Weekend Reading 7.2.23

By Kate Riley July 2, 2023

We had a festival yesterday with a lot of pop up vendors in the community space where I have my local shop. I made more sales and met a lot of interesting people. I love connecting with them over topics of travel and design, and studying what kinds of art and ceramics people are drawn to.

Next week I’m headed back to Florida, we’re going to check in on our house on the Gulf Coast and then take a road trip over to the east coast to do some exploring. We’re headed to St. Augustine and then down the coast to Palm Beach and may stop in Miami too, so if you know of any great stops or have recommendations for things to do or see, let me know!

Favorite links from the week:

This remodeled bungalow with warm woods in Japandi style.

This colorful California vacation home with Golden Girl vibes.

This unexpected yet beautiful kitchen cabinet and countertop combination.

This 100 year old Mediterranean home renovation in southern California.

This colorful and eclectic Minneapolis home.

Impress your guests with this Fourth of July charcuterie board.

These enchanting AI generated mermaid art prints.

Spoonflower’s autumn fabric trend report.

Ten things people get wrong about minimalism.


  1. If time permits, book a sea turtle night walk in Melborne Beach. Amazing! Stella Maris Environmental Reasearch did a great job and come highly recommended.

  2. I highly recommend Conchy Joe’s in Jensen. Doesn’t look like much from the outside but it has great views and amazing food. Their cocktails are pretty good too 😁

  3. Kate,
    When you decide to go up the other coast I highly recommend Ichetucknee Springs State Park for a day of tubing. You actually could make a day trip of it from Sarasota but it would be a long day. Right now is their busiest time but if you wait and go in late September or Early October you won’t have to worry as much about crowds as the kids are back in college in the State.
    So you can put that on your list of places to explore on another visit to your home in Florida. I lived in the Sarasota/ Bradenton area and I have also lived in the Jacksonville area. However the less commercial parts like the state parks are where I made my fondest memories.

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