Merry Mantels

By Kate Riley November 23, 2015

Greetings friends! Yesterday was an epic day, we spent it at the Australia Zoo and I got to do this! We only have four more days left in Australia before we’re headed home on Saturday, our next stop is Sydney and I’m crazy excited to see that city. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving there too – there are restaurants that host it for us Americans down under so we will have our turkey and pumpkin pie. :)

How about a little mantel inspiration to get you in the mood for Christmas? Yes yes I know it’s Thanksgiving this week, but I’ve never been one to wait to decorate and I’m looking forward to adding a few more holiday touches to our home when I get back to California. I spied some lovely holiday décor in catalogs and online from some favorite retailers and magazines this season, thought I’d share.

 blue tree


 mantel anthropologie


 blue gold christmas

style at home

 glitter houses on mantel

pottery barn

 green and white mantel

style at home

 red tree


 ballard designs blue christmas 

ballard designs

And have you seen Michael’s home tour?

 michael buble mantel


See the past three years of holiday mantels in my home:

 kate mantels

black + white / mixed metallics / blue + green ornament garland

Also I wrote about five ways to style a mantel over at Lamps Plus, hop on over for more inspiration!

~ Kate


Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 22, 2015

Greetings from Gold Coast in Queensland! We’ve been so many places in the past few days: beaches, rainforests, and in between had encounters with dozens of animals unique to Australia in their habitats, I’m so thrilled to be here! All of this activity has kept me away from the blog, but I look at this time like Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop to look around once in awhile you could miss it.”

There is so much loveliness happening all over the blogosphere during this season, it makes me miss home just a bit, but I’ll be back soon so I’ll enjoy my time abroad for just one more week.

christmas tree wall tapestry

A few favorite links spied across the web:

How to make a canvas Christmas tree wall hanging.

String light DIY ideas.

How to set a holiday table like a pro.

DIY plaid chargers.

This is such a sweet gingerbread cake.

A beautiful closet makeover.

Funny! Siblings hash out off limits Thanksgiving topics.

~ Kate