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By Kate Riley March 6, 2016

It was one of those weekends that was so filled with activity I didn’t sit down. All of it was good, we had a lot of friends and family popping in and several family obligations to attend to, also I spent two nights out on the town, and with all the activity I could barely catch my breath. I meant to post this Saturday but my weekend got away from me. Anyway… here goes another round of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ featuring a few favorite spaces and projects spied around the web.

Stephanie at Cre8tive Designs remodeled a kitchen with white IKEA cabinets, it’s such a dramatic difference from the before!

 ikea white kitchen


Build this modern coffee table with a step by step by Plaster & Disaster, via Remodelaholic.

 yellow base coffee table


Make an industrial style countertop shelf with Donna at Funky Junk Interiors.

 industrial shelf diy


Dip dye IKEA baskets with a tutorial at Dream a Little Bigger.

 dip dye ikea baskets



Learn how to paint watercolor feathers three ways with Rachel at Adventures in Making.

 paint watercolor feathers


How fun is this cereal bowl cake? Ingredients and instructions at Studio DIY.

cereal bowl cake studio diy

Daydreaming: Outdoor Beds

By Kate Riley March 3, 2016

It’s going to rain for a week straight starting tomorrow. I have no complaints we need the water out here on the west coast, but I am anxiously awaiting warmer weather and long summer nights spent lingering outdoors.

Taking a nap outdoors feels like such a luxury. Actually, taking any kind of nap feels like a luxury :)  But one stolen outdoors is extra special, I insist on one whenever I go someplace warm on vacation, I affiliate an outdoor nap with ultimate relaxation.

We have a large sofa in our courtyard but it’s hard to catch zzzs there since the space is pelted with afternoon sun in the summer. My neighbors have an outdoor bed I envy, it’s a carved wood bed that has weathered over time, and she dresses it in exotic textiles and colorful pillows every summer. Their yard is so inviting, I await my annual invitation to share sangria just so I can lounge on that outdoor bed. My neighbor tells me she’s fallen asleep on it countless times on summer evenings while her husband strums his guitar in an adjacent chair. Isn’t that the most romantic lovely thought?

We saw a lot of outdoor beds on our trip to Fiji, destination resorts with views excel in the lure of the outdoor bed. Enclosure + mattress + pillows = bliss.

 outdoor bed resort zihuatanejo


Mimic the look at home with the same combination using tall greenery or walls to add privacy.

 outdoor bed bright pillows

  design love fest

outdoor bed hgtv


I love these beds below with their striped cushions, how clever to squeeze a market umbrella in between for sun protection.

 outdoor bed striped cushion

 sara ruffin costello

Here’s an idea for creating an outdoor bed: pull a bed frame outside, add three lounge chair cushions, and build a cabana with sheers to surround it.

 outdoor rattan bed


Remember the pallet craze from a few years ago? Here’s an example of how you can use them to make a base, also take note of canopy made with timber, frame connectors, and canvas.

 pallet bed with canopy

vt wonen

This outdoor bed tucked under an arbor brings the inside out, complete with all white bedding and a crystal chandelier.

 romantic outdoor bed

style me pretty

There’s always the option of a hanging daybed if you have the structural support for it.

 hanging daybed

via my scandinavian home

 hanging daybed from chain


 hanging outdoor bed house beautiful

house beautiful


I found a tutorial for building an outdoor swinging daybed at Run to Radiance blog.

 outdoor swinging bed diy


I love this glam rope swing daybed in blue tones, doesn’t this look like the ultimate destination for an afternoon snooze?

 elegant rope swing bed

If DIY is not your thing, take a look at these two affordable options, the bamboo daybed and the marrakech sunbed, both look to me like you could tuck them anywhere in your yard for an outdoor nap.

 budget outdoor beds

What’s your fondest memory of taking a nap outdoors? Someplace you’ve visited in your past, or on vacation? Do you also set up a place to nap outdoors during good weather ?