Month: February 2016

Guest Bedroom Makeover – Part 2

If ever I tell you that I’m “done” decorating a room, call for help because my blog has been hijacked! Just kidding….but in all seriousness, I could never possibly “finish” decorating a room because for me, decorating is an ongoing process and an expression of how I feel at any give time.  So nothing is ever “done” it’s just in transition!  And my guest bedroom is no exception, as it recently got a little makeover.


Prepare yourself for the ORIGINAL BEFORE photo….this room was just a storage area with no personality of its own…



My guest room is often used by the grandparents or by the kids when they have a friend sleeping over and with very tight quarters, twin beds just made more sense for us.  The room is visible from the main part of our house and so I wanted it to look nice, but it rarely gets used so I didn’t want to spend a lot money on furnishing and decor.  I was able to use mismatched Craigslist furniture {painted black} with accessories and bedding from Target, IKEA, and HomeGoods to get the look I wanted at a price I could afford. You can read all about the first part of the makeover in {THIS POST}, but this is how the room looked a couple of weeks ago:

Guest Bedroom Makeover
Guest Bedroom Makeover



I really liked how it looked but I always knew I’d make some changes one day, and those changes happened about a week ago.  Here it is today!

Tidbits&Twine Twin Bed Guest Bedroom Makeover with Black Beds



I didn’t make a ton of changes, but I think the biggest difference is that I folded the white comforter back to expose a blue blanket on each bed.  This is actually more practical for this time of year and it’s an added bonus that the blanket adds a bit of color to the room.

Tidbits&Twine Guest Bedroom with His and Hers Signs



I also added two IKEA storage baskets at the end of each bed to store extra linens, pillows, and blankets.  They are also study enough that they can function as either a seat or luggage rack for guests and I love when items can do double-duty. You might notice I also added a rug {yes, a rug on top of carpet}

Tidbits&Twine Black and White French Bedroom with Baskets


The cabinet got a little makeover on the inside with some book and decor items that I shopped for from other rooms in the house.  {I am a big believer in shopping your own home!}

Tidbits&Twine Black Secretary and Vintage Books

Tidbits&Twine Styling a Bookcase with Vintage Decor


I added a framed sign letting guests know the Wi-Fi password since that’s a common question for people who stay for an extended period of time.

Tidbits&Twine Guest Bedroom Wi-Fi Password Sign


I also added an ironstone sugar pot with some pencils and a notebook in case guests needed any paper.

Tidbits&Twine Ironstone Sugar Pot and Vintage Books


And the great thing about this little cabinet is that the top slides forward to create a desk area in case guests need to do any work!

Tidbits&Twine Guest Bedroom French Secretary Desk


My vintage trophies have been used all over the house for lots of different things, but I’ve been wanting to group them together for some time {I love the way collections look when grouped!}, but wasn’t sure where to display them.  I finally decided that the top of this furniture piece was the perfect display area for the three trophies.

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Trophy and Book Vignette


I took some criticism from people for having “His” and “Hers” signs above the bed, but that hasn’t deterred me!  These are just paper inserts I made and had printed up, so I can change them out whenever I want but I still like the “His” and “Hers” because it’s whimsical!  I did paint the white frames a matte black, though, which I like much better.

Tidbits&Twine Twin Bed Guest Room Makeover


So this is how my guest bedroom looks today now that it’s had a mini-makeover but stay tuned….I have one more change in mind for this room!

Tidbits&Twine French Guest Bedroom Makeover with Twin Beds


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If you would like to print your own Wi-Fi password sign, you can download my template for FREE by clicking the link below and then right-clicking the image to save.  It is currently sized as a 5×7:



Have a wonderful weekend!


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Design Inspiration: Brass is Back!

What was it my mom told me once?  Everything comes around again?  Well it’s true and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but lately, I’ve been attracted to brass accents.  But these aren’t the same as those of the ’80s {like my downstairs bathroom used to have}.  Every time a trend comes around again, it comes back in a slightly different way than the time before, and the current brass trend is no exception.




The modern-day use of brass has a more streamlined look and is often paired with contrasting colors and textures to make a striking statement.  I love the mix of traditional and contemporary of Kristin‘s new kitchen!

{Kitchen Makeover via Bliss at Home}
{Kitchen Makeover via Bliss at Home}


Faucets, fixtures, and hardware are typical items that are replaced with brass, so kitchens and bathrooms are a go-to location for this look.  Paired with black and white, brass adds a touch of class for a high-end look.  And okay, what’s not to love about this ladder!

{via The Works}
{via The Works}


This neutral bathroom gets a pop with brass accents and I love the use of the coordinating brass mirror.

{Bathroom via Holst Brothers}
{Bathroom via Holst Brothers}


And I suppose if your sink trap is going to be exposed, it might as well be beautiful!

{via }
{via Elizabeth Strianese Interiors}



While current trends focus on a dramatic use of brass, this look isn’t for everyone, especially if you think it’s a look you’ll tire of and want to avoid changing out your big ticket items.  As an alternative, you can try introducing brass in small touches, like accent tables.

{via Cowell + Co. Interiors}
{via Crowell + Co. Interiors}


These accents lamps really stand out against the white walls and with the mix of finishes and styles, help give this room an eclectic look.

{via Apartment Therapy}
{via Apartment Therapy}


Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to have all of your metallics match.  In fact, mixing and matching allows you to update your home over time with small pieces and gives you a more collected look.  And an “odd man out” brass piece can add a bit of interest to a room!

{via Restoration Hardware}
{via Restoration Hardware}


While brass can take on a contemporary look, it also works well with vintage decor.  Below, a more matte brass is paired with lighter colors for a timeless look.

{via Lauren Liess Interiors}
{via Lauren Liess Interiors}


Antique brass paired with crystals helps to create a gorgeous space in Courtney’s kitchen and honestly, what’s not to love about this kitchen!

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


For small touches of brass, here are some of my favorite decor items.

{BellMarble Side TableTape DispenserShadow Box BasketMagnifying GlassAcrylic TrayFloor LampDoor Knocker




So what do you think?  Will you be jumping on the brass bandwagon?


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How to Make a Perfect Circle Without a Template

Every once in a while, I find myself needing to draw a circle that has a bigger diameter than that of a compass and bigger than anything I own meaning that I don’t have anything to trace.  While I could attempt to draw a circle freehand, my hand isn’t steady enough.  The answer? Make your own compass using a pencil and a string!  This method works on ANY surface and to create a circle of ANY size.

Tidbits&Twine- How to Make a Perfect Circle without a Templatte



  • Pencil
  • String
  • Tape Measure
  • Nail {alternatively, if you don’t want to use a nail, try using a Command hook so that you can remove it when done without leaving a mark}

Step 1

Put the nail in the desired location for the center of your circle.  Be sure to drive the nail in far enough so that it doesn’t wobble when you are making your circle.



Step 2

Determine the radius of your circle {not the diameter} and cut your string about 6 inches longer to allow for tieing it to the nail and to your pencil.



Step 3

Tie your string to the nail and to your pencil, double-checking your measurements to ensure your pencil mark matches your desired radius.

Tip: Use either a short pencil or tie your string toward the bottom tip of the pencil so as to minimize the impact of the angle of your pencil as you make a circle.


Step 4

Pull your string tight as you make your circle so that you maintain and equal distance as you move around the nail.  You might need to make a few practice runs to get the feel of it.  I did practice runs in pencil and my final pass in pen.


Step 5

Cut along the line and you’re done!  A big thank you to my friend Kelly who brought her jigsaw and cut my circle for me.  :)




A little paint and it’s done!

Tidbits&Twine - Creating a circle backdrop for my wall clock to make it look bigger and more dramatic



This is the method that I used to create the new backdrop for my wall clock, but you could do the same for drawing circles on a wall, making paper circles, etc.  The beauty of this method is that you can make a circle of any size without have a template.


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