Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley January 21, 2017

Weekend hellos! The rainstorms continue here in California, which means there will be plenty of snow (and water) for our state this year. Next weekend, I’m headed up to the mountains and beautiful Lake Tahoe with some friends to play in the snow, I haven’t been there in a few years so I’m looking forward to a little getaway! Next week I’m helping to put the finishing touches on a second kitchen makeover for my local Committee on the Shelterless, this one is very different than the one I featured this week, I’ll share that completed renovation when it’s done.

I’m also excited to share that I’m headed back to Australia next month. My cousin in Gold Coast is expecting a baby (her first) and since I didn’t get a chance to explore Melbourne on my first time in Australia, I made up my mind to fly back there for another visit to explore both those cities. The travel bug got me again! All that sunshine down under will be a welcome break from the dreariness of winter here. I’d love to read any “must see” recommendations for my visit to Melbourne and Gold Coast!

Favorite links below:


I enjoyed the tour of this colorful Australian home near Byron Bay.

This is a lovely powder room makeover. That wallpaper!

This tile backsplash. Wow.

Loving the look of this black & white laundry room.

Layering is key with an all white bedroom.

60 things to toss in the next 60 days.

Pale blue, a color of peace.


Greenery as Art

By Kate Riley January 19, 2017

Hey everyone, thanks so much for the kind words on my last post. I’m so proud of that kitchen remodel! I stated I pulled out one upper cabinet to leave room for a wall of tile but I wanted to add a small piece of art there to balance with the window and add a dash of color.

Botanicals are no fail art solutions, everybody loves them and in addition to real plants, botanical art helps to bring the outdoors in. I also used leaf prints in this powder room makeover for the same reasons.

In the kitchen I featured this week I hung a simple leaf print. I downloaded it from Epherica Art on Etsy, and printed it for $1.50 at my local Fed Ex/Kinkos, then framed it and hung it on the wall (there’s a small screw in the grout).



Tropical plants are everywhere in interior decor, so is that bohemian vibe created with groupings of leafy plants. In addition to plants, layer your home with greenery as art too! Some favorites below:




from top left: cactus 1 / eucalyptus / fiddle leaf fig / bursting / palm leaf blush background / exotic jungle leaves / watercolor banana leaf / palm leaves / cactus 2 / spring branch / botanical leaves / jungle vibes / tropical leaves / botanical with blue background