Leather Tech Covers on Etsy

By Kate Riley September 10, 2020

I was saving up for an iPad Pro and finally bought one for myself last month. It arrived last week and I’ve really been enjoying it. When I was traveling before, I’d bring along an older model PC laptop but I’ve upgraded to an iPad with bluetooth keyboard for travel. I like that I also can take it with me to a local coffee shop (when they reopen) to work for an hour or two.

To protect it, I ordered a custom leather case in a beautiful shade of teal blue. I’m such a fan of this case I wanted to feature it. My leather case came from Pikore on Etsy and it’s pictured below. It was custom made to fit my iPad, my coordinating pencil, and also has a few extra flaps for flash drives or memory cards. (Connector cords not shown). It’s really well made and perfect for transporting my iPad when I’m out and about!

Do you have tech that’s in need of protection? A laptop, Kindle, or tablet?

I rounded up more attractive options from additional Etsy vendors. Leather is really durable, you can go with a classic shade of brown or black or pick a fun color. These make great gifts for loved ones or yourself!

envelope style (eleven colors) / kindle cover (four colors)

mini iPad folio / leather folio (eight colors)


leather wrap (eleven colors) / pouch briefcase (four colors)

sleeve with strap (five colors) / leather snap folio (ten colors)

iPad cover (eleven colors) / macbook cover with snap

flap with pen holder (three colors) / strap with snap cover


Kitchen Design: Alternatives for Upper Cabinets

By Kate Riley September 8, 2020

For so long we’ve defaulted to the style of upper cabinets with closed doors in kitchens, then about ten years ago floating shelves began surging in popularity as a replacement.

I wrote a post eight years ago questioning whether open shelves were timeless or trendy in kitchen spaces, and back then people had opinions. Looking back from 2020, having watched kitchen design trends all this time, it’s fair to say open shelves are now just as popular as closed doors on upper cabinets. They are often requested by homeowners to be included somewhere in small or large format in modern kitchens.

One thing I’ve been noticing is designers are thinking beyond the proverbial wisdom of basic upper cabinets. They are making bolder, more creative choices, pushing us to embrace alternatives for upper cabinets beyond closed doors or floating shelves.

The raised (or shortened) upper cabinet combined with a display shelf below has been trending for a few years, I wrote about this design choice in this older post.


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This doorless cabinet style has been a part of design for some time, it’s the happy medium between closed cabinets and open shelving. This style of upper cabinetry gives the homeowner the decorative benefit of open display with a finished interior and a cabinet frame matching the surrounding cabinetry, similar to a dining hutch.

tom howley kitchens

something blue home


In recent years, there’s been a trend toward suspended kitchen shelving, I wrote about this option two years ago. See this article for more examples.

the mayes team

gregory funk

Metal shelving is a modern alternative to wood and a black finish is a contemporary choice.

joinery & design co. 

The long single shelf above a tile backsplash is a style found in many kitchens of Europe, Scandinavia, and the UK .

tom howley kitchens

fine little goods

roundhouse design uk

Here’s another look that combines cabinets and open shelving. This style incorporates open box shelving beneath shortened closed cabinets.

caldera kitchens

lindye galloway


These two kitchens have black metal glass front cabinets resting on the countertop. What they give up in counter space they make up for with a dramatic statement!

three birds renovation

chad james

These wood frame cabinets with glass fronts add texture and interest. Note the cabinets open by lifting up, not the typical vertical swing we often see.

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These suspended shelves hang in front of the window, allowing for light to penetrate the kitchen space, but also providing storage and display.

brooke wagner design


nicole hirsh interiors

katie hackworth

In Europe and the UK, sometimes there are no upper cabinets at all, leaving room for light fixtures, rods, small shelves, or as space to hang artwork.

devol kitchens

a + b kasha design

devol kitchens

And some designers are getting rid of upper cabinets entirely and swapping them for a wall of windows.

eye for pretty


Are you a fan of any of these new looks?

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