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My Refreshed Living Room Reveal

If you’ve looked at new homes recently, you might realize that homes don’t necessarily have formal living rooms anymore, but more often, home offices, libraries, or playrooms which are better suited to modern living.  My house, however, was built in the 80’s so I still have a formal living room just as you enter through the front door.

In the past, I’ve shown you glimpses of this room, but never the room in its entirety.  Why?  Well because it wasn’t really furnished!  I had new wingback chairs that I loved, but still had my husband’s old college coffee table and an old love seat that my cat had completely destroyed.  I actually listed it on Craigslist in the pet section as a scratching post.  Yes, I really did.  And thankfully, there was a lady locally who needed a scratching post for her cat and was happy to take it off my hands!

But I digress… day over the summer while browsing the consignment store, my heart actually skipped a beat.  Could it be?  A Restoration Hardware sofa in the exact length I needed?  Yes, it was!  And as a bonus, it was upholstered in Belgian Linen Sand which is the same fabric as my wingback chairs that are in the room!  And if that weren’t enough, it was an amazing bargain price!  Needless to say, the sofa came home with me that day and my old loveseat went up on Craigslist.


You might recall that I had made myself a design board for the living room some time ago.  Here’s a look at what my plan was.

TIDBITS & TWINE Living Room Olioboard


The new paint and lighting proved to be out of my budget but I was able to create a scaled-down version of my vision:



The sofa I found at the consignment shop wasn’t the tufted Kensington I had originally wanted, but I am super happy with the what I ended up with, which is the Belgian Classic Roll Arm.  I accented it with two down-filled blue pillows I found at HomeGoods and an accent pillow that my mom made for me from some fabric I picked up at Jo-Ann Fabrics.



The room is currently decorated for Fall in preparation for the Fall Home Tour that is happening this week, but as you can tell, I opted to go with muted blues and greens instead of traditional Fall colors.  While I’ve used traditional Fall colors in the past, I always find that I can’t wait to take them down because I tire quickly of the colors since they are not my usual color palette.  So this year, I decided to stick with my color palette and relay more heavily on textures to create a Fall look, including dried hydrangeas, pumpkins in white, grayish-blue, and gold, feathers, acorns, and antlers.



For the mantel, I left the gold framed chalkboard and my friend who has amazing handwriting drew a Fall saying for me.  Didn’t she do an amazing job?!



On one side, I accented it with hydrangeas, gold pumpkins, and feathers stuck in a vintage flower frog under a cloche.



The other side has flowers and pumpkins and some old books for texture.



My wingback chairs face the fireplace and back up to my entryway.  I’m using a stack of vintage suitcases as a small side table for one of the chairs.  Also, you might recall that the blue shutters in the background used to be in my dining room flanking a gold mirror.  I can’t wait to show you what’s in their place now!



So that’s my living room as it looks today!  I’m sure I’ll continue to change things around, but I’m thrilled to finally have some seating in that room and thankfully, my cat doesn’t like linen and so leaves the new sofa alone!



I’ll see you again Friday for my Fall Home Tour, but be sure to check out these blogs that are sharing today!

Wed – Sept 9th
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18 White Kitchens {That Are Anything But Boring}

I’ll admit that there was a time that I thought an all white kitchen was BORING!  After all, where’s the interest?  Where’s the color?  Well, here are 18 kitchens that prove white is anything but plain!  In fact, white kitchens can allow you to do three very important things:

1.  Create the illusion of a bigger, brighter space

2.  Play up design elements

3.  Add pops of color


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Bigger & Brighter

If your kitchen is full of windows and basking in sunlight, then creating the sense of a light and bright space might not be as important.  But for many of us, our kitchens have limited sunlight, or as in my case, low ceilings that make the space seem smaller.  White kitchens really do open up the space and allow what natural light there is to bounce around the room, making it seem bigger and brighter.

White Kitchen with rustic pendants

{via Veranda}

White Kitchen with glass cabinets

{via Veranda}



Design Elements

White kitchens allow your choices in design elements to really take center stage.  In this case, design elements can refer to the textures of material choices, metallic finishes, lighting, appliances, decorative decor…basically, all of the little extras that go into a kitchen design.  When the backdrop is white, it’s remarkable how much these elements pop!

Annie Brahler Kitchen

{design by Annie Brahler}


Pops of Color

The word color has different meanings to different people.  Some people think of color as something vibrant and bright!  To others, color can simply be a contrast between what is being used, even if everything is neutral.  Regardless of how you define color, a white backdrop can make even the smallest of color variation stand out!  And if you ever tire of your white kitchen, you can make simple updates {such as painting the walls or ceiling, changing out the chairs or light fixtures, adding rugs, etc.}  that will have a dramatic impact on the overall look, giving you lots of flexibility in the future.

White Kitchen with Calacatta Gold Marble Counter

{Calacatta Gold Marble Counter via Traditional Home}

White Kitchen with dark center table

{via Veranda}




I’m not planning a kitchen makeover anytime in the near future, but if I did, I would definitely opt for white cabinets and backsplash, with a white marble counter, which would make my dark kitchen seem bigger and show off my vintage bread board and scale collection a bit more.  The downside, of course, is that a white counter won’t hide food debris and crumbs like my current kitchen, but that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to make.


Would you consider a white kitchen for your remodel or next house?


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Finished Attic Ideas & Plans

Today I’m giving you a glimpse at an area of my home that I love and hate at the same time – my finished attic.  Don’t get me wrong, I love having the useable space, but that’s exactly my issue….we’re really not using it to its fullest potential!  I have a vision of what this space could become and as you’ll see, it’s not even close to being there just yet.  Notevenclose

We own a two-story home and most of the upper story has vaulted ceilings, including my bedroom, so attic space in our home is very minimal.  Our attic access was actually through our master bedroom closet and the previous owners finished the floors/walls and added lighting so that the attic essentially became a small room off of the master.  In fact, since it’s behind our closet no one really knows it’s there.  We jokingly refer to it as our panic room.  ;)

Here it is in all its glory…

A diamond in the rough!  Finished attic space just waiting for a makeover!

As you can see, we just use it for random storage and since there’s not really any type of storage system in the room, everything is in boxes on the floor.  {Note the fire escape ladder sitting there…that’s not going to do me any good in an emergency, is it?!}

I had visions of making this an exercise room and so we wired it for a TV when we were redoing the master, but I’m sure you can tell from the layers of dust on the treadmill and the wires hanging out of the wall that this was a case where I though having a place to exercise would inspire me to do it {wrong!}.   And goodness!  Look at all of those unused picture frames I’ve accumulated over the years!!!

A finished attic exercise room in need of some TLC!


We did get all of our paperwork and books organized with these GALANT cabinets from IKEA that fit perfectly into the small side of the room, but now that they’re full, I’ve just been randomly stacking things on top! That can’t be good…Tidbits&Twine IKEA Cabinets in Attic Storage


You can’t quite get a sense of the size of the room from these pictures alone since I’m standing on one side in order to take the photos, but the room measures about 12′ x 15′ with the tallest part of the ceiling almost 9′ and the lowest at 4′.  While the roofline doesn’t make it idea to use for everything, there are still lots of options and lately, I’ve tried to envision how it could be better utilized.

My fashionista friend is dying for me to make it a walk-in closet/dressing room.  Perhaps something like this?


My hubby would love for it to be quiet lounge where he can escape and relax.  I’ve looked at a few ideas for that as well and can imagine that it would look great.  This ceiling treatment is really amazing, isn’t it?


But really, we need more storage and so, it would be best utilized as a storage/work space.  I have a ton of extra home decor that is currently crammed under every bed and in every closet but it would be nice to have it all contained in one area.  I also have a lot of craft supplies that don’t really have a home so perhaps they could go here, too.  But it’s not just me that has stuff to store!  My hubby sells vintage action figures and his inventory is getting out of control!

If we turn it into a storage area with a work space, I’m envisioning something along the lines of this.  {Okay, I realize I don’t have a window or a chandelier but a girl can dream!}


And I love the bookshelves built into the angled wall:

Finished attic office and book nook

{via Pinterest}


And I would love to add some interest {and skylights} to the ceiling.  Maybe some rustic planking like this:


Or maybe bring in some wood tones like this:



What do you think?  If you had this little diamond in the rough, what would you use it for?

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