January Favorites

By Kate Riley January 31, 2011

Happy day friends, how’s your Monday?  Can you believe it’s almost February?  Good gracious time’s a flyin’ by.  I couldn’t let this month end without sharing just a few of my favorite projects, images, and articles found online. 

I love citrus in January, especially Heather’s mandarins.

heather's citrus


This stenciled ceiling from Not JUST a Housewife is incredible.  Oh what patience, but what a result!

not just a housewife stenciled ceiling


I just adore this tree bookshelf by Design Artist, featured over at Design Dazzle, the perfect addition to any playroom or kid space.

tree bookshelf via design dazzle


Here’s a great bathroom reno by Sand & Sisal, you’ve got to see the ‘before’ !

sand and sisal bathroom reno


Don’t miss Katie’s tips on How To Glaze Furniture

katie glaze


Another great post, Nester’s tips on How To Shop One King’s Lane (a favorite stop of mine for online shopping too).

nester amy butler rug.bmp


I’d never get tired of the colors in this kitchen.  So serene!

r&w kitchen 2 via inspiration for decorationvia Inspiration for Decoration


Speaking of fabulous kitchens, I’m swooning over Thomas O’Brien’s featured this morning at The City Sage.   Plenty of crisp white balanced with wood and natural tones, plus stainless steel appliances – this is another favorite look.

thomas obrien kitchen via thecitysage



Here are some fantastic Valentine crafts: this charming doily matchbox by Craftynest and these cupcake liner pom poms by Kara’s Party Ideas (found via One Pretty Thing).

doily matchbox and pom pom


Thank you Julia for featuring the Stonecroft Southern Living showcase home.  I think sage green is making a comeback (or did it ever go out of style?)  The colors, the coffered ceiling, the perfect balance of comfort and elegance in this living room.

southern living showcase home


How brilliant is this BESTA Ikea hack featured on Apartment Therapy’s Unplggd ?   So inspired by the style and creativity here.

ikea hack via unplugd


Finally, I’m outlining an eBook and Mandi’s tips really helped motivate me to start. 

swirl snip

Here were my top articles in January, just in case you missed them:

Budget Bathroom Makeover + Links to over 100 more

Style + Storage: A Bare Wall Transformed

Me and IKEA, It’s Complicated

Reupholstered Velvet Chair

Ten Lessons Learned from Building a Kitchen

New York + Nate

swirl snip

What inspired you this month?  Did you stumble across an incredible project or link in January?  Please share, I’d love to see!


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  1. The Ikea makeover is my favorite. They turned an inexpensive piece of furniture into an amazing new “expensive” looking piece. Great transformation!

    Makes me want to re-think some of my next DIY projects. Haha!

  2. Listen to you talkin’ like a born-and-bred Southerner! You should come to North Carolina next. . . we could continue your Southern education over here in the Colonies.

    It was such fun to meet you at Blissdom, Kate. Thanks for making the trek all the way from sunny California!

  3. Thanks for the feature! How on earth did I not know about your site??? It is fabulous. I noticed my stats were off the charts and figured out where everyone was coming from. I am a new follower :)

  4. I think this post has inspired me! I love the stenciled ceiling but, most of all, I love the blue dresser against the brown wall. That is a beautiful color scheme!
    Lila Ferraro

  5. Thank you Kate for the shout out! In these January Favorites, I’m coveting the gorgeous ceiling and soothing colors of the Stonecroft Southern Living home! It was a delight to meet you in person at Blissdom!

  6. Love, love, love all of the photos. I especially love that kitchen [5th one up from bottom] photo. It seriously makes me want to go out and buy some white paint. Come home and paint my cabinets.. so much so I would even skip the sanding stage [ha… ya… right]. :)

  7. I’m so mad at you for showing me that amazing tree bookshef that costs almost 3k!!!!! Now I want it – how am I going to convince my husband we need a 3,000 dollar shelf?

  8. I LOVE that Ikea Hack! It always amazes me what people can do with simple ingredients! I’m always looking for my next DIY, and this might be it!

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