BOTB 6.24.12

By Kate Riley June 24, 2012

Sunday greetings y’all!  I feel the need to say “y’all” having spent the last week in Georgia and I’m brewing some sweet tea as I write, love that stuff!  It’s great to be home and back to work, I’m excited for the upcoming week.  I’ve got a few projects in the works right now and can’t wait to share them, but hey, it’s BOTB weekend so Amanda and I are here to highlight some of the best ideas we’ve seen, including a few inspiring knock offs, here ya go!     

This backyard hideaway at the Handmade Home totally rocks our world, Ashley and her husband built this backyard fort for their wee ones, and it’s amazing!

treehouse handmadehome


A top to bottom kitchen makeover caught our eye this week. See how Jessie from Cape 27 brought modern beauty to a dated space.

kitchen makeover


Viva Terra’s Gustavian bed is a stunner, but pricey at $1,895.  Enter Suzie at The Accent Piece who built this charming rustic bed with scrap wood, so genius!  

diy build a bed the accent piece blog


Karah created at rooftop bedroom to enjoy her view on the island of Curaçao, (hello, can we come visit?).  Check out the view from the pallet bed at the space between.  (And so so nice to chat with you at Haven, Karah!)  

rooftop bed


You’ll find a fun and functional outdoor kitchen over at The Logan’s Landing, built from the ground up, you’ve got to see the before! 

outdoor kitchen


We love those awesome knockoffs like subway art by Melaine at My Sweet Savannah, she spent a mere $15 compared to the Restoration Hardware $550 price tag, big props!     

rest hardware knockoff mysweetsavannah


Here’s a beautiful Pottery Barn inspired beaded chandelier, how fab is this rustic twine + white bead combo?   Get the full how-to over at My Simple Obsession.  

diy beaded chandelier


Gina’s rope mirror is a fantastic way to add that extra layer of texture to your walls, read the full tutorial over at The Shabby Creek Cottage.   

rope mirror shabbycreekcottage


Here’s a charming idea for your next picnic, this pocket lined basket for your utensils and snacks, and how clever is the suggestion that you use the basket on your bicycle!  Via Design*Sponge.  

sunset dyed basket and pouch design sponge

So many great ideas this week, right?  I’m always amazed by the creativity and ingenuity out in blogland!  If you’d like your latest post or project considered for this series, be sure to send it our way to [email protected].   Thanks as always Amanda for your help rounding up some of these picks, catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.  

Have a great Sunday, y’all!  




  1. I have a question for you, Kate! I love all of your work and you have totally inspired me to tackle some painting projects on different furniture pieces… One of which is an old dresser. When it comes to the hardware, I love the shape and style of my drawer pulls but they are “sassy brassy”. I want to try spray painting them, but my pulls have “moving” parts and I wondered in your experience if the paint will make the pieces stick together and no longer operate correctly? I’ve wondered the same when I’ve seen people paint doorknobs in the past. I appreciate the help!

    • Hi Lauren, great question, it’s easy to spray paint hardward with non moving parts but like you said, if there are moving parts, the paint can wear off with use. I’ve done it on less frequently used cabinetry (hardware on an armoire) and it’s held up fine. I’ve read a few tutorials online about spray painting doorknobs, it’s a great quick fix if you use good spray paint like RustOleum.

  2. Even with no kids around, I’m lusting after the backyard hideaway, for me.
    All the projects are lovely, thank you.

  3. Holy smokes, this is the coolest thing ever!!! I’m just sitting down to my almost three page post-Haven to do list with “email Kate” right at the top of it and hop on over to find this.

    Thank you so much for letting me interrupt your personal time and indulging me for a bit at Haven. And congrats to you on such a successful event. Such a pleasure to meet you!! I really appreciate
    the feature. :)


  4. That would be the Gustavian bed. Forgot, there was another bed – the outdoor bedroom. Nice too, but loved that bedframe and headboard.

  5. Oh my goodness!! Thanks so much for the feature I am in awe to have been featured on your site!! I love everything you post and am a new fan. I’m glad you loved the chandelier. ;)

  6. Wow that bed really is a work of art, one of a kind thats for sure. Thanks for the roundup so many inspiring ideas out there :)

  7. Hi Kate! Just wanted to come by and say thank you. Haven rocked! Y’all did an awesome job and I can’t wait to share with everyone. It was so sweet to meet you! Thank you

  8. Love the ideas you featured! What talent! The backyard fort for the kids is amazing! That outdoor kitchen is unbelievable! You’d feel like you were on vacation all of the time.

  9. We are in the middle of renovating our kitchen in our now home in Georgia. We bought the property in December 2011 but have just moved in as we have been busy repairing and decorating etc. The link to the site/blog Cape 27 came just at the right time. Very inspirational!

  10. KATE!!!!!! I love you! You are too kind! The crooked F was driving me crazy, just fixed that, I’ll have to show u the new and improved version! Xoxo

  11. Thanks so much for sharing my Outdoor Kitchen! You made my week ;) Love your blog and all of the other great ideas too! Cathy

  12. The rope mirror is exactly what I needed and was missing for my bedroom which is undergoing a “beach” makeover. Thanks yet again for another fabulous idea!

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