Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley June 27, 2014

It’s been an interesting week around here, I’ve spent much of it looking at tile samples until my eyes glaze over. Also picking up extra power tools and packing dishes and furnishings to load up on the moving truck next week as we head out to the desert to start work on the house. We’ll be living there during the renovation journey (going back and forth between CA and NV) so it needs some furniture, there is much to do to get ready. I start to perspire just thinking about it all…

This setting looks like a better way to spend a summer day. I hope you are all squeezing in some serious down time this month where you do nothing but catch up on a pile of books and magazines followed by an afternoon nap.


mauldin designs 

A few more favorite links from the past week…

Speaking of Airstreams, this is one fab makeover.

Tropicalness. Yes please.

Questions to ask when you hire a cabinet maker.

Five myths of vinyl flooring.

I used this app today. Warning: very dangerous for your wallet.

How addicted are you to your phone? There’s an app for that too.

Trademarks for bloggers: how to and why you should do it.

Anyone can draw.

Such a lovely wine country wedding. (Congrats Crystal!)

Amy is a (first) class act.

A map of favorite fictional places.

The impossible task of ranking Meryl’s performances. I couldn’t possibly, she is consistently amazing.

Bronzer round up (#5 is my fave, smells divine).

How to travel around the world in 80 days.

Upcoming event! Next week I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat in partnership with Glidden to answer all of your paint related questions. It’s Tuesday July 1st at 7 p.m. EST/4 PST. Follow me and Glidden Paint on Twitter to join in with the hashtag #Gliddenchat to participate!

My fellow blogger and color expert Maria Killam is hosting a summer school webinar called Renovate with Confidence with a focus on choosing the right finishes when making upgrades to your home. If you have a bathroom or kitchen remodel in your future, you should definitely consider this course. Click the button below and follow the link to “Webinars – Summer School” to enroll! (affiliate link). It’s $100 off through Sunday.    

maria summer school


My latest articles at Better Homes & Gardens and My Colortopia:

metal wood mix

yellow paints

Mix These: Metal + Wood

Choosing the Right Yellow

Don’t miss the entire Color 101 series where the MCT team breaks down the basics on choosing any paint color on the color wheel. 

Summer movie recommendations! Both the Edge of Tomorrow and How to Train Your Dragon 2  were so great! (My kids made me watch the first one so I was up to speed, loved it!) I also saw Chef  last night which make me smile throughout, what movies are you loving lately?   



  1. Kate, sounds like you are getting into the thick of things with your renovation. Exciting and exhausting all at the same time!! You will do great! :-). This is a great compilation of reads. Thanks for putting them together and for including one my posts! Such an honor!!

  2. So glad to see Maria Killam’s course mentioned. I actually found YOU through HER when I took her long Color Consultant Course 2 years ago to help my Interior Design Business. Her advice is found nowhere else and is indispensable when renovating. I am enjoying your blog so much as well and it is one of only 3 that I read every week along with Maria’s and my friend Christine’s who is a wonderful food blogger http://www.chewnibblenosh.com Can’t wait to see your new home renovations as you work this summer! Best wishes, Jennifer

  3. I always look forward to your Weekend Reading posts. You post such interesting and inspiring things. Have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you for sharing those apps, Kate!
    They are great. Already downloaded :-)
    Happy temp-move!

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