Month: August 2014

My Casual Cozy Family Room

You might have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent from the blog lately and for good reason.  I’ve been hanging with my kids during their last week of school, going on outings, hosting sleepovers, playing games, and well…lounging.  All of my time over the last week has been spent in my family room and for those of you that have taken my home tour, you might have noticed that photos of my family room are nowhere to be found!  You may have seen parts of it when I showed my gallery wall, my cabinet display, and more recently, my ’80s wet bar, but I’ve never shown the entire room before.  The reason?  Well, this room gets a lot of use as the kids’ playroom so it’s always messy!  But now that the kids are back in school I did a quick clean and snapped some photos so that I could share with you today.



Some homes have basements and some have playrooms, but I have neither, so my family room is my children’s play area.  This is a very casual room where they play video games, watch TV, race on jumping balls around the room, jump on the sofa {yes really}, host sleepovers, and eat all sorts of snacks!  I am super relaxed when it comes to this room so my kids pretty much have free rein, which is why there is popcorn ground into the shag rug and stains all over the sofa, but honestly, I don’t care.  This is just our snuggle up and hang out room that is a mishmash of furniture.



I don’t have windows on both sides of my fireplace, so I’ve balanced out the one window on the left with a tall, glass-front cabinet on the right.



I am constantly rearranging and shopping my own home, so items move in and out of the cabinet on a regular basis, but here’s what it looks like today.  It’s a mixture of ironstone, white ceramics, vintage items, and books.



The fireplace surround is outdated, but I have no plans to replace it.  Someday I would like to put a fresh coat of paint on it, though.  In the meantime, I have a large clock above it that my husband gave to me many years ago and I’ve flanked it with a series of frames, some candelabras, and a bit of boxwood for color.




I was originally going to put family photos in the picture frames that flank the clock, but since I have a gallery wall around our TV, I decided instead to just frame decorative papers that I recently picked up from Hobby Lobby.



I also put my vintage olive bucket to good use holding some decorative firewood, which added some texture to an otherwise empty corner.



My collected gallery wall hasn’t changed much since I first installed it, but I like that it’s now been softened a bit with the addition of my new stripped drapes.


TIDBITS & TWINE Collected Gallery Wall


To the left of the gallery wall is my outdated 80’s wet bar that I have yet to do anything with, so for now, it houses a collection of decor that I rotate in and out every couple of weeks.



This fishing basket is one of my favorite finds in recent weeks.  Thank you, HomeGoods!



One thing that I’m not showing in these photos is the five feet of space that runs the length of the room behind the sofa adjacent to my kitchen.  Currently, my Hubby stores his astrophotography equipment in this space and let me assure you, there is no way to  decorate around giant telescopes, mounts, and the various equipment that accompanies them!


My {Someday} To Do list for this room includes:

  • A fresh coat of paint
  • An updated fireplace surround (but I’ll be happy with even just a fresh coat of paint on the existing one)
  • Refinished floors
  • Crown moulding
  • A new sectional (but this is a LONG way off since the kids still have pillow fights with the pillows and the cat uses it as a scratching post!)


Until then, this is where the kids play and my family relaxes!



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I hope you enjoyed the tour!
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How to Define Your Decorating Style

I get a little nervous whenever someone asks me what my decorating style is.  Not because I’m afraid I’ll answer wrong – there IS no such thing as a wrong answer since it’s personal – but rather because I don’t think that my style fits into just one predefined category.  Traditional? Shabby Chic?  Transitional?   Can I choose All of the Above, or better yet, how about I define my own style!

I decorate with the philosophy that it doesn’t matter what you call your decorating style, so long as you know how to identify it.  And let’s be honest, no one really perfectly fits into the standard decorating styles.  Two rooms both defined as “Traditional” can have very different looks depending on each owner’s interpretation and personal taste.  Instead of using traditional terms, I prefer to make up my own decorating style that I feel are a better reflection of me.

Defining your style starts with knowing the basics and then sprinkling in your own personality for a design recipe that is all YOU!



Here are three easy steps for defining your decorating style.


Step 1: Know the Basics

As a first step, it’s helpful to know and understand the general decorating styles, which act as a universal language and give others an idea as to what your decorating style.  This is a particularly important step if you have no idea what your style is and want to look for inspiration.  One look online and you’ll realize that the number of decorating options and ideas is overwhelming!  It can be a daunting task to look through tons of images, so it’s helpful to filter them a bit by style.

One of my favorite resources for learning various styles is’s “So Your Style Is” series.  Each article is dedicated to a different style with lots of information and pictures so that you can narrow down which general category appeals to you!

{Traditional room via Colleen Price}
{Traditional room via Colleen Price}
{Cottage style via The Lettered Cottage}
{Cottage style via The Lettered Cottage}



Step 2: Get Comfortable with Combinations

Defining your style as “Eclectic” might be true for some, but just because you mix and match styles doesn’t necessarily mean that your style is Eclectic.  You might be Traditional with a touch of Vintage.  Or maybe Farmhouse with a dash of Glam.  In many cases, one particular style will appeal to you the most, but you might like parts of others as well, so don’t be afraid to mix and match to make your own combinations!

{Farmhouse Glam source}


Step 3: Add a Feeling

To me, decorating your home shouldn’t just be about a look, but should also encompass a feel.  Everyone wants to have their home reflect a certain feeling and the furnishings and accessories that you choose help create that overall feel.  That being said, don’t shy away from including a feeling in your style definition!  For example, you might like the look of Relaxed Traditional, or maybe Cozy Cottage, or even Warm Modern.

{Casual Elegance via Tidbits&Twine}
{Casual Elegance via Tidbits&Twine}


I call my personal decorating style Casual Elegance.  It’s a little bit Traditional, mixed with European vintage and Industrial Chic to create an elegant space with a “lived in” look.  I love to sprinkle in a little bit of the old with the new. To me, vintage pieces have a beauty of their own with their time-worn appearance and silent stories of years gone by.  I tend to layer more textures than colors and also like to mix high-end pieces with discount or bargain items, which to me, is both practical and affordable!


How do you define your decorating style?
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20 Amazing Guest Bath Decor Ideas

Are you ready for tons of guest bath decor ideas?!  Today is the day!

About a year ago, I posted my article called “The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating a Guest Bath” to Hometalk and to date, it’s still one of my most popular articles on the site!  If you aren’t already familiar with Hometalk, it’s the largest home and garden social network on the web, where people share ideas, photos, DIY projects and discuss everything and anything related to the home.

Recently, Hometalk reached out to me to see if I would curate a Guest Bathroom Decor board for them and of course, I was thrilled to participate! I put together 20 inspiring ideas that had been posted on Hometalk and today, I’m sharing my curated board with you, as well as highlighting a few of my favorites.

The Farmhouse Porch has some beautiful ideas for how to make toiletries a part of your everyday bathroom decor.  I absolutely love what she’s done, especially her idea to use an old factory bread loaf pan to hold guest essentials!

{via The Farnhouse Porch}
{via The Farnhouse Porch}


Like many of us, Angela from Blue i Style has a shared kids and guest bath.  Look at this creative idea she came up with for storing her kids’ bath toys but that easily converts to hold guest bath essentials!

{via Blue i Style}
{via Blue i Style}


Chris from Just a Girl did a spectacular makeover on her guest bath, creating a light, bright, and beautiful space!  And believe it or not, but she DIY’d a bunch of the accessories!  This is actually the *exact* layout of my guest bath, so it gives me lots of ideas and inspiration.

{via Just a Girl}
{via Just a Girl}


To see lots more guest bath ideas, including how to make floating shelves, how to convert a dresser to a vanity, how to update an old mirror, and more, check out my curated board on Hometalk {here}. tidbitsandtwine0408



Which of these clever ideas is your favorite?
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