Best of July & August

By Kate Riley September 4, 2013

I failed to roundup the best of July earlier this summer so I’m including both today, here are the not to miss posts from August and July on the blog!

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The guest room got a few upgrades; I was inspired by the tiled staircases of Santa Barbara; many of you agreed with the reasons to choose laminate kitchen countertops; a dresser got a new look with blue paint.

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I styled a rustic & refined dining room for World Market and began a color series exploring the following: red / yellow / purple / green / coral. More colors to follow including tomorrow’s look at orange (‘tis the season!)

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I posted my favorite black & white films and many of you chimed in too (great comments!); I featured some tips for growing and caring for lavender. Thanks for your input on hardwood vs. lookalike tile; some DIY personalized notecards you can make; mixing wood tones; and the completion of the painted bathroom cabinets with a step-by-step.

I’m so grateful you all continue to come back, thank you so much for reading!

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  1. Hi – How are you liking the Skyline upholstered bed so far? I am thinking of ordering the same one for my guest bedroom but have read a lot of negative reviews online so thought of checking in with you. Thank you.

    • so far so good Neha! I have no idea how the larger beds function, two of the joints are *perfectly* straight but that could have been an assembly issue.
      The upholstery and linen and nailheads are beautiful though.

  2. You were very busy this summer!! All great work. I just love the tile backsplash you chose. The wooden countertop sets it off nicely. I’m with you totally on the laminate countertop. We did the same in our kitchen make-over. We tiled our island and used laminate on the other counters. It looks great and saved us a bundle. We spent the extra money on nicer appliances, handles and a pretty faucet.

  3. I am such a fan, Kate. Look forward to your posts and the “eye candy”. One of my sisters who is 13 years younger than I was truly happy when I sent her a connection. Now, she, too, is a fan. Thank you, thank you! from both of us.

  4. Thank you Kate. I am taking a long shot here – but do you remember the model name of this particular bed. There are so many options on their website and I want to make sure I order something that other people have tried and liked. So please let me know if you still remember. BTW – I love your blog. I started reading it just recently but have been already been so inspired to take up a couple of DIY projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

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