Weekend Reading 1.12.20

By Kate Riley January 12, 2020

On Friday, my friend asked me to entertain her two year old daughter while she taught a fitness class. I had forgotten just how slow life moves when you’re caring for a toddler. Everything happens at a delayed pace, putting on shoes, walking down the street, and conversation. I took her to the market and we walked down each aisle. It was sweet to relive life in the slow lane for a small part of my day. I forgot how the world seen through the eyes of a small child is one filled with wonder. I love when they tell you all about what they see and how the world works from their perspective. Our time together was a reminder that slowing down and taking the time to notice the simple things brings much joy.

I love hanging out with my teens too. They invite all their friends over and talk about what’s happening in their world. I feel so fortunate to have such open communication with my teens and their friends. People will warn you when your babies are little by saying “oh just wait until they’re teenagers” and I have to say it’s been really great. I’ll admit the junior high/puberty season was rough, but I’m really enjoying this time watching them express themselves, work through challenges, and become young adults. Last night, my daughter and four of her friends hung out at my studio playing games and eating Chinese food while I worked late on my new business. Teenagers are hilarious. I loved listening to the hum of their conversation in the background, their music, their jokes and memes. It was a new memory to treasure, one made special in knowing in just a few years they will be gone.

Favorite links from the week:

Relaxed, airy, and minimalist with clean lines: this home in Victoria.

A charming A-frame cabin with a very cool wood design on the island.

Four enviable at home coffee and tea stations.

Perfection: the brass shelf rail in this kitchen niche.

Helpful tips for a smoother moving experience.

I’ve heard of ghosting, but whiteclawing and fleabagging? The dating terms of 2020.

Not getting enough rest? You’re not alone, sleep deprivation is on the rise.

Are you a pluviophile? Yep, me too.


20 Subtle Pattern Peel & Stick Wallpapers

By Kate Riley January 9, 2020

I shared a DIY art display ledge project earlier this week but what I forgot to mention was that the backdrop was an inexpensive swirl peel & stick wallpaper that I found on Amazon. I’ll be honest, after looked at it I decided I’m not totally thrilled with it. It lacks the impact I was going for, the stripes are a little too subtle so I went looking for something new to replace it.

Subtle patterns in neutral hues are great for those just dipping their toe into the world of wallpaper. The prints are less bold and since they’re peel and stick they won’t be a headache to remove down the road if that day comes. Today’s lineup is for those who seek something softer or minimalist as a backdrop in any space. Might I suggest any one of these twenty subtle pattern peel and stick wallpapers.

moroccan wind


blue botanical

green leaves

make it rain

grey dandelion

watercolor circles

warm grey waves

gold origami

sketched botanical

neutral terrazzo

slate blue leaves

grey leaf botanical


black twigs

grey grasscloth

soft gray floral

blue stripes

white leaf botanical

neutral batik

minimalist lines


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