Mix It Up: Black + White Pillows

By Kate Riley August 16, 2017

Black and white is still going strong as a popular palette, it looks chic and it’s easy to pull off, all you need to do is mix patterns in this neutral monochromatic palette.

With autumn around the corner, layer woven, kilim, or mudcloth fabrics for added texture and warmth. Get the look seen in the inspiration images below by mixing square covers with a lumbar shape.


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h&m via sfgirlbybay


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Favorite black & white patterned pillows available online:



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You might also like: Etsy sources for mudcloth pillows.


Lake House Style

By Kate Riley August 14, 2017

If you’ve followed my Instagram stories, you know I was up in Lake Tahoe for a few days, it was the perfect end to summer. I was with a group of girlfriends hiking trails and hanging out on the water, and it was bliss.

I’ve been thinking about investing in a little cabin up there for a while, after my most recent trip I have my heart set on it. After I sell the Las Vegas property I’ll be browsing MLS for the perfect little place near the lake to fix up next year. On to new adventures!


bear hill interiors

I could never afford house on the water but a little cabin down a bike path will do just fine. I couldn’t help but seek out some inspiration and I came across some beautiful homes showcasing the variety in lake house style.

My favorite elements are the copious amounts of wood and stone to pull the outdoors in. I also like seeing the white shiplap walls mixed with wood tones for depth and contrast. Don’t forget a touch of lake themed decor like vintage oars and glass fishing floats! Click on links below the images for full house tours.








andrew brown interiors



at home in arkansas 



lily pad cottage



house beautiful



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style at home

I hope you enjoyed these past few months of summer, I certainly made a lot of great memories! I’m not quite ready to jump into fall, the weather is just too warm. We will be starting the harvest season soon here in Wine Country so I plan to be out and about in a few regions capturing it on camera in September and October.

My next project here at home is a powder room makeover. This week I’m installing wallpaper above and shiplap below and also a new brass faucet. I’ll have that refreshed space to share next week.