Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley September 21, 2018

This weekend I have another DIY project I’m working on, I’m finally building shelves in my walk-in pantry. I’m ashamed to admit it but I’ve been storing my pantry goods on cheap metal shelving units for ten years, so I’m finally getting around to fixing that situation that’s been begging for my attention. Oh the shame. Of course I’ll share the final result when complete!

Autumn is officially here and isn’t this fleeting season so lovely with all the colorful fall leaves on display? I’m not into decorating around the house for Halloween, I prefer to simply add touches of autumn, but I do like this idea for a mantel, gather a bunch of objects (think thrift store candles and vases and faux craft pumpkins) and spray paint them matte black. Cheap, easy, and chic!

More favorite links from the week below:


Ballard Designs listed their decorating mistakes made over 35 years. :)

This scene is a stimulating medley of faux and real foliage.

Scandinavian blue paint color suggestions.

The healthiest frozen foods at Trader Joe’s.

Tomatoes never looked so pretty.

Why birthday wishes should include congratulations, not just happiness.

Little ways to give your bad mood a makeover.


Minimalist Mirrors

By Kate Riley September 18, 2018

I finally clicked “order” on a pair of blue club chairs I’ve had my eye on, they arrived this week and I really love them. They’re the perfect size and dose of color I needed to create a cozy conversation area. I also changed up the mirror on the mantel, I used to have one that was more ornate but I swapped it for a minimalist gold round one.

I love mantels styled with artwork but above my mantel I default to a mirror. I’ve been simplifying my life as much as possible and it’s directing my decorating style so this minimalist mirror appealed to me the most.



The thin frame round mirror is a classic look and doesn’t beg for attention. I love hanging them in bathrooms too to soften all the angles. I found a few more minimalist mirrors with different color frames including wood and brass, bronze, and silver tones.

The mirror I bought is the same as this gold round mirror pictured below and it cost less than $200. :)


 posen wood – 30”


bronze metal – 30”  (also brass, rose gold, and nickel)



thomas round – 36” bronze


abham rose gold – 31


antique silver sierra – 34”


layne silver – 36”  (also in gold and bronze)


pale wood – 32”


mayfair gold – 34”


avery gold – 34”