Weekend Reading 5.31.20

By Kate Riley May 31, 2020

I had one joyful moment this week watching my teens finish out their school year successfully, that was really nice, but the truth is I’ve had a very heavy heart. Not just from the latest challenges brought on by the coronavirus, but a broken heart felt from the death of George Floyd and our country’s continuing struggle with racism and racial justice. I am sickened and saddened that this keeps happening. We can’t be silent. We can’t look away.

Today what is on my heart is this: I am white and I have no idea what it’s like to grow up and live in America as a person of color. I wish every white person would take a moment to pause and recognize this. It’s an uncomfortable topic for some white people, but it shouldn’t be because our discomfort does not compare to the discomfort our fellow humans of color experience in America every day.

Let’s lean in on the topic instead of turning away, ignoring, or minimizing it. Let’s be better at listening and giving more attention to the voices of people of color and their experience. Let’s pay close attention to this systemic problem and hold space for the collective pain that exists. Let’s educate ourselves about where change needs to happen and how we can help. Let’s be better at honoring generational pain, felt individually and collectively. Let’s draw attention to the violated, the marginalized, and the oppressed. Let’s hear their voices and recognize their cause. The more we listen, the more we learn. Let us see every person as a human being so we can treat each other with love and respect. Let us all learn, and grow, and become part of the change for our children, for humanity, for justice, for harmony.

As I regularly share, here are some inspiring design and travel related articles I found on the internet.

Walnut cabinets, leather, and brass on display in this remodeled Airstream.

This is a beautiful angular glass walled courtyard.

10 examples of floor to ceiling windows to inspire.

Nailed it: this is a fantastic rivet installation.

Well done: making old ceramic floor tile look like slate.

Renovation apps that may be useful in your remodel.

How to make a herb brush for better grilling.

Adding Iceland’s ice caves to my travel bucket list.


Stay well friends. Spreading peace and love.


Container Herb Garden + Hanging Planter Sets

By Kate Riley May 27, 2020

I was inspired by the balconies of Europe to plant my own mini herb garden on the tiny stoop outside my studio. It started with a little basil and rosemary then led to oregano, mint, and thyme and every time I brush past it as I leave or enter I catch the scent of herbs growing happily in their containers.

We’re all cooking more at home these days so having fresh herbs on hand makes for tastier meals! Today I made myself a simple omelette with tomato, asiago cheese, and fresh herbs, it was delicious!  And of course I love herb infused cocktails. :)  It doesn’t take much space to have a mini herb garden.

I bought a pair of speckled hanging planters that are the perfect size and style for my wild little garden. Oregano and thyme spill beautifully so I love them in hanging planters instead of pots. I like to rub the herbs with my fingers so the scent lingers.

More hanging planter options so you can add more greenery to your abode!


boho black + white / gray rock  / speckled set of two / porcelain geo

mini glazed stone / blue glazed / color block rope

golden duo / distressed bronze / metal duet

metal rod trio / eggshell trio / clay mini trio

And remember, playing with dirt makes you happy! :)


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