BOTB 9.30.12

By Kate Riley September 30, 2012

It’s time again for another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ and this week brings so much inspiration!  I’m always so amazed by the creativity to be discovered out there in the blogosphere, with so many talented people sharing their ingenuity and DIY skills.  Amanda and I team up every two weeks to bring you a collection of our top favorites and here they are, enjoy!

Aubrey and Lindsay designed a gorgeous galley kitchen with IKEA cabinets and they share everything they learned about the process, don’t miss their tips! 

aubrey lindsay ikea kitchen and tips


Lizette and Jason built their own fireplace mantel and the results are stunning.

diy mantel justourlovelylife


You too can build your own extra thick statement floating shelves like these with Desert Domicile.

chunky shelves desert domicile


A barn door plus a Dutch door combo means double the charm with this gray stained DIY dutch barn door – instructions at Remodelaholic.

diy dutch barn door remodelaholic


Emily Clark shares her tips for a common dilemma, how to hang curtains on angled windows.

hanging curtains on angled windows emilyaclark


Who would have thought a teepee could look so elegant?  DIY instructions for this lace teepee can be found over at A Beautiful Mess.

lace teepee a beautiful mess


Kris at Driven by Decor rounded up some spot on decorating rules of thumb, worthy of bookmarking!

design rules of thumb


 Five tools for great styling are shared by the multitalented Emily Henderson. 

great styling secrets emily henderson


Edie shares what it’s like to live through a Better Homes & Gardens magazine photo shoot, I love all the attention to detail!

living through bhg photo shoot lifeingrace


Fall means there will be many pies baking in homes across the country, so don’t miss this post by Lindsey Johnson at Design Mom on the six secrets to the perfect pie crust.

perfect pie crust


I love all of the projects and posts this week, such fantastic inspiration, right?  Thanks as always to my fellow talent scout Amanda!  If you’d like to submit your project or post for consideration for this bimonthly series, be sure to send it our way to [email protected]  – wishing you a beautiful fall Sunday.  

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  1. Great post!!! Loved the Ikea Kitchen tips and the pastry making step by step instructions!! I’m booking marking both! Thank you!

  2. I am really obsessed with all the shelving photos. Makes me want to hang some shelves and decorate them!!

  3. Kate, (and Amanda, too!)
    Thank you so much for featuring our fireplace tutorial! To say that we are honored would be an understatement! We still can’t believe it.
    Lizette (and Jason)

  4. We’re such big fans of Lindsay and Aubrey! Their new kitchen looks amazing! One of the best kitchens i’ve ever laid eyes on!

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