Black + White Pillows

By Kate Riley November 15, 2018

Words cannot express the excitement I have now that I’m renting a design studio. Inside this place I see so much potential for creativity! It’s a light and bright space with white walls and natural wood floors, I’m very excited to use it for all my styling and photography needs!

I’ve been playing with various props and I set up a basic sofa. I bought the SÖDERHAMN from IKEA and it’s so versatile, it can be styled as a sectional or two loveseats so I’ll be rearranging it a lot. I also bought a collection of black and white pillows for everyday use, I found some really affordable quality mudcloth patterns on Amazon and a great lumbar at World Market. Sources below!


black mudcloth set of 2 / white mudcloth set of 2 / dhurrie  lumbar

The greatest thing about black and white patterns is you can mix them up in just about any combination, the classic palette makes it easy. More favorite patterns below!


embroidered waves / diagonal dash / b&w woven

textured diamond / global lumbar / brushstroke

ivory tassel (also in black) / boho tribal / geo fringe

abstract waves / dash / black fringe (also in white)


If you’re looking for even more sources for the mudcloth textile, see this post on Etsy sellers of mudcloth pillow covers.


Twinkle Light Paper Leaf Wreath

By Kate Riley November 13, 2018

I was at my local IKEA last week buying a sofa and on my way to the checkout line noticed they had a lot of lighted Christmas decor that was really good. The Strala lighted wreath caught my eye, it’s simple and white, but I thought why not embellish it with paper leaves to personalize it.


Every holiday season I sit down to do one or two crafts while I watch a classic movie. In years past I made a pretty paper leaf garland and sparkle confetti garland and a wrapping paper wreath to name a few. This year I was inspired to create a lighted paper leaf wreath using golden marbled cardstock and the plain white LED lighted wreath as a base.




This is a great project if you host a craft night with your friends since it only takes about an hour to assemble, and you can use any color or pattern of cardstock you like.



There’s no such thing as too many twinkle lights during the holidays, amiright?


Also a sneak peek at one of my new favorite props for the studio, the Dana Rattan chair from Kirkland’s.

For this simple DIY project, you need the lighted wreath from IKEA, 4 sheets of cardstock to make the leaves, floral wire, scissors, a glue stick, and white floral tape.



To begin, cut two pieces of cardstock together to form a leaf about 3 inches long…



Next, cut floral wire about five or six inches long and insert between each leaf side…


… a simple glue stick secures both side of the leaf together.



for each leaf, wrap the floral wire around the wreath to secure it…


rotate the placement of the leaves adding them inside and outside….


continue adding leaves as you work your way around the wreath….


when complete, cover the wire with white floral tape…


plug in and hang it up anywhere you like!