BOTB 11.20.11

By Kate Riley November 20, 2011

Greetings all, and happy fall!  It’s raining today and the leaves are falling from all of the trees. It’s pretty but kind of sad, I’ll miss all those gorgeous autumn colors. Today it finally feels like winter is on its way, brrrrr!  To take our minds off the approaching chill of winter, how about a look at some inspiring projects from around the blogosphere?   Abi and I teamed up again to bring you our recent favorites.     

Here’s a wonderful wood accent wall, this one made from pallets by Chris and her husband over at Just A Girl, perfect in her son’s room!   

pallet wall just a girl


This Drexel Heritage campaign desk was brought back to life by Mary at Because I Like to Decorate.  She’s got an all natural recipe for polishing up brass hardware too. 

drexel heritage desk makeover becauseiliketodecorate


Traci and her husband built a brand new pantry themselves!  Traci has a new paint sprayer that she raves about, read all about it at Beneath My Heart.   

pantry beneath my heart


An old suitcase is a great object to transform into a pet bed, get the how to on this project over at Camille Styles.  

suitcase pet bed


We all love jute for its texture, but you’ll never believe how the form for this jute bowl was made by Kara at Happy Go Lucky.  So incredibly clever!   

jute bowl from record


For even more jute twine inspiration, Kristi from Addicted to Decorating rounded up 45 jute projects, I spy lots of favorites there. (image via Whip It Up)

40 ways with jute addictedtodecorating


Whitney built this useful shelf coat rack for under $40 from supplies from a home improvement store, bravo girl!  Get the full tutorial over at Shanty 2 Chic.   

shanty2chic bookshelf entry


Dollar store felt snowflakes transformed Holly’s mantel over at My Sister’s Suitcase, such an easy and charming idea for the holidays!  

dollar store felt snowflakes


Jenna at SAS Interiors is so resourceful!  She turned drop cloths into pretty placemats with a fab topstitch detail, just lovely.

drop cloth placemats


Finally, two beautiful holiday magazines arrived online, don’t miss both Sweet Paul and Gifted – you’ll be inspired!      

sweet paul and gifted

Wow, I love all of these projects so much!  What’s your favorite?  Thanks Abi for helping me round up some of these fantastic sources of inspiration.  You can visit with Abi over at her blog Gadding Gal and don’t miss her recent table transformation, so pretty! 

   abi botb bio

If you’d like your latest project or post considered for this weekend series, be sure to send it our way to [email protected] .

Enjoy your day! 




  1. Love the featured projects! Each one is wonderful. I love the drop cloth place mats with the pretty top stitching. So clever!

  2. Thanks for featuring our snowflake mantel! I am in love with the jute bowl, and can’t wait to look through the holiday magazines. I’m getting excited for Christmas :)

  3. These are all so great! I’m loving the pallet wall, such a good idea for a boy’s room- it gets beat up, who can tell?! :)

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