Summer Breezes in the Guest Room

By Kate Riley July 10, 2017

I have a guest room upstairs that everyone fights over this time of year since it’s the one room that has retractable door screens to allow the fresh air in. In summertime, it’s the best spot to get a good night’s sleep, so I find myself sleeping in there as much as possible!

I’ve had the same indigo floral print duvet and shams in there for years and they’ve taken on a worn blue hue that I love. The batik pillow is from One Affirmation on Etsy, the blue and white fabric is Nate Berkus’ caspian fabric.


The gold and white sconce is new, it’s from Urban Outfitters and replaced a lamp that was taking up surface space on the small side table. I found an inexpensive lantern fixture at Lowes, I loved its shape and scale but not its finish so I spray painted it with Krylon’s ‘Gold Leaf’ paint.

This room has a set of French doors that look out to the rear yard and our small vineyard. You may recall the billy bookcase project I wrote about years ago, the set flanks the French doors and provide so much storage. The curtain fabric is my own shibori print available at Spoonflower.


The new retractable door screens keep the bugs out and let the fresh air in, perfect for warm summer nights! I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to have these retractable door screens, they make the room so very pleasant to be in April through October, I love them!

Their design is so good! They disappear out of sight with easy to use latches (no clanking doors!) which allows for a full view. I encourage you to consider similar doors in your own home, they’re really wonderful! I also have a retractable door screen on kitchen door to my courtyard and it’s a lifesaver in summer when I want cool breezes but no bugs.

The cozy bedding, the abundance of books, and the retractable screen doors make this one space that I look forward to relaxing and sleeping in whenever I get the chance.

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Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley July 7, 2017

Hello friends, I do hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July festivities. I’m spending the weekend here in Vegas with friends before I head back to California. I’m also meeting with a few subcontractors at the flip house and making progress on that kitchen, it’s going to be stunning!

Favorite links below:

I confess I prefer tropical indoor plants over the fiddle leaf fig.

I love all the intense blues in this Paris apartment.

A great DIY outdoor chair made with basic lumber.

Sarah’s bathroom makeover is really fresh update.

Wow, this young family is going on their 100th trip!

Ryan Gosling has a European doppelgänger :)

So cool, these pictures of life under water in Antarctica.

Women in their 40s and 50s are “perennials” (thank you Wendy).