Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley December 3, 2017

December greetings! Here we are approaching the end of another year. Despite the mad rush of the holidays I’m still feeling the benefit of taking it slow and keeping things simpler this year.

Yesterday I attended a matinee Christmas play then we picked out our tree and sent it into the tent to have it flocked. I’ve been flocking my tree since 2010 and I was talking to the lot attendant who told me it’s been a huge trend in recent years in lots of homes but she blamed “Pinterest”. Ha!

Today I’m finishing up the molding in my living room just in time for the arrival of the tree. I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend as well!

Favorite links below:


I love the bright white, pretty blues, and fresh greenery in this home tour.

One of my favorite things about NYC: Bergdorf Goodman’s holiday windows.

So fresh: the citrus infused palette in Maria’s holiday home.

When in doubt, just add a pop of red.

Ready-to-assemble cabinets that aren’t IKEA (I’m using Lily Ann in a bathroom remodel).

Sweet and simple: mini rosemary wreath garland.

Thanks Diane for this ribbon bow hack.

Funeral styling? It’s a business now.

So great, this parent’s response to his kid drawing on the wall.

Thank you Mr. Harmon for taking the time to reply.

Impressive story of life on a sailboat.

10 of the world’s most creative cities to work.


Keeping It Simple: Evergreen Wreaths

By Kate Riley November 29, 2017

I opened up the Christmas closet last week and brought out a few bins of favorite holiday things, the same sets of reindeer and bottle brush trees and ornaments that I love. They are once again layered around the house. My style has settled into a predictable palette: I mix metallic sheens with white ceramics and add fresh evergreens and it always pleases me year after year.

The same for my front door wreath, my plan is to work up a similar version of the copper cowbell wreath I made last year since it was so easy: just a few ornaments and ribbons and copper cowbells tied to a flocked wreath I bought at a local tree lot. It took me maybe 10 minutes to assemble and I loved it all season long. Perhaps this year I’ll add a string of lights.

Keeping it simple has allowed me to spend more time lounging in my pajamas with my kids like last night, or meeting friends at the pub for trivia night like tonight. It’s just not worth it to stress out over decorating the house, it should be a joyful time and not one filled with anxiety. So each year I find I do less and less and that means I have more time to actually enjoy the holidays.

Evergreen wreaths are as traditional as it gets, and a symbol of the season. If you’re feeling what I’m feeling, keep it simple by picking up a basic evergreen wreath at a local lot or grocery store to use as your base, then head over to a friend’s house and embellish it together with ornaments, ribbon, or contrasting botanicals.


one kings lane


I spied various evergreen wreaths online, these look simple enough to recreate with yard clippings or base wreath.


camille styles


carrie / christmas in London


made from scratch


garden therapy



darling Darleen

martha stewart


magical christmas wreaths



stone gable blog


forever green flower co


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What choices have you made this season to keep things simple?