BOTB 11.24.14

November 24th, 2014

I’ve been out of the loop for a few days between traveling to Las Vegas with the family, enjoying the night life, hanging out with cousins, and working on the house here …  forgetting a blog that needs attention. :)

This week, we’re replacing a shower door, building a fireplace mantel, and preparing bedrooms for future guests. All of that comes to a halt come Wednesday evening for more hours with friends and family. I just love Thanksgiving, that opportunity to pause and enjoy a day that’s all about food and family before the rapid pace of the Christmas season. Today it’s a belated version of ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ that’s long overdue. Here are the favorite projects spied across the internet to inspire you! 

Build your own upholstered wing bed with a step by step at Four Men 1 Lady.

diy upholstered bed

 

Tour a beautiful neutral nursery with gray and gold touches at DIY on the Cheap. 

neutral nursery

 

I love Daniel’s rustic bench fabricated with Target stool bases!

diy bench with target stools

 

See how Nate and Michelle built this wall with bookcases and a mantel frame with a stunning result from Décor and the Dog.

diy built in bookcases

  

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Holiday Mantel + Lynch Creek Farm Collection

November 20th, 2014

Black and white is a classic, yet trending again in design, have you noticed? Last year we painted the living room walls Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore and the French doors gloss black and together with the baby grand piano, it feels so sophisticated in here, so black and white inspired this year’s Christmas mantel. 

I picked up two sets of curvy candlesticks last month from Joss & Main and framed some $1 silver sprays from Michaels on black paper together with a favorite birch print.

black and white christmas mantel centsational girl

 

black and white mantel

 

centsational girl black and white christmas mantel

 

christmas mantel centsational girl

 

How do you like the wreath? Surprise, it’s one of my designs for Lynch Creek Farm! I’ve raved about Lynch Creek Farm for years (here and here) and our relationship began back in 2011 when I needed greenery for a Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot

Earlier this year, they approached me to design a line of unique wreaths and a tabletop mini tree. I was sent a box of goodies filled with faux berries and ornaments and told to add my personal touch!

invite 2

 

I used mostly what they sent me, but added my own ribbons to the wreaths which they were able to later source. I designed the wreaths and tree at home, photographed them, and sent the photos and list of embellishments to the farm.

kate riley wreath designs

At Lynch Creek farm, they recreated the look then photographed the wreaths for the season. I’m so excited to share the final designs today and let you know they’re currently available for sale for holiday decorating and gift giving!

The City Skyline wreath which hangs above my mantel includes silver and gold ornament clusters, glitter pinecones, gold and silver berries, and looped black & white striped ribbon.

kate riley for lynch creek farm city skyline wreath

 

I couldn’t resist a teal blue version since it’s my favorite color, the Glacier Bay wreath includes clusters of aqua, teal, and white ornaments, blue berries and looped teal ribbon swaged to the side for a chic presentation. 

kate riley for lynch creek farm glacier bay

  

The Tartan Tree showcases clusters of red ornaments, silver and red berries, and is topped with a big tartan bow, a classic for any holiday vignette or centerpiece.

tartan tree

 

A few things to know about Lynch Creek Farm, the Washington state business uses sustainable practices and local farmers and they do not cut down trees! The wreaths and centerpieces are handcrafted with clippings from noble fir, juniper, and cedar. Lynch Creek Farm is serious about preserving the forests and habitats of the Pacific Northwest. Their wreaths are 26” and six pounds so consider a wreath hanger (sold online) to go with. Lynch Creek Farm also crafts centerpieces, garlands, holly, swags, and more.

The collection is elegant and festive and I’m so glad to have this opportunity to partner with my favorite source of holiday greenery on the web! 

centsational girl for lynch creek farm

You can order any of them from Lynch Creek Farm, they are limited in number so if you want one, order it today! All prices include FREE SHIPPING. It’s so amazing to have fresh, fragrant greenery shipped right to your door, when you open your box your home instantly smells like Christmas!