Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley September 26, 2014

Hello ! Thanks for your patience with my lack of posts this week, I was able to catch up on some backburner things with those few days away from the computer. I’m excited that we harvested our Pinot Noir grapes and the crop looks good, every year with the help of a winemaker we make vino to drink and give away to friends. Have you read the story of how we grafted our vines? The process is still so fascinating to me.

We hired a contractor and selected cabinets and a backsplash for grandma’s upcoming kitchen remodel and will be submitting plans to the HOA board for approval next week, so that project is moving along. Also I’m working with our local Committee on the Shelterless (see the Alma Project posts for the backstory) to pull together a professional clothing work closet with some donated commercial space in my hometown. Skim coating the drywall starts next week then we will be installing partitions, display cases and garment racks, it’s a space with a lot of potential and the cause is a great one, I’ll have more to share on that soon.

For your reading enjoyment, some of my favorite links from the week!

gray and white kitchen

Where to hide electrical outlets in a kitchen remodel.

An elegant Paris apartment with a view.

10 common decorating mistakes.

Designer details to dress up a kitchen.

Living off the grid.

Paul Newman’s philanthropic legacy.

Facebook can predict your politics and love life.

Food for thought: different ways to prepare your breakfast.

My town is in the press lately as a #1 tourist destination and also #7 for antiques shopping, don’t everyone come at once :) 

Also don’t miss the 20 inspiring projects from the Summer Blog Hop. Over at My Colortopia, I wrote about Choosing the Right White Paint.


See you all back here on Monday!  .


  1. Gee, I still remember when people called it Chick-a-Luma, a nod to the past when it was The Chicken Capital of the World. Regardless, your post reminded me it’s time for a visit to Santa Rosa’s chic neighbor, Petaluma!

    • My Mom would agree with you Paula, when they moved here 40 years ago it was just that! Much has changed…. :)

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