Best of the Nest October Link Party

Happy Halloween! October sure sped by, didn’t it? It’s been beautiful weather in Connecticut lately and I’ve been taking advantage of it with lots of long walks with my little furry buddy – the changing leaves make New England falls just gorgeous:
Fall leaves
I found myself juggling lots of projects this month and from what I’ve seen around blogland, I think a lot of other bloggers have been doing the same thing. Well, it’s time to link those projects up because today is October’s Best of the Nest!
As we do every month, Pam, Lisa, Jennifer, and I will get this party started by sharing our favorite projects from our own nests:
Kris @ Driven by Décor
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My favorite project of the month is the new gallery wall that I created in our home office. It’s added so much life to the room and has gotten me motivated to finally finish off the rest of the space. You can find my gallery wall reveal and tips {here} and my gallery wall source list {here}.
Driven by Decor - Eclectic Home Office Gallery Wall


Pam @ Simple Details

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Pam did an amazing job giving her friend’s teen daughter a fresh, colorful bedroom room that she loves. And of course, a room makeover by Pam always involves one of her amazing Craigslist finds (she’s got the best CL mojo of any girl I know!) and this makeover also includes a piece of furniture she picked up off the street(!). Check out all of the fun details of this great teen room {here}.

Colorful teen bedroom


Lisa @ Shine your Light 
Lisa made an inexpensive fabric-covered floor-to-ceiling bulletin board that’s chock full of beautiful memories (I love the grosgrain ribbon edging!). Check out her bulletin board tutorial to see how to make one for your own home {here}.
How to make large bulletin board


Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
Jennifer shared her grandmother’s recipe for chocolate covered coconut bon bons this month – don’t they look delicious?! Such a great treat for holiday entertaining or hostess gifts – you can find Jennifer’s bon bon recipe {here}.
Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons
So now it’s your turn to show us the best from your nest – whether it’s a DIY project, a room makeover, a craft, or a fabulous new recipe, if it’s your favorite thing you’ve done around your nest this October, we want to see it! And when you link up on one of our blogs, your link will show up on all four of them.

Not a blogger? You can still join in the fun! Enter through Instagram by using the hashtag #bestofthenestparty and tagging at least one of the link party hosts:
Kris (@drivenbydecor)
Pam (@pamsimpledetails)
Lisa (@lisa_shineyourlight)
Jennifer (@jenniferdimplesandtangles)
or upload your “best of” images to Pinterest and link back to them using the linky tool (tutorial {here}).
And just a few reminders:
  • Link to your specific post, not your home page
  • Only one link per person to your best work of this month (October ’14).
  • Spread some comment love! Visit and comment on other links in the party
  • If you’re linking up from a blog, link back to the Best of the Nest with a text link or button link:
  • Be sure to stop back by next Friday when Lisa, Pam, Jennifer, and I will each feature some of our favorite links from the party! For those linking from blogs, only posts that have a link back to Best of the Nest will be considered.

The link party closes on Tuesday (11/04/14) at midnight – I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone links up! Have a great weekend everyone!

One Room Challenge (Week 5): See Ya Later Yellow!

Driven by Decor - Bathroom remodel in progress

It’s week five of the One Room Challenge and I’m way behind where I should be to have much of any hope of wrapping this bathroom remodel up in the next week. But let’s ignore the long to-do list for now and talk progress. Remember those yellow walls? Gone! I painted them Chelsea Gray (Benjamin Moore) and have finished up one wall of the stenciling. I love, love, love the stencil (it’s the Annapakshi Indian Damask Stencil c/o Royal Designs) but it’s taking me much longer to do than I expected so I’m thinking about taking a little shortcut and would love your opinion. Does this wall look finished to you? Because really…it’s not. Do you see how there are columns of three stencil repeats and columns of two stencil repeats? On the two column ones, there should be a partial stencil at the top and a partial stencil at the bottom. Do you think it looks […]

Finally! My Living Room is Perfectly Pillow-ified

Driven by Decor - Living room with IKEA Ektorp and linen pillows

It’s a perpetual game of musical chairs with the pillows in my house – they’re always getting moved around from one room to the next. And even though I’ve tried about 101 different pillow combinations in our living room, none of the different pillow arrangements I’ve tried have felt quite right. But after adding in some new linen beauties last week, I finally have a look that I love! I already had enough pattern in the room with my drapes, two patterned pillows, and patterned fringed fabric thrown over my swivel chairs so what I needed to finish off my space was some rich texture (texture is key to decorating with neutrals!). I found it with some gorgeous Belgian linen pillow covers from Barn & Willow. On one side of my couch I added a 20″ Belgian linen knife-edged pillow in “Oyster” to go with my patterned lumbar pillow from HomeGoods and Pottery Barn fur throw: The linen […]

One Room Challenge (Week 4): #3 Is Gonna Work!

marble / tassels / linen

It’s four weeks down and only two to go (yikes!) on the makeover of my One Room Challenge bathroom. If you missed out on the first three weeks of the challenge and want to play catch up… Week 1: The Plan Week 2: Getting Worse Before It Gets Better Week 3: A Tale of Three Medicine Cabinets So where am I at week 4? Way behind where I’d like to be but heading in the right direction. Several things have changed in my plan from week one, so I updated my inspiration board so you have a feel of where I’m going with things: The big news for the week is this – medicine cabinet #3 is going to work! Thank. Goodness. I think I’m already blacklisted as a crazy at Restoration Hardware (and probably with the poor UPS guy too) after my two medicine cabinet exchanges so I was so relieved when […]

My Gallery Wall Resource List

Driven by Decor - Styled console below gallery wall

First of all, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all of your nice comments about my gallery wall reveal. I would love to say that I slapped that sucker up in a day but the reality is that I arranged, rearranged, added to, took away, and second and third guessed myself while my soon-to-be-hung-up gallery wall laid on our living room floor for two weeks. So I was more than excited to finally get it up on the wall and to then read all of your wonderful comments. Thanks – you guys are the best! When I started planning for my gallery wall, I already had a few pieces that I wanted to include but I knew that I was going to need several more. Nice art and frames can quickly get expensive so I DIY’ed several of my art pieces and stuck with inexpensive frames and other objects to hang. I thought it might be […]

My Home Office Gallery Wall Reveal & Tips

Driven by Decor - Home office art wall

Today’s the day – are you ready to see everyone’s gallery wall reveals? Led by the talented Mary Ann of Classic • Casual • Home and Cindy of Rough Luxe, it’s the third and final week of the Project Design series on creating gallery walls. If you’re a little late to the party, you can catch up here: Week One:  Gallery Wall Inspiration Week Two: The Gallery Wall Plans for My Home Office Now on to the reveal! The blank black wall above my home office console is blank no more: And since it’s always fun to see how rooms evolve over time, this is the “before” of the wall when we moved in a little over a year ago: and now the “after”: I was hoping that my new drapes would be done and hung up before the reveal but no such luck – they will flank the large window on the wall to […]

One Room Challenge (Week 3): A Tale of Three Medicine Cabinets

Restoration Hardware Wilshire Sconce

So it’s the halfway point of the One Room Challenge and things aren’t going so hot with this little bathroom remodel of mine. I was hoping to have some pretty pictures of my new medicine cabinet and sconces along with some no-longer-yellow walls but my sad little bathroom isn’t looking all that different than it did last week. What’s to blame? The medicine cabinet. Or should I say medicine cabinets. Here’s the story… Last Friday my father-in-law and I removed the old bathroom mirror that was glued to the wall and found a surprise underneath: Yep, a boxed-out niche for a recessed medicine cabinet. I was a happy girl. I had wanted a recessed medicine cabinet instead of a wall-mounted one from the get-go but was told that there was very likely a pipe running up the wall behind the sink that would need to be rerouted to create the niche and doing that wasn’t in our budget. I […]

Kitchen Backsplash Tile: How High to Go?

Fiorella Design

There are so many decisions to make when you’re remodeling your kitchen – almost too many for a lot of people. Obviously there are the biggies such as the color of the cabinets, type of kitchen sink, style of countertops, etc., but it’s all of the little decisions that most homeowners aren’t expecting that can put them over the edge. Since I love talking and dreaming about kitchens, I thought it would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to occasionally throw some of these little kitchen decisions out to you all to see what you would decide. Let’s start with this one: “How far up the wall do you want your backsplash tile to go?” Every kitchen is different, but often the trickiest spot to figure out where you want your backsplash tile to end is around your kitchen window. One option is to tile around the window and all the way up to the ceiling: While another option is to […]