Weekend Reading 7.9.23

By Kate Riley July 9, 2023

I’m in Florida this week on a road trip, we’re driving from the gulf coast to the east coast to see a few new towns there. It’s nice to be back swimming in the coastal waters! We’re exploring St. Augustine on this trip, it’s the oldest settlement in the USA, so I’m looking forward to seeing the architecture and reading up on the history.

We’re still planning on making a full time move but waiting until early 2025 to give us more time to prepare to make a cross country jump. We will rent our Florida house out to snowbirds in the winter of 2024 so if you know anyone looking to rent from January to May in the Sarasota/Siesta Key area, email me!

Favorite links from the week:

Modern front door inspiration.

It’s official: modern farmhouse is the most popular home style in America.

The surprising paint color that Zillow reports will get you more money for your home.

This balanced and elegant yet slightly askew wall art arrangement.

Ten facts to know about fiddle leaf fig care.

Why Edison was slightly premature on promoting his light bulb invention.

Looking for a new show to binge? Here are 25 popular ones on Netflix.

I’ve worn this navy cotton embroidered summer dress twice and it gets a lot of compliments!

As a ceramics student, this holiday looks like a dream adventure.

Six kinds of people to consider cutting ties with.

20 countries to consider that are friendly to expats if you’re considering moving abroad.


I’m taking the full week off to soak up the sun. :)

Hope you all are taking some time off this summer too!


  1. I was a bit surprised that Zillow spoke about gray paint
    and I have to wonder when their “survey” was done.
    In my neck of the woods any house that has gray paint on walls and/or cabinets is a sure sign it is a flip and unfortunately not the best flip.
    It is depressing and not a good look for some of the older homes that have smaller windows and less natural light.

    • Exactly what I thought! How old is this survey? We moved from Seattle 5 years ago. We toured a lot of homes for sale to see how to prepare to sell our own home. So much dreary gray and open shelving in the kitchen!!! So many flips. I couldn’t stand it. Our house was mostly blues and greens. We just freshened the same colors and had great responses.

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