Friday, January 30, 2015


We're baaaaaack!  After taking a little break for the holidays, we're back today to see the best of YOUR nest.  And, we're kicking off this new year with a special new addition to our link party... keep reading!

As always, I'm honored to host this little party with three of the most talented, sweetest ladies around.  Here are our best projects from December or January:

With all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I sure was thrilled to put my freshened up kitchen to work!  

Pam kept a HUGE secret from everyone, but finally spilled the beans about her Better Homes and Gardens photo shoot and the published 8 page(!) spread that appeared in the January issue of BHG Refresh!  Those eight pages were packed full of photos of her home's breathtaking exterior.  And, the best part is, the inside of her home will be in a future issue.  Can't wait!

Pam @ Simple Details

Kris claimed a portion of her counter as a designated coffee station, and it just couldn't be any better.  I'm glad she doesn't live closer or that darling little trophy cup might just disappear...  Having a spot this cute might *almost* convince me to try to like coffee.
Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Lisa has worked off and on in her living room for years, but recently made a focused effort to finish it up before the holidays.  It's full of some marvelous DIY projects and is a perfect, functional, comfortable space for her family to gather and enjoy.

Lisa @ Shine your Light 

Now to the little surprise.  Each month we'll be including a fellow blogger to share the hosting duties with us!  This time, we're pleased to welcome Becky from This is Happiness as our Guest Host.  She's sharing a sweet "new" tradition that her family has started in order to foster quality family time together, a good ol' Sunday Dinner.  While you're there, be sure to poke around Becky's blog a little bit.  You're sure to love her fresh, clean style!

Becky {This Is Happiness}
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Now, you have two months to choose from, so let's see your best project!

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.

There are just a few guidelines to remember...
*Link to your specific post, not your home page.
*Please make sure that your project is from DECEMBER or JANUARY.
*Only ONE link per person! If more than one link is added, all but your first link will be deleted.
*Please link back to one of the hosts in your post.  
*Spread some comment love - please visit and comment on at least two other links in the party.

Feel free to grab a button for your post!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


There's lots of hype going on about the big game this week. Although I could almost care less about the game, my family enjoys the evening and I enjoy making some special snacks while they're watching the hoopla.  

This is one of our all time favorite dips- for church fellowships, dinner appetizers, Christmas Eve snacks, VBS treats- everyone loves it! And, it couldn't be easier to make.  There are only 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand, and two of those are cheese.  How much better can it get?

Here's what you'll need-

1 block of cream cheese, softened (low fat is ok too)
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of Ro-Tel tomatoes (I usually use regular, but Mild is all I had on hand)
8 oz. Cojac cheese

To assemble, spread the cream cheese onto the bottom of a pie-plate sized dish, or a 9x9 would work also.  Then, layer the drained Ro-Tel, rinsed beans, finishing off with a layer of cheese on top.  If you want to make a larger amount, use a 9x13 dish and double all of the ingredients.

But don't stop there... heat it up!  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly.  Serve warm with tortilla chips.

I promise, this dip will be a TOUCHDOWN for whoever you make it for, and YOU'LL be the winner regardless of the score board.  What's your favorite game snack food?

Happy cooking!

For more great party food ideas, try these recipes:

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Before Christmas, my girl really wanted to know what she could get for me.  Considering her limited budget and that fact that I'd rather have something hand made by her any day, I thought about what she could make for me.

I'd had these fun coasters from Inspired by Charm pinned for a while hoping to make my own, and I knew that this would be the perfect project to pass along for her.   We altered our supplies a bit from Michael's inspiration and I rounded up some things so we could make our own version.

After a quick trip to the craft store, we had some cork circles and a variety of pom pom colors.  You could choose any color combination you like, but I really just wanted a crazy multi-color variety.

This could not have been a simpler project, and with a low-temp glue gun she was completely fine to do this project all on her own.  She started in the center with one dot of glue for each pom and worked her way out, varying the colors in random patterns.

That's all there is to it!

These are my new favorite accessory.  Cute AND useful... what could be better?

They remind me of something that would fall in the "Sunday School craft" category, and I kind-of love that.

We have a BUNCH of pom poms left over, so I'm already dreaming up another project to use them on.  Can't get enough!

Do you have a favorite gift that a little person has made for you?

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Thursday, January 22, 2015


Last summer I was invited by Crane & Canopy to create an inspiration board for a bedroom using one of their bedding sets.  It was so fun to put together, and I was thrilled when they agreed to partner with me to bring the design to life.  

black and white striped wall, Crane and Canopy Linden Duvet, glossy red bamboo nightstands, vintage peacock headboard

I can't believe it was this long ago, but in October I shared my plans for a re-design for my daughter's bedroom.  We recently upgraded her from a twin bed to a full, so that presented the opportunity for a little refresh.  Many things stayed the same as when I re-did her room 3 years ago, but we changed a couple of major things on her main wall.

Black and White Striped Wall, Crane and Canopy Linden Duvet Cover, Glossy Red Bamboo Nightstands

You've already seen the nightstands that got a makeover for her room and a sneak peek of the headboard.  Along with those two things, I think the bedding switch-up made the biggest difference in the room.  

Black and White Striped Wall, Crane and Canopy Linden Bedding, Vintage Peacock Headboard, Glossy Red Bamboo Nightstands, Colorful Girl's Room, Teen Girl's Bedroom

If you're not familiar with Crane & Canopy, it is an online bedding brand that has high-quality designer bedding without the department store markup.  They have a wide variety of beautiful bedding made with soft and breathable, extra-long staple cotton, woven in 300+ thread count.  And, an extra bonus, you can feel confident shopping with C&C knowing that a portion of all of their proceeds go towards their cause initiative, "A Safe Night's Sleep," which benefits women and children affected by domestic violence.  It's such a good feeling to patronize companies who give back. 

With all of the color and pattern, I'm absolutely in love with the Linden black duvet cover and shams (with high quality extra-long staple cotton in a 400 thread count).  Seriously, this is the softest and nicest bedding in our whole house!  I added her monogram to the shams, and good thing, or I'd be tempted to pull this set into my room!

One huge benefit that I've noticed with the duvet cover is that when she gets up in the morning, her covers are still in place.  It doesn't look like a tornado hit her bed!  The perfect weight of the cover helps to keep all of the bedding nice and neat, and the ties in the corners keep the comforter inside from shifting.

I used her old duvet cover from the twin bed to make the patterned red euros, and found the yellow velvet Jonathan Adler pillows at Ross (just this week!).  The red geometric pillow is a cover from Hobby Lobby.

Another favorite addition was the swing arm lamps.  Since her brother got cool sconces in his room, she was especially happy to have special lighting in her room too.  These are from Kenroy Home, but I sprayed the base with Rustoleum's Metallic Gold and replaced the stock shade with a shade from Ikea (using this trick to make the pendant shade into a spider shade so it would fit the harp).  I finished the shades off with some ribbon trim, easily added with a few drops of hot glue.   

The other sides of her room stayed pretty much the same, but if you're new here I'll show you around.  The wingback upholstered with a hot-glue gun has held up exceptionally well-

and we've added a little gallery of canvases that she's painted in the corner, as well as a spot for trophies and awards to be displayed.  

Her collection of banks has grown, but we only keep a few out corralled in a tray on her dresser.

The ceiling fan, a necessity where we live, has held up perfectly for 7+ years with it's sassy upgrade.

And, the tissue poms I made three years ago are still hanging over her armoire.  

Yet, with a few changes it still feels like a whole new room.

Just like our kitchen, this room has progressed over the 8 years that we've lived in this house.  Decorating is a process!

Now this room is happy and full of energy and colorful, just like her!

Source List:

Peacock Headboard: Craigslist, spray painted with Valspar's Tropical Oasis 
Nightstands: Craigslist, post and tutorial here
Turquoise Dresser: Estate Sale, painted with Behr's Lagoon and glazed
Red Lamps:  Thrifted, painted with Rustoleum's Sunrise Red Glossy Enamel Spray Paint
Swing Arm Lamps:  Kenroy Home, shades from Ikea
Updated Ceiling Fan:  DIY here
Duvet Cover and Shams: Crane & Canopy Linden Black Duvet Cover
Yellow Quilt:  Target
Red Geometric Pillow:  Hobby Lobby
Yellow Velvet Pillows:  Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler, found at Ross
Yellow Dot Curtain Fabric: Premier Chipper
Red Floral Euro Fabric:  Richloom Wizard
Turquoise Geometric Fabric:  Waverly Ellis
Black and White Area Rug:  Garden Ridge
Gallery Wall:  DIY Projects, more details coming next week!

*Crane and Canopy provided me with this duvet set.  All opinions about the product are mine.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Several months ago I met up with darling Emily of Eleven Gables to browse Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx together.  She was wearing these super fun boots, and as the winter has progressed I've wished for a pair of my own.  But really, I already have more boots than I can wear, so I couldn't justify seriously considering them. (Although I will admit I have my eye out this year for the perfect cognac colored boots on clearance this year!)

Then, a few weeks ago, I found these in my closet that I had totally forgotten about (that might tell you a little about my closet...).

I got them a year or two ago at my favorite end of season Dillard's clearance for next to nothing.  They're a cute little suede pair from Vince Camuto (found them online here) and I've probably only worn them once or twice.  And then a light bulb went off.

Could I possibly fake a pair of fringe boots?

Well, as it turns out, yes, yes I can!

Hobby Lobby carries this suede fringe sold by the yard, and the color just happened to match perfectly.  So, for around $7 I had a sassy new pair of boots!

At first I planned to wrap the fringe all the way around the boot, but as I considered my options I decided not to cover up the vertical boot strap section.  I started right on the edge of that and used a small dot of hot glue to attach the fringe, and then continued around with another dot of glue about every inch or so until I got to the other side.  Then, I repeated that 6 times per shoe, giving me 3 layers of fringe.

I didn't measure my spacing, just eyeballed everything.  They're pretty forgiving.  With all of that fringe flying when you walk, a mistake would be impossible to spot anyway!

I realize that this project is a little specific to these boots, but as the time draws near for end of the season clearance sales, keep an eye out for a pair of boots that you could add some whimsy to.  They're so fun to wear!

Have a great Tuesday!  Today I'm photographing my daughter Emily's room and the plan is to share that with you on Thursday.  I'm VERY happy with how it turned out!

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