BOTB 11.25.12 + News!

By Kate Riley November 25, 2012

Greetings all!  The ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ is back highlighting some spectacular spaces and ideas from around the web – Amanda is my fellow scout and together we track down our favorites to be featured twice a month.  Enjoy these inspiring rooms and ideas! 

Yes you can have a super stylish and baby friendly community space, just tour Oh Joy’s updated family room for tips.

oh joy family room


Here’s one fantastic home improvement: a DIY banquette that allows for ventilation, built and installed at Casa de Lewis.

diy banquette sadalewis


A trio of ombré nesting tables are the latest DIY addition to Nicole’s family room over at Making It Lovely. 

ombre nesting tables makingitlovely


Got an exposed fridge?  Frame it in and use the new wall as a family command center like Stacy at Not Just a Housewife.

framed fridge kitchen command center notjustahousewife


Make your own birch lookalike candles with tips from Kimberly at A Night Owl. 

birch candles anightowl


Create a large scale advent calendar with fabric from IKEA and a tutorial by Chiara at Oh Happy Day. 

diy fabric christmas tree ohhappyday


Introduce the natural scents of winter into your home with recipes for simple homemade room spritz available at Design*Sponge.  

natural room spritz design sponge


Thanks Amanda as always for your contributions! You can catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.  If you’ve got a great space or project you’ve featured on your blog, be sure to send it our way to [email protected].

How about some very exciting news?   Remember this kitchen and this bathroom we remodeled earlier this year for a local emergency shelter?  They are both being photographed for the BH&G Kitchen and Bath Ideas issue this week!  We’re beyond thrilled!  

feature in kitchens and baths


The spaces will be photographed as inspiration for budget remodels and the magazine will share the story of our team effort and the reasons for improving the spaces.  I never imagined our Alma Project improvements would make it into a magazine someday and I have all the donors to thank!  I’ll let you all know which 2013 issue it will be and when it will hit the shelves as soon as I know more.

See you all tomorrow for another great week of projects and more holiday related inspiration… 

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  1. Beautiful highlights.. but AMAZING news about the Alma Project work you were involved in being featured in BH&G. That is truly wonderful! What a super spotlight for the Alma Project and your design skill. Congratulations!!

  2. Love all of the BOTB features! And I’m so thrilled for you and the spaces from your Alma Project being photographed for BH&G. Can’t wait for it to be in print so I can buy a copy! Congratulations!

  3. Congrats on the BH&G magazine feature, you and everyone else deserve it, it’s a wonderful cause and gorgeous makeovers of course:)

  4. Congrats on the photo shoot! That is so awesome to hear, and for a good cause no less. That makes it even better. Love the round-ups. Can I also say why have I never thought of ombre nesting tables before? It’s like they are just asking for it!

  5. Congrats on the Alma project being featured in Better Homes Kitchen and Bath. You guys did such a fantastic job and for such a worthy cause.

  6. Congratulations on your feature, Kate! It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person.

  7. Thanks for the wonderful round-up again Kate and amanda! I love that family room the best, but that advent calendar is super cool too!

  8. Kate, It’s so nice to see someone get credit for such an act of selflessness. I hope the exposure will get you more donations. This is where you shine!

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