Black & White Rug Roundup

By Kate Riley January 28, 2019

Thanks for the love on the office tour last week. Several of you wrote to me about the black and white rug, how did I like it? Where did I get it?


Here’s a closer look, it’s a black and white pattern printed on an ivory background with tiny silver threads woven into it. The silver threads are hardly noticeable in pictures or in the afternoon, but during the day in natural light the silver flecks add just a touch of sparkle, I love that.


I’ve only had it for a month but so far so good. It’s thin but perfect for my space in a 5×8’ size. I don’t like to spend a lot on rugs because I find I want to swap them out after a year or two, either because they get dirty or because I get tired of the look.

I can’t imagine getting tired of this one though, I love simple geometric black and white rugs, they work in SO.MANY.SPACES so here’s a bunch more to choose from.


aztec diamond / cripe handwoven

black stripe (also in reverse white) / nuloom vasiliki


torres kilim / vista

damask woven  / ashler tassel

moroccan fringe / diamond tassel

 moroccan cotton shag / tribal crosshatch

plush moroccan / black boho

southwest / diamond pinstripes


edie / hand woven finnel

tribal bands / woven emerson


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley January 25, 2019

Happy Friday all! The weather has been incredible this week in Northern California, we’ve had sunny skies for days and there’s something so uplifting (and distracting!) about blue skies in the middle of winter. This weekend, I’m finishing up some DIY projects: a closet renovation for my daughter and a bench refurbish using one of my favorite tools – spray paint for the win. :)

I’m getting ready to leave the country too, I’m flying to Sydney on Tuesday, my brother and I are doing a whirlwind tour of that amazing city and also the Gold Coast where our cousins live. I’ll share pictures on my Insta stores for sure! It’s summer down under so I’ll get to wear flip flops and tank tops for a week and feel some warm sunshine on my shoulders, can’t wait.

Favorite links:

So clever: this combination island & eat-in kitchen table, more images here.

I’m totally crushing on the olive green cabinets in this home’s kitchen.

Bedroom design “mistakes” – are you guilty?

Renters: some suggestions for personalizing and adding style.

Methods to assist you in starting a daily creative practice.

Setouchi Islands, Frisian Island, and 50 more places to visit this year.

Tips for finding the cheapest flights online.

Cheap and chic: I’m using these makeup bags for gym and travel!

Great advice on how to write a sympathy card.


Lately on Instagram (@centsationalstyle)