Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 7, 2017

Weekend greetings! The weather is perfection right now, I just love early October in Northern California. The mornings are chilly but the skies are blue. The afternoons are warm and the leaves are changing. It’s fleeting, but it feels like fall so I’m just walking around my town as much as possible until the cold and rainy season comes.

It’s a quiet weekend around my house. I’m still moving some things back into the house after having the floors redone, and in the process sorting through years of stuff we’ve accumulated. I didn’t realize how much had piled up! I’m slowly wading through the stacks and bins in the garage, nothing too exciting but it needs to be done.

Favorite links from the week below:

Very chic, the sophisticated use of black in this small condo.

Of course I’m a fan of the Sherwin Williams 2018 Color of the Year.

I love the simple greenery and dark hues on this porch.

A lovely example of dark grout with white tile.

Isn’t this the most charming staircase trim?

A very pretty modern fall wreath.

Also faux concrete pumpkins. :)

The most internet famous chocolate chip cookie.

The pleasure/happiness gap.

I bought myself a little Adventure this week.

10 European etiquette rules to know.

Dear America. (Thank you Karen).


***Monday update: Massive wildfires in Sonoma and Napa counties here in California. Hospitals evacuated, schools have burned. Many homes have also burned and thousands are homeless. We are helping all we can, sheltering evacuees and offering supplies. Please keep California in your thoughts and prayers today!


Colors of Provence

By Kate Riley October 5, 2017

I took a walk yesterday to clear my mind. I’ve had a lot of bad news this week and needed to process it all. That news coupled with the tragedies happening in the world, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, it’s left me with a heavy heart. As I walked I felt the sunlight on my face and despite all the sadness I felt appreciation in that moment for the beauty of the changing season.

It reminded me of my walks through Provence when I was there a few weeks ago. I stayed in Aix-en-Provence for a few days, taking little day trips to Cassis, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard. While staying in Aix-en-Provence, I had the immense pleasure of strolling the streets and shopping the markets Aix is so famous for.

Aix-en-Provence is a sensory city, filled with savory food and rich warm color around every turn. On a sunny autumn day, the dappled sunlight filters through the plane trees planted throughout the region. I loved my short time there and soaked it all in, the architecture, the people, the sights, the sounds, and the colors.

Many of the buildings share this lovely mellowed yellow, one I’ll forever associate with Aix. My home in California is the same soft shade of yellow which gives me joy, as if I share something special with this magical place.



I love to snap pictures of beautiful wood doors in Europe, this set stopped me in my tracks, such amazing detail.


Flower shops are another favorite thing I love to photograph, especially little boutiques that place their botanicals in bags or pots just outside their front door, to inspire the locals to purchase them and bring them home.







In Aix-en-Provence, the one thing you absolutely don’t want to miss are the markets that take place three times a week. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, the streets come alive with markets along in the main areas of town. This was definitely a highlight during my stay, and it was a dream just to walk among them for a few hours, savoring all the soaps, jams, flowers, produce, linens, and ceramics.











I put together a 90 second video to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to walk the streets and markets of Aix-en-Provence. It may make you hungry :) Watch it below or on my YouTube channel. Enjoy!


P.S. Some of you asked me about my travel camera. I have a new one that I use for both video and photos. I keep my larger DSLR Nikon at home for styling or interior shots or local photography, but for long distance travel I’m really loving this smaller Canon Powershot G7.

I used this camera to capture all my video and take all my pictures in France. The quality is fantastic and the camera is so compact that it’s easy to store in my favorite travel backpack. I love it!