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?!

 

THAT WAS THEN…

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?

 

THIS IS NOW!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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