Friday, October 31, 2014


Happy Friday, everyone!  Thanks for all of your sweet comments and prayers for my Father in Law and our family.  This week has been a crazy roller coaster ride but he was doing SO much better yesterday, really for the first time.  We're hoping to get the vent removed today and move out of the ICU asap!  All of the notes and calls and texts to check on us have been much appreciated.

Since it's the last Friday of the month, we're back with our best project of the month, and we want to see what you've been working on, too!

I cannot quit eating these Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons.  Someone send help.  Especially when they're frozen...thawed just enough to bite into...  YUM!  Get a jump on your holiday to-do list and make some now, and they'll be all ready for parties or to pass out to guests for favors when the time comes.  If you still have any left by then.  ;)

Kris has been hard at work her home office, and she's really out-done herself with this gallery wall!  I seriously sit at stare every time a see a photo of it.  So rich and interesting and warm!  I'm pretty crazy about that console that anchors it all, also.

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Lisa made her mudroom extra-welcoming for her family by making a large custom bulletin board to display their favorite photos and memories.  I'm loving the fabric that she used for the backing, and this is such a great project that makes a big impact with just a little bit of effort and money!

Lisa @ Shine your Light 

Pam completed a fabulous, modern room for her stylish teen client.  She does the best job at finding unique furniture pieces to use, and I love the color palette that they used in this room.  So perfect for a teenager!

Pam @ Simple Details
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So, we want to know...what have you been up to this month?  Link up your best project from October You only need to link up on one blog, and your post will show up on all four blogs.  

And don't forget, even if you aren't a blogger you can still participate.  Just post a photo on Instagram and be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag #bestofthenestparty.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I can't believe that it's been 3 years since my daughter's room got a makeover.  Even when it was "finished," I knew I wasn't happy with the bed and had plans to change it out at some point.

Fast forward three years, and many other projects jumped in line ahead of that one.  However, her room got pushed to the front burner again recently when we decided to move her from a twin to a full bed.  So, with the need for a new headboard and bedding, I decided to take the opportunity to freshen up this entire side of the room.

Many elements will stay the same, but I am switching a few things around.  The stripes are definitely staying, and I'm still working with the same fabric combo that was on her bed.  I was able to adapt her bedskirt for the full mattress and have purchased a white down comforter that I plan to use a simple solid cover on.   I'll use the fabric from her twin duvet cover above to make some new shams.

I'll also be using a pair of swing arm lamps, although they'll have a different shade and I'll definitely dress them up a little somehow.  The bamboo nightstands were a Craigslist find that have been waiting for a makeover.  I'm planning to do glossy red with gold hardware, and using them to flank the bed.

I'm undecided on the artwork over her bed.  The framed photo of her is one of my all time favorites, but I've always been a little nervous about that large frame with glass hanging over her bed.  Did you know we've been having regular 4.0+ earthquakes in OKC?  Crazy!  Maybe I'll make it into a canvas instead.

A few months ago I created a design board for the Crane and Canopy blog, based loosely on my daughter's room.  I'll be incorporating several of those ideas in her room refresh.  One project is already down... although she's informed me that she's not crazy about it at all.  Seems like a vintage wicker headboard is not what she would choose, but I've assured her that this is just a "for now" quick fix, until I have time to do something different (hopefully an upholstered headboard, some day).

I'm hoping that this is a fairly quick mini-makeover and that I'll get to share the finished product with you soon! (Famous last words...)

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On a personal note, thank you so much to those of you who have prayed for my Father in Law.  He had a semi-surprise triple bypass surgery Friday night, and there have been multiple complications with his recovery.  He's still in ICU and we're really praying that he is well enough today to remove his ventilator.  We know that he still has a long road of recovery ahead, and right now are so thankful for each little step of improvement. The Lord is good and always gracious, and our family is trusting Him completely right now.  Needless to say, blogging hasn't exactly been a priority this week, so thanks for being patient and hanging in there with me!

Be sure to get those projects ready, it's time for Best of the Nest again on Friday!

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Friday, October 24, 2014


A few weeks ago I shared my plans for a little mini-makeover in my kitchen.  With our big trip wrapping up, I'm ready to start tackling that project next week.  It's one of those projects that I dread doing (painting the cabinets), but can't wait for the finished product!  I'm ready to see in real life what I'm only seeing in my head right now.

Earlier this week I received a text from a friend (and my daughter's awesome Sunday School teacher!) who is moving to a different house.  She wanted my opinion on some changes in her kitchen, and I thought it would be fun to share here and get thoughts from you all as well.  Many heads are better than one, right?

She texted me some quick photos of the space, and here are the plans that she is considering:

Sherwin Williams Nantucket Dune
  • SW Nantucket Dune for the walls
  • White trim
  • Light- white or creamy cabinets
  • The tiny island in the center will be removed
  • The lighting will change
  • Backsplash will change, countertops are staying.
  • She would like for the china cabinet portion to stand out, as well as possibly the bar (maybe-still thinking though that and anxious to hear suggestions!)
  • She wants everything to feel light and bright, with cooler colors like grays and whites

Here are my thoughts:

I like the paint color for being light and neutral, but if you're wanting to use grays I might consider a more taupy-gray than straight tan.  Grays are hard.  Everyone that's ever tried to pick one out knows that.  Any suggestions, readers, for a good mix of taupe and gray?  Maybe Ben Moore Revere Pewter? I think it looks different than this swatch in real life (more gray), but so many people LOVE this color, it seems to be a chameleon and looks good with anything.

I like the idea of doing a two-tone color in the china cabinet area.  I would leave the full cabinets to the sides of it the same color as the rest of the kitchen cabinets (white), and just paint the center area with the glass doors a different color (I think).  I like the idea of creamy white (SW Alabaster, Ben Moore White Dove, or Behr Decorator's White are good options, but there are plenty to choose from) for the majority of the cabinets and a charcoal gray for an accent.  I think the gray would look nice with the stone around the stove.  The same color could also be used on the paneled portion of the bar.

Ben Moore Kendall Charcoal, The Inspired Room

If that's too dark, something a little lighter would work also.  A pretty charcoal/stone mix:


My second option would be to paint the cabinets white, and keep the stained finish around the china cabinet and bar but darken it a little.  A few inspiration images with a pretty white/wood/stone mix:

Better Homes & Gardens

Jenna Sue Design

Heather Scott
So what do you guys think?  I can't wait to read your suggestions, they are always so good. Any ideas are fair game!  Feel free to leave links in the comments with more photo ideas or a project you've done.  And, I know Erin will be keeping an eye on this post, so keep them coming!

Happy Friday friends, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Hello friends!  We have returned home safely and are trying to get back into the swing of things.  Still waking in the middle of the night and not being able to return to sleep, but we'll get there!

Our trip was better than we could have imagined, truly a once in a lifetime experience.  Staying in the country with our friends made it an entirely different experience than staying in the city would have been, and we absolutely loved it.  I have SO much to share with you from our trip, I think it will be necessary to break it down into several posts.

As we walked around all of the places we visited, I couldn't help but notice pretty doors everywhere.  Many were painted bold colors, or had architectural details that my eye was drawn to, or maybe just looked inviting with a few pots of colorful flowers to frame them.  Not all were especially fancy, but had just enough details to make them special.  Here were my favorites, and hopefully I've remembered their correct locations.

First, the front door to Hedsor Priory where we stayed.  So pretty, quaint, and welcoming!  I'll have much more of the house and grounds to share with you in an upcoming post.

Door leading to the garage from the back yard at Hedsor- I'm not even sure how many hundreds of years old it must be.

St. Nicholas's Church is located on Hedsor Hill, right next to the house.  Loved the entrance and shape of the double doors.

Moving on to the Tower of London and the blue doors that circle the interior.  From what I understand they mark where the Beefeaters live.  They definitely stand out!

In the courtyard adjacent to Westminster Abbey-

At Windsor Castle-

In Oxford, a side door at the building that houses the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

This one is so cool... it is straight out from the back door of St. Mary's Cathedral in Oxford.  C.S. Lewis would see this door each time he left the church, and it is what inspired Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia series.  See him in the middle?  I'll have more to share about this spot in the future, also.

The rest are more that caught my eye as we walked around Oxford.  It ended up being one of my favorite spots.

I hope you enjoyed the doorway tour.  I'm inspired to pay some attention to a few of my doors, which probably just means they be getting a new coat of glossy paint soon!

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Monday, October 20, 2014


We're headed home from London today, and only crying just a little.  ;)  Although it was wonderful, we're ready to be back with our kiddos!

During our recent trip to Poland, we visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine (SO amazing, I'm working on the photos to share with you!) and I purchased one little souvenir there, an agate slice.  Agates are extremely popular in design right now, and I was happy to find a pretty one as a memento.

Wanting to display the one I bought in a special way, I thought of all of the agate boxes that I've seen from retailers and other bloggers and decided it would be a perfect project for my pretty little souvenir.  I planned to find a small clear acrylic box to use, but came across a little mirrored box at TJ Maxx and decided to use it instead.  

The crystal strip was just an adhesive ribbon, so it peeled off easily.  I also liked the idea of the agate being slightly elevated, since with the mirrored top you can catch a glimpse in the reflection of the bottom side of the slice.  After browsing the hardware aisles, I decided to use a simple hex nut to do the job.

So, after gathering a few supplies, it was super easy to assemble.  Using my gold leaf Rub & Buff, I gilded the edge of the slice to accentuate it and add some glam.  Then, I sprayed the hex nut gold and followed the directions on the E-6000 glue to affix it to the middle of the lid, securing it with a strip of painter's tape while it dried.  After allowing that to set overnight, I glued the agate slice to the top of the nut, secured it with a another strip of tape, and let it dry for 24 hours.

The elevated agate almost gives the appearance of a knob,

and gives a pretty reflection on the top of the box.

I also found some clear boxes for a few dollars at Hobby Lobby, so you could use that instead of the mirrored box if you choose.  I think The Container Store would have even better ones, but we don't have one of those in town so I'm not sure.


Such a simple project, and a special memento from a wonderful trip.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014


It's finally here!  My project is live on the Home Depot's Apron Blog today.  My husband and I are roaming around London, but I am so happy to share my project with you.  I was assigned "Mantel" to decorate and sent a variety of mystery items to incorporate into my design.

Here's a little preview, but you'll have to click over to see the full reveal.  Along with a ridiculous picture of me.

I really hope you've been following along each day, there have been some amazing fun and creative designs.  And, I hope you like what I came up with!  Once again, I'd like to thank Whitney and the nice people at Home Depot for inviting me to participate in this year's Fall Style Challenge.  I'm proud to participate and represent in a small way this company that is so good to bloggers, and that I patronize regularly.  See you over at the Apron Blog!

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