Friday, February 27, 2015


Hello friends!  It's already the end of another month, so that means it's time to show off your best project from February.  And, we have another super fun guest host today who I can't wait for you to meet!

My breakfast nook chandelier got some sassy new shades this month, and it's been my favorite project in a while!  I was just admiring them again at dinner last night as a matter of fact...

Pam shared not one, but THREE different ways to style a beautiful coffee table.  I love her sense of humor, you'll have to read the post to see how she compared her stash of coffee tables to her love of actual coffee!

Pam @ Simple Details

Kris provided a super-handy tip guide for common living room dilemmas... what size rug should I buy?  How large should my coffee table be?  Click over to Driven by Decor for a convenient image to pin for easy reference.

Kris @ Driven by D├ęcor

Lisa showed us how to make a fabric covered cornice board, and then taught us an ingenious way to hang it!  I'm planning to it out on the door in our bedroom that leads out to the back patio.  I'll be keeping this tutorial handy!

Lisa @ Shine your Light 

 Last month we announced the new addition of including a fellow blogger to share the BOTN hosting duties with us.  This time, we're pleased to welcome Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof as our Guest Host.  Jenna and I are on the same decorating wavelength, as we both have a major crush on color and pattern and quirky things!  She's sharing her recent entryway makeover with us today, and it is so much fun.  Hope over to Jenna's and look around, I know you'll love what you see!  

Jenna {Rain on a Tin Roof}

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.
Kris (@drivenbydecor)
Pam (@pamsimpledetails)
Lisa (@lisa_shineyourlight)
Jennifer (@jenniferdimplesandtangles)
Jenna (@raintinroof)

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 FEBRUARY.
*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!

Alright, show us what you've got!

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Friday, February 20, 2015


Once upon a time, long long ago, I did a Friday Favorites series.  It consisted of projects and links around the web that I enjoyed.  I've decided to revive that series, but I'm switching it up a little.  I'll still include amazing projects and beautiful rooms that I come across, but I also plan to throw in some of my favorite products, ideas, or anything random on my mind that I'd like to share with you.  The Best of the Nest link party will still post two Fridays each month, but on the open Fridays I hope you'll enjoy revisiting this series.

I'm fairly sure we're all dreaming of sunny, warm days!  We have plans for a major backyard/patio overhaul this spring.  Carmel from Our Fifth House created a screened-in porch haven that is giving me major motivation and inspiration!

I started following Tiffani Thiessen (of Saved by the Bell and White Collar fame) on Instagram a while back.  Did you know that she loves to cook and decorate?  She just started a food, home, and lifestyle blog.  The photos are gorgeous and I'm looking forward to seeing what ideas she has to offer, plus her little family is just too cute!

I love to visit Nell Hill's when we're in Kansas City, and even gave you a tour of all the goodness from a trip there last Spring.  This post from Mary Carol gives excellent suggestions for mixing and matching patterns if you need some guidelines.  She's a pro, I love every single combo in the store!

I recently had a reader ask how I approach cleaning out and getting rid of things I don't want or use any more.  I told her that was the million dollar question... so hard to do!  We have a garage sale about once a year (even though each time I declare I'll never have another!), donate througout the year, and sell things on Craigslist.  Claire just wrote a timely post with some great tips about how to sell things on Craigslist.   The only thing I would add to her list would be to post the best photos of your items that you can (not a dark, fuzzy photo of the item in a corner of your garage, especially covered up with stuff! Or with your pets on the item. You think they're cute, but no one else will want animals on the merchandise!).  I take photos for CL like I photograph things for the blog, and they usually sell the same day!  Oh, and ALWAYS include the measurements of the item.  

Claire Brody Designs

Lastly, my friend posted this item from her Craigslist last night, half way across the country.  I've wanted a coffee table like this for over two years, but it's my furniture unicorn.  I have friends in Maryland and Denver that have found them, but I've never seen one for sale in my area.   Anyone in Oklahoma have one you want to get rid of (second-hand and reasonable)?  Or even Dallas?  I can do a road trip!  ;)   Do you have a piece that you've always got an eye out for?

I hope you have a fantastic weekend, friends, and that it goes by SLOWLY and you enjoy every minute!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


Tassels and pom poms seem to be the home decor detail of choice lately.  I've seen them on pillows, throw blankets, purses, keychains, furniture knobs, lamps, and adorning a variety of accessories.  I've jumped on the pom-pom bandwagon, but wanted to try my hand at making a few tassels as well.

I knew I wanted a few tassels to accent some of my accessories, and I wanted them to be fun!  I've been so inspired by the whimsical and colorful items from a shop called Furbish that I follow on Instagram, that I decided to choose a rainbow style yarn.  

Once I made a few tassels, I couldn't stop!  They are even easier to make than pom poms. 

I had a huge pom left over from making my pom pom pillows, so I tied it together with two tassels on this basket from TJ Maxx.   

And as I looked around my room, it seemed that everything needed a colorful tassel added!

I have several random knobs on hand, so I added one to our magazine basket with a couple of tassels.

If you've never made a tassel, you must try!  Even if you don't embrace color in your decor as much as I do, these would be lovely in any color, or even in lots of neutral tones using the fluffy, chunkier yarn for some texture.  I made 2 different sizes, a longer, fuller one for the baskets, and a smaller one for the owl.

All you'll need is yarn and a piece or cardboard, posterboard, or sturdy paper.  I grabbed a Christmas card that was about the size I wanted my tassel to be.  If you want smaller tassels, trim you paper to the length you desire.   Also, cut one longer piece (about 12"), and one shorter piece (about 6") of yarn and save for later.

To make the tassel:
1. Line the end of the yarn up with the bottom of your card, then start wrapping, covering the piece you start with in the first few wraps so it will stay put.  Keep it semi-loose, you'll be sliding the yarn off the card at some point and you want it to move easily.

2.  Continue to wrap until you reach the fullness you want.  This tassel is about 5" long, and I wrapped the yarn about 50 times.  The smaller tassels I made are 3" long, and I wrapped them about 40 times.

3.   Take the long piece of extra cut yarn and thread it through the top of the loop you wrapped (I doubled mine but you don't have to).

4.  Tie the loop tightly and secure with a knot.  Gently slide yarn off of the card.

5.  With the reserved shorter piece of yarn, tie tightly around the top of the loop and knot.  You can just eyeball how big you want this top portion to be. 

6.  Slip scissors through the bottom loops and snip open.

7.  That's it!   You may need to trim a few stray ends, but they should all be fairly uniform. 

I hope you'll give it a try, surely SOMETHING in your space could use a little tassel love! 

If you want to try a pom pom project, here are a few fun ones to consider:

DIY Pom Pom Pillow

DIY Pom Pom Coasters

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Our kids were at a Disciple Now youth event from Friday night through Sunday morning, so we had the entire day on Saturday all to ourselves.  It was the best day!  The weather was gorgeous, so we spent the morning taking our time driving around looking for garage sales, and stumbled upon a few winners.

I found some great wooden serving pieces at the first one.  $10 bought me a heavy, large cutting board and this tiered pivoting tray.  At first I thought I'd just tuck the tiered stand away for entertaining, but I keep thinking of other great ways to use it.  I have big plans for both of these, stay tuned!

I also found a seemingly brand new laundry sized basket- $3.

The next house was an estate sale where my husband joked that it seemed like it was frozen in time, somewhere in the 70s.  But, it had really cool stuff!  It was evident that this person was well-traveled, there were some interesting things to look through.

Ray found these tins.  They have Texas and bluebonnets on the top, and some Texas historical scenes around the sides.  A friend from church saw a shopping pic I had posted on Instagram and said she sold fruitcakes in tins just like these for her school band in 1967.  I love that story!  We have Texas connections in our family and thought these would be fun stocking stuffers for a few of them (family-forget that you saw these by Christmas, ok? ;)

There were a lot of neat old office accessories.  I thought this pad of graph paper was cool (dates from the 60s) because of the heading... "US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines."  And, for the record, this is my favorite kitchen utensil ever.  They are no where to be found in stores, and I'm always thrilled when I come across one at a garage sale or thrift store.  I don't know why, but I use them all the time.  It's what my Mom uses to make gravy, so I do too!  It also comes in handy for fried okra, scooping out veggies, and lots of other jobs.

One of my favorite pieces of design advice that I'm getting good at following is "Buy what you love, and it will work in your home."  As soon as I saw this piece, I LOVED it.  I took a few minutes to consider whether it would work in my home, but in the end the gorgeous color won me over and I couldn't leave without it.  I wish I knew something about it but don't even know where to start looking it up.  I'm assuming it's from Mexico, but that's my only guess! 

They came down from $25 to $20- still a little more than I wanted to pay, but I knew I'd be sorry if I didn't get it.  I considered putting it in my daughter's room, but instead found the perfect spot where I see it every time we walk in the house.  All of the details are just incredible, I love the sweet little family.

The same day I bought it, I received a few of these cute wall hangers (designed by Young House Love) to try out from The Home Depot.  

Perfect timing!  I gave the base of the clear one a quick coat of green (which tied in with the mirror wall across from it) and attached it to the wall.  I think these little knobs add the perfect detail for hanging frames or for wall hangings (they would have been great for this project too), and I love that everything I needed was in the box and that I could easily install in in about 1 minute.

That afternoon we stopped by a few antique malls that we hadn't been to before, and I found a few more treasures.  I don't have any copper cookware, but saw these two pretty pots and thought I'd try them out.

And, these birds.  I love them!  The pair was $7, and both tails have obviously been broken and glued back on, as well as a few other chips and cracks here and there.  But, I didn't mind.  I love the pink, but I'll probably try to fill in the cracks and paint them.  Such a fun accessory, you can bet you'll see these around a lot in the future! 

It's been a really long time since I've been out treasure hunting, and it was such a pleasant surprise to find so many good things.  Makes me extra ready for Spring and more garage sales!  Have you found a great treasure lately?

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Friday, February 13, 2015


Wasn't Christmas just yesterday?  I can't believe that tomorrow is Valentine's Day!  Even if you haven't given it much thought <raises hand>, it doesn't take long to throw together a special table to celebrate and enjoy a few treats together.   

We don't go overboard for Valentine's Day, but I do like to have a nice dinner for our family to celebrate.  Our kids will be involved at a youth event all weekend, so since they won't be around on Saturday we had our family dinner last night.  

I took some time yesterday morning to put together a cute table.  You all know I like to use what I have, so I didn't buy anything for it.  I ended up with red, white, black, and sparkle!  

The fresh flowers I had on hand didn't work with the color palette, so I skipped them all together.  This cute guy fit the bill, and brownies make a much nicer centerpiece anyway, don't you agree?  I used a few pieces of sticky-tack to secure the plate to the top of the elephant so it wouldn't get bumped off. 

I gathered up all of my silver and mercury glass votive holders, along with several milk glass pieces.  Oh, and disco balls!  Big and small, the room was sparkling as the sun went down!  There are some acrylic gems scattered around as well.

The black, white, and red table fit right in with the new spotted chandy shades.

The kids each received a small bag of a few of their favorite treats and some new pencils for school.  Mechanical pencils...they love them.  
I hope you've made Chocolate Covered Strawberries before, but if not, they are so easy you have no excuse not to!  I use the same method with the chocolate that I do when making my Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons.  I love this recipe because the chocolate forms a bit of a hard shell and sticks well to the strawberry.  

All you need is a bag of chocolate chips and about 1/3-1/2 of one cake of paraffin wax.  This amount of chocolate will cover about 3 pounds of strawberries.  

First, wash the strawberries and allow them to dry thoroughly.  Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (more detailed instructions on that here), hold the strawberry by the leaves, then dip in chocolate.  Lay on a sheet of wax paper and allow chocolate to harden.  That's it!  

I hope you have a special day with your favorite people!

Source List:
Plaid Table Cloth: Target, years ago
Disco balls:  Hobby Lobby (Christmas seasonal)
Milk Glass glasses, plates, and misc.: thrifted
Black and White Striped Plates:  Ikea
Red Toile Plates:  Ross, years ago
Polka Dot Saucers:  Target
Mercury Glass Votive Holders:  Marshalls (large), Dillards (small)
Elephant:  Garden Ridge
Polka Dot Candles:  Hobby Lobby

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Last week when I showed you a new living room tour, I quickly mentioned that I had painted the chandelier in my breakfast room gold, to coordinate with the new lotus pendant lights in the kitchen.  And, I said that I wasn't quite sure I was sold on the color.  It just didn't seem to stand out enough.  Well, this week I think I solved that little dilemma!

Let me start off by saying that I totally and unashamedly copied this project from Dixie Delights.  I saw her super fun DIY knockoff of some pricey Ballard shades a few weeks ago, and after some time realized that shades might be exactly the extra touch that my chandy needed.  I'll let you head over to Dixie Delights to see the tutorial and supplies you'll need, I'm just showing off my new shades today.

To start off with, here's the fixture with and without the shades.  I think they add just enough weight and visual interest to make the light stand out a little more.

I like the modern spots paired with the more traditional curtain pattern and botanical prints, and, even though they are spotted like the chair backs, I think they still work together.

I hope this project gets your wheels spinning!  This pattern is so popular right now, and you know I think black and white is a neutral.  ;)  I could see bigger lampshades, pillows, table runners, frames... just about anything decked out in this cute pattern. You can find Amanda's tutorial here

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