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By Kate Riley May 9, 2014

Hey everyone, welcome to the weekend! I’m sure many of you have some special plans for Mother’s Day, we’re headed out to Sonoma for a leisurely lunch in the Plaza and some relaxation in the sun. I don’t want to clean or cook anything, and I think a nap and a pedicure are in order :) It’s ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ weekend, here is the list of inspiring projects and spaces Amanda and I rounded up, enjoy! 

Visit all the spruced spaces in the One Room Challenge linked to over at Abby M. Interiors, her bathroom makeover is divine!

chic bathroom makeover abby m interiors


Here’s an impressive home improvement project that’s a headache but wow what a result! Learn how to expose wood beams in Jaime’s story at What’s My Letter.

exposed wood beams


Make an upholstered Mughal inspired window cornice with a tutorial at Fresh American, love the antique silk fabric!

mughal inspired window cornice


Precisely cut MDF boards resulted in this Greek key wall treatment, find all the instructions at All Things Thrifty.

greek key wall treatment


I have to share this Ikea hack with with you, my friend Heidi got the idea from Preciously Me and combined a stained plank with IKEA’s Akurum upper cabinets and furniture legs from Etsy to create her own contemporary breakfast nook credenza. I snapped a pic at her place last week, it’s very sleek and stylish with a mid century vibe.

ikea hack credenza


Another IKEA hack: these DIY tufted banquette benches by Back on Festive Road were Besta cabinets in a former life.

ikea besta cabinet bench


Craft marbleized bowls and vases with Elise Blaha’s nailpolish technique.

marbled bowls


Knock off Anthropologie’s version of a gold pencil holder with Katie’s supply list at View From The Fridge.

anthropologie knockoff gold pencil holder


Recreate the look of Ballard Designs Cote de la Mer paintings with this abstract art technique by Provident Home Design.  

ballard designs abstract knock off


Build a pipe garment rack with a supply list and how to over at Smitten Studio.

diy pipe garment rack


12 top interior designers share the best style lessons learned from their mom.

design lessons


Find even more inspiration from the past few weeks featured at Best of DIY!

best of diy posts


Wishing you all (especially the moms) a relaxing Mother’s Day weekend!



  1. Those exposed beams are just gorgeous! I have wood beams in my den that were painted over by the previous owners and I can’t wait to bring them back to their natural glory at some point.

  2. wow! What a list! I’m thrilled to be included. Thank you! The Greek Key wall treatment and the tufted benches are crazy good. I’m also looking forward to reading through the article of style lessons they learned from their mom. So fitting for this weekend. Have a great day! Abby xx

  3. WOW, what awesome links this week, Kate!! I’m bookmarking this post so I can go back and read ALL the posts from this one when I have some more time. Thanks for another great round-up.

  4. Kate you made my day! And now it’s official all that hard work tearing down that plaster and lath ceiling was worth it just to be featured on CG. Thank you, thank you.

  5. So happy that my Ikea credenza inspired your friend :)
    I really like the outcome with those dark legs and the brass knobs! Perfect ♥

  6. Just wanted to let you know that all the links are going to Google Ad Services instead of the blogs.

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