BOTB 1.27.13

By Kate Riley January 27, 2013

I’m so excited to be starting up this ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series again, in partnership with fellow scout Amanda!  We’ve hunted down our favorites from around the web to share with you today, enjoy these inspiring projects and links!

These minimalist and modern cubby built in bookcases were customized by Alysha and Matt from Old House New Tricks for their basement office space.  

cubby built in bookcases


We love this emerald green dresser makeover by Simple Details with the new gold pulls – pretty styling on top too! 

emerald green dresser


Random brushstrokes transform a plain lamp into a chic brushstroke lamp inspired by a Bunny Williams version with an easy tutorial by Jana at Made by Girl. 

brushstroke lamp madebygirl


Mandi’s created a graphic detail on her wall with a gold Sharpie and the design is fresh and fun!

sharpie wall vintagerevivials  


Mimi of Blue Roof Cabin transformed a free vintage sofa into a tufted gray beauty with new foam and fabric, gorgeous! 

vintage sofa reupholstery blue roof cabin


Build your own butcher block vanity from scratch with a helpful how-to by Traci at Beneath My Heart.

butcher block vanity beneathmyheart


Shannon of Burlap & Lace used this clever tutorial to make her own faux malachite tray resulting in an amazing lookalike!   

faux malachite tray


Lauren at Pure Style Home shares her best tip for aging shiny brass to give it a more attractive patina. 

aging brass purestylehome


Refashion a boxy shirt into a stylish peplum top with a detailed tutorial at Merrick’s Art.

peplum refasshino merricksart


Make your own portable light studio for photographing smaller projects with tips and tricks by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl. 

diy photog studio prettyhandygirl


Thanks as always Amanda for your contributions, you can catch up with Amanda at her blog Serenity Now.  If you’d like your project or post considered for a feature in this bimonthly series, send it our way to [email protected].

Enjoy your Sunday!


  1. Thank you for including my bookcase renovation from Old House New Tricks! I’m honored to be part of ‘Best Of The Blogoshpere’ :) Cheers’ alysha

  2. Stunning features as always. Very excited to see Simple Details being highlighted. I don’t know how I missed the diy light kit from Brittany but I will be going over to take a look at that for sure. Thanks for sharing it!

    Have a wonderful weekend ~ Shannon

  3. Excellent post, you’ve done a good job … now I’ll have to read several interesting blogs, thank you, Julia from La Silla chic

  4. Thank you Kate and Amanda! So exciting to be included on your list! The best part is my post also includes links to my two pals and their emerald green makeovers that are equally as worthy, so you’ve made our day x 3! :)

  5. What gorgeous features! I’m in love with that peplum top refashion. Thank you so much for featuring my DIY malachite tray! Made my week :)

  6. Wow! Thank you so much for the feature of my vintage sofa. I can’t beleive I have two more sections of it to redo, I better get on it ;) So exciting to be included with such fabulous company, Thanks again!

  7. Thanks so much everyone for the comments, I love this series and all of these inspiring bloggers ideas!

  8. The emerald green beauty transformation by Simple Details is truly amazing. Such vision, beautiful color and hardware.

  9. Love the bookshelf along the wall and how a desk slid in perfectly. I just re-arranged my loft and that is the perfect idea for my space. Well done Alysha and Matt!

  10. Love love love all of these! Inspiring. Love Merrick. She is as cute as they come! She taught me how to sew a dolman sleeve top!

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