BOTB 11.7.14

November 7th, 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


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Spots & a Sputnik

November 6th, 2014

I made some changes to my home office this week, I wanted to jazz it up with a new light fixture and change the background on my bookshelves to include a pattern. I spend almost as much time in here each day as I do sleeping so I wanted it to be fun.  I’ve been crushing on spotted backgrounds for a few months so that’s what I went with, navy of course since gold + blue = my fave.

spotted besta billy bookcases

We built this IKEA Besta + Billy bookcase combo with lights for my office almost two years ago and I still love it so much, it’s one of my favorite IKEA hacks in our home. I added Lucient Light Shop as a favorite on Etsy and a few months ago ordered an eight arm raw brass sputnik from Sarah, I love the shape of it! 

sputnik lucient light shop

You can buy spotted wallpaper, Thibaut’s Tanzania is so very chic. I even considered designing my own and uploading to Spoonflower but instead the impatient-cheap-get-it-done-now side of me opted for paint. This is not a stencil, although you can buy this cheetah spot version and it is very similar although the spots are more spaced out. No I just winged it with… a kitchen sponge.          

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