Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 18, 2016

Greetings! I have a few things to take care of on Saturday and then I’m flying back to Las Vegas for a week. I’ll be in town with my extended family for the Thanksgiving holiday and I’ll also be working on the flip house, tiling a fireplace and a bathroom floor. I’m excited to start those home improvment projects! Once they’re complete I can turn my attention to the kitchen, that will be my big focus come January.

I was invited to two white elephant gift exchanges this holiday season so I had fun picking out two funny gifts for those events. Have you ever attended one? What are some of the funniest gifts you’ve seen or been given at a white elephant party? I’d love to know!

Favorite links from the week below.


This is such an elegant outdoor fall dinner party setting.

Tour this dreamy minimalist condo styled in black & white.

I’m in love with this backsplash, swoon!

10 fixes for an outdated fireplace.

Cozy daybeds deconstructed.

Good sources for cabinet pulls and knobs for all budgets.

These wood scrap wall sculptures are so cool.

Clever and tasty: almond pinecones!


Enjoy your weekend!!


  1. The white elephant gift everyone fought over in my family one year was the public restroom-style wall mounted soap dispenser. Not sure why but it was the weird novelty thing everyone was trying to grab for themselves.

    • Ha that’s great Hannah! I bought the Justin Bieber toothbrush that plays him singing when in use – too funny.

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