BOTB {Best of the Blogosphere} 4.23.11

By Kate Riley April 23, 2011

Hello!  Hope you’re enjoying this Easter weekend!  Today Abi and I joined forces yet again to bring you our picks for the best of the blogosphere this week. 

This garden table by Marianne at Songbird has me wanting to build a potting bench pronto.

songbird garden table


Morgan at Pepper Design blog has a new mantel she stained and installed herself, love this new look!

stained mantel pepper design


Turn a suitcase into a perfect birthday picnic case with Funkytime via Design*Sponge.

suitcase picnic via design sponge funkytime blog


Kim at Newly Woodwards stitched this amazing boy’s quilt, wish I had these skills!

boy quilt newly woodwards


We love how Lydia at Pudel Design created this Anthropologie inspired bowl with spray paint and ceramic birds. 

anthro inspired bowl


Learn the step by step on this DIY scroll mirror over at Home Depot.

hope depot scroll mirror via apt therapy


Make large scale wall art with big impact with plywood sheets, stain and a Dremel with Jess at Hill Country Homebody.

large scale wall art hill country homebody


Build a fantastic bubble chandelier with Natalie at Mint Love Social Club

bubble chandelier


We’re loving Anne’s cheerful big girl art gallery wall at Hello Neuman’s.

big girls art collage hello neumans


We’re wishing we’d been invited to this pancake pajama party by Cassie at Hi Sugarplum

pancake pajama party


Bake sweet pies in a jar for your next picnic with both TidyMom and Not Martha. Definitely on our to do list this summer!

bake pie in a jar


Simply swooning over this wallpapered accent wall and gorgeous painted bottles by Natalie at Beach House in the City.

painted bottles beachhouseinthecity


Be sure to read Crystal’s inspiring personal story of how Rue Magazine began.

crystal plush palate story


Finally, here’s a great resource: 20 Shoppers Guides for Renters at Apartment Therapy.  A great list for homeowners too, including sources for peel & stick wallpaper, sleeper sofas, and small space dining solutions.

peel and stick wallpaper


Abi, you are an awesome scout, thanks for helping me round up so many of these links this week!  Be sure to hop on over and say hello to Abi at her blog Gadding Gal

abi bio

Which feature is your favorite?

Got a project you want considered for this series?  Send it our way to [email protected] !

The ‘All Things Paint’ link party posts at 9 a.m. EST on Monday (6 a.m PST) so get your paint projects, tips & tutorials ready!  I just refinished a lovely dresser for a friend’s nursery, can’t wait to show it to you then.  

blues and branches tablescape


Have a beautiful Easter Sunday!! 




  1. What a fun surprise to be featured this week! I am so glad yall liked Ashlyn’s “big girl” room art collage – and the other ideas on here are so awesome! Thanks!!

  2. LIndas cosas siempre encuentro en este lugar ,gracias por compartir.

  3. Great ideas! Especially love the bubble chandelier — and the lively pancake and pajama party table! thanks for sharing such an inspirational roundup! -susan

  4. Great ideas! Especially love the bubble chandelier — and the lively pancake and pajama party table! thanks for sharing such an inspirational roundup! -susan

  5. Really loved the idea of the tempaper-I’m in the process of moving again into a bigger rental and it needs a lot of work…this would be a great and affordable way for me to add some ooph! into the walls!

  6. Love all these projects! I love making those painted bottles, but I spray paint mine on the outside which is a little different from Natalie’s approach…love her idea to do it inside!

  7. oh my gosh… I can’t handle getting this much inspiration that I LOVE in one post! WAY TO GO! I LOVE that bubble light, the scroll mirror, the beautiful bright table setting, and everything else!!! Thanks for sharing! I’m putting that bubble light and the scroll mirror on my upcoming to-do list!!!

  8. Hi Kate,
    What a wonderful surprise to see my garden table here on your blog!!! Thank you so much for including me in such a wonderful group of bloggers.

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