Month: September 2015

My 5 Favorite Decorating Tips

Today I’m sharing with you a few of my favorite decorating tips that will help transform your house into a home!  As you know, my home is constantly evolving, whether because I’m redecorating or just moving things around, but either way, these are tips that I follow in my own home and they work in any room with any decorating style.




1. Coordinate Throughout Your Home

Let me begin by saying that coordinating is not the same as matching.  Coordinating doesn’t mean that you have to use the exact same colors, finishes, or fabrics from one room to the next, but rather that they complement one another.  This could mean you use various shades of a color palette as you move room to room, or you keep a consistent tone {either warm or cool}, etc.   By coordinating your colors and style from one room to the next, you’ll create a more open, flowing space that feels larger.  One caveat, though – I typically follow this only for spaces that are visually open to one other so feel free to create something unique if a room is separate from the rest of the house {like a bedroom}.


My kitchen and family rooms are open to one another and so I’ve carried the same beiges, blues, and blacks from the kitchen, to my family room, and even into the guest bedroom.

TIDBITS & TWINE Kitchen 3 2014 REV



2. Include a Variety of Textures

Texture adds depth and dimension to a space with helps to give it a warmer feeling and lived in look.  In my home, a lot of my texture comes from vintage books, baskets, and heavily-woven fabrics because those items work with my decorating style.  But even if your style is modern or minimalist, you can still add texture!  Cool grays, whites, and chrome look even better when they are paired with a few great pieces of polished wood {not to mention that the wood helps to keep the space from feeling cold}.

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

TIDBITS & TWINE Master Bedroom  5 2014


So as you shop for accessories, make sure to include a few textured items that will help give the space dimension!


3. Pull Conversational Furniture Away from the Walls

Sofas, chairs and the like are meant to create intimate gathering spaces where you can talk to one other.  Often times, the first thought is to put a sofa against the wall, but doing so often leaves your seating areas too far apart from one another.  Furniture that outlines the walls also creates an issue with having a large open area on the middle of the room that becomes troublesome to fill!  If you pull furniture away from the wall, you not only create areas for conversation, but also allows you to break up the room’s remaining space and create a cozier feeling overall.



4. Mix and Match

One thing that gives a home its character is the use of different textures, finishes, and styles.  And honestly, it’s a more realistic approach to decorating, in my opinion.  Not everyone can toss out everything they own and start from scratch.  Most of us buy a few items at a time and as our tastes change, our homes become a mishmash of varying styles, finishes, colors, etc.  The trick is to balance your use of different finishes, though, so that you create a look that is intentional, not accidental.



5. Make It Your Own

A home should always be a reflection of you and your family, so while magazines and catalogs show us lots of pretty pictures, they aren’t realistic and they aren’t you!  Always add items that are meaningful to you when you’re decorating, whether family photos, children’s artwork, family heirlooms, or even vacation memories!

Remember, you’re creating a space that is uniquely you!

Tidbits&Twine Gallery Wall 3c AFTER



There are, of course, lots of decorating “rules” and truth be told, I’m not a big fan of rules when it comes to decorating.  I think of the tips above more as guidelines to follow {or bend} depending on what works for you!

No matter what, the goal of decorating should be to create a space that is functional, beautiful, and YOU.


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5 Ways to Make Small Doors Feel Bigger

The other day, I posted a picture on Facebook and a reader asked a question about the paint colors on the sidelights and transom.  As I crafted my response, I got to thinking about the various tricks that are used to make doors {and doorways} feel bigger than they actually are.  It’s amazing to me how our eyes can trick our minds and what a few decorative touches can do for a space!


Here are 5 ways to make a door feel bigger, without replacing the door!



1. Transoms & Sidelights

A transom is a horizontal beam that separates a door from a window above it, but we often refer to the window itself as a transom.  A sidelight, on the other hand, is a vertical window that runs parallel to the door.  Both of these elements, whether used separately or in conjunction with one another, help to give a door a larger feel and presence.

Here, two sidelights help to give a single door the perceived width of a double door.

Front Door with Curtains
{via Makeup By Tiffany D}


Notice that the sidelights are painted to match the door, further widening the visual presence of the door itself.  As an aside, you really should check out the Before and After of this entry space!  What a transformation!  See it {HERE}.


2. Paint

No trim?  No problem!  Just look at what some paint can do to give the illusion of a larger doorway!

{via Skona Hem}
{via Sköna Hem}



3. Trim, Crossheads & Pediments

Architectural details are a great way to enhance the visual size of a door, whether you just add some trim, or extend the height with a crosshead or pediment.  Sandra at Sawdust Girl has a great tutorial for installing your own trim!

{via Sawdust Girl}
{via Sawdust Girl}


4. Glass

Glass is a quick and easy way to make a space feel larger.  Decorators and realtors use this trick all the time by adding mirrors to a space to give it a more open feel!

Glass Front Door
{via Most Lovely Things}


Even if you don’t replace your door, you can still add glass by removing the panels and adding glass.  Sarah from The Yellow Cape Cod did this makeover for only $100!  Full tutorial {HERE}.

Glass Front Door Makeover
{via The Yellow Cape Cod}



5. Sliding Doors

Sliding doors, whether pocket doors or barn doors, help to open up a space and make a doorway feel bigger.  Look how much bigger this standard sized door appears when flanked with this gorgeous barn door over at The Lettered Cottage!

{The Lettered Cottage}
{via The Lettered Cottage}



So if you can’t make your space bigger, then fake your space bigger!


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A Pink and White Fall Mantel

I don’t really ever decorate my bedroom for Fall, but I just couldn’t resist adding some Baby Boo’s to the pink roses I picked up over the weekend, so now there’s a hint of Fall on the mantel.



Okay, so pink and white isn’t a typical color combination for Fall, but I just love that color combination so it works for me.  I started by placing a vintage trophy cup full of pink roses in the center of the mantel.



I then added Baby Boo pumpkins all along the mantel, some sitting flat, some tipped, and some in ironstone bowls for added height.



I am a fan of seeded Eucalyptus, so I added several branches and accented them with pinecones and dried roses that I had saved from a previous project.



You might have also noticed that I moved my blue shutters {that used to be HERE, then HERE} to my bedroom.  I don’t think I’ll keep them here permanently, but for now, I like how they’ve changed up the look of the space.




My dress form still flanks the fireplace, complete with my grandma’s pearls…



…but over the summer I picked up this gorgeous vintage hoop petticoat from Shabby Creek on Main.  I love my industrial dress form, but I like how the skirt softens the look just a bit but still allows the cage to show through.



My chandelier reflects in the clock mirror that hangs above my mantel, which I love.




So that’s my pink and white fall mantel in my bedroom!  A bit non-traditional, but I feel that decorating should be about what works for you, regardless of whether it’s trendy or typical.  So yes, buy those Baby Boo pumpkins and pair them with the color of your choice!






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