BOTB 9.2.12

By Kate Riley September 1, 2012

Hello all and Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!  We’re spending a few days down in San Diego visiting some family and hanging out at the beach, soaking up the sunshine on the last summer weekend.  I helped my stepdaughter fix up her first off campus college room yesterday and snapped a few pics of the space, will share this week!  

Meanwhile, it’s "best of the blogosphere" weekend again where Amanda and I scout out our favorite picks to share them here, enjoy these amazing spaces and clever projects!

Tour Mabrey’s beautiful nursery over at House Tweaking.

mabreysnursery house tweaking


There’s a fun, functional, and stylish study space in the Just a Night Owl home.

study space justanightowl


Hide an eyesore in your home with built-in Billy bookcases from Living with Lindsay.

living with lindsay bookcases



We love this basement media space reveal from Evolution of Style.

basement reveal evolutionofstyle


Plank applications add such great texture to a space – you’ll love the plank ceiling by The Idea Room and the horizontal plank wall by Domestic Imperfection.

plank ceiling the idea room

plank wall domestic imperfection


These painted baskets by the Marion House Book add a global vibe to your space and the creations were all achieved with painter’s tape! 

painted baskets themarionhouse blog


Window screens transform into a laundry hamper over at Country Home.

countryhome well laundered ideas


We love the industrial style towel bar on House of Wood’s multitasking workbench console and the price tag was considerably less than her Pottery Barn inspiration piece. 

wood console jenwoodhouse


Here’s a resourceful use of a pallet – as a rolling play table by Desert Willow Lane.

pallet play table


Impress guests at your next dinner party with a paint stick table runner in a herringbone pattern from Ruffled.

paint stick table runner ruffled


Everyone with a kitty cat will be excited to see how to make this cat scratching post by Allison at Dream A Little Bigger.

diy cat scratching post


We will all be using brass gilding on our hardware now that Natty by Design showed us her beautiful results.

brass gilding nattybydesign


Make beautiful paper orchids for packages or vignettes with Ellinée.

paper orchid ellinee


Craft an origami business or gift card holder with How About Orange.

origami gift business card holder howaboutorange


Finally, there’s a helpful recipe for cleaning/deodorizing your wood cutting board with natural ingredients over at Apartment Therapy.

how to clean deoderize pull out cutting board apt therapy


Great roundup right?  I love all of these projects! Thanks as always Amanda for helping me round up some of these picks!! If you’d like your project or space considered for this bimonthly series, send it our way to [email protected]  

Enjoy your holiday!




  1. I love the features, especially the planked ceiling. We are thinking of covering our kitchen ceiling and I wanted to go with this instead of the beadboard which is what my husband wants. I love the beadboard but we already have it as wainscoting in the room and I thought it would be overkill! I’m a new follower!

  2. I just have to thank you for your BOTB posts every month. I find them to be so helpful. I hope you continue doing them because they are wonderful. You both truly find some great stuff!!!! Thank you!

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