With my Sunday plans washed away {post here}, I decided to spend the day browsing the place I shop most often – my own home.  I find that shopping in your own home is a great {and free} way to freshen up the look and make things seem new again!  And what’s not to love about giving your home a free makeover!

While I’ve often shared my favorite places to shop and get inspiration, the place I frequent the most is actually my own home.  I tend to be a person who constantly changes things around in my house.  For me, doing this keeps my home feeling “new” and allows me to play, experiment, and create an environment that reflects my mood, my style and my taste at any given time.  I see my home much like I assume an artist sees a blank canvas – it’s a space to create!

For example, this vintage scale that used to be in my kitchen (usually holding fruit, not eggs)…

Tidbits&Twine Vintage Scale Vignette 1

…is now in my cabinet holding some of my grandfather’s old books.

Tidbits&Twine French Cabinet Vintage Scale


For those that visit my home, timing is everything.  Friends who stop by after I’m done rearranging think that I’ve bought new things, when I really haven’t.  Friends who come over while I’m still in the process of moving things probably think my home looks like a war zone, with piles of things in some places and completely empty areas in others.  I don’t tend to move large pieces of furniture around because for the most part, my rooms are arranged the best way possible for the space and the furniture that I own.  When it comes to accessories, though, that’s a different story!  Wall art, entry displays, coffee table vignettes, mantels, etc. are all constantly changing in my home.  But there is a method to my madness….


5 Tips for Shopping Your Home


1.  Clear the Decks

I find that it’s easier to envision a new arrangement for a space if you clear away the current items allowing you to see the space from a fresh perspective.

2.  Browse Your Home

After I have cleared a space, I literally walk room to room around my home to see what I might be able to pull from another space that would work well in the space I’m redesigning.  I browse my home just as I would browse at any retail store.  Look at objects in terms of their color, their size and their height, and if you think they might work in your new space, pick them up and take them along with you as you go.

3.  Think Outside the Box

It’s very important to take into consideration an item’s potential, not just its traditional use.  For example, a pitcher is great for serving beverages to guests, but works equally well holding flowers or even kitchen utensils.  The same is true of a serving tray. When not in use for serving, it can be beautiful on a coffee table to contain groupings of other items to create a vignette!

This champagne bucket held flowers on my dining table all throughout the fall season…

Tidbits&Twine Fall Tablescape 4a

…but it is now in my kitchen holding cooking utensils!



4.  Experiment!

The beauty of shopping your own home is that everything is free and there is an unlimited return policy.  That means that you can move things around and try them out with no risk!  If you try it and don’t like it, put it back to how it was and in the process, you’ll have learned something about design, as well as about your personal taste.

5.  Give It a Day

Sometimes after redesigning your space, there is an adjustment period, especially if you’ve had things arranged in a certain way for a long time.  After moving things around and redesigning your space, it’s very important to leave it for a day or so before deciding whether you like it.  Often times, discomfort with a redesign has nothing to do with whether you like it and everything to do with your not being used to it.  So give it a day and then see how you feel!


I haven’t yet had a chance to take pictures of everything that I rearranged on Sunday, but will hopefully, share some soon!  My favorite is the plate display I added to my dining room wall.  Not only is it decorative, but now I finally have a place to put my large serving platters that until now, had been stored on top of my refrigerator.  :)


Just as with everything in life, decorating your home is often about doing the best you can with what you have.  So if you’re ready to chase away the winter blues and freshen things up a bit, why not start with what you already own!

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12 comments on “Redesign – The Art of Shopping Your Own Home”

  1. I shop my own home always-especially when putting together a table for a dinner party. Always a fun challenge to see what new things you can come up with!

  2. I do this too. It’s like getting new things, yet it doesn’t cost anything. Our wood floors are getting refinished next week so I had to move everything out and can hardly wait to “refurnish” table tops and cupboards with my stuff…just re-purposed.
    Terrific post.

  3. Shopping your house is cost effective, and it makes “old” accessories look new again!
    I was looking at your very first blog posts (because I just started a blog, also) and I am very inspired by how you and your blog have blossomed. I’ll keep following you :)

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