Best of the Nest November Link Party

Did you guys have a nice Thanksgiving? Are you still in a turkey coma? Did you stay up all night shopping early bird Black Friday deals? This year was the first ever that we got to see my whole side of the family along with my husband’s whole side of the family on Thanksgiving day. So we definitely had a lot of be thankful for!

Since we’ll be welcoming in December next week, it’s time for November’s Best of the Nest link party! And it couldn’t be rolling around at a better time –  as we all recover from our turkey comas and shopping exhaustion this weekend, hang out and either link up your favorite November project or browse through the links for decorating & DIY inspiration.

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Pam, Lisa, Jennifer, and I will get this party started by sharing our own favorite projects of the month. Mine is the makeover of our powder room – can I tell you how much I love being able to walk in there without being blinded by bright yellow floral wallpaper? This was my first go at wall stenciling and I’m officially hooked – I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! If you haven’t seen the ugly “before” or other pics of the “after”, check out the rest of my bathroom makeover post {here}.

Driven by Decor - Stenciled wall in Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

Pam {Simple Details}
Pam finished up a big makeover project too this month, redoing her friend’s master bedroom from top to bottom with some amazing Craigslist makeovers. See where this room started and all of the gorgeous details of the new space {here}.

Craigslist Bedroom Makeover

Lisa {Shine your Light}

After striking out in her hunt for a vanity table at thrift stores and on Craigslist, Lisa ended up finding a winner at IKEA. After transforming a simple IKEA laptop desk, Lisa now has a beautiful vanity table in the perfect size. Check out her new vanity table {here} along with her super-smart solution for storing and displaying jewelry.IKEA Vanity Table

Jennifer {Dimples & Tangles}

 Jennifer is the queen of tablescapes and her Thanksgiving tablescape didn’t disappoint – she scrapped the traditional fall colors and went bold – and wow, it’s a stunner!! See more of her Thanksgiving table {here} and be inspired by this colorful table that would be perfect for a dinner party at any time of the year!Colorful Thanksgiving table

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 home this November, 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 (November ’14). 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. Only posts that have a link back to Best of the Nest will be considered for our BOTN Favorite Features posts:

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The link party closes on Tuesday (12/02/14) at midnight – hope that you can join in! Have a great holiday weekend!


Gift Ideas For Tween & Teen Girls

Driven by Decor - Gift ideas for tween and young teen girls

With Black Friday fast approaching I’ve been working away on my Christmas gift list and, like every year, some of my family members are going to be harder to buy for than others. Luckily, my girls are going to be pretty easy to shop for since they came up with some good ideas of their own. I’m sure many of you have tween or young teen daughters, nieces, granddaughters or friends on your holiday gift lists, so I thought I’d share a few ideas to help you out with your Black Friday shopping. Gift Cards Popular stores for gift cards for teens & tweens are iTunes, Starbucks, Sephora (more for teens than tweens), and Forever 21. I didn’t even know until recently that many Forever 21 stores sell girls clothes – they have some cute things!   Cell Phone or iPod Case There are so many fun options for cell phone and iPod cases, including […]

Our Advent Calendar & Holiday Decorating Plans

Mini Galvanized Pails Hung from a Small Christmas Tree - great advent calendar!

That was sure a quick weekend, wasn’t it? I had the best intentions of getting a jump start on some Christmas decorating but somehow the weekend was over about as soon as it started without all that much holiday decorating getting done. My one accomplishment was putting up our small tabletop Christmas tree that we use as an advent calendar by hanging numbered mini galvanized pails on it (the details of how I put together our Christmas tree advent calendar last year can be found {here}). Starting December 1st, each day my girls get to grab a numbered pail off of the tree and find a little treat or note. I’m still working on filling the pails but my plan is for some of the notes to say something special to my girls while others encourage them to do a specific act of kindness that day. They’re looking forward to next Monday when they can start […]