Month: December 2014

Christmas Inspiration for the Living Room

My living room and dining rooms are connected to one another in an open-concept floorplan, so whenever I decorate, I like to ensure that these two rooms coordinate with one another.  Coordinate doesn’t mean “match”, though, it just means that the look and feel of each complements the other.  I like to use harmonious colors, styles, finishes, and feels and yet still give each room its own personality.

As you saw earlier this week, my dining room has a more elegant Christmas look {as opposed to my fun and festive family room}.



I kept this look going in the living room but with a few updates and today, I’m taking you on a tour!  To start, our Christmas tree is in the living room.  We purchase a Noble Fir from Home Depot every year.  Watching poor Hubby drag, unwrap, and fluff an endless supply of Christmas trees only to have me change my mind and send him in search of another one, has become part of our holiday tradition {much to his dismay}.  But it’s always worth it.  I love the smell of pine at the holidays, don’t you?!  I then spend *hours* wrapping the tree in lights.  This year, our tree has 1,500!



We decorate the tree as a family and the very last step is always to add our glow-in-the-dark angels to the tree.  These angels were given to me by my mom and they were given to her by her grandpa, so they have been in our family for many generations!  My kids each have a small artificial tree in their rooms and I gave them some angels for their trees, too.  At night when we unplug the lights, the angels shine in the dark and it’s so peaceful.



In order to make room for the tree, I had to rearrange the furniture and now my favorite chairs are facing the fireplace next to the tree.  This has without a doubt become my new favorite spot.  And the addition of a simple red bow to the lumbar pillow is an easy way to give the chairs a festive look without the expense of buying a holiday pillow!



The chairs face the newly decorated fireplace, which is now draped in cedar!  I used simple branches across the top of the mantle and a cedar garland around the gold-framed chalkboard.




A few ornaments gathered in an ironstone bowl make a simple centerpiece and help to bridge the space between the mantel and the chalkboard so that it feels like one complete unit.



Even my new arched mirrors got a touch of the holidays with big red velvet bows.  The second mirror that I ordered arrived just before Thanksgiving and it sits just opposite the stairs.  Every morning when I come down, I see the reflection of the piano and the tree and I just love it!



At night, we turn most of the lights in the house off and just enjoy the tree…



And if you haven’t already, be sure to enter the sweepstakes to win a 24 piece set of mercury glass ornaments!  Enter {here}.




The final stop in my holiday home tour will be coming soon.  Stay tuned!  :)


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My Gift to You – An Ornament Set Giveaway!

I was recently invited to a holiday event at Balsam Hill‘s Burlingame showroom.  What a way to kick off the holiday season!  I finally got to see Balsam Hill’s beautiful Christmas trees in person.  And yes, even though I knew they were artificial, I still had to touch them just to make sure.  They look that real!



During the event, we had a chance to decorate a wreath using a variety of Balsam Hill’s accessories, including ribbons, ornaments, and tree picks.  As you might know, I love decorating wreaths so this was particularly fun for me!  Now here’s the part where I should show you the wreath I made….but as you probably know, I can never leave well enough alone and before it ever hung in my home, I ended up dismantling it and using the accessories for other purposes in my holiday decorating.  :)


Any guesses as to what my favorite accessory was?  The ornaments!



I can definitely attest to the fact that Balsam Hill’s ornaments look gorgeous on the Christmas tree; however, there are lots of other ways to use ornaments when decorating!  They also look beautiful displayed across the top of a mantel mixed with holiday greens, collected in a bowl on a coffee table, or mixed in with a wreath to add a bit of sparkle. I actually used one of Balsam Hill’s red mercury glass ornaments as part of my holiday gallery wall…



and another to adorn the wreath in my dining room.




So now it’s your turn!  My blog is my business and I am so thankful to have this outlet to share my passion for decorating and grateful for all of the wonderful people I have met by doing so.  As my way of expressing my appreciation, one lucky winner will receive an entire 24 piece set of Balsam Hill’s Gold & Bronze Mercury Glass ornaments.  Yes, the entire set!  Each ornament measures 4″ tall and is made of glass.    They reflect the light beautifully and I’m sure you will love decorating with them just as much as I have.

Balsam Hill Mercury Glass Ornament Set

Balsam Hill Tree


All you have to win this beautiful ornament set is leave me a comment on this post telling me about your most special ornament.  Maybe it’s one that has been passed down through the generations?  Maybe something your child made at school?  Whatever it is, I want to hear about it!  Then use the Rafflecopter widget below to tell me that you commented and you will be automatically entered to win.  For extra chances to win, you can subscribe to Tidbits&Twine via email, visit Tidbits&Twine on Facebook or follow on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instragram.  That’s 6 chances to win!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway ends on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older and residents of the continental US. Read the “Terms & Conditions” in the Rafflecopter widget for full details.  A single winner will be selected and notified next week.


Good luck!



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Disclosure: I was provided ornaments, accessories, and a wreath by Balsam Hill but the opinions expressed above are my own.


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Bathroom Remodel: Week 3 Progress and Details

Last week, the bathroom tiles finally started going in and for the first time, I could see my vision coming together.  While exciting, it was also a bit stressful.  There were so many little details to take into consideration!  Here’s what it looked like at the end of the day on Friday.



The ceiling was painted and I am absolutely in love with the beadboard!  While you’re not supposed to use MDF in a bathroom {because of the moisture}….I did.  In order to help better protect it from the moisture, a second type of primer was put on before painting to act as a barrier.  I’ll share product details in the final post.



The subway tile in the shower is finally in, although not yet grouted.  I knew from the get-go that I wanted to stagger the tiles and I’m so happy with how it has turned out.  Grouting is happening today and I’ve chosen just a basic white to complement all of the trim and woodwork in the bathroom.



And the biggest surprise last week?? Who knew that figuring out the exact details of the shampoo/shower recess would be so time-consuming!  I love how it turned out, though…



The floor also went it {it’s not grouted yet either, though}.  I was debating between a straight pattern and a staggered one, but once we started playing with the tiles and the design on the floor, it became clear that a straight pattern was the way to go.  There’s a lot of variety and movement in the tiles and when they were staggered, it just looked too busy.


Now on to the fun part!  While there’s obviously a ton of things still to be done in the bathroom, my mind is already racing about the fun details.  I haven’t shopped for anything yet, but here’s a look at some of the things I’m considering.  I’m planning to use only neutrals so that the vanity stands out, but to keep things from looking too boring, I’m introducing various shades and lots of textures.




This week we’ll hopefully see the tile finished, the wallpaper go up, and all of the trim added!



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