Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 11, 2017

It’s been a whirlwind 48 hours but I’ve loved every minute of it. Thursday I was whisked away spontaneously to a concert benefiting wildfire victims taking place in San Francisco. Someone had an extra ticket so I hopped on the ferry to the City and watched the sun set over the City skyline as I arrived at the concert venue, it was magical. Last night I got together with a group of some of my best friends for dinner and we went dancing, such fun! It’s been an enjoyable two days living in the moment surrounded by good music and great friends.

I feel blessed to be picking up more design projects too. When it rains it pours. :) Tomorrow I’m meeting with another client and working together on a full home remodel. I’m excited for what’s shaping up for 2018 and the many spaces where I’m lending my expertise.

During the holidays I’m doing my best to say no to anything that complicates my life or isn’t meaningful. I plan on simple decorations and fresh greenery, and I’ll not be killing myself trying to do it all. I delight in rebelling against the pressure to make everything perfect. The past two days reminded me that the most important things are the connections formed with the people you love. I’m not hosting a holiday party but I have plans to gather in several small groups in people’s homes or at the local bistro, toasting in gratitude to the simple pleasures of life.

Favorite links:

Wow, this Minnesota spec home is stunning.

Of course I love this blue and white home tour.

Ideas on how to refresh your space without renovating.

I disagree with this “In” and “Out” trends list, do you?

How to host a crappy dinner party. Oui oui!

Thanks for the insider drywall tips Mandi.

Food items you shouldn’t order at chain restaurants.

 Never retire and other longevity tips.

How deeply Facebook knows who you’ve had contact with.

When your greatest romance is friendship. :)

Best ever used car commercial.

Also note this: Arrow Fastener is giving away $1,000 in cash and 100 tools every week until December 17th. Details here!


Moody Modern Bathroom Plan

By Kate Riley November 8, 2017

Another new project landed in my lap, it’s a small hall bathroom for a shared commercial office. Rather than something light and bright like I did in my own home with my powder room, I’m headed in the opposite direction. This time I’ll create a moody modern space using a combination of deep hues on the walls (black or charcoal), a wood vanity, and brass accents.

The Inspiration:

images: 1 / 2 / 3 /

Here is the 4×6′ space as it exists now, it’s one of those tiny bathrooms thrown together for utility alone and with no consideration to aesthetic whatsoever. So boring right? I can’t wait to give it a fresh, more attractive look.

The vinyl plank floors are in good shape so those stay. However those walls are crying out for something cool, I’m leaning either dark stained or painted plank walls, or perhaps grasscloth wallpaper in a deep hue as the backdrop, like the walls in the inspiration images above.

The vanity shouldn’t be more than 30″ wide to have the proper proportion, these single sink wood vanities caught my eye:

  ronbowfairmont / roveland / bristol

The ceiling is 8′ so it demands a flushmount fixture, and I’ll add a mirror to complement. For the touches of brass I love these flush mount fixtures and mirrors:

  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

I’m trying to turn this one around in the next month. I’ll share the final product selections and space reveal when it’s done. .