10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

I recently received the estimate for my downstairs bathroom remodel and sadly, it was higher than I expected and I think, out of my budget.  :( The estimate did include tons of trim and moulding that covered all of the walls, though, which increased the price quite a bit.  So, now I’m looking at wallpaper as an alternative.  And if you’ve ever gone to a store to look through wallpaper books you’ll know that the task can be quite overwhelming!  And you can’t just look at damask papers or striped ones but instead have to search by manufacturer and style.  It takes forever!  Since I’ve been sick for the last few days, I decided to do my browsing online, looking for classic designs that would add a touch of elegance to the bathroom without being too overpowering.  Today I’m sharing 10 of my favorites with you!

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I’ve been wanting to redo my bathroom for some time now since it’s stuck in the 80′s, but my vision didn’t really come together until I stumbled upon a dresser at the antique faire.  The dresser has a classic look to it and was refinished in a mixture of warm and cool tones, so I decided to do the bathroom in classic materials that also mixed warm and cool, old and new.  Mixing opposites is a favorite design style of mine and the dresser gave me the perfect starting point from which to build out this look.

Here’s a look at some of the bath items I’m currently considering:

 

 

TOP 10 FAVORITES

 

1. Linear Damask Wallpaper Taupe/Pearl – Ballard Designs $79.99

I love the light, airy look of this damask print and I think it would work beautifully as a warm contrast to the cool tile.

Ballard Damask Wallpaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

2. Mini Damask Wallpaper – Ballard Designs $79.00

This wallpaper has a beautiful petite medallion print that I think will work well in my small bathroom and make a statement without overpowering the space.

Ballard Mini Damask Wallapaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

3. Sisal Wallpaper – Ballard Designs $199

The color scheme of this paper looks similar to my dresser and would give the bathroom some understated texture.

Ballard Silver Sisal Wallpaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

 4. Du Barry – Osborne and Little

A large-scale trellis pattern gives this paper a bold, but classic geometric!

Osborne and Little 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

Du Barry 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

5. Bonaparte Sophie  and Bonaparte Pierre- Wallpaper Direct $93.00

This damask print has been given a modern update with shades of graduated color!  Shown below in two different color schemes.

Bonaparte Sophie Wallpaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

Bonaparte Pierre Wallpaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

6. Egerton - Antropologie $248

Rich tones and delicate wisteria vines give this paper and elegant and graceful quality!

Egerton Wallpaper Preview 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

7. Costello - Design Public $75

I love this small-scale damask wallpaper with a jacquard stitch effect in the background.Costello Wallpaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

8. Smoky Rose – Anthropologie $198.00

A simple rose-patterned wallpaper with a crisp black and white look.

Anthropologie Smoky Rose Wallpaper 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

9. Chinoise Black – Wallpaper Direct $28.00

A traditional black and cream bird of paradise in floral boughs design.

Chinoise Black Sitting Room 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

10. Cameo Toile – Wallpaper Direct $74.00

I love toile but didn’t want an entire room filled with it, so this is the perfect compromise!  The toile pattern resides within gracefully detailed frames in a classic black and white design.Cameo Toile 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

Cameo Toile Scullery 10 Classic Wallpaper WOWS!

 

 

I haven’t yet decided which of these I like best for my space and probably won’t decide until I have my dresser so that I can get a better sense of the look and feel in the space.   But tell me, which is your favorite?

 

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Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

I’ve come across these vintage style nesting herb crates several times and thought they were cute, but didn’t think I had any need for them.  Until, that is, I saw how Kris from Driven by Decor used hers to hold table items.  Wall decor that is both decorative AND functional?!  I’m in!!  I went online that day and bought mine from Decor Steals, but I see that they are now sold out again.  :(

Vintage Herb Nesting Crates Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

 

I couldn’t wait for these to arrive so that I could hang them up and put them to good use.  Believe it or not, but this little sliver of wall {and a matching sliver on the other side of the room} is all that I have in the kitchen, so the crates are nested in between my patio door and the opening to our family room.  {Now that I think about it, for those of you who like to understand a home’s layout, this picture shows how my kitchen runs parallel to my family room but is four steps higher.}

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The Parsley crate is holding our salt and pepper shakers and I intentionally put them just high enough so that they are out of reach of our little one.

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The Sage crate has a small mason jar with extra spoons and forks.  Somehow it seems like one always gets dropped on the floor during meals and we need an extra!  It is also holding our awesomely fancy everyday paper napkins.  :)  I’d love to tell you that we dine with beautiful linen napkins with ruffled edges, but that just wouldn’t be true!  Except for holidays or parties, we are a paper napkin kind of family.

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I added some faux hydrangeas to the Rosemary crate because I always like to add something organic to the mix to soften the look.  And yes, I realize that silk flowers are technically not organic, but I can’t keep cut hydrangeas alive for the life of me so I’ve given up!  I’ll change these out for something different as the year goes on.  I think it would look great with some Baby Boo pumpkins!

TIDBITS TWINE Kitkchen Rosemary Crate Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

 

The Thyme crate holds something extra special – cute navy ticking striped placemats that my mom made for me!  We don’t have a convenient place to store placemats and so it’s nice to have them located right next to the table in a spot where they are visible.

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Herb Nesting Crates Closeup Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

 

And while we’re on the subject of the placemats, I love how they look with my other tableware!

TIDBITS TWINE Ticking Stripe Vignette Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

TIDBITS TWINE Ticking Stripe Placemat Adding Decorative Kitchen Storage

 

It’s sometimes hard to find things that are functional but still look good, so I love when I get the best of both worlds.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table – You Vote!

During my shopping trip at Alameda Point, I came across something that I’ve wanted for a long time…an oversized book!  And better yet, this vintage beauty came from France courtesy of Atelier de Campagne.  I knew right away that I wanted to use it on my coffee table and couldn’t wait to start decorating with it.  I ended up putting together six different designs  – all of which include the book – and would love your input as to which is your favorite!

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Before I started, I cleared everything off the coffee table so that I could start with a clean slate.  I then added the book, which was the one thing I definitely wanted to include.  The book is actually a vintage business ledger, and clearly, it’s very worn and delicate.  I love the way paper ages, though, and feel it just adds to the character of the piece.

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage French Ledger 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

 

I have no idea what it says inside, but I’ve had fun looking through all of the pages!

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Ledger 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

 

I gathered up a bunch of other accessories that I thought would pair well with the book.  You’ll notice that I used the same items over and over but grouped them differently for each of the designs, thereby changing the look of the table.  The one constant was the book, of course, but even that moved around to create different focal points.

TIDBITS TWINE Coffee Table Vignettes 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

 

I’ve posted before about different design approaches for styling a coffee table and I followed those different approaches below.  You can read the original post {here}.

 

1. The Four Corners

I placed a grouping of objects in each of the four corners of the coffee table and tried to balance out the rustic and elegant items.

TIDBITS TWINE Coffee Table Vignette The Four Corners 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

 

2. The Four Corners – Variation

This is the same approach, but I changed out some of the objects to create different groupings, giving a little more visual weight to the grouping with the book.

TIDBITS TWINE Coffee Table Vignette The Four Corners Variation 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

 

3. Long & Linear

I started by placing the book in the middle and then flanked it with smaller groupings of books.  I kept this design very simple to help streamline the overall look.

TIDBITS TWINE Coffee Table Vignette Long and Linear 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

4. Long & Linear – Variation

I kept the items running lengthwise along the table, but shifted some of the positioning.

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5. The Contained Grouping

While groupings are normally contained within a decorating tray, I decided to contain my grouping on the book.  It is pushed diagonally off to the corner, which allows for more free space on the table itself.

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6. The Center of Attention

I made this grouping bigger and showier than the previous ones with the addition of a blue bottle filled with pebbles and greenery.  The entire display is centered on the table to ensure it is truly the center of attention.

TIDBITS TWINE Coffee Table Vignette The Center of Attention 6 Ways to Style A Coffee Table   You Vote!

 

Those of you that have been reading my blog might notice that these photos have all been taken in my family room, which is my kids playroom – probably not the best place for a delicate, vintage book and ironstone!  Not to worry, this design will actually be used in my living room, which is an adult space, but I don’t have a coffee table in there yet and so couldn’t photograph in that room.  But you can let me know which is your favorite for when I finally pull my living room together!

 

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So tell me, which one is YOUR favorite?

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Weekend Inspiration!

Yesterday was a perfect day for me.  I mean amazingly perfect, pinch-me-I’m-dreaming happy!  If you follow me on Facebook, then you’ll know that I spent Sunday at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire and to me, shopping the antique faire is a dream come true!  Not only did I come home with a few items that I *love*, but I also saw tons of amazing booth displays and beautiful vintage finds that have inspired me to rearrange everything in my home.  Today, I’m sharing with you a few of the beautiful things I saw.

And speaking of beautiful things {just kidding!}, here I am with Hubby, bright and early, taking a selfie at 5:45AM!  Up at 4:00, we greeted the babysitter at 4:45, and were out the door by 5:00AM with coffee in hand.  It wasn’t nearly as cold or as dark as we’re used to, so we were overdressed and sweltering by noon.

TIDBITS TWINE Alameda Point 229x300 Weekend Inspiration!

 

Every aisle that I went down, something caught my eye, like stacks and stacks of grain sacks!  Some were left in their original form, while others had been sewn into table runners, lavender sachets, and even Christmas stockings!

TIDBITS TWINE Grain Sacks Weekend Inspiration!

 

I then stumbled upon this cute little chair.  The seller said that the velvet had been damaged and so she removed it to discover the satin underneath.  She inadvertently ripped the satin on the seat, though, and so took off another layer to discover the ticking.  She ended up leaving it as it was with all three different materials showing, which gives it a lot of character, don’t you think?!

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Chair Weekend Inspiration!

I also have a love of old industrial items, particularly cameras and typewriters.  I’m still searching for just the right typewriter for me, though…maybe next month.

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Camera Weekend Inspiration!

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Typewriter Weekend Inspiration!

 

Clocks are also a favorite, whether large…

TIDBITS TWINE Oversized Clock Weekend Inspiration!

 

…or small.

TIDBITS TWINE Watch Faces Weekend Inspiration!

 

I ended up buying a TON of books.  I absolutely love old, weathered, and worn pages!

 

I also found a few gorgeous vintage seltzer bottles and pieces of ironstone.

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Seltzer Bottle Weekend Inspiration!

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Ironstone Weekend Inspiration!

 

As always, Laurie at Elsie Green had a beautiful booth with gorgeous table displays.  I own several pieces of the flatware pictured below and use it all the time!  Laurie is off on a European buying trip soon and I am A) super jealous and B) excited to see what she brings back with her!

TIDBITS TWINE Elsie Green Weekend Inspiration!

TIDBITS TWINE Elsie Green Flatware Weekend Inspiration!

 

Atelier de Campagne is also one of my favorite vendors at Alameda Point and they were so kind to hang onto my purchase for me even though I forgot to pick it up and went home without it!  {Hint: It’s pictured below.  Can’t wait to share what I end up doing with it!}

TIDBITS TWINE Atelier de Campagne Weekend Inspiration!

 

 

Just as I was getting ready to leave, I came upon a dresser that I had seen earlier in the show and had fallen in love with.  This piece was painted by the talented Sonya at Belle Maison Designs.  My hope is that I can convert it to a bathroom vanity…

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Dresser 3 Weekend Inspiration!

 

I plan to use it exactly as-is because I love the warm, weathered patina Sonya has given it and the hardware is just perfect.

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Dresser 2 Weekend Inspiration!

TIDBITS TWINE Vintage Dresser Drawer Pulls Weekend Inspiration!

 

 

So, you can see it turned out to be a great day for me!  Not only did Hubby and I get to spend time together {without the kids}, but I was inspired by so many things that I saw and even came home with a few goodies for myself.

TIDBITS TWINE Vintajge Dress Form Weekend Inspiration!

 

Tell me your thoughts on the dresser as a bathroom vanity!  I think that piece would be beautiful, but am I crazy to try?!

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15+ Amazing Tween/Teen Boy Bedrooms

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Recently, as my 10-year-old son was making his birthday list, he asked if we could redecorate his room as part of his birthday present.  Whoo hoo!  Music to my ears!  He even said he thought he’d caught the decorating bug from me.  He wanted to run out that day and buy some things, but of course, I wanted to have a plan first.  And for me, having a plan meant finding some inspiration.

Finding great tween/teen bedrooms for boys turned out to be harder than I had imagined!  Girls bedrooms?  No problem!  Boys bedrooms?  Yikes!  I found lots of cute themed rooms for little boys, tons of adorable nurseries for babies, and an unlimited number of boyish-looking rooms that photograph well, but that didn’t seem functional or as if a boy actually lived there {after all, don’t all twee/teen boy rooms have socks and dirty dishes everywhere or is it just mine?!}.

My goal was to find great tween boy rooms that were functional and organized, offering a space for homework as well as playing, and that could transition with them as they grow older.  Not rooms that are purely decorative, but ones that are functional and really showcase their interests like sports, music, video games, and friends.  I was also keeping an eye out for rooms that looked as if they could be created on a realistic budget in a realistic space.  It took a lot of work, but I was able to find some pretty amazing examples!

This is my personal favorite!  I love the display space, plus the neutral with a pop of orange gives it personality without requiring that the entire room be repainted in the event that orange is no longer a favorite color.

 

Great color scheme with functional and decorative storage!

 

It never occurred to me to install a rock climbing wall in the bedroom, but I guess if you’ve got the space, it sure would be a hit with the kids!

 

A loft bed is a great way to save space in a smaller room!  I actually had one in my college dorm that my dad built for me out of raw lumber.  {Thanks, Dad!}

Green and Black Bedroom 15+ Amazing Tween/Teen Boy Bedrooms

{via Comfy Home}\

Cozy Corner Bedroom 15+ Amazing Tween/Teen Boy Bedrooms

{via Decoist}

 

Separating the Play and Work spaces is a great idea to help keep them focused on the task at hand!

Camo Ultimate Teenage Boys Bedroom 15+ Amazing Tween/Teen Boy Bedrooms

{via Decoist}

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Black and Orage Bedroom 15+ Amazing Tween/Teen Boy Bedrooms

{via Real Simple}

 

I love the idea of using underneath the bed for storage.  You can read Jenna’s tutorial on how to make these rolling carts {here}.

 

Stripes, whether on the wall or the ceiling, are both whimsical and sophisticated depending on the colors used and the items they are paired with, so they can easily transition from tween to teen.

 

I’m going to let my son take the lead on how he wants his furniture arranged, what type of display and storage space he wants, and the overall design {within budget, of course!}.  I might cringe whenever I step in his room if he picks something out of my comfort zone, but after all, it’s his space, so as long as he’s happy I know I’ll be happy, too.

 

Wish me luck!

 

**UPDATE** My son has informed me that his “vision” includes bunk beds, a large screen TV, and a mini fridge for snacks and drinks…..Perhaps he won’t be taking the lead on this one.  :)
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