Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley September 29, 2017

Hello friends and happy weekend! I am loving this late September season of transition with its cooler mornings and warm afternoons. The blue skies playing the role of backdrop to changing leaves. It feels magical, I want to soak up every minute of it.

This weekend is event free for me, and I’m breathing a sigh of relief! I need the few days to play catch up on my long list of things to do. I’ll be photographing the Vegas kitchen remodel later in October, I can’t wait to share it with you, it looks amazing so far!

Favorite links below:


I pinned several images from this designer showhouse.

I love the eucalyptus arrangement on Kim’s mantel.

Great combo of mixed materials in this kitchen reno. The range!

New to DIY building? This wood nightstand project is a great place to start.

It’s hard to choose a favorite among these beautiful blue rugs.

“I am not on anyone else’s timeline but my own.”  Yes to this.

What I wish I knew at every age.

Traveling? How to pack light.

An amusing Twitter war.


Look for Less: Étagères

By Kate Riley September 28, 2017

I mentioned in my last post that after refinishing the floors, I wasn’t bringing anything back into my home that I didn’t absolutely love. This has left me with a few bare walls and corners, one of them the five foot wide space of wall between my family room and dining room. I decided an étagère would be the best fit by maximizing the use of vertical space and providing me with more storage.

The étagère is a versatile piece of furniture because it can live just about anywhere: an office, dining room, living room, bedroom. Most tend to be shallow in depth so they don’t push into a room taking up too much space. Étagères are the elegant cousin of the bulkier bookcase with their thinner frames, open backs, and more formal style.

These shelving units store anything from kitchen goods to office supplies to bathroom towels. Styles vary from chinoiserie to industrial. I’m a fan of the golden versions, glamorous, but practical too.


gold + walnut étagère


sally wheat interiors




asymmetrical étagère


studio glid


gold branch étagère


bungalow 5



High end versions like this one and this one cost thousands of dollars, but as always I hunt down more affordable choices so you can get the look for less with these options all under $500.

gold aimee / alize / nickel / zona

dzu walnut / orleans metal / harper / edison