Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 7, 2017

Weekend greetings! The weather is perfection right now, I just love early October in Northern California. The mornings are chilly but the skies are blue. The afternoons are warm and the leaves are changing. It’s fleeting, but it feels like fall so I’m just walking around my town as much as possible until the cold and rainy season comes.

It’s a quiet weekend around my house. I’m still moving some things back into the house after having the floors redone, and in the process sorting through years of stuff we’ve accumulated. I didn’t realize how much had piled up! I’m slowly wading through the stacks and bins in the garage, nothing too exciting but it needs to be done.

Favorite links from the week below:

Very chic, the sophisticated use of black in this small condo.

Of course I’m a fan of the Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year.

I love the simple greenery and dark hues on this porch.

A lovely example of dark grout with white tile.

Isn’t this the most charming staircase trim?

A very pretty modern fall wreath.

Also faux concrete pumpkins. :)

The most internet famous chocolate chip cookie.

The pleasure/happiness gap.

I bought myself a little Adventure this week.

10 European etiquette rules to know.

Dear America. (Thank you Karen).


***Monday update: Massive wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties here in California. Hospitals evacuated, schools have burned. Many homes have also burned and thousands are homeless. We are helping all we can, sheltering evacuees and offering supplies. Please keep California in your thoughts and prayers today!



  1. I loved the pleasure/happiness breakdown. This summer was filled with extra stress and to cope well I cut out everything unecessary that fragmented my attention, particularly Facebook, even though I ran a part time business on that platform. I looove not being on FB, and reading Godin’s short article helped point to why.

  2. I love your blog and I get it in my email almost every day. I follow you from Virginia and love to picture you in your town, which is just lovely! We rode through that area on the way to San Fransisco from Calistoga once and I still remember it. We rode through Bodega Bay. Lovely. So when I picture you there, I think of that ride.
    Any way, just loved the article from Canada!

  3. Thanks for the mention Kate. I’ve had a huge response to the letter from Americans. On this Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, I’m thankful it was able to reach so many people (in part thanks to you.) :) ~ karen!

  4. I’m loving the gold ring wreath, I have been wanting to try m hand at something like this, ever since I took a wreath making workshop last winter.

  5. Thank you for the fire update. I signed on to the site today to see if you were okay. Relieved. Good luck to you and yours on your aid efforts.

  6. Glad you and yours are ok. Been thinking and praying for you. I read you blog regularly and I feel you’re my friend. Keep well, Kate!

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