Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley August 6, 2016

Hello friends, what are you up to this weekend? As I mentioned in my last post, I’m off to Hawaii for a week before the fall semester begins and the kids go back to school. I’ve written before about my Maui favorites and I’m excited to revisit them again. Below are some favorite links for you!

 anderson cooper brazil retreat

Anderson Cooper’s Brazilian vacation home is divine.

So is Sutton Foster’s NYC apartment.

This cleverly designed rooftop has a garden.

Classic and chic: black and white kitchens.

A kid’s closet workspace packed with personality.

A hammock in the house!

Top honeymoon destinations according to Pinterest.

Want to rent your home on AirBnB? They do.

A beautifully written story of a search for lost loved ones.

My article for Glidden: falling in love with red (inspired by Paris).

For Lamps Plus: budget friendly wall mirrors under $200


Have a lovely weekend!



  1. Your about you section says your a renovator, decorator, and doit yourselfer and I’ve been following your blog for quite some time. I feel like lately your blog has become more about your privileged lifestyle of traveling the world than what people actually want to hear about. I not that different… I live in the bay area, have traveled to most of the places you have so i’m not saying privileged it’s bad. I’m saying is not what most people want to read about (maybe some, but not most). Maybe everyone in my boat has already left and I’m just late in leaving. Just thought you should hear some feedback so you could consider your readers.

    • That’s a fair comment and certainly one opinion H. This blog is about what I like to write about and I’m not tied to one particular topic. People don’t decide what I write about. I do. I like to travel and I save up my money to do it because I find it fulfilling. Call it privileged if you like, I prefer to think about travel differently, as something to plan for and look forward to because it is eye opening and inspiring. I’m sorry if those posts bore you, you’re free to unsubscribe at any time. If you stay you’ll benefit from my DIY and design and renovation posts that will be published from time to time, as I have done for nearly 8 years.

    • I agree with H. I used to love the creative ideas on this site, but I am increasingly disappointed that it has turned into an online vacation scrap book and a forum for endorsements. Like many of your readers, I am well-traveled and not interested in vacation pictures. I wish you well, but I am moving on to other blogs.

      • Hate to say it but I agree. I really miss the great inspiration this blog used to offer. Wish you all the best!

  2. I want to put my 2 cents in and say something positive: I look forward to your posts.Thanks for taking the time to share what you want to write.

  3. H should speak for herself and not others. She has no idea what “most” of your readers prefer to read about. I enjoy getting my posts about whatever you’d like to write about. It is inspiring, and the way you look at traveling… the architecture, the textiles, the colors, the design.. Leaves me inspired about how to incorporate other cultural elements into my home, not just picking something up at World Market and calling it a collected home. Keep on keeping on girl!! p.s. I’m from Petaluma and have traveled as well, and don’t consider myself privileged :)

  4. Hi Kate! Keep writing about whatever moves you. I love the variety and always look forward to your posts. Because they are written from the heart, they come across as authentic. Safe travels & enjoy!

  5. I will have to check out those budget friendly wall mirrors as we are in the market for some new mirrors for our bedroom and bathrooms. Kate, I have been following your blog for a long time now and always look forward to your posts! You are an inspiration to me. Thank you for all of the time and efforts you put into your blog for all us. Have a wonderful trip to Maui Kate! One of my favorite places.

  6. Comments like those above are why so many wonderful bloggers left the blogging world. PLEASE blog about what suits you, ALWAYS. :)

    • Thank you Nicole. I agree, I think that individuality is key in blogging, I don’t want to read a homogenized blog that looks like all the others. I want to read blogs that see things through the eyes of the writer and what is happening in their lives, and without passing judgment. I stay true to myself and write about what is happening in my corner of the world whether it’s design or DIY or travel. I appreciate your comment and your support. :)

  7. “Sigh”

    Please keep on doing exactly what you’re doing.

    Great selection of resources as ever.


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