BOTB 6.12.11

By Kate Riley June 12, 2011

Greetings all, Amanda and I are back this afternoon with another round of inspiring links this week in our continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ roundup, here you go! 

The House of Fifty blog featured Tiffany’s 5 savvy tips for designing a room on a budgetTiffany’s post offers practical ideas for planning a room to express your style.

house of fifty tips


Emily tells Sharon a thing or two about dropping $30,000 on a rug mostly unseen in her bedroom designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.  We love the ‘fabulous for less’ design board she put together, way to go Emily!

emily tells sharon a thing or two


Craft a PB inspired driftwood star with The Handmade Home, we love the texture and impact this adds to any space! 

driftwood star the handmade home


Make your next card or invitation even sweeter with a photo envelope liner, cleverly crafted by Paige of Paiges With Style (via Birthday Girl blog)

photo liner


Always wanted a schoolhouse pendant like Melissa from 320 Sycamore?  She made one of her own with (who would have thought) canning jar lids. 

schoolhouse lamp with 320 sycamore


Oh spray paint, you wonderful thing.  Loving this Sarah Richardson inspired IKEA hack on a simple frame by Aubrey & Lindsay (and a fantastic Audubon print too!)

ikea hack frame aubrey and lindsay


Hand paint a bamboo rug in a whimsical floral motif with Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl, and while you’re there, take a peek at her screened porch

painted bamboo rug pretty handy girl


Sandy has a new series called 30 Days of Summer Entertaining which covers all the basics of opening your home to guests this season.  Stop by The Reluctant Entertainer to be encouraged in your efforts at practicing hospitality.

sandy entertaining


Layla and Kevin have the magic touch!  Tour their latest transformation of a pretty porch for his parents at The Lettered Cottage

layla porch


Alex and Wendy prove that you don’t have to live on farm or have a big yard to grow a garden. See their step by step instructions for starting a square foot organic vegetable garden.  We can’t wait to see what will be growing here soon!

organic garden


If getting that perfect family portrait is on your to-do list, you’ll want to read Emilie’s advice on choosing portrait outfits (via Blue Cricket Design). 

emilie outfits


Marina’s lemon filled lavender cupcakes look almost too pretty to eat!  You can download a printable recipe at Yummy Mummy.

lemon filled lavender cupcakes


Thank you Amanda once again for your picks, this is such a fun series for me, teaming up every week to find what’s new and creative out there in blog land. 

If you’d like your latest project considered, please feel free to send it our way to [email protected].

swirl snip

Also, I’m excited to be attending this blogger meet-up next month.  If you live in the Bay Area, won’t you join us?  RSVP at the email shown. 

design blogger meetup


I’m posting the Picnic & BBQ Ideas Link Party  6 a.m PST Monday morning, so stop by to link up your latest, or simply peruse what are sure to be a some inspiring summer ideas!

Happy Sunday,

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  1. Love the IKEA hack and the lemon-lavender cupcakes – I’m headed up to IKEA tomorrow so thanks for the very timely idea!!!

  2. Thank you so much for the link, we’re flattered! It is such a surprise and very much appreciated. We’re still getting the hang of blogging on the regular, but it is a lot of fun and quite exciting when others take an interest in what you are doing. Can’t wait to keep sharing, after all, it is our passion. :-)

  3. Great Round Up! I’m a huge fan of square foot gardening–right now I have my most successful garden ever, growing in a huge livestock watering tub!

  4. I love love love Lindsay’s Ikea hack.. so bright and vibrant! All great projects by awesome bloggers:) I have to check out a couple of new ones to me!

  5. Hey thanks for featuring the screened-in porch we re-did at Kev’s parents! :-D
    It was a fun little makeover and we look forward to helping my Mom with her guest bedroom soon too!

  6. Great round up ladies! Thank you so much for the mention! I really enjoyed writing the feature for House of Fifty… I am glad you enjoyed it! I always look forward to see your weekly round up! There is always something new!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}
    savvydesignwest {dot} com

  7. I love all the inspiration here! :) Thank you for sharing, my friend! I went to the Annie Sloan Chalk class this past weekend…I had so much fun and learned a few tricks on how to use the chalk paint…I will post 3 ways to use it…soon…Ill post my practice boards today or tomorrow…:)

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