BOTB 5.1.11

By Kate Riley May 1, 2011

Crikey, it’s May can you believe it?   Time is a flyin’ by !!   Amanda is back to team up with me for our best picks in our continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series.   Let’s take a peek at some exceptional creations happening in homes across the land. 

A bare wall in Liz Marie’s kitchen now showcases her plate art, complete with a charming yellow bench and turquoise china cabinet, lovely! 

plate wall art


Melissa’s Putting it All Together series at 320 Sycamore offers a realistic, detailed guide to creating the perfect room you will love. 

melissa binder


Kimba walks us through her extremely helpful step by step in transforming this beautiful armoire at A Soft Place to Land

foyer cabinet makeover kimba


A very clever use of trim in Emily’s living room allowed her to paint one story instead of two.  We’re loving the custom book shelves over at Jones Design Company!

emily living room


Aaron used a glass jug to create a Pottery Barn inspired lamp.  See how you can recreate the look at The Thrifty Abode.

pb knockoff lamp


Let there be {more} light!  Turn a tripod into a lamp with Kristine at The Painted Hive.

tripod to lamp the painted hive


Stacy proves less is more in her living room makeover at Red Door Home.  Definitely fresher and brighter with her homemade panels.

red door living room


Sew your own beautiful wristlet keychain with Amy at The Idea Room (via Infarrantly Creative).

wrist keychain the idea room


Loving Ashley’s thought process of when to create something yourself, buy a cheaper knock off, or invest in the real deal over at The Handmade Home.

the handmade home knock off inspiration list

via Ballard


How do you feel about using old books to make planters for succulents?  Cool or cruel?

succulents in books via apt therapy


Thanks Amanda for teaming up with me again!  You can catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.

If you’d like your latest project considered for this series, send it on over to [email protected] !




  1. Many wonderful ideas. I just love the glass jug lamp and the tripod lamp! So beautiful and well made!

  2. Thank you so much for posting my plate wall.. I really do love that wall :) Thanks again.. I’m loving this series… I love going to all these amazing blogs. – Liz Marie

  3. It’s always fun to see all of the amazing talent and creativity out there! Fun features! Hope you had a lovely weekend, Kate. The weather was gorgeous!

  4. AWE GEEOSH. SHUCKS. You gals made me blush. ;) seriously. so sweet. Thank you. And ps. now I want to try everything on here. The hubs thanks you from the bottom of his heart, in advance.

  5. There are some really sweet ideas here. But the book planter makes me weep great big tears. It’s cute. But the thought of maiming a beautiful old book… *sigh*

  6. There are so many creative bloggers out there, but it’s hard to find time to find them all. Thanks for posting all of this inspiration in one spot. I love this new series!

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