BOTB 7.22.12

By Kate Riley July 22, 2012

Greetings all and happy Sunday, it’s time for another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ and Amanda and I are back to share the most inspiring, creative, and helpful ideas we’ve spotted in the last two weeks, enjoy!

Everything about Ford’s Nursery is perfection from the soft sophisticated neutrals to the brass pendant, tour the beautiful space over at Me Oh My

fords nursery meohmy


Stacy at Not Just a Housewife created her own secret garden complete with lush plantings, plenty of white, and a focal point mirror, so serene! 

secret garden notjustahousewife


Follow Traci’s step by step to refinish a claw foot tub for a beautiful result at Beneath My Heart

refinish antique clawfoot beneathmyheart


A tired old piece gets a new look as a dark stained secretary by Cuckoo for Design, we’re loving that striped wallpapered interior too! 

secretary cuckoo for design


Build your own elevated box planters just like the Accent Piece – impressive that they did it with scrap wood from a doghouse! 

the accent piece box planters


We love the versatility of pallets, here’s a charming use – shark pallet art!  Get the full how to over at Sand and Sisal

shark pallet art sandandsisal


This stylish white wall hutch from thistlewood farm was a bookcase in a former life. KariAnne flipped it upside down and added crown molding to become a custom display piece.

bookshelf to hutch thistlewood farms


These wood and canvas crates by Alicia at Thrifty and Chic are a fabulous Pottery Barn knockoff, what a beautiful storage solution for any console table!

x base crate thriftyandchic


Well this is clever.  Turn a plain barstool upside down, give it a coat of paint, stitch up some pockets and voila!  A wrapping paper storage station by Two Little Hooligans

wrapping paper station 2littlehooligans iheartorganizing


Oh how we love those miniature play sets for keeping wee ones busy.  Check out this  handmade little kid barbeque by Kate’s Creative Space

diy kids bbq


We’ve all seen the cheap metal containers at the office supply store.  Transform them into a unique creation with spray paint and yarn to create a cross stitch pencil cup  everyone will be asking about.   Via Camille Styles

stitch effort camille styles


Great love stories… they’re the best!   Spence and Kate are Number 15 in a great series, read them all at This is Glamorous.

great love stories series thisisglamorous


I also enjoyed Ten Little Things That Will Make You Happier at Home at Apartment Therapy.  Thanks Amanda as always for helping me scout some of these picks, you can catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.  Hope you all are enjoying your day!  We’ve had quite a productive weekend, I have a great DIY project to share tomorrow, hint hint, it’s something on my list





  1. Just when I think I’ve seen it all – I am blown away once again by the creativity out there! These are some fantastic features! Kari from Thistlewood Farms is one of my all time favorite people ever – so glad to see her awesomeness featured here!

  2. Another great post Kate. I especially loved the mirror in the garden and that bar stool turned storage was absolutely brilliant.

  3. I love BOTB! I work part time around my husband’s work schedule which means a lot of weekends and this is what I look forward to at the end of it all. I miss Abbi’s weekend though, will she ever come back?

  4. I love these roundups! And I am so honored to be a part of this one. :)
    Thank you for featuring my tub. It’s makes my husband’s hard work worth it!

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