Year: 2018

Tidbits&Twine Spring Home Tour 2018

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The trees are blossoming and the birds are singing, so I know Spring is here, but it’s still too cold for my liking!  Actually, Spring and Summer are my favorite seasons, so I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Marty from A Stroll Thru Life to be one of 30 bloggers featured in this week’s Spring home tour series.  If you’re stopping by from Jenna’s lovely and dramatic home over at Rain on a Tin Roof, welcome!  I’m Kim and I’m thrilled you’re joining me today.  If you’re new here, you can always check out my Best Of series to get a glimpse of my most popular posts.

Spring vignette with purple flowers, ironstone and feathers

For me, Spring is all about freshening things up and bringing the outdoors in.  While Winter decorating is all about being warm and cozy, to me, Spring is about lightning the feel and energizing the room, which is quite a refreshing change after a cold winter!  I love natural elements, so my interpretation of Spring decor is things like flowers, feathers, plants {real, dried, or faux} and baskets.  At the end of this post, you’ll find the full schedule of homes with links to each but for now, let’s start the tour!


Spring in the Family Room

My family room has always been a kid-friendly room.  It’s where we watch TV, the kids have sleepovers, we eat pizza on the sofa while cuddling the dogs, etc.  Basically, it’s a hard-working room that needs to be functional, yet stylish.  Last week I shared a look at our updated TV wall, which recently got a makeover to give it a lighter, brighter, farmhouse feel!  Today, I’m sharing the rest of the room with you!

French Farmhouse Family Room in Blue and White


By far the biggest change in this room is the addition of the IKEA EKTORP sectional.  My old sofa was truly well-loved {read as “digusting”} so it was time for something new.  This sofa is brighter and more my style and I love how it looks in the room!  Plus, having a new sofa gave me a great excuse to rotate in a new batch of decorative pillows!  The striped ones are new from HomeGoods and the others are vintage grain sacks that have been turned into pillows.

French Farmhouse Family Room with EKTORP sectional


Of course, it wasn’t quite as long as I wanted it to be, so I’ve strategically placed a stack of vintage suitcases at one end to visually lengthen it and fill more of the room.  I got these for free off of a local Facebook sale group and their dilapidated state doesn’t bother me one bit!  I’m using them to store bird supplies for my canaries…

Stacked vintage suitcases


I’ve had a clock above the fireplace in this house for 12 years now and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a permanent fixture.  We overlook the family room from our kitchen and the clock is our go-to for keeping ourselves on schedule and on time!  My husband bought me my old clock as a gift many years ago, but it was always a bit too small for the space.  I scored this beauty from HomeGoods and think it’s a much better fit here!  {I also just discovered that this clock is available online HERE!}

Oversized clock above a fireplace mantel


My TV wall also has an updated, more farmhouse, look to it.  You can sign up on my website to access my free printables {and e-book}, including the ones I’ve framed here on my wall.

French Farmhouse Gallery Wall around a TV


I included two cloches on the TV console.  One has a collection of photos, my grandfather’s old books, my dad’s old pipe, and a key that a special friend gave to me.  The other has a grouping of flower frogs on top of some moss with feathers sticking in them for a Spring feel.  You can get ALL the details about this wall, plus tips for creating a gallery wall, HERE.

French Farmhouse Gallery Wall around a TV


I have a bit of lavender mixed throughout the room as well, but the faux lavender looked a bit too perfect and my dried lavender didn’t have enough color.  My solution?  Mix real, dried lavender into stalks of faux lavender.  This was I get the pop of color I want, plus the smell of real lavender!

Mix of real and faux lavender


I’ve never shown you my family room from this angle, but last week, someone asked me how we watch TV from the brown leather recliner chair.  Well, as you can see, we don’t!  The chair is part of a conversation group and we only use it when we have guests over.  Most of the time, we’re all snuggled together on the sofa watching TV and the TV is high enough that we can see it right over the top of the chair.

French Farmhouse Family Room from Tidbits&Twine



I hope you enjoyed the tour!  If so, please be sure to PIN it!

Spring Home French Farmhouse Tour Family Room Tidbits&Twine




Tomorrow morning head over to Laura’s house at Duke Manor Farm.  Her style is so warm and inviting so I know you’ll love what she’s got planned for you!


Until then, here’s the full lineup in case you missed any other stops along the way:

Monday – March 19

A Stroll Thru Life
ZDesign At Home
11 Magnolia Lane
Nesting With Grace
Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday – March 20

Clean & Scentsible
 Inspiration For Moms
Haneens Haven
Life On Virginia Street
Setting For Four
Remodelando La Casa


Wednesday – March 21

House By Hoff
Dimples & Tangles 
Our Southern Home 
Seeking Lavender Lane 
Our Fifth House 

Decor To Adore

Thursday – March 22

Life & Home @ 2102
Decorating Delirium 
Simple Stylings
Southern Hospitality
Rain On A Tin Roof
Tidbits & Twine 

Friday –March 23

Duke Manor Farm
Thistlewood Farm 
Hymns & Verses
Thrifty & Chic
Far Above Rubies
Common Ground 







French Farmhouse TV Gallery Wall

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My family room TV wall has undergone a few different makeovers, but this most recent one wasn’t really my doing.  I’m blaming Hubby.  Let’s say it was all his fault, shall we?!  Well, not really, but he’s the one that wanted a bigger TV and once the new TV was mounted, it dwarfed my media console and wall art.  What was a girl to do other than makeover the entire wall?!

Our family room is our main TV room and the area started out looking sad and lonely…


I then “disguised” the TV by adding a collection of art and objects to create a gallery wall.  I loved my collected gallery wall with a mix of my favorite things and was a bit sad to see it go.  {You can get tips for creating a collected gallery wall HERE.}  For those of you that are new to my site, it used to look like this up until a few months ago:



But today, it looks like this!

French Farmhouse Gallery Wall around a TV


With the TV taking up so much room on the wall, I decided to simplify the overall look and went with a symmetrical layout.  I *love* this oversized Apothecary sign that I purchased and customized off of Etsy from Sign Treasure.  This sign was actually the first thing I purchased for the wall, followed by my Makena TV stand….which has proven to be fantastic!

French Farmhouse Gallery Wall around a TV


Matching tobacco baskets flank it on either side, each with a 6″ boxwood wreath to give it a pop or color for a Spring look.  Below the tobacco baskets, I framed two printables that I made that describe my family perfectly!  I mean, who wouldn’t want to wear PJs all day if given the opportunity?!

French Farmhouse Gallery Wall around a TV


These printables have a farmhouse look with definitions of “Family” and “Home” that include a bit of humor.  You can download the full 8″x10″, watermark-free versions of both images from my Exclusive Content section for FREE by clicking HERE!




The addition of the lighter furniture piece and wall art definitely lends itself to a more farmhouse feel versus what I had before and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

French Farmhouse Gallery Wall around a TV


Get the Look!




And coming soon, a look at the rest of the makeover for this room, including a new sectional sofa!



Antique Chair Makeover – REVEAL!

I’m a bit of a chair addict….there’s just something about chairs that I love!  So when my in-laws gave us these gorgeous and incredibly comfortable family heirlooms, I was beyond thrilled.  I kept them in my home as-is for many years, but I knew that they needed to be reupolstered and refinished, a project I embarked on in 2013 and now, they’re finally done!  It’s only been four-and-a-half years but who’s counting?!



You can get all of the details about this history {HERE} but to give you an idea as to what they used to look like, here they are in all their glory!


My original plan was to re-stain them, so I worked tirelessly with Q-Tips and toothpicks to remove the original coats of stains from all of the nooks and crannies.


Once down to bare wood, I was amazed at the difference, but I also grew to love the lighter color.



Then, one day while browsing Art of Salvage, a favorite vendor of mine at the Alameda Point Antique Fair, I finally worked up the courage to ask the owner, Michael, if he’d be willing to refinish and reupholster my chairs for me.  Thankfully, he said yes!  After seeing his work, I knew that I wanted the chairs painted, not stained, and didn’t trust myself to such an important job.  You won’t believe how these beauties turned out!  They don’t even look like the same chairs, right?



TIDBITS&TWINE Master Bedroom Mantel with French chairs



I chose to use two different but coordinating fabrics.  The front of the chairs is a small-weave, linen-like material, while the back is reminiscent of burlap, but mush softer and more elegant.  I’m a sucker for chairs upholstered with two different fabrics!

Antique chair french style makeover with two fabrics


And can we talk for a minute about the carved details?!  I love how they pop with their new paint finish…

Chalk painted antique chair

Antique chair chalk paint french style


The new look of these chairs is much softer and more in keeping with the rest of my bedroom as you can see from this sneak peek of my nightstands, now complete with mirrors that I purchased from Art of Salvage.  I know I’ve shared this picture on Facebook, but this might be a first for the site…

TIDBITS&TWINE French master bedroom


Michael from Art of Salvage also made me two custom-stenciled lumbar pillows for the chairs.  They are so soft and gorgeous, but as you can tell from the photos, I sometimes change them out depending on the season….or my mood!

Someday {hopefully soon}, I’ll share my entire bedroom with you!