Calm & Bright

By Kate Riley December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve greetings friends! At last… I finally snapped a few photos of my living room, and the theme this year? Extra calm, light and bright. I didn’t deck all the halls as I have in years past because I wanted to keep it oh-so-simple. This year with socializing minimized, the only people I’m decorating for are the ones I live with so there was no need for excess.

I’m patting myself on the back that I didn’t buy anything new other than a sweet pair of wood reindeer, you’ll spy them on the mantel. When I brought out the bins I realized I have so many pretty things I’ve collected, there wasn’t any need to shop for more. I left my green plants in place and they became part of the scene. The greenery gathered on the mantel is simple clippings from my boxwood hedges paired with a preserved boxwood wreath.

Below are a few merry and bright vignettes from the space where we open gifts together, and where I’m teaching myself to play simple songs on the piano (thanks to YouTube).





Thank you so much to all of you who continue to follow along in my adventures in design, DIY, and travel. I am so grateful for your visits and comments and I love this online community. I feel connected to you and appreciate you all so much. I wish you all love, peace, and joy this holiday season.

Join me on December 30th for reflections and lessons from 2020 coupled with intentions for 2021.

Many blessings to you all. xo


  1. It’s beautiful and so fitting for 2020! I have read your blog for a long, long time and am so thankful you continue to write it! Merry Christmas to you and yours. And a side note: your blue chairs have confirmed by blue chair choice that is in my cart to buy with my Xmas money!

    • Ha, glad you like them! I’ve always loved them too.
      Thank you for continuing to read along!

  2. I also have been a longtime follower, and I appreciate you and your sharing your talents with us. Enjoy the holiday season with your family. Merry Christmas!

  3. Hi Kate!
    I always love seeing your home and this year is no exception and totally on point! The reindeer are a lovely addition and will be timeless treasures, wise purchase. Thank you for inspiring me to pull off amazing things in my own home. I hope you always have a want to share because every post is a treat for me!
    Cheers to 2021,

  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Love your home photos. I’m so glad you posted some! I so miss them! I’ve been with you from almost the beginning!

  5. You posted a picture of garland on 2 mirrors above a white sofa where did you buy the mirrors? They look like windows.

    • Hi, I’m not sure which image you’re referring to? Can you email me the picture?

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