.

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This week I’ll need to finish up the chairs and continue to work on the living room.  With any luck, I’ll have some progress to show you later in the week!

 

Hope your week is off to a great start!
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Decorating with Everyday Items

In most homes, storage is often an issue, so the idea of having to display decor items, in addition to storing the items you use every day, can be challenging!  One way to maximize your space is to decorate with items that you use.  You might be surprised at the various ways that everyday items can be displayed to make them look as if they are a creative part of your home’s decor!

 

Creative Ways to Decorate with Everyday Items

 

I created a plate wall in my dining room to store my white serving dishes that had been previously stacked on top of my refrigerator.  For me, this was a great way to fill an otherwise empty corner in the dining room without spending any additional money!  You could also create a plate wall using your “good” dishes in order to get them out of storage and be able to appreciate them every day.

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Jewelry can also make unique and beautiful wall art…

{via Pinterest}
{via Pinterest}

…or can add a little bling to an existing item.

{via Making Lemonade}
{via Making Lemonade}

 

Rather than tuck books away in a cabinet or bookcase, they can be used to add height to lamps and vases, or act as filler in a vignette.  If you don’t like look eclectic look of the various covers, you can always re-cover them with fabric or paper.  Tutorial {here}.

{via The Glamourai}
{via The Glamourai}

 

Coffee mugs can look beautiful displayed in a kitchen or on a buffet.

Coffee Mug Display
{link}

 

Setting up for a party?  No need to buy a utensil caddy when you can use mason jars, vases, or even a sugar bowl!  Practical and pretty!

{via French Country Cottage}
{via French Country Cottage}

 

Don’t store your champagne bucket when not in use!  Instead, use is as a vase, utensil holder, or even leave it empty as part of coffee table vignette.  The shape and color adds elegance and character to any space.

{via On Sutton Place}
{via On Sutton Place}

 

Even cookbooks can become a part of your kitchen decor when grouped together in a basket or tray.

Cookbook Storage
{via Miss Mustard Seed}

 

We buy large packs of bar soap and used to store them under the sink.  Recently, though, I decided to unwrap the individual bars and display them on a shelf in a closed cabinet in our bathroom.  As an added benefit, they now scent the towels that are also stored in the cabinet and everything smells fresh and clean!

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So before you go out and buy a new decor item, look in your cabinets, closets, and cupboards to see if you can show off what you already own!
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6 Tips for Creating a Collected Look

As much as possible, I try to create a collected, or curated, look in my home – one that looks as if it’s evolved over time.  I think it’s important that our homes look unique and reflect our individual tastes as styles, as opposed to looking like a store showroom, which is a bit impersonal.

The easiest way to create a collected look is to of course, actually collect the items in your home over a period of time!  Since our tastes, interests, and style changes over time, history alone creates a collected look because the items in your home will represent different points in your life.  If you’re doing a makeover of a room, though, you might want it to look as if you put it together over time, even though you didn’t.  So here are 6 tips for creating a collected look…in a short timeframe.

 

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Even a collected look should still feel cohesive.

 

1.  Mix and Match

Mixing and matching furniture styles, finishes, textures, etc. is one of the easiest ways to help a room look as if it’s evolved over time.  While matching sets are convenient to buy, they are also a dead giveaway that everything was purchased together at the same time.  Instead, pick pieces with different wood tones, finishes and styles.  Be sure to mix the elements consistently through the room to create a cohesive look.

For tips on mixing furniture styles, click {here}.

{A variety of finishes and textures help to make this room look as if it's evolved.  Image via Tara Dillard.}
{A variety of finishes and textures help to make this room look as if it’s evolved. Image via Tara Dillard.}
{Differing styles and finishes add interest and character.  Image via House and Home Magazine.}
{Differing styles and finishes add interest and character. Image via House and Home Magazine.}

 

 2.  Create a Consistency

Using a variety of furniture styles, wood finishes, etc. can be daunting if your fear is that the room will look chaotic.  The key is to look for consistency among the items in terms of color, scale, shape, feel, or visual balance, so that the pieces complement one another.

Tidbits&Twine Gallery Wall 3c AFTER
{A cohesive color palette unifies all of the various objects on this gallery wall.}
At first glance, you might not realize that the two sides of this bed are quite different. With the art hung at the same height and similarly shaped and colored furniture pieces, a visual balance is achieved. Image via Houzz.}
{At first glance, you might not realize that the two sides of this bed are quite different. With the art hung at the same height and similarly shaped and colored furniture pieces, a visual balance is achieved. Image via Houzz.}

 

3.  Combine New & Old

I think that sometimes, antiques get a bad rap and conjure up images of dusty relics tucked away in your grandma’s attic.  Not true!  While a home full of antiques may not be for everyone, they can still be used sparingly through the space.  Consider mixing antique or vintage items alongside your new pieces to help give your room a bit of history.  Vintage pieces mixed with new allows for unexpected finds, adding interest to the space!

{New appliances and cabinets are balanced by a weathered table and stools in this cozy kitchen.  Image via Pinterest.}
{New appliances and cabinets are balanced by a weathered table and stools in this cozy kitchen. Image via Pinterest.}
{A tarnished silver bowl and a single antler is paired with a sleek lamp and modern vase.  Image via Rue Magazine.}
{A tarnished silver bowl and a single antler is paired with a sleek lamp and modern vase. Image via Rue Magazine.}

 

 4. Think Outside the Box

Using an item in a way other than its intended use immediately gives personality and adds creativity to a space. To find a new use for an old object, look at its shape, not its intended purpose, which will allow you to brainstorm other uses for the item.  Keep in mind, though, that simple is better.  If you can use a vintage object as is, without modifying it, the look tends to be more effortless and thus, more natural.  If you have to try too hard to make something work, it often ends up looking kitschy.

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{A silver champagne bucket works well as a utensil holder in the kitchen or even as a pot for a beautiful plant!}
{A vintage medical cabinet has both form and function when used in the bath to hold toiletries.  Image via The Perfect Bath.}
{A vintage medical cabinet has both form and function when used in the bath to hold toiletries. Image via The Perfect Bath.}

 

5. Shop at a Variety of Places

I was recently in Restoration Hardware looking at some chairs and the sales person offered to draw up a floorplan for me so that I could better assess how everything would fit in my space.  A free floorplan?  Okay!  A day later she sent me a presentation with furniture suggestions for everything from the chairs, to the pillows, the paint, mirrors, and more.  I ended up ordering the chairs but I could hear the disappointment in her voice that I wasn’t going to purchase anything else from them.  While I love Restoration Hardware, I don’t want my home to look like their showroom!

Venturing out and buying things from lots of different places is one way to expose youself to new items, styles, and decorating ideas so that you can combine your favorites from each into one place in your home.  You can see a list of some of my favorite online shopping sites {here}.

 

6. Choose Meaningful Items

Collections are generally made up of items that are meaningful to a person, so it would make sense that a collected room would be filled with items that you love.  Decorating with meaningful items helps to tell your story.

Home Story

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{I LOVE my vintage dress form, especially now that it holds a collection of my grandmother’s necklaces.}

 

 

To me, a collected look has personality and interest, plus it allows us to add and remove items without throwing off the entire look of the room.  After all, our lives are constantly changing and evolving, so shouldn’t our homes reflect that?!  :)

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