My Roman Numeral Clock Mirror {Shopping Sources}

I get a lot of questions asking about the roman numeral mirror above my mantel in my master bedroom.

Tidbits&Twine Master Bedroom Mantel

Tidbits&Twine Master Bedroom Mantel

 

I bought the mirror at HomeGoods a few years ago and unfortunately, there’s no tag or information on the back that indicates the manufacturer.  I’ve never seen another mirror exactly like it, but I’ve seen some that are similar so I’m sharing those with you today.

 

1. Amelie Wall Clock – Uttermost

I love the large size of the mirror portion of this one and as a bonus, it’s an actual working clock!

Uttermost Amelie Wall Clock

 

2. Convex Clock Mirror – Restoration Hardware

Similar to mine, the RH mirror is square with the clock face on the inside.

RH Convex Clock Mirror

 

 

3. Moe’s Antique Black Timepiece Mirror – Bellacor

This is a rustic metal frame giving it a similar look to mine, but the mirror portion is smaller and confined to just the center.

Moe's Black Timepiece Mirror

 

 

 

4. When In Rome Mirror – Dot & Bo

Dot and Bo When In Rome Mirror

 

5. Roman Numeral Mirror – Overstock

This mirror is a great option for a space that can be viewed from both the front and the side!

Roman Numeral Mirror

6. Quatrefoil Mirror – Restoration Hardware

While there are no numbers on this mirror, the basic idea is the same with a rustic frame that sit atop the mirror.

RH Gothic Quatrefoil Mirror

 

There’s also a less expensive version available at Overstock:

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Of course, if I ever come across my exact mirror, I’ll post an update!

 

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9 Decorating Ideas for the Foot of the Bed

Today let’s talk about decorating options for the foot of your bed.  No, I don’t mean what type of bedding to put at the bottom, but rather, what furniture can be placed at the end of your bed.

 

What Works and Why?

Unfortunately, not ALL furniture looks great at the end of the bed, so it takes a little thought and planning when it comes to using this space.  In general, items that look the best are those that are not taller than the height of the mattress; otherwise, the items starts to visually compete with the bed itself and most often, you want the bed to be the focal point in a bedroom.

Here are 9 great options.

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1. Benches

Benches look beautiful at the end of a bed because they extend the visual length of the bed itself and allow it to take up more space in the room.  Additionally, they’re quite functional!  A great place to sit and take your shoes off at the end of a long day.

 

 

2. Storage

Most people could use a bit more storage so baskets, trunks, etc. are a great option.  While you can put whatever you want in them, it’s nice to store extra or seasonal bedding in them so that they are nearby for easy access.

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Anita at Cedar Hill Farmhouse has a great idea with the use of a luggage rack and basket!

 

3. Sofa

Doesn’t a small sofa or settee at the end of the bed seem luxurious!  If you have the space, this is a great spot to curl up and read or for kids to sit and talk to you at the end of the day!  If you have a TV facing the bed, just be sure that the back of the sofa isn’t so tall that it blocks your view of the TV from sitting in bed.

 

4. Seating Arrangement

As an alternative to a sofa, you could put two chairs at the end of the bed, with or without a side table between them.  If you have a very large room, you can also turn the seating area perpendicular to the bed for a cozy conversation spot.

 

5. Desk

If you’re short on wall space, consider using the end of the bed as an anchor for a writing desk.

 

6. TV

No wall for a TV in front of the bed, no problem!  There are special cabinets designed to raise and lower a TV with the touch of a button.

 

7. Low Dresser or Cabinet

If you’re in need of drawer or cabinet space, you could consider adding a low dresser to the foot of the bed.  As mentioned before, try to ensure that it is no taller than the mattress, unless your bed doesn’t have a footboard and the dresser is acting to balance out a headboard.  Also, keep decor on top to a bare minimum or leave it blank entirely so as not to give the appearance of being cluttered.

 

8. Pet Bed

Don’t forget your furry friends!  You can use the end of the bed to give your pets their own sleeping space so they feel close to you at night, without stealing your covers.

 

9. Nothing

Okay, this might seem obvious but I still wanted to mention it.  Having nothing at the end of your bed is perfectly fine!  If you prefer the minimalist look or don’t have adequate space, leave the space at the end of your bed empty.  You’re not missing out on anything and in fact, will keep yourself from bumping into things in the middle of the night if there’s not enough clearance.  There’s something to be said for negative space…

{via Loaf}

{via Loaf}

 

 

Need info about the correct size of furniture for your bed?  Get the info {HERE}!

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How to Make Ordinary Grocery Store Flowers Look Amazing

I love to decorate with fresh flowers in my home, especially during Springtime!  Fresh flowers help breathe a little “life” into a room and bring the outdoors in.  Plus, they add a little color which helps to change up the look of a room without spending a lot of money.  While I would love to go to the flower market and pick out all of my favorites, it’s just not possible.  We have a few nice florists nearby, but I find them to be a bit pricey, so instead, I buy my flowers from the grocery store.  I’m usually able to find several of my favorites in a variety of colors, including roses, stalk, hydrangeas, and peonies!!

Here are my tips for making ordinary grocery store flowers look amazing!

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1.  Buy One Type of Flower {and skip the mixed bouquet}

Personally, I’m not a fan of the ready-made mixed bouquets.  My issue with the mixed bouquet is that they often have only a few of the more expensive, nice flowers, mixed with lots of “filler” flowers and a lot of leaves and greenery that take away from the “wow” of the individual blossoms.  Instead, try using one type of flower for a more dramatic impact.  If you want to add some variety, consider a small accent flower, berries, or branches.


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2. Feed Your Flowers & Ditch the Leaves

To make your flowers last longer, always use the food packet that comes with them.  Also, remove the leaves so that all of the flower’s resources can go to the bud itself.  If you want greenery or want the leaves, leave just a couple and/or add green stems to your arrangement.

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3.  Think Beyond the Standard Vase

Part of what makes an arrangement beautiful and “work” within your decor is the vase itself!  But don’t limit yourself to a standard vase and instead, consider using anything that is water-tight, including trophies, champagne buckets, pitchers, drinking glasses, sugar bowls, and even egg cups!

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4.  Dry Your Beautiful Buds

When your flowers begin to die, don’t throw them out!  Instead, dry them!  Some flowers dry nicer than others, so I’m partial to roses and hydrangeas.  When I dry roses, I usually just leave in the vase and let them dry just as they are.  I haven’t had luck drying my hydrangeas the same way, though, because I find that they tend to wilt.  To dry my hydrangeas, I clip them to a pant hanger and put them in the closet so that they don’t flatten or droop.

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And don’t forget, branches and clippings from your yard work beautifully indoors, too!

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On a related note, don’t you think that flowers say a lot about your personality and style?  What’s your favorite flower to decorate with?

 

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