Best of the Blogosphere

Introducing: Best of DIY

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Hey everyone! Today I’m excited to announce a project that has been in the works for over a year. Long ago in the dark ages before Pinterest, I was bookmarking DIY tips and tutorials on my computer to keep track of all the cool ideas or helpful information I wanted to refer to in the future.

From time to time, I’d link to a few on the site, and those infrequent features led to regular series you all know as the Best of the Blogosphere. Problem was, as time went by, the features were getting buried under more recent posts, and I was getting way too many emails about projects featured in the past. Cue the necessity for a well cataloged library of all that amazingness! 

Now that Pinterest exists, I include many inspiring ideas in my DIY Inspiration board, but I wanted to create a library dedicated to home improvement and interior decorating ideas. Pinterest is great, but often research leads to a bad source or no source (grrrr), so I decided to gather up all my favorites in a reliable spot. 

Today I’d like to introduce you to the Best of DIY site – a place where I’ve gathered over 1,000 excellent tutorials and tips in one organized place. The categories range from home improvement to crafting to fabric projects and include outdoor ideas too. Drop down menus make searching by category easy.

best of diy site 

Here’s the best part – all of the galleries link to original sources which take you the right place in one click of your mouse – bookmark or Pin from the original source of brilliance as you please.

Some of the galleries are small for now (like Fall and Christmas Decorating), but as those holidays approach there will be plenty more ideas to browse – I’ll be sure to let you know when they’re packed with more inspiring blogger projects. Feel free to email us through the contact form to submit your projects for consideration to be featured, or if you know of an amazing DIY tip you’ve seen elsewhere, send it our way!

I have to give a great big shout out to my assistant in this endeavor – you all know Amanda who helps me scout the BOTB links. She has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for months to assist me in uploading all of this information. We’ve emailed back and forth and finally organized all of this DIY goodness in one place. Thank you Amanda, I couldn’t have done this without you!!!  

The new site is a really great resource and I see it as a way to continue to promote all of you – have fun exploring Best of DIY – I encourage you to come back often because we’ll be uploading a dozen or so links a week of the best ideas from around the web. The ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series will continue, but now you know where to find all the goodies! 

Enjoy browsing the galleries – and have a great weekend!

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Monday, April 1st, 2013

Happy Monday everyone, hope you had a lovely Easter weekend! We managed to squeeze in an egg hunt just before it started to rain, and Matt grilled seasoned lamb chops for dinner under the umbrella, but because of the raindrops it was nice quiet day for us. Today is a rare Monday ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ post but it’s been a few weeks, so Amanda and I again gathered up our favorites, enjoy these inspiring spaces, projects, and ideas!       

I loved reading the story behind this creative home office makeover designed by Stephen Saint Onge at Designer Dad. 

home office designer dad

   

This big girl room at Lily Pad Cottage is filled with colorful sweet touches.

girls room lilypadcottage

    

Miss Mustard Seed transformed her inviting kitchen and documented the process over the years with a recent reveal of the new space, gorgeous!

mms kitchen

     

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Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Sunday and daylight savings time greetings friends, it’s time for another much anticipated roundup of the best in DIY from across the blogosphere, as always Amanda and roundup our favorites and I share them here, enjoy this inspiring collection of spaces and ideas!

There’s a new trend in kitchen cabinet refinishing and this look is taking the blogosphere by storm, with several in just the last month giving their kitchens the two tone gray and white paint treatment – check out these three lovely kitchens!

upper white lower gray kitchen cabinet paint

Modern Jane / Styled Thing / The Inspired Room

The Graham & Brown frames wallpaper (filled with family photos) in this frequently used dining room at East Coast Creative just might be the best wallpaper ever!

diy dining wallpaper eastcoastcreative

 

A small nook serves a family well as a mini mudroom – see all the details in the space over at Nalle’s House.

mudroom nalleshouse

 

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