Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 4, 2017

Happy weekend friends! It’s raining here and the leaves are falling off the trees, I can sense winter nearing but I’m still embracing these last few weeks and the vivid autumn foliage still present.

I’m headed back to Vegas for a few days to visit family and work on the flip house. I had every intention of finishing the kitchen and master bathroom by now but the local wildfires totally derailed me. Anyway, I’m making progress on both over the next few days and will have space reveals completed in the early new year (fingers crossed).

Favorite links:


I could not love this backsplash more.

This boutique Parisian hotel will give you serious design inspiration.

Ha ha #Complainsgiving. Love the comments on this Instagram post.

What a pretty painted paper leaf garland.

I really need this wall mural in my life.

Hmmm, are we really over these home decor trends?

Artistry on display: this creative themed Christmas tree.

Great DIY tutorial: how to make pencil pleat curtains.

Another perspective on decluttering: death cleaning.

Einstein’s theory of happiness is spot on.

Museum gallery doppelgangers.

Waking up at night? Consider the reasons in the Chinese body clock.

Strange facts about daylight saving time.


Faux Naturals

By Kate Riley November 2, 2017

I popped into Restoration Hardware yesterday and they had the most beautiful lighted birch trees and it was love at first sight. Unfortunately their versions were too pricey for me, and I thought well I could probably DIY my own with some white lighted branches, but then I hopped on Amazon and found these birch trees with a nice base for less than half the RH price so I ordered them instead.

When it comes to greenery, the real deal has the most appeal, but I do love a great faux alternative, one that can be dressed up with sparkly additions or embellished with simple ribbon. A good fake can look very close to the real thing (like these pictured below) but the added bonus is they last for years and can be reused in several seasons.







As nature intended, anything with real leaves eventually dries to a crisp so I’m happy to substitute faux naturals here and there to get the look of the real thing.

eucalyptus branch / faux birch stem / red berry wreath / olive branch wreath

birch candles / lighted birch tree / boxwood garland / berry garland

mixed leaf garland / boxwood wreath

inspiration images sources:  100 layer cake  / crate + barrel / atelier ea