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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
Cuckoo4Design
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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tidbits&Twine – A Peaceful Pink Christmas Bedroom

Merry Christmas!  If you’re here visiting from Alicia’s gorgeous farmhouse Christmas tour over at Thrifty & Chic, welcome!  I’m so glad you popped over to take a tour of my home decorated for Christmas.  Marty from A Stroll Thru Life was kind enough to organize this week’s tour and there have been so many gorgeous homes on display.  If you haven’t seen the other homes on the tour, be sure to click on the links at the bottom of this post.

Now on to today’s Christmas tour!  Today I’m sharing with you a look at my master bedroom Christmas tree and fireplace mantel in hopes that it might give you some decorating ideas and inspiration for a nontraditional Christmas look.

Pink roses and ironstone Christmas display

 

My master bedroom is decorated primarily in French blue and white, and is very feminine and elegant.  As such, I decided to go the nontraditional route and for my Christmas decorations and chose gold, silver, white with various shades of pink and blush.  My bedroom is actually one of my favorite spots in my whole house and this is why…

French style bedroom fireplace mantel decorated for Christmas

 

The mantel is decorated with clippings from my redwood trees, along with an assortment of ornaments, vintage books, and pink roses.

Pink Christmas mantel decor

 

Originally I only used one shade of pink, but then realized that the various shades gave the look more interest and depth and am happy that I decided on using a variety of pinks and blushes.  An assortment of ornaments in a mercury glass compote makes for an interesting display.

Pink and blush Christmas ornaments decorating the mantel

 

For those familiar with my master bedroom, you’ll know that I usually keep my vintage dress form to the right of the fireplace.  Not to worry, though!  I simply moved her to the other side and gave her an elegant new look with the help of these gorgeous, vintage strands of Majorca pearls from my good, personal friend Jen over at MOB Jewels.  She’s upcycled these beautiful vintage pearls with stunning Swarovski clasps, the larger on which has over 100 crystals on it!  I’m using a combination of pink and cream pearls on my dress form to complement the rest of the look in my bedroom.   {As an aside, MOB Jewels isn’t in any way sponsoring this post, but Jen is a good friend and I *love* her designs and thought you would, too!  You can visit her shop online HERE and navigate to the Pearls section to see these exact necklaces.}

Vintage dress form with Majorca pearls for Christmas

 

I might have even used on of the vintage Majorca strands on a side table, too…

Pink and blush ornaments in an Ironstone bowl with Majorca pearls

 

Underneath my tree, I’ve used my usual faux white fur throw blanket as a tree skirt.  Why buy a tree skirt that you use once a year when an ordinary throw blanket will work just as well, and can be used year-round?!  My favorite sled, piled high with books, packages, and old letters made an appearance again this year…

Wooden sled Christmas tree display

 

…as did my nutcracker.

Gold nutcracker Christmas tree decor

 

 

I’ve never put a Christmas tree in my bedroom before, but I definitely see this as a new tradition!

Elegant bedroom decorated for Christmas with pink and blush

 

And at night, I love to see the warmth of the glow from the lights and candles.  So soothing!

Elegant pink Christmas tree at night

 

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

Tidbits&Twine Pink Elegant Christmas Bedroom

 

To see more of my home decorated for Christmas, you can tour my guest bedroom {HERE}.  I chose to use traditional red and white to complement the black furniture and blue blankets,so it’s got quite a different look to it than my master bedroom!.  You can take the full tour {HERE}.

 

The next stop on the tour is Anita over at Far Above Rubies, so be sure to pop over to see her beautiful Christmas decor!

 

To see all of the other homes in this week’s Christmas tour, click the links below.

2017 Christmas Home Tours

Monday – Dec 4th

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Life On Virginia Street – Sarah

Clean&Scentsible – Jenn

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Tuesday – Dec 5th

ZDesign At Home – Bree

 Life Love Larson – Andrea

Dimples&Tangles – Jennifer

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Seeking Lavender Lane – Deb

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Wednesday – Dec 6th

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Our Southern Home – Christy 

Decor To Adore – Laura

11 Magnolia Lane -Christy

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

Thursday – Dec 7th

Setting For 4 – Heather

Life&Home @ 2102 – Vel

Southern Hospitality – Rhoda

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Hymns&Verses – Doreen

Simple Stylings – Summer

Fri – Dec 8th

Thrifty & Chic – Alicia

Tidbits&Twine  – Kim

Far Above Rubies – Anita

House By Hoff – April

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

Common Ground – Debra

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tour of the Guest Bedroom

This week’s Christmas Home tours have officially kicked off today!  While my stop on the tour isn’t until this Friday, I thought I’d get a head start and share with you how my guest bedroom looks this holiday season!

You might notice that the color scheme isn’t my usual, since I tend to use nontraditional colors a lot, but with the black painted furniture and the deep blue blankets, I really thought this room called for some traditional red and green.  Mostly, I just wanted an excuse to use plaid….I don’t know why but plaid was really calling to me this year and thankfully, I love the way it looks in this room!

Christmas bedroom decor red plaid

 

 

I replaced the His and Hers signs that were above the beds with All is Calm, All is Bright, which seemed fitting to me in this room.  {As an aside, you wouldn’t believe how much controversy those His and Hers signs stirred up!  I just thought they were cute!}

Christmas decor in the guest bedroom

 

These frames are just inexpensive frames from IKEA that I spray painted black.  The signs I made myself on the computer and had them printed at Staples.com as an oversized engineering print.  I was able to print BOTH for just $3.58!  A little sprig of mistletoe completed the look.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a printable version of these signs that you can print and use in your own home!

 

I had fun adding Christmas-y bits and baubles to my hutch.  I might have also added to my trophy collection just a bit….!

 

A small pine fit perfectly in my large trophy and I found these cute pom-poms while shopping at HomeGoods and couldn’t resist added them to the top of the hutch to bring in a bit of red and white.

 

I kept my usual deckle-edged books and bits of ironstone in the cabinet, but replaced my usual stash of pencils with some yummy candycanes and added bits of red and green to help tie the room together.  You can save and print this free Merry & Bright printable {HERE}.

 

 

My super-talented friend Kelly gave me a gorgeous vintage wooden crate and attached a leather riding strap to it as a handle.  I thought it was the perfect fit underneath the hutch to hold extra towels for guests….plus a few Christmas accents!

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I’m hope my guests enjoy the room all decked out for the holidays…if you like it too, be sure to PIN it!

 

Stay tuned later this week for a look at my master bedroom decorated for Christmas, which has a completely different look and feel than this room!  But for now, pop over to Monday’s tours to see what these amazingly talented designers have done!

2017 Christmas Home Tours

Monday – Dec 4th

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Life On Virginia Street – Sarah

Clean&Scentsible – Jenn

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Tuesday – Dec 5th

ZDesign At Home – Bree

 Life Love Larson – Andrea

Dimples&Tangles – Jennifer

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Seeking Lavender Lane – Deb

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Wednesday – Dec 6th

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Our Southern Home – Christy 

Decor To Adore – Laura

11 Magnolia Lane -Christy

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

Thursday – Dec 7th

Setting For 4 – Heather

Life&Home @ 2102 – Vel

Southern Hospitality – Rhoda

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Hymns&Verses – Doreen

Simple Stylings – Summer

Fri – Dec 8th

Thrifty & Chic – Alicia

Tidbits&Twine  – Kim

Far Above Rubies – Anita

House By Hoff – April

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

Common Ground – Debra

 

 

 

 

 

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