Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley July 29, 2018

Hello sweet friends, happy summer weekend. I’ve been a keeping myself occupied with various things this past week, squeezing in extra fitness classes, trying a new art project, assembling cabinets for my DIY desk idea, and photographing a client’s kitchen that I helped shape as her design consultant. I’ll have that space to share with you this week, it’s quite a transformation.

In entertainment news, I am binge watching The Paradise on Netflix, so far I love it, I just started Season 2. It’s a well done BBC series with great characters and a good storyline.

I’m also enjoying the lull of late July, with the whirring of the fan coaxing me to sleep at night, and the sunlight poking through the blinds waking me up instead of an insistent alarm clock. It’s a blissful time of year before the routine of a school schedule returns, and I’m soaking it all in. The early morning hustle will be here all too quickly.

Favorite links:


This may very well be the most photogenic hotel in the desert.

A Georgia home designed for hospitality in a black & white palette.

Cool DIY: this quilt pattern painted floor.

Who else feels this way about young boys and gaming?

No company required: 21 ideas for things to do by yourself.

Change one word you utter to change your attitude.

10 European train routes that are faster than flying.

Road trip idea: sampling the best BBQ in every state.

One couple visited every national park, and rates them all.





  1. I love the image, but I loved the tassle video. Do you have a favorite video subscription service? I love the simplicity and the images in your videos! thanks for the inspiration. Kate, are you in CA are you near the firest up North? Happy Sunday, Laura

    • Hi Laura, yes more wildfires here in California, farther north than where I am, up in the Redding/Lake Shasta region. Very scary.
      I made the videos last year, they are generated by my ad network, it’s a reminder to update them!

  2. Yes, I too feel the same way about boys and gaming. I have two boys, 10 and 13. My son who is 13 now has more freedom to play online with his friends, but I told him I’m watching how much he plays and to use his best judgement on how much is enough. He’s done well so far, but I know he has various friends on all times of the day he could play with. They all have games that, in just my opinion only, are games 13 yr olds shouldn’t be playing. I’ve always had some set of rules about how much they can play on screens and kick them off after a while, but I’m surprised that there are no rules about that at some of their friends’ houses. You’re right – when all the friends are online or on screens, who are they supposed to play with anymore?

  3. The Paradise was one of my favorite BBC productions and I hate to ruin it for you but they ceased production after season 2 :( Selfridge’s was outperforming it in ratings and the Paradise was a costly production so we are sadly forced to make up our own conclusion.

  4. I definitely feel the same way about boys and gaming…thank you for sharing that article. It makes me sad to see my 15 year old son spend so much time on video games. But like the article says, he’s online playing with all his friends. I do set limits, but it’s a bit of a battle right now. One thing I am really appreciating is that he also plays the piano and thank goodness, because it gives him something else to focus on and do when he is “bored.”

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