Small Baths with Big Impact

Having a small bathroom, whether it’s a powder room or a full bath, doesn’t mean you have to forgo a space that feels luxurious and elegant, it just means you have to get creative!  In fact, one of my all-time favorite sink consoles is actually designed for use in small spaces.  To me, the Parisian pedestal is an elegant statement piece, but still simplistic enough to not overpower a small space.

 

Less is More!

The key to creating a big impact in a small space is to create a unified look with just one “wow” factor, while the other elements play a supporting role.  Okay, so maybe you can’t have a fabulous clawfoot tub, spacious shower and oodles of storage in a small bath, but the rooms below prove that when it comes to creating a beautiful space, size doesn’t matter.  Here are 5 ways to make a statement in your small bath!

 

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1. Wall Coverings

A bold wall covering adds instant drama and is often, unexpected in a small space.  And a small wall covered with tile from floor to ceiling adds elegance.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Lighting

Think outside the typical bathroom light fixtures!  While the lighting around the mirror is important {especially if overnight guests will be using the space to apply makeup}, you can still look for more decorative options like chandeliers and sconces.  Sometimes, even a small table lamp on the counter that creates a bit of ambiance makes all the difference!

Storage and Sconces Small Baths with Big Impact

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3. Wainscoting

Often times, small bathrooms are small square or rectangular rooms void of architectural details.  A simple wainscoting  – whether beaded, raised, flat or recessed – adds a bit of sophistication and interest to the space.

 

 

4. Furniture-Style Vanities

Free-standing furniture style vanities can add a lot of character and charm, giving a small space a big personality.

 

5. Floating Vanities

A pedestal sink is great for small spaces since it has a small footprint, but it doesn’t provide much usable space on the countertop.  An alternative is a floating vanity, which gives the illusion of more space but still offers storage both on and below.

Floating Vanity Small Baths with Big Impact

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Spring Staycation and My DSLR

This week is Spring vacation for my kids and we are celebrating with a very low-key staycation.  I spent the first couple of days unwinding, sleeping, and catching up on my favorite British dramas (hence no post on Monday!)  I’m also using this time at home with my kids to improve my photography skills and learn how to use more of the settings on my DSLR.  I use a Nikon D7000 with a 300mm lens.  When shooting indoors, I always shoot on manual, but when outdoors, I tend to use auto.  Here’s a look at what I’ve captured from Spring break so far.

Our time started off with dog sitting two of the smartest, and most adorable Shih-tzu Yorkie-Poo’s.  The sister puppies were a wonderful addition to our house and the kids had a blast playing with the girls while their owners were away.  The day that the two dogs left, we picked up a Golden Retriever from another friend who was going away.  Here’s a look at sweet Lucy hanging out in our front yard.

TIDBITS TWINE Dog Sitting Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

With the various dogs visiting at our house, we’ve spent a lot of time in the backyard recently.  A few weeks ago I posted a picture on Facebook of our first bloom of the season…

TIDBITS TWINE First Bloom Spring Staycation and My DSLR

…but now we have many other blooms in the yard, including the white Iceberg roses that fill our front yard.

TIDBITS TWINE White Rose Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

The container on my front porch is finally starting to fill in and I even have my first bloom on my calibrachoa!

TIDBITS TWINE Porch Container Gardening Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

My kids’ school is adjacent to country roads and there is am amazing view of the hills and pastures from the school parking lot.  This time of year, the hills are green and covered with patches of yellow mustard.  I noticed how pretty the hills were last week and so stopped by this week for a quick photo.

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When not lounging, the kids are participating in a cooking camp.  Tuesday was the first day and they made chicken and cookies!  I probably should have stayed to watch so that I could learn a thing or two… :)

TIDBITS TWINE Cooking Camp Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

We are a swim team family and so spend a lot of time at the pool.  There’s no practice this week, just fun!

TIDBITS TWINE Swimming Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

My daughter and I are also using this week to work on her birthday party preparations.  She has chosen to have a Minion party and I’m so hoping hubby will dress as Gru!

TIDBITS TWINE Minion Birthday Party Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

And last but not least, hubby captured Monday night’s blood moon by attaching our DSLR to his telescope {post here}.  Despite the layer or clouds, it’s a beautiful sight!

Interstellar Stargazer Blood Moon Spring Staycation and My DSLR

 

 

The remainder of the week will consist of more dog sitting, more cooking classes, more swimming and lots of rest.  Happy Wednesday and enjoy the rest of your week!
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A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

I was browsing the aisles of HomeGoods on Tuesday (avoiding the piles of laundry that were waiting for me at home), when I came across the dishes of my dreams!  Once I saw them I knew they would be perfect for my Spring table.

TIDBITS TWINE Creating a Spring Tablescape A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

 

I don’t tend to use a lot of pastels, even at Easter, so I loved that these dishes have the more saturated versions of traditional Easter colors.  And given that I prefer the look of Casual Elegance, I have no hesitation mixing these more formal plates with my rustic wood table.  I actually like the contrast!

TIDBITS TWINE Spring Tablescape Plates 2 A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

 

Even though the dishes have a gold rim on them, I decided to use my beloved antique flatware from Elsie Green so that the gold on the plates would be set apart from the rest of the table.

TIDBITS TWINE Spring Tablescape Setting 1 A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

 

I picked a few azaleas from my garden and added them to egg cups to coordinate with the flowers on the plates.

TIDBITS TWINE Azalea Egg Cups A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

TIDBITS TWINE Azalea Egg Cup Vases A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

 

The centerpiece is a mix of real and faux flowers.  I planted some dark pink freesia and variegated ivy in my ironstone soup tureen and then added a few silk hygrandeas to the mix.  I also draped a long blue necklace around and through the pot for an added pop of color.  {Your jewelry box is a great place to look if you need a small accent for a tablescape or even a vignette.  Why not put your costume jewelry to use when you’re not wearing it?!}

TIDBITS TWINE Spring Centerpiece A Pink and Blue Spring Tablescape

 

Provided I can keep the plants alive, our table is ready for Easter dinner!

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Spring Break starts next week for my kids, so apologies in advance if next week’s posts are a bit sporadic.  :)

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6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

Whenever I see a flat surface in my home, I feel like it’s begging to be decorated! And the coffee table is one of my favorite places to play and experiment with various decor items and colors. When seated in a living space, the coffee table becomes a focal point and there’s noting like a beautiful vignette to help set the tone of the room.

There are limitless options as to how you can style your table, but I’ve taken some of my favorite examples and categorized them into 6 Style Approaches based on the premise used to create the design.

TIDBITS TWINE 6 Design Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table 6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

 

1. The Four Corners

The premise of this approach is that all four corners of the coffee table are weighted equally so that the entire surface feels balanced. All four corners can be styled differently, but their visual weight is the roughly same. Sometimes, one corner have a bit more “pop” than the other corners, especially when flowers or another similar organic material are used. There is also sometimes an added element in the center of the table.

Four Corner Coffee Table Styling 6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

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2. The Contained Grouping

Grouping together a collection of dissimilar items and placing them in a beautiful serving or decorative tray creates cohesion to the display. This type of approach is particularly good if your coffee table has an uneven surface (for example, like that of a tufted ottoman) or if your items don’t show well when placed directly on the surface of the coffee table.

 

3. Sweet & Simple

This is just as the name implies because sometimes, less is more. Simplicity of design allows us to focus on other elements in the room and also allows for a bit of breathing space. Plus, depending on how you use your coffee table, this might be the most practical approach! In my home, my son likes to do his homework at the coffee table so I have to keep things simple in order to give him ample room for his papers, books and mounds of eraser dust.

Simple Flower Arrangements 6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

 

4. The Spice of Life

As with any vignette, variety helps to create interest, and styling the coffee table is no exception! A grouping of items with varying heights, textures, and shapes creates a beautiful display. Try using something tall (like a vase of flowers), something short (a small sculpture or stack of books), something hard (like glass or ceramic), and something soft (plants, flowers, or another organic material).  When grouped together, the items take on a somewhat organic and undefined shape.

Contemporary Coffee Table 6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

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5. Long & Linear

Rectangular coffee tables in particular can be styled with beautiful symmetry using a repetition of objects that runs lengthwise. Look for a commonality among the objects used, such as shape or color, so that no one object competes with another.

Linnear Coffee Table 6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

 

 

6. The Center of Attention

This approach can be independent of the others or can build off of any of the five previous with the addition of one element that is larger and/or more colorful than the other items.  This item then becomes center of attention!  You can easily use any of the other five approaches for every day use and then add that something extra for holidays, special occasions, or even just because!

   Seashell Coffee Table 6 Approaches to Styling a Coffee Table

 

You can of course mix and match the approaches above to create a unique look!  For example, you could use The Four Corners approach and combine it with The Contained Grouping by using a tray on one of the corners.  Or you could combine Long & Linear with The Center of Attention, as shown below.

 

Which approach you choose will depend on:

  • Your decorating style
  • The other elements in the room
  • The amount of functionality you need
  • The items you choose to display

 

Once you’ve gathered together the key decor items you want to display on your coffee table, decide which approach is best for you and then see if you need any other “filler” items, like books, candles, or small accessories.  And remember, an easy way to change up the look of a room and give it a fresh feel is to simply change out your coffee table decor!

 

Which approach do you use in your home?

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Decorating with Crystal Accents

It’s no secret that I love and appreciate a bit of bling in my home.  I like to include a bit of sparkle here and there to add a bit of elegance and a touch of femininity.  In my opinion, crystal is timeless, classic, and never goes out of style.

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I used to think that crystal was only for chandeliers and only for very formal or fancy rooms.  Not true!  You can add a bit of sparkle to any room, even casual ones.  The current trend for crystal seems to be 1) use it use sparingly and 2) mix it with more casual elements to create a bit of contrast. {Note that for purposes of this post, I’m using the term “crystal” in a general manner, referring to actual crystal, cut glass, or even acrylic, so long as it resembles crystal.}

Chandeliers are of course the first thing that probably comes to mind when you think about using crystal in your decor and admittedly, they are beautiful!

Crystal Dining Chandelier Decorating with Crystal Accents

{via House and Home Magazine}

 

But small touches of crystal can be equally beautiful, like cabinets with delicate crystal knobs.

 

Or doors with crystal handles!

 

Crystal also looks beautiful used on lamps, button tufted upholstery, and even curtains!  {I love the idea of using crystal on the curtains.  You could even add the accent buttons directly onto the existing pleat!}

 

Inexpensive crystal garland can also be used to dress up areas of your home, like the crystal I added to my chandelier {post here} or the garland draped on the mirror below.

TIDBITS TWINE Chandelier Makeover Decorating with Crystal Accents

 

In my own home, in addition to the chandelier in the dining room, I’ve also added touches of crystal throughout my bedroom on door knobs, drawer pulls and even as a bookmark.

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How do you add a bit of sparkle to your home?

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