Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley May 26, 2018

With all the recent travel, I’m ready for a quiet weekend at home! Most people I know are off doing exciting things, not me. :) That’s okay, June is shaping up to be a busy month, I’ll be in Europe for two weeks and having a few other adventures too.

This weekend I’m organizing and cleaning my house and getting my children ready for their school promotions next week. I’ve got one off to junior high and my daughter is starting high school next year, life is moving so fast, it makes my head spin. :)

Favorite links:


Tour this Mediterranean style home bungalow in California. More images here.

A pale and pretty home office makeover.

Jen’s dining room is so lovely, I really like her classic fabric choice.

Attractive and functional uses for lace on windows.

Perspective: maybe there is nothing wrong with your house.

Girls ages 5-18 talk about what makes them beautiful.

I try to resist cheese and pasta but this recipe is calling to me.

If you’re doing this, you’re a good mom. :)

To be happy, you need to speak your truth.

Have you heard? West Elm is now in the hotel business.

Oh John, your new music video makes me cringe/laugh so hard.


Enjoy the long weekend. :)


Chic Containers for the Home

By Kate Riley May 24, 2018

For Mother’s Day, all I wanted just a long afternoon of retail therapy, just me and my latte, strolling around favorite home decor stores like West Elm and CB2. I did just that and while I was out made a few purchases, one was a modern palm hurricane that I’m using as a planter. And may I mention CB2 is killing it with their spring vessels this year.


Those who read this blog know I have an teensy addiction to white ceramics, I collect them for use all over my house. On a weekend daytrip to Bainbridge Island, I found two handmade sculptural white cups made by a local artist and surprise! I had to bring them home for use in my bathroom vanity.


For storing stuff around the house, I prefer textural or sculptural or patterned containers instead of the more mundane or plain. I like containers with character! I spied a bunch of them at the stores mentioned above, and a few more online. Unique vessels to have so you can stash you stuff with style. Here are some standouts:


lupa planters / tides storage basket  / beaded hanging planter

parkay hamper / herringbone cachepot / wide stripe basket

two tone basket / totem vase / kalahari basket

penny planter / fluted pot

conway basket / dipped belly basket / isabella baskets