How to Define Your Decorating Style

I get a little nervous whenever someone asks me what my decorating style is.  Not because I’m afraid I’ll answer wrong – there IS no such thing as a wrong answer since it’s personal – but rather because I don’t think that my style fits into just one predefined category.  Traditional? Shabby Chic?  Transitional?   Can I choose All of the Above, or better yet, how about I define my own style!

I decorate with the philosophy that it doesn’t matter what you call your decorating style, so long as you know how to identify it.  And let’s be honest, no one really perfectly fits into the standard decorating styles.  Two rooms both defined as “Traditional” can have very different looks depending on each owner’s interpretation and personal taste.  Instead of using traditional terms, I prefer to make up my own decorating style that I feel are a better reflection of me.

Defining your style starts with knowing the basics and then sprinkling in your own personality for a design recipe that is all YOU!

 

 

Here are three easy steps for defining your decorating style.

 

Step 1: Know the Basics

As a first step, it’s helpful to know and understand the general decorating styles, which act as a universal language and give others an idea as to what your decorating style.  This is a particularly important step if you have no idea what your style is and want to look for inspiration.  One look online and you’ll realize that the number of decorating options and ideas is overwhelming!  It can be a daunting task to look through tons of images, so it’s helpful to filter them a bit by style.

One of my favorite resources for learning various styles is Houzz.com’s “So Your Style Is” series.  Each article is dedicated to a different style with lots of information and pictures so that you can narrow down which general category appeals to you!

Traditional How to Define Your Decorating Style

{Traditional room via Colleen Price}

Cottage Style How to Define Your Decorating Style

{Cottage style via The Lettered Cottage}

 

 

Step 2: Get Comfortable with Combinations

Defining your style as “Eclectic” might be true for some, but just because you mix and match styles doesn’t necessarily mean that your style is Eclectic.  You might be Traditional with a touch of Vintage.  Or maybe Farmhouse with a dash of Glam.  In many cases, one particular style will appeal to you the most, but you might like parts of others as well, so don’t be afraid to mix and match to make your own combinations!

Farmhouse Glam How to Define Your Decorating Style

{Farmhouse Glam source}

 

Step 3: Add a Feeling

To me, decorating your home shouldn’t just be about a look, but should also encompass a feel.  Everyone wants to have their home reflect a certain feeling and the furnishings and accessories that you choose help create that overall feel.  That being said, don’t shy away from including a feeling in your style definition!  For example, you might like the look of Relaxed Traditional, or maybe Cozy Cottage, or even Warm Modern.

TIDBITS TWINE Master Bedroom 9 2014 How to Define Your Decorating Style

{Casual Elegance via Tidbits&Twine}

 

I call my personal decorating style Casual Elegance.  It’s a little bit Traditional, mixed with European vintage and Industrial Chic to create an elegant space with a “lived in” look.  I love to sprinkle in a little bit of the old with the new. To me, vintage pieces have a beauty of their own with their time-worn appearance and silent stories of years gone by.  I tend to layer more textures than colors and also like to mix high-end pieces with discount or bargain items, which to me, is both practical and affordable!

 

How do you define your decorating style?
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20 Amazing Guest Bath Decor Ideas

Are you ready for tons of guest bath decor ideas?!  Today is the day!

About a year ago, I posted my article called “The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating a Guest Bath” to Hometalk and to date, it’s still one of my most popular articles on the site!  If you aren’t already familiar with Hometalk, it’s the largest home and garden social network on the web, where people share ideas, photos, DIY projects and discuss everything and anything related to the home.

Recently, Hometalk reached out to me to see if I would curate a Guest Bathroom Decor board for them and of course, I was thrilled to participate! I put together 20 inspiring ideas that had been posted on Hometalk and today, I’m sharing my curated board with you, as well as highlighting a few of my favorites.

The Farmhouse Porch has some beautiful ideas for how to make toiletries a part of your everyday bathroom decor.  I absolutely love what she’s done, especially her idea to use an old factory bread loaf pan to hold guest essentials!

The Farmhouse Porch 20 Amazing Guest Bath Decor Ideas

{via The Farnhouse Porch}

 

Like many of us, Angela from Blue i Style has a shared kids and guest bath.  Look at this creative idea she came up with for storing her kids’ bath toys but that easily converts to hold guest bath essentials!

 

Chris from Just a Girl did a spectacular makeover on her guest bath, creating a light, bright, and beautiful space!  And believe it or not, but she DIY’d a bunch of the accessories!  This is actually the *exact* layout of my guest bath, so it gives me lots of ideas and inspiration.

 

To see lots more guest bath ideas, including how to make floating shelves, how to convert a dresser to a vanity, how to update an old mirror, and more, check out my curated board on Hometalk {here}. tidbitsandtwine0408 20 Amazing Guest Bath Decor Ideas

 

 

Which of these clever ideas is your favorite?
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Retailer Sources Revealed!

Have you ever browsed the wares of a retailer, drooling over their beautiful inventory, and wondered where they buy the products they sell?  Well, I have.  Many times in fact!  Over time, after lots of research and chatting with various retailers, I’ve identified a few brands that I love but whose names aren’t always in the limelight.  Today, I’m sharing the details of these brands in case you love them, too!  Please note that these opinions are solely my own and I have not be compensated or otherwise incentivized to mention these on my blog.

 

The Park Hill Collection

I have yet to see them actually brand their pieces, so you might not know their name, but I’m sure you know their products!  It seems that every time I find a product I love, it’s usually from The Park Hill Collection.  They sell objects that are a blend of charming American primitive and rural European antiques, from furniture, to accessories, candles, and even outdoor decor.   Since I am not a retailer, I cannot access their catalog or showroom online, but I can share with you some of the beautiful product shots they’ve posted on Facebook and I’ll bet many of them look familiar to you!

Park Hill Collection Items Retailer Sources Revealed!

 

I purchased The Park Hill Collection Three Gable Birdcage from a local retailer for my finches, Sparky & Lola.  Their luxurious, three-gable mansion is a beautiful addition to my home and makes a statement on its own {with or without the birds!}, although sometimes I have trouble finding Sparky & Lola since they are so small and the cage is so big!

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Sparky and Lola Finch Retailer Sources Revealed!

 

I also own a boxwood wreath and one of their Provencial-style urns and I’m in love with Mary’s Dish Collection and their bent wood Cross Chair.

Park Hill Collection Retailer Sources Revealed!

 

Although I never see a Park Hill Collection label on the items I own, I have become familiar with their products and can often spot them in the store.  :)  If you see an item you love, look up a nearby retailer using their Store Locator (because they don’t sell directly to the public).  Even if a retailer doesn’t sell the exact item you want, they might be willing to order it for you.  It’s worth trying!

 

Pom Pom at Home by Hilde Leiaghat

Pom Pom at Home sells some of the most beautiful, 100% linen products that I’ve seen.  They strive to create a “lived in” elegant look that is still relaxed and casual.  {Since my preferred style is Casual Elegance, this one is right up my alley!}  They also carry furniture, accessories and fragrances.  Every time I come across one of their products, I fall in love.  Their items are elegant without being fussy, timeless and effortless.

Pom Pom at Home Retailer Sources Revealed!

 

I’m currently crushing on the Lilly tablecloth and the Manhattan pillows {for Fall}.

Pom Pom at Home Products1 Retailer Sources Revealed!

 

Aidan Gray

Okay, I’m guessing most of you have heard of Aidan Gray before and maybe even own some pieces.  Aidan Gray does actually sell directly to the public via their website and they also sell wholesale to retailers.

Isn’t this living room style with Aidan Gray products amazing?

AG Living Room Retailer Sources Revealed!

I could browse the pages of their online catalog for hours…

 

Aidan Gray’s products are meant to invoke a sense of “European grandeur”.  Each piece is made BY HAND so that it is truly one-of-a-kind, with beautiful authentic finishes and hand-carved details.  Most pieces embrace a muted and neutral color palette, with each piece reflects a sense of age and beauty.

Aidan Gray Products Retailer Sources Revealed!

 

 

If I could, I would fill my home with pieces from these three brands because I do truly love them and the elegant beauty that they reflect.  Be sure to hope over to their websites to find a retailer near you that sells their products.  You can also follow all three on Twitter to keep up with their latest products.

 

So I’m curious, which of these brands have you heard of before and do you own any of their pieces?

 

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5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

Our homes should be a place of comfort…a place where we can relax and just be ourselves.  A home doesn’t have to be perfect {after all, whose house is?} and it doesn’t have to be decorated to the nines…it just has to feel like YOU in order to be comfortable.  And it’s possible to appreciate a space and think it’s beautiful, but still not feel comfortable in it.  It’s sort of like clothes shopping with a friend who brings you something different from you normally wear to try on.  It might look great on you, but if it doesn’t “feel” like you, then it just isn’t right!  Or like a gorgeous room in a hotel that you love during your visit, but wouldn’t want to call home.

Home Quote 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

 

I recently posted a question on Facebook and I found the responses so interesting.  I asked which of the rooms below people like the best.  Now let’s face it, all four of the rooms are beautiful in their own right, but most people had a clear response as to which was their favorite because one felt better than the others to them.

TIDBITS TWINE Bedroom Options 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

{Sources clockwise top left: Pinterest, Pinterest, Veranda, Restoration Hardware}

 

Recreating looks from catalogs and window displays is a sure way to create a beautiful room, but for most, a recreated store display won’t create a comfortable place to live.  So how can you make sure that the space you are decorating is really YOU?

TIDBITS TWINE 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly You 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

 

 

 

1. Have a Plan but Be Flexible

Most people can’t decorate a room from start to finish all at once.  For most of us, we have to budget for each piece, wait for sales and bargains, and slowly pull a room together over time.  The downside, of course, is that as time passes, it’s easy to get off track if you don’t have a plan to start with!  Creating a plan will help keep your goals in mind and isn’t hard to put together.  Click {here} to read how to create a plan in 4 easy steps!

TidbitsTwine Gallery Wall 3b AFTER 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

{It took me months to collect all of the elements for my gallery wall, but I had a plan from the very beginning that helped me know what to shop for}

 

One thing to keep in mind, often when you shop on a budget, you have to make some concessions in order to get an item as a price you can afford.  Since you may not be able to get exactly what you want, you have to be a bit flexible in order to accommodate things that fit within your budget or things that you fall in love with along that way that weren’t a part of the original plan.  Never be so rigid with your plan that you can’t adapt it to reality when you try to execute it.  For more tips on splurging versus saving, read {here}.

 

2. Browse, Search, Shop and Look

It’s important to know what you like and one of the easiest ways to find it, it to look at what others have done!  There are so many great resources for design and decorating and you should take advantage of them.  Not only will looking at other rooms help you find things that you like, it will also give you an indication as to what you don’t like.  To me, knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you do because it keeps you from heading down a path you will later regret.  Take the time to look at what others have done to give you inspiration, and be sure to save, bookmark, or cut out your favorites so that you have them handy at all times.

Want to see what inspires me?  Follow me on Pinterest to see what ideas I’ve filed away for later use… :)

 

3. Surround Yourself with Things You Love

The easiest way to feel comfortable in your own home is to love everything in it!  But believe it or not, this is easier said than done.  Sometimes, we make compromises because of price or our partner’s tastes, sometimes we buy things in a hurry and just get what’s available, sometimes we make purchase decisions without thinking them through.  All of these scenarios affect our purchase decisions and before you know it, we can have a room full of things that we think are okay but not great.  While it might take more time and research, try to only buy things you truly love…things that speak to you or are meaningful to you in some way.

Items that you LOVE are items that represent YOU and are therefore, always a good investment.

TIDBITS TWINE Master Bedroom 5 2014 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

 

4. Know Your Boundaries {and Then Push Them}

Testing our boundaries and trying new things is the only way that we can change.  And let’s face it, we change and grow as human beings everyday based on life experiences, so in order for our homes to continue to feel like us, they will adapt and change as well.  So in order for our homes to change, our boundaries will need to change over time.  But there’s a difference between expanding your boundaries and crossing them and when people step outside of their comfort zone, they often regret it.  For example, maybe you’ve always had a neutral home but really want to add some color, so you decide to take a big step and paint an entire room red!  There are a few who will be comfortable with such a dramatic change, but for most, they regret taking such a big step and the room never really “feels” right after that.  It’s important to know your decorating boundaries, but don’t be afraid to push them just a little bit.  A small, gradual change often feels more comfortable than a giant one, so take baby steps to ensure you don’t push yourself outside of your comfort zone.

TIDBITS TWINE Lorraine Chair 2 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

 

5. Personalize

No space will ever feel like you if it isn’t personalized.  Whether it’s family photos, kids drawings, family heirlooms, kids clay projects or childhood mementos, be sure to include personal elements that conjure up good memories and help you create new ones together as a family.

TIDBITS TWINE Guest Bedroom Photo Holder 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

{My silver baby cup sits next to photos of my kids in a bookcase display}

Home Story 5 Tips for a Space that is Perfectly YOU

 

 

Living in a space that just feels “right” and reflects YOU is always the most rewarding place to be.  So take the time to know your likes, dislikes, goals and needs.  After all, there’s no place like home!
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Interior Doors: From Drab to Dramatic!

We see them every day.  We pass through them every day.  But how much thought do we actually give to our interior doors?

When I go to sleep at night, I don’t count sheep, think about my day, or imagine myself running through a field of wildflowers as I drift off into slumber.  No, I redecorate and redeisgn my house room by room.  I have a mental list that is at least 100 items long in my head of projects I’d love to do in my home (ssshhhhhh…don’t tell Hubby!).  Unfortunately, thinking about them and actually doing them are two completely different things.  And while I know that most of them will never come to fruition, I still can’t keep myself from envisioning all sorts of changes.  My latest obsession?  A vintage office door for my laundry room.

 

My laundry room isn’t exactly a room at all – it’s more of a pass through to the garage.  It’s tucked out of the way and no one really ever sees the door except me and yet, I think it’s the perfect spot to do something a little different.  Something more interesting than our current builder grade hollow core doors.  I envision something like this one from Dream Book Design.  Adri and Jeremy not only have a tutorial for how to hang the door, but also how to frost it and hang the vinyl decal.

 

Most homes are built with ordinary, nothing special doors.  But have you ever noticed that some doors are so unexpected or architecturally interesting that then can can immediately transform the way a space looks?  Instead of the door being just a background element, it can become a showstopper, like Anita’s home office barn doors!

Cedar Hill Farmhouse Office Interior Doors: From Drab to Dramatic!

{Anita’s office door via Cedar Hill Farmhouse}

 

 

An ordinary pantry is transformed into a focal point with the addition of a new, colorful door.

 

Blue Pantry Door Interior Doors: From Drab to Dramatic!

{via Pinterest}

 

Doors with personality can change the entire look and feel of an entire wall!

Laundry Nook Doors Interior Doors: From Drab to Dramatic!

{via Sketch42}

 

Sometimes, it’s just the details that are added to a door that are so unexpected, they make an impact, like the music sheets and theatre billboards added to this kitchen utility door.

Vintage Utility Door Interior Doors: From Drab to Dramatic!

 

We often stress about what paint color to use on the walls, what material to use for the floors, the color palette of a room, etc. but take our standard doors for granted and accept them as-is.  Thinking out-of-the-box can lead you down a path where a door isn’t just a pass-through from one area to another, but a focal point of the room and a reflection of our style and personality!

 

Now to convince Hubby…..  :)
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