BOTB 9.16.12

By Kate Riley September 16, 2012

Yesterday was so much fun!  We had a blast at a local Wine Country event and then attended a throwback 80s party later in the day, complete with a DJ playing classic tunes, a favorite film from the decade, and everyone wearing their college alma mater singing old school songs, good times!

It’s ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ day, and like always Amanda and I round up our favorite picks we’ve spied out in blogland. Enjoy these gorgeous spaces and inspiring projects we’ve collected over the past two weeks.

There’s a new gray and white bathroom over at 4Men1Lady and its remodel includes some clever concealed cabinets and a step stool too.

remodeled bath 4men1lady


We’re crazy about this stylish gray plus green teen boy’s room over at Simple Details. 

teen boys room


Holly Mathis kitchen shines with new upgrades and a sophisticated neutral palette.

kitchen holly mathis


Sheet metal, a farmhouse table, and a few power tools combine to make this incredible zinc tabletop over at Van Hook and Co.

diy zinc tabletop van hook and co


Make this West Elm inspired headboard with… you’ll never guess … rubber doormats!  Tutorial by Kara Pasley. 

west elm inspired headboard


Did you know you that stencils are not just for paint?  They’re for stain too!  The Ambitious Procrastinator shares her tricks with this stenciled dresser.

stencil stain theambitousprocrastinator


Ana White’s new book will be available soon and The Handmade Home constructed a beautiful hutch for the publication.  Reserve your copy today!

the handmade home hutch via ana white plans


This is one impressive fireplace makeover!  Yet another magical transformation by The Lettered Cottage.

fireplace makeover tlc


Don’t replace it, instead paint your fan so it blends with the ceiling!  Via Pretty Handy Girl.

painted ceiling fan prettyhandygirl


Don’t we all want to hang out in an indoor hammock like this one featured at Cakies?

indoor hammock mycakies


Inspired by a high end version, Nikki turned a tire into a rope ottoman.  

tire to rope ottoman thatwasawhat


Ashli from Mini Manor built a clever DIY hose storage rack for less than $20.

hose stand maillardville manor


Dabney at Apartment Therapy actually lived an experience on my bucket list, buying a Kilim rug in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. 

kilim apttherapy


I’m always so impressed by the ingenuity and creativity out there in the blogosphere!  Thanks Amanda as always for helping me scout some of these picks, you can catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.  If you’d like your space, project, or post considered for this series, send it our way to [email protected]

Enjoy your Sunday!

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  1. Thank you so much, Kate & Amanda ~ I’m beyond thrilled to be included with those creative projects!! ‘Detail Boy’ even knows who Centsational Girl is, and I can see his sheepish little grin when I share the news!

  2. Thanks so much for featuring our zinc tabletop tutorial! We are always excited to see our work get noticed and are very honored to be included in your post….loving some of the other things I see here. The fireplace is awesome. The tire turned ottoman is great as well…

  3. The grey and green teen’s room is somehow modern, cool and classic all at the same time. The mirror made from a ladder in this room is genius.

  4. Hey Kate and Amanda! Thanks for including my project in this round up! So much talent out there in the blog world!!! Loved all of these projects! Thanks for showing them off! :)

  5. Obviously I’m a little behind the blog times, commenting weeks after you posted this. My favorites are the boy’s bedroom and the hutch…. that color is YUMMY. Thanks for an awesome series!

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