Weekend Reading 9.3.23

By Kate Riley September 3, 2023

I gave our hallway a makeover this week with a DIY furniture upgrade and a gallery of art, I’ll share pictures next week. The Minimalism Game began on the 1st and already I’m busy purging my home of things I don’t need, a few sales of big ticket items but the majority will be donations. It feels good to be challenged, and there is still time to join in! I’m posting my donations every few days on Instagram stories to keep myself and participants motivated!

We’ve moved much of our furniture back into the house but I’ve rearranged a few rooms, moving around different pieces to different spaces and it has given our home renewed energy. Once the purging of all the old is complete I’ll add a few new textiles and artwork to further freshen the spaces. It feels good to redo rooms, the family room, the study, and make them feel new again since it’s been years since I’ve done so.

September is here with all of its loveliness. We had a meeting at my community clay studio last week and the announcement was made to start getting ready for holiday sales now since production of ceramics takes time. From formation to bisque firing, decorating and glaze firing, the process can take up to three weeks for each piece when working in a large studio with others. You’ll hear no objection from me to spend more time working with clay, it’s become such a source of joy. New ceramic designs coming soon!

Favorite links from the week:

This light filled elegant home.

Six kitchen installations that homeowners may regret.

Terra cotta tile meets dark wood in this Melbourne bathroom.

Inspiration: pretty tile installations.

Michaels launched a maker marketplace where you can sell your creations.

This handy reference of gray stains tested on seven types of wood.

Woah, would you sleep here, 40 feet up in the air?

When in Paris: 7 iconic cafes to visit.

I’ve been watching these Reels showing the evolution of different cars.

Lovely words in other languages that have no English equivalent.

Did you ever swim in a sea pool? Here are ten around the world to bookmark.

“Busy” is the new “broke”.


  1. I hope the revamp goes well, ours has stalled at the not-quite-finished stage for months now. I’ve run out of steam!

    Coincidentally we have a load of handles on our website (We also do gallery wall art too!) which are perfect for giving old furniture/kitchens an easy revamp, this was a quick win for us – its the paint touch ups & declutter I’ve stalled on!

    I love the idea of the minimalism game but I’m just not cut out for it – how are you finding it?

    • so far I’m keeping up with the minimalism game, i’ve got lots to get rid of :)
      thanks for info on your site!

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