Family Room for Veterans

By Kate Riley January 9, 2017

I’m so very happy to see this most recent project complete! Last week was the move in date for the COTS transitional home for veterans and I was delighted to partner with Designer Living to bring a brand new family room into the home for the benefit of the residents.

A few months ago, the room had a few pieces of old furniture, but that was cleared in anticipation of the furniture for the fresh new space. Let’s take a break from white walls shall we and look at some painted walls, these here are Kelly Moore Wise Owl, a taupe with a hint of yellow.


Thankfully the floors were in great condition so all I needed was a rug and new furniture to create a sitting room. To do so I went shopping on the Designer Living site. When the furniture arrived I was so pleased with the fabrics and the quality! I love the way all the accents came together to create a warm and welcoming space.


Designer Living was so generous in their donation of all of this furniture, the large gray sofa along the back wall is the Gordon Modular Sofa in grey. Above it is the Rolling Waves artwork in a set of three canvases.

I’m crazy about the oval Mercer coffee table and its modern gold base. How cool is that Arlo gold floor lamp behind the sofa?




On the sofa the microsuede stud trim square pillow and the amazing (I want these for me) abstract embroidered stripe pillow.


There are two accent chairs in the space, I chose the Charleston club chairs because of the fabric with its subtle geometric print, the sloped arms, and the tufted back cushions.


Another before and after:





Across from the sofa there is a television, for it I chose the Piper Accent chest, I loved the style of it with its mixed wood and metal. The 8 x 10 blue rug I purchased from a different source, I’ll link to it and share more budget rug ideas later this week.





Sending out a huge thank you do Designer Living for their donation of this furniture to the transitional housing home established for veterans. I’m always so excited to help with these projects in partnership with my favorite local non-profit organization! You can read more about my space transformations on behalf of this organization here.

We also pulled off a dramatic makeover in the kitchen on a super tight budget, you’ll love the fresh new look, I’ll be sharing that next week!

All products in this space (with the exception of the rug) generously donated by Designer Living. Thank you for shopping this brand that supports this blog and my charitable design projects. All opinions are mine.

Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley January 7, 2017

I spent most of yesterday putting the finishing touches on the community living room and kitchen spaces for the transitional house for veterans in partnership with my local Committee on the Shelterless. I’ve been working behind the scenes with this non-profit for years, and yesterday was move in day so the team finished the house just as the veterans were arriving. It is the best feeling hearing the “wow”s and seeing the smiles when they move in to the home. I’ll be sharing some pictures of the living room and kitchen makeover in the coming weeks.

Confession. I still haven’t cleaned up Christmas. I feel like the last person on earth! I’m under the gun because the pickup tree service comes tomorrow so this evening I’ll be taking down my tree. The garlands and ornaments will be packed away tomorrow then I can finally look at purging the house of the excess that built up over the holidays. I purge seasonally so next week my focus will be on cleaning out those drawers and closets once more. This week has been so lazy for all of us but the kids go back to school next week and that’s when I feel like I can be more productive again with a routine in place.

I agreed to Dry January along with a few friends and I’m one week in, but it’s killing me. I miss my nightly glass of wine! I will persevere and make it to the 31st but if any of you have any recommendations for low calorie, refreshing, non-alcoholic beverages you love to sip on, I’d love some recommendations!! This one is already on my list. Favorite links from the week below:


Thanks Domino for including me among the best budget decorating blogs!

We’ll see more of these 2016 design trends continue this year.

Great tips on how to mix and match nightstands.

I guess I’m not well read but these are the books to read to earn that title.

Loved National Geographic’s best photos of 2016.

Things to do on a plane when you’re bored.

The year of hygge and yes to more of it!

Mmmmm, energy boosting breakfast toasts!

My feelings exactly: loved this article on digital minimalism.