Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 20, 2018

Hello friends and happy fall weekend! Today is the celebration of life party for my dear friend Karin who I lost two months ago. Ordinarily, end of life services make me sad but today I’m energized and prepared to celebrate her life, her beauty, the way she lived, and the impact she had on so many lives.

Also I’m feeling a little apprehensive and nervous about a big decision – I’ve decided to rent a design studio to expand the blog and my business. For months, I’ve felt like a plant that’s outgrown my container and I’m in need of a bigger space in which to grow. It’s a risk and will take a leap of faith, but I feel ready for a new level of growth and have dreamed of a space that would bring out that creative side that’s been dormant for some time. It’s an investment in myself and I’m just going to go for it, I’ll have more details to share in the coming months.

Meanwhile, some favorite links from the week….


This modern shower with a custom glass roof is stunning.

A very pretty Toronto home renovation.

This townhome is decorated rather well considering it all came from West Elm. ;)

I want to try a DIY version of this bulky yarn basket project.

Another great DIY furniture project: this twin sleeper chair.

So festive and fun for the upcoming season: DIY eggnog soy candles.

What happens to your body when you stop drinking alcohol.

30 ideas for romantic trips to take with your significant other.



  1. The weather was beautiful yesterday and the sun shining brightly, a lovely day to honor and celebrate your dear friend. I hope it was a beautiful day being surrounded by her family and friends and sharing stories, memories, laughter and some tears.
    Yay, Kate on taking the next step and growing your blog and business!! You are amazing at what you do. I can’t wait to see what’s next and I know Karin is applauding you and is so very proud of you.

  2. How kind Allison, thank you so much! I am excited for the future.

    Oh and yes it was the most beautiful day, perfect weather, and a very meaningful ceremony and gathering. Thank you for your words. :)

Leave a comment!

Keep the conversation going! Your email address will not be published.*


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Lately on Instagram (@centsationalstyle)