BOTB 9.18.11

By Kate Riley September 18, 2011

Greetings all, so happy to be featuring some very inspirational posts and projects today!  I took a chance when I started this ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series many months ago, and I have to say looking back I’m so glad I did.  There is so much ingenuity and creativity out there that and I love sharing my finds with you.  Again this week I teamed up with Amanda, and together we bring you our favorite picks, enjoy!

You can combine both rustic and glam by mimicking this look in your bedroom with this gold stenciled plank headboard by Simply Sjostedt  (via Creature Comforts). 

simply sjostedt stencil plank headboard


Considering white marble for your kitchen countertops? Read this perspective on why you might invest in marble (and get the different definitions too) at Cote de Texas.

white marble for kitchen cote de texas


We all love a great IKEA hack and here’s another twist on the Rast dresser, this bedside table has a custom base and stained wood top over at A Charming Nest

rast dresser hack


Ana White can build anything and she proves this week it with a smiling DIY mudroom, coupled with the detailed plans for you to do it yourself too. 

ana white diy mudroom


You can make your own custom sized wood crate storage bins courtesy of House of Smiths, with a little wood, stain, elbow grease, and rope.  Form and function at its best!

house of smiths diy crates


Ooh another charming crate, this one’s a Serena & Lily knockoff version with colorful casters.  Get the link to Natasha’s source over at Little Pink Monster.

little pink monster serena and lily crate knock off


Ah, bread. It’s just so irresistible. Here’s a great recipe for classic French bread brought to you by Dreamy Whites (with gorgeous photography too). 

dreamy whites french bread


While you’re in the kitchen, consider working up a batch of seasonal cinnamon caramel apple pumpkins with Bakingdom

caramel apple pumpkin


Madigan Made gilded her gold pumpkins with none other than brass thumb tacks, how inventive!   

thumbtack pumpkins madigan made


Did you know you can airbrush cookies?  It’s like spray paint, but for sweets.  And now I need smelling salts.  Learn how to make these fall leaves cookies and get the secret tool shared by Sweet Sugar Belle. (via TidyMom)

spray painted cookies sweetsugarbelle


Oh and Happy Happy Birthday to my Dad today!  He’s 66, but is he in any mood to retire?  Nope!  He’s still going strong working five days a week!  Love ya Pop. 

Got a fab project or room reveal you’d love to see featured?  Be sure to send it our way to [email protected].

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Thanks Amanda for partnering with me again and helping me round up some very inspirational links! Read all about Amanda’s adventures over at her blog Serenity Now.

Today I’m outdoors, embracing the beauty of the fall season and enjoying this lovely Sunday in September.  Wishing you the very same.


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  1. OHMYGOODNESS, thank you so much for featuring my crate! I just told the hubs, “my crate made it on Centsational Girl!” He looked puzzled. I assured him it was a big freaking deal. (:

  2. I think I just pinned your entire post! My favorite is the stacked drawers with pillows & throw blanket….gave me a good idea to repurpose my sons activity table drawers! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love everything. I practically pinned all of it!!! Once again you have inspired me. I’m off to IKEA for a Rast Dresser!!! LOVE!

  4. what a great selection of inspiration, i love them i saw some of them on and looked at the tutorials xxx

  5. Thank you for featuring our Rast hack! I love all the other posts as well…can’t wait to make some of those crates!

  6. I look forward to BOTB all week, not just for the inspiration, but also to be introduced to other fab bloggers. Keep up the good work girls!

  7. I would LOVE to know where the white shams/duvet cover with buttons on them were purchased!??? I love them!!!

  8. Carrie – The shams and comforter were actually from Target. I think it was called “Kissing Pleats” I removed all the little clear plastic buttons and replaced them with buttons I’d been saving from my clothing over the years.

  9. If that photo of the quarry were blown up, I would put it in my dining room. Seriously…I had to look at it a bunch of times to see what it was. it’s like a little work of art.

    I made your chix enchiladas (which I have done before). I used red enchilada sauce and it was to die for. I ate way too much. It’s a great recipe!!

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