2017 Year in Review

By Kate Riley December 31, 2017

I love the promise that a new year brings! The ability to start fresh with a clean slate and create a list of goals for the upcoming year.

I also love when blogs and websites publish their roundups in late December. Looking back on the year is an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and it’s a way to catch up on something I may have missed. I appreciate all of your roundups and today I’m sharing mine, here are my top 12 from 2017.

Space Makeovers

master bedroom  / hall bathroom  / powder room  /  galley kitchen

DIY Projects

marble fireplace makeover  /  cheap & easy shiplap  / cyanotype art  / tiered plant stand

Design Articles

renovation mistakes & design “nevers” how to style a mantel with art  / closed cabinets v. open shelving / stack bond tile

When I look back on 2017 I see the spaces I’ve renovated, the DIY projects I completed, and also the design articles I’ve written, I feel honored to be one of the many voices in this ongoing conversation on home improvement and interior design. I am so grateful that you continue to read this blog and follow my adventures on social media as well.

My list of things to accomplish in 2018 is growing, I have space makeovers in progress and several trips already planned, plus a few DIY projects to complete. 2018 brings more of the same topics I’ve sharing through the years and I can’t wait to keep up with all of your creative ideas too.

Wishing everyone the Happiest New Year! Bring on 2018!


Christmas Greetings + Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley December 25, 2017

Hello my friends and Merry Christmas to you! The last 48 hours have been so much fun! Last night a group of us shared a seafood dinner in Sausalito overlooking the San Francisco Bay and city skyline. Christmas morning is always joyful, handing out thoughtful gifts to family members. I’m taking a long walk with my best friend today, then this evening we’re going out to a local restaurant owned by a friend, it’s where we dine every Christmas.

2017 was an amazing year, I faced some hardships with the devastating wildfires, and some friends received difficult diagnoses with their health. However, as I look back on the year I choose to focus on the good times, the laughter, the travels, the memories. I’m taking the week off to relax with friends and recharge for 2018. Wishing you all much happiness in this final week of the year.

Favorite links:


This is such a pretty green and gold table setting.

So charming, Christmas in a camper!

Home decor trends of 2017.

I just love these striped oars.

Sweden’s approach to “outdoor parenting”.

Yes! Lessons from the biggest hit of the year.

Giving up everything to travel.

Very cool adventure photos.

Tired of Monopoly? Alternative board games to play.

Facebook acknowledges social media may be bad for us.

The 50 “best” places to travel next year.

For winter, I bought this highly rated parka for half off.

Made me laugh: “a tropical oasis”.

This video is a great reminder of all the little things to be grateful for.