BOTB 11.7.14

By Kate Riley November 7, 2014

I’ve had my head down focused on several renovation projects and then realized *gulp* it’s November and the holidays are coming up so quick! Time to get started on gifts, crafts, entertaining, etc … add it to the list of things to do!

I’m headed back to Las Vegas this weekend, there is much happening at the fixer house, we’re patching the kitchen tile floor to get the space ready for the new cabinets, installing plantation shutters in two rooms, hanging light fixtures in several spaces, and setting up beds in three rooms for the rotating door of holiday guests descending on us in December.

Here’s the “Best of the Blogosphere” roundup of favorite DIY projects and design ideas spied around the web this week. Oh my, so much design makeover goodness to be savored from the One Room Challenge series of before and afters, find all the links at Calling It Home including these two among other amazing spaces. 

design manifest kitchen makeover

kitchen reno by design manifest

dining room makeover

 dining room by stephanie krauss


Build a faux mantel with hidden storage with a step-by-step at Ana White, and how pretty is this holiday styling?

storage faux mantel


These simple chunky yarn tassels are perfect for embellishing gifts, blankets, curtains, whatever! via Design*Sponge.

chunky yarn tassel


Tarva is the new Rast! Learn how to transform the basic IKEA chest of drawers into this fretwork honeycomb dresser with Simply Designing.

honeycomb tarva ikea hack


Make use of the space behind the toilet with this DIY ladder towel rack by Provident Home Design.

towel bar ladder


Fabricate unique copper and agate sconces with a tutorial at The Gathered Home.

copper agate sconces


Mimic the look of tile as a kitchen backsplash with Myra’s paint technique at My Blessed Life.    

herringbone backsplash


Kristin from The Hunted Interior reveals a clever way to create Lucite drapery rods, wow so chic!

lucite drapery rods


Turn a plain sweatshirt into an embellished bomber jacket with a Pair & a Spare.

sweatshirt bomber jacket


The perfect DIY holiday gift! Make gold initial mugs with supplies and tips from House of Earnest.

monogram mugs


Find helpful information about craft adhesives for all your holiday crafting at U Create!

craft adhesives

That’s all folks, hope you enjoyed the roundup! Thanks so much to Amanda my second pair of eyes who helps me scout these links. Have a lovely fall weekend friends!


  1. omg – I am beyond humbled that you selected my space! I have been following you and have been inspired by you for so long! thank you and love your other selections too!!!

  2. Thanks so much for the mention!
    I can’t believe holidays are around the corner either. My house is totally torn up at the moment. Better pull it together before winter party season :)

  3. Love this BOTB feature of Stephanie Kraus, I wa not familiar with her. I just spent a couple hours looking over her blog, great way to spend a cold rainiy Saturday.

  4. Absolutely in love with Ana White’s Christmas decoration! I haven’t seen such a stylish Christmas decoration for a very long time! Simple and stylish! Can’t wait to try it at home. Also, grey decoration with sparkle elements is totally my favourite!

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