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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!

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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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Simple Spring Dining Table

Today I’m finally sharing with you a first look at some of the updates I’ve done to our home in the past year, starting with the dining room.

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I wanted to create a simple spring table idea and this year, I decided my color du jour would be purple.  I don’t usually decorate for spring with typical Easter items, like bunnies and eggs, because they can’t really be used year-round and I prefer to own things that I can use any time of the year (Christmas and Halloween excluded, of course, because those are my kids’ favorite holidays).

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I created a flower arrangement in purple, green, and white using stock, hydrangeas, and roses.  One main arrangement sits in a pitcher in the center of the table, with some ironstone sugar pots holding smaller arrangements.  And note that a bread board isn’t just for the kitchen!  It can also serve as a great base (or anchor) for a centerpiece, especially when you want to break up the look of white on white.

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Don’t underestimate grocery store flowers, as they are often as nice as those found at a florist, but at a fraction of the price!   To get some tips on making the most of store-bought flowers, check out {this post}.

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I used my everyday plates {from Target} and because they’re white, they coordinate with everything, no matter what color scheme I decide to use {just one of the reasons I have an affinity for white dishes}.  I had my heart set on using purple flowers in the centerpiece, but didn’t own any other purple items, so the one thing I bought for this tablescape was a set of these cute checked napkins to tie the look together.  {You can find them on Amazon HERE}

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I tied the flatware together with some twine, just to do something a little different than a typical place setting.

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For no real reason other than to add a little green to the table to balance out the purple, I stacked some limes in another ironstone pot.  I tend to like using natural elements, like fruits, nuts, pinecones, or flowers as “filler” along the table because they help to add dimension and texture and lessen the rigid formality of centerpieces.  Adding these unexpected items is a great way to create a unique look for your table!

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Some of your might notice that this room has undergone some changes since I last photographed it (although that hutch has yet to be painted!).  Stay tuned to find out exactly what changes have been made, along with a source list.

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If you like these ideas, please be sure to PIN this post so you can find it later!

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I hope you enjoyed the tour and can use some of these ideas in your own homes!

 

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Spring Living Room Tour

Last Friday was my Spring Home Tour and if you didn’t get a chance to take a look, you can see it {HERE}.  I had so many photos, though, that I didn’t end up including all of them!  Today, I’m sharing a few more pictures of my living room that didn’t make it into last week’s post.

I moved some of my side tables around to create more space near the window for plants, like an orchid and a ZeeZee plant that I’ve put in an ironstone soup tureen.

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I really love orchids and my local grocery store has a great selection, although inevitably, I kill them. :(

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I never realized just how many old books I have until I was moving everything in preparation for the new floors.  There are just so many uses for books in decorating, though!  {THIS POST} has a whole list of ideas about how to use books.

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I found these blue and white pillows at HomeGoods and bought them for the living room, but then moved them to the guest bedroom, and then back to the living room… I like that they brighten the space a bit and with some of the other changes that are coming up, I think I’ll be using more pops of white around the house.

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I changed my coffee table style from The 4 Corner approach to Long and Linear.  If you want to read more about ways to style a coffee table, read {THIS POST}.  I used a basket tray to hold some magazines and an ironstone pot of roses, as well as my favorite cloche.

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I love swapping out what I put in my cloche, but for Spring, I’m using some old flower frogs, moss, and feathers!

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My home renovations started Monday morning and while the living room isn’t a part of the remodel, I’ll be changing up at few things to help brighten it a bit.  Also on my To Do list is to take a nice picture of the kids to frame above the fireplace, but somehow, the idea of getting them to stand next to one another nicely and smile seems overwhelming and difficult!! #siblings

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I’ll be sharing some candid photos of the remodel in my Facebook page so pop over to see the updates and progress!

 

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