Weekend Reading 2.17.24

By Kate Riley February 17, 2024

This week I hit the fifteen year mark for this blog. I launched it in February 2009 to document our home expansion and I just kept writing all this time! Thanks so much to all of you who’ve stayed around to follow my projects and adventures, I appreciate you all so much. I gave myself a week away from content creation to celebrate! Hence the silence this week. :)

I spent much of my time clocking hours for my Florida real estate license course. The goal is to spend a the next few years renovating and renting properties in that state, so I decided it would be helpful to our real estate endeavors if I had a license. It will give us access to those more familiar with the market in my new community and make it easier to buy and sell. I’m excited for that new chapter!

I’m headed to the KBIS (International Kitchen and Bath Show) in Las Vegas at the end of the month to get up to date on all the new products and tech in the industry. My parents live there so I’ll get to spend some time with them as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what all the brands are showcasing on the floor, I think it will inspire new ideas and projects for the future.

Favorite links from the week:

Neutral textures are scattered throughout this Malibu home.

There are lovely shades of peach and pink in this SoHo apartment.

Do you believe in the unexpected dose of red theory?

These dried flower bar arrangements are simple but so pretty.

Do you have an empty side yard? Here are 25 ways to fill it.

These are the cutest pickleball paddles.

Impressive: this colorful art installation.

For discussion: Instagram’s impact on creativity.

Ha ha: my comments are in the Google Doc linked in the Dropbox…


  1. 15 years…wow. Thank you for so many years of your sharing the projects and pretties in your life

  2. I am so grateful I stumbled upon you that weekend so many years ago when looking to update a bathroom. I remember the instant connection I felt when I confessed the hours I had just spent scouring your site. Your brilliant ideas, weekend reading, travel adventures and down to earth personality have been an absolute treasure for me. Thank you and I look forward to the next 15😉 XO-Alissa

  3. I don’t remember the year, but you created a wild flower picture wall in your parents bedroom. I love it so much that I bought the book and chose the pages you did, framed them, and they are hanging on my wall. Thanks for all your wonderful inspirations.

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