Month: January 2018

How to Decorate with Confidence – Free Ebook!

I am so excited {and nervous} to be sharing my first-ever ebook with you today called HOW TO DECORATE WITH CONFIDENCE!

How to Decorate with Confidence - Ebook from Tidbits&Twine

I chose this topic because I feel that often, the biggest hurdle to decorating is figuring out where to begin!  I’ve outlined steps and tips in the book to help get you started and give you the confidence you need to feel you’re making good decisions.  My strategies are not style-specific, meaning that anyone can use this guide.  Plus, at the end of the book, you’ll find links to other articles you might find helpful with additional tips.

 

Whether you’re starting from scratch or planning a small refresh, it’s important to know what you want.  You wouldn’t get in the car and drive without knowing your destination, would you?  Decorating is very similar!  You need to know where you want to go so you can move in the right direction.  My ebook outlines how to find your style, how to determine your needs, what order to purchase things, how to select colors, shopping tips, and more!

 

The ebook is available to subscribers only.  Why?  Because it’s my way of saying thank you for all of your support.  If you’re already a subscriber, check your email for the link or go directly to the Exclusive Content page {don’t forget you’ll need the password that I emailed to you!}.

If you’re not already a subscriber,  simply sign up below and you’ll receive the link via email.  I never send spam and I would never share your email with a 3rd party.  The emails are just my way of letting you know there’s a new decorating post on the site!

 

 

I hope you enjoy the book and feel more confident to tackle those decorating projects to create a home that’s uniquely YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. – Please be respectful of the time and effort I have put into writing this ebook and remember that it is copyright material that cannot be shared, reprinted, copied, etc.  Thank you!

10 Beautiful & Elegant Cabinet Hardware Options

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One item whose impact is often and easily overlooked is cabinet hardware.  That’s right!  Knobs and drawer pulls!  Honestly, a cheap cabinet can instantly look more expensive with the help of some gorgeous knobs. On the flip side, an expensive cabinet can look whomp whomp if the hardware doesn’t add to the overall style.  New hardware is also a great way to update the look of an existing piece, especially if the hardware style or metal has become a bit outdated over time.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite selections for drawer and cabinet hardware.  I tend to prefer hardware that makes a statement, either because of style or size, but above all, it has to be functional.  One of my pet peeves is hardware that looks pretty, but is awkward to use, especially if the shape is difficult to grasp.  The selections below are all neutral in color so that they can coordinate with a variety of palettes, and will add a touch of style and elegance to any piece.

Simply click on any of the pictures below for direct access to the retailers’ sites.

The Best cabinet hardware knobs and pulls

 

Glass Knob

I’m starting with this knob simply because it’s one I chose for my master bedroom built-in.  I’ve had these knobs for about 8 years now and love them just as much now as I did when I selected them.  They have a timeless octagon style paired with a metal base that comes in a variety of finishes.

 

 

Here’s a look at it in on my bedroom built-in cabinet:

 

 

Ring Pull

I love a beautiful ring pull because unlike most knobs and pulls that look functional, ring pulls look purely decorative but are completely practical.  I bought this one from Hobby Lobby when I refinished my console table, but it is also available on Amazon.

 

 

I dry brushed mine to match the table I was redoing:

 

 

Federal Style Ring Pull

An alternative style ring pull is this Federal style pull with Neoclassical urn and garland motif.

 

Cremone Bolt

You might have heard me mention my love for a cremone bolt before, so this list wouldn’t have been complete without one.  I love the beaded detailing and antique brass finish.

 

Label Holder Pull

Despite my love of the Casual Elegance style, I love industrial, too!  Plus, a drawer pull with a label holder is so practical!  While perhaps not appropriate for kitchen cabinets, this style of pull looks great on a dresser, desk, or even wooden storage crates.

 

Marble and Gold Knobs

With the return of brass in a big way, I’d be remiss not to include a brass and marble combination.  I love the idea of using these to dress up a media cabinet, nightstand, dresser, or even the kitchen!  These lovelies come in a 2-pack and are reasonably priced from Target!

Brass and Acrylic Pulls

This acrylic twist is a bit less contemporary looking than the typical straight acrylic bar with brass end caps.  This has a very feminine and classic look to it while still physically big and sturdy.

 

Brass T-Bar

A t-bar style drawer pull is very sleek and clean looking, but in a brass finish, it really has a “wow” factor.  These look absolutely stunning in a kitchen, both on drawers and cabinets.

 Bin Pull

Bin pulls are very clean looking, but also elegant given their rounded shape.  I love the look of these when used in combination with other elements, like coordinating light fixtures, faucets, etc.

 

Knob Backplate

Okay, so while not technically a knob or pull, I didn’t want to leave out the backplate because it’s so important!  A backplate can make a small knob look bigger than it is or change the look of it entirely.  You can even find large backplates that can cover the two holes from a pull if you want to switch to a knob but can’t fill and match the finish of your piece.  These are definitely a great option for updating the look of your furniture!

 

 

The next time you want to freshen things up in your home, consider changing out the hardware!  Alternatively, don’t pass up a piece you love if you don’t like the hardware because it’s an easy fix!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Look for Less – Home Furnishings Part 2

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Today, let’s talk shopping tips!  I’m continuing the series The Look for Less with a few more of my favorite finds that have a high-end look at an affordable price!  I mean, let’s be honest, most of us shop with a budget in mind and it can be discouraging when you find something you love but it’s not within your budget.  Thankfully, with a bit of persistence, you can almost-always find a less expensive version of a home decor item that will fit your budget!

One caveat to this post….often times {but not always}, there’s a reason one item costs less than another, whether it’s material quality, size, construction, details, etc.  Before buying a less expensive item, give thought as to whether the quality is good enough to suit your needs.  Sometimes, it really is necessary to go with the more expensive piece, but if not, why not score the look for less!  For more information on this topic, you can view {THIS POST}.

 

 

Wayfair – Makena TV Stand

I’m listing this one first because I literally just purchased this cabinet for my family room and I am in LOVE with it!  I’ve known for a while that our old TV stand just wasn’t the right fit for our room anymore because we upgraded to a larger TV and our old stand was too small.  I first saw this style of media cabinet in the Ballard Designs catalog and it was love at first sight!  Unfortunately, my budget didn’t love the price tag.

Instead, I purchased the Makena TV stand, which is 68″ long and 36″ tall, so this is a significant piece of furniture.  Plus, I’m a sucker for a cremone bolt, and although the Makena doesn’t have a true working bolt {it’s a decorative pull}, the look is perfect.  What’s nice about the Makena cabinet, too, is that it includes a mix of closed and open cabinets, allowing for hidden storage.

Get the look for less! Cremone bolt media cabinet

 

Shopping Tips:

  • For media cabinets, make sure the piece you’re considering includes cut outs in the back for cord management and for air circulation, to keep your components from overheating.
  • Double-check the height of your cabinet to ensure that your TV will be positioned at the appropriate viewing height for your room.
  • If your cabinet doesn’t include open shelving or glass doors, you’ll need a work-around in order for your remotes to work with your components.  {Here is one example.}

 

Satin Banded Sheet Set

Not all sheets are created equal, which I think most of us have unfortunately learned that the hard way!  When choosing sheets, the material and the thread count are very important, as they play a role in the feeling of the fabric, how warm they get when you’re sleeping, how much they wrinkle, and how long they’ll last.  I love the satin banded sheets from Pottery Barn, but for myself, I just couldn’t justify the price even though I knew the quality would be great.  Instead, I found similar-looking sheets at Wayfair for a fraction of the price.

These sheets are 55% Egyptian cotton, 45% polyester 1,0000 thread count.  They DO wrinkle, though, so if you want a crisp look on your bed, you’d need to iron the banding.  Also, keep in mind that thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads woven together in a square inch.  You’ve probably heard that the higher the thread count, the softer the feel and the better the quality.  In general this is true; however, the more threads that needs to fit within a square inch, the thinner each individual thread needs to be, which in some cases, can lead to wear issues and create holes.  I’ve had these sheets since August with no issues thus far, but I’ll keep you posted!  You can’t deny, though, that if it’s the look you want, these sheets are a steal!

Get the look for less! Blue satin banded sheet set

Shopping Tips:

  • Cotton sheets are generally the most popular because they wear well, are breathable, and soft.  Cotton sheets will wrinkle, though.
  • Long-staple cotton tend to create the softest feel {often referred to as Egyptian cotton, Pima, or Supima}.
  • While thread count is important, the type of thread is equally important.  A low thread count quality fiber will often feel nicer than a high thread count, low quality fiber.

 

 

IKEA – EKTORP Slipcovered Sectional Sofa

After 10+ years working as a sofa, a fort, a trampoline, a dog bed, and more, our poor sofa needed to be replaced,  but my goodness sectionals are expensive!  I love the look of the PB Comfort Roll art sofa, but not the price tag.  For a similar look, I decided to purchase the EKTORP sectional for just a fraction of the price.

For upholstered pieces in particular, quality plays an important role, especially for something that will endure a lot of daily use.  For everything I’ve read online, though, the EKTORP holds up as well, if not better, than the Pottery Barn sofa, so for $800 I decided to give it a try!  It’s supposed to be delivered Friday, so I’ll let you know!  But you’ve got to admit, the look is almost identical and to me, the price difference is worth taking the EKTORP for a test drive.

Get the look for less! The IKEA EKTORP sofa versus Pottery Barn PB Air

 

Arched Wall Mirror

I just can’t seem to resist a gorgeous mirror, so when I needed to fill the space on either side of my living room fireplace, I  went in search of the perfect arched wall mirror.  I was thrilled when I came across the Huaijiu De Nostalgic mirror and purchased two!  They are large, heavy, lovely, and so much less expensive than others I’ve come across!

Get the look for less! Arched leaner metal wall mirror

 

If you missed the first post, you can find it {HERE}.

 

Looking for a less expensive alternative to something!  Share the product with me and if I find a “Steal” I share it in the next update!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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