April’s Best of the Nest

It’s the last Friday of the month (can you believe it?!) and time for sharing our favorite April projects on Best of the Nest. We have some great projects to share! Joining along with us as a guest host this month is the inspiring Mary Ann of classic • casual • home. Mary Ann has a classic style of decorating with lots of fresh and interesting touches. Some of my favorite rooms that she’s designed are this darling guest room in their San Francisco apartment:

and the amazing living and dining room in their Newport Beach cottage:

You can check out Mary Ann’s tour of both homes {here}. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that Mary Ann happens to have the cutest little sidekick ever – meet Chief:


Wouldn’t he and Hope make the cutest little couple? #futuredoggiewedding

So welcome Mary Ann and now…let’s check out everyone’s favorite April projects!

Mary Ann {classic • casual • home}
Mary Ann’s favorite project of the month is her newly refreshed dining room. She gave her dining chairs new life with a few coats of white paint (which looks awesome with that chair seat fabric don’t you think?!). And the girl sets a mean table!  Check out the deets on her project {here}
Dining Room Refresh With New Painted Chairs
Pam {Simple Details}
Pam found a pair of killer vintage wingback chairs on Craigslist and after adding them to her living room it started a domino effect of furniture rearranging. Her living room now has a completely new look that includes a great mirror and art arrangement over her sofa. Check out the rest of her newly refreshed space (including those great wingbacks) {here}.
eclectic gallery wall - patterned pillows - cowhide rug - styling
Lisa {Shine your Light}
Lisa saved her design client a whole lot of money this week by giving new life to a thrifted table along with a mirror and pillows that her client already owned. My favorite is this little table – so perfect for that spot next to the couch. Hop over to her blog {here} to see the not so pretty “before” of the table and the rest of Lisa’s transformations.
Refinished end table
Jennifer {Dimples & Tangles}
Jennifer took us on a tour of her colorful springified home this month. I love her new palm pillow and those fabulous twin ottomans in the malachite fabric! There’s a bunch more rooms to see so go {here} to take the rest of her house tour.
Living room with twin upholstered ottomans
Me! {Driven By Décor}
 My favorite post of the month is the new acrylic and brass drapery rods in our home office. What can I say – there’s something about the acrylic and brass against the dark charcoal backdrop that does it for me. If you missed this post, you can find more info on my new drapery hardware {here}.
Gallery wall || Acrylic and brass drapery hardware

Now it’s your turn – if you have something you’d like to share, we’d love to see it – link up a DIY project, a room makeover, a craft, or a fabulous new recipe from April. And when you link up on one of our blogs, your link will show up on all five 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)
Mary Ann (@classiccasualhome)
And just a few reminders:
  • Link to your specific post, not your home page.
  • Only one link per person to your best project of April. If more than one link is added, all but your first link will be deleted.
  • 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.

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The link party closes on Tuesday (04/28/15) at midnight – would love for you to join in! Have a great weekend everyone! I’m heading on a little road trip with Annie this morning to check out Eddie Ross’ estate sale – hoping we find a few treasures!


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