Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley August 11, 2018

I hope you’re all enjoying these last days of summer vacation, my kids are back in school this week and I’m so happy they’re returning, they’ve been so lazy lately and need structure!

Yesterday I made more progress on my DIY desk project, and today I’m taking  planning on doing a little wine tasting in the afternoon at one of my favorite places to taste sparkling wine. I haven’t been in months and the weather is so warm. Since the air quality has improved (we’ve had more wildfires across the state), I’m looking forward to a relaxing day in wine country.

Favorite links…


There are so many elegant details in the Kendra Scott office tour.

Pricey but pretty! GE’s new matte white appliances.

Hooray for this sweet and simple unisex neutral nursery.

Isn’t this the most creative paper wall installation?

How to make a barn door with a modern look.

100 life skills everyone should know.

How Instagram Stories has altered the way we live.

The joys of female friendship.

Fellow Californians: check out these trips to plan in autumn.

Things to do in your free time that are more enriching than Netflix.


Alternatives to White Shiplap

By Kate Riley August 9, 2018

Architectural detail on the wall adds an additional layer of definition to any space, I’ve always been a fan. The white shiplaped wall has taken over the world in the past few years, it seems every home tour has it somewhere. I’m a fan of planked walls, I too have done my own DIY white shiplap installation below a wallpaper treatment in my powder bathroom.

When I see a shiplap wall, I like the clean white look and the subtle stripe effect that comes from the stacked raised paneling. It provides a pleasing backdrop for layering furniture, art, and decor.



But for those of you who feel the shiplap look is becoming as ubiquitous as subway tile, today I offer a few alternatives to consider.

White Wainscot

Architectural details on a wall go by different names depending on the look: planking, board and batten, picture frame molding, beadboard, tongue and groove, and millwork. Custom or prefabricated work is always an option but basic designs are easy to DIY. If you’re a fan of white walls but seek something other than shiplap, consider the following looks:


atlanta homes mag


sage design





kishani perera





Painted Geometric Paneling

The geometric grid installation is growing in popularity for good reason with classic square or rectangle shapes created with strips of wood. It looks especially good when painted in tone on tone colors.


marie flanagan interiors


tobi fairley


studio mcGee


farrow & ball


butterfield custom homes


stone masonry company


cassidy hughes

Wood Paneling

Reclaimed, weathered, whitewashed, stained or natural, there are limitless opportunities to add texture with wood tones.




clayton & little


via behance


timberwall at lowes



Modern Installations

Think outside the box by using lattice strips or dimensional wall paneling to create one of a kind designs.







timberwall at lowes

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cheap & easy DIY shiplap

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