Sunlit Stroll through Aveiro

By Kate Riley September 5, 2019

In May, I traveled to Portugal, to the Algarve region, and also Lisbon and Sintra. On our way north to Porto, my travel mate and I made a one night stop in Aveiro. I’d read about the town and the canals and glad we got a chance to see it, it was really sweet! Aveiro is less than an hour from Porto, so it could be done on a daytrip, but instead we chose to spend the night. Aveiro is charming and small, and totally walkable in an afternoon.

I woke up early to blue skies, and after a quick breakfast at our hotel we stepped out to see the town. My travel mate and I meandered through the streets at a slow pace, people watching and listening to the rhythm of the town: the shop owner sweeping up in front of their store, the clinking of glasses the waiters gather after patrons leave a bistro, the music drifting out of an apartment window above a cafe.

I kept my camera ready at all times. Vignettes appear out of nowhere, which is the appeal of strolling on foot. I squinted in the sun at all the buildings awash with bright colors and azulejos tiles in shades of blue, green, and brown.





Aveiro is famous for its Moliceiro boat rides through the canals, easy to find since they’re right on the riverfront. It’s touristy and not the most thrilling excursion, but you will get some views of the cute town as you ride through the canals.


One additional sight Aveiro is famous for includes the candy striped beach houses facing the river on the Praia de Costa Nova. I never made it there, but it’s a reason to return, and one more stop to consider if you visit!


As evening sets in Aveiro, the colors change, they become more muted, just like the sky. The setting sun was a signal that it was time to pick a place to eat.






For dinner, we chose Obairro in the middle of town where the waiter entertained us with stories to accompany the recommended local dishes. Under the influence of the wine from the Duoro Valley, it was here I considered perhaps I need more blue and white plates in my life. :)

So many travelers I meet have just been or are about to go to Portugal, as you can see, Aveiro is another reason why! :)


Autumn Velvet

By Kate Riley September 3, 2019

I stepped outside this morning and felt just a hint of morning mist which signals fall is on its way. I just love September, it’s my favorite month, that crossover between summer and fall where the weather is still warm in the afternoon but cooler in the morning and evenings. The leaves will be turning soon.

This time of year I crave a transition in decor and I’m always drawn to velvet in autumn. Last year I bought two teal velvet chairs for my living room and accent pillows for my sofa. In addition, I bought emerald green velvet pillows to add a dose of jewel tone color to my mostly black and white palette in my studio.

Velvet is a favorite accent during the fall, so today’s post is an updated roundup from last year’s autumn velvet pillow post because I know you love velvet pillows as much as I do!

 via h&m & pottery barn & cb2

Should you be looking to add velvet to your home too, here’s a rainbow to choose from:

bright red / sumac / magenta

persimmon / copper  / burnt orange

copper II / golden oak / cognac

moss green / emerald / bay leaf

teal / stormy blue / regal blue

 madeira / plumplum 2


Find more colors for velvet pillow covers in these Etsy shops!

The Pillow Spot

Pillows by Dwellisimo

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