Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley March 4, 2017

Hello! I’m back in the States after a 9 day trip to Australia, what an incredible country! I had such an amazing time. I’m happy to be home but still wiped out from the journey, so I spent the last 24 hours reconnecting with my children and catching up on sleep.

It’s back to work this week and I have a kitchen renovation to share with you, but first a few favorite links from the past week, enjoy!



Love the layered blues and wood tones in this mid century modern home tour.

Unexpected costs when building a new home.

So much eye candy in this house for hope tour.

Better curb appeal: impressive exterior home makeovers.

So pretty: the wallpaper in this nursery.

Très chic: this Parisian suburb home renovation.

Oh so stylish: this laundry room makeover.

The home decor that designers “don’t spend money on.”

If you’re flying far, read up on these jet lag myths.

Lessons from adult finishing school.

50 etiquette rules to know.


It’s good to be back! .

Wanderlust: Australian Home Tours

By Kate Riley February 27, 2017

Greetings from Down Under! This week I’m hanging out with my two American cousins, they’re brother and sister and they have lived in (separate parts of) Australia for over a decade. Both are now married to Aussies and living happily in that country. Today I’m leaving my cousin Andrew after a weekend in Melbourne and I’m headed to the Gold Coast to visit my cousin Christina and to do some sightseeing in that area. Follow along on Instagram :)

Since I’m chasing sunshine on the other side of the world, I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy my 8 day vacay. I don’t believe it spending time on my computer when I’m in an exotic new place so I won’t be blogging this week, but I did want to share some really fantastic tours from homes across Australia. I hope these Aussie abodes inspire you and get you excited for warm summer breezes.

Simplicity and raw materials are on display in this inner city home renovation, I love the use of natural wood and the sophisticated pared down palette, don’t miss the black slatted fence in the rear yard, stunning!


“A Hamptons style home in Sydney with a contemporary twist!”



Tour this beachside home in a coastal township in Victoria, it combines cedar paneling and salvaged finds.



Visit a light and bright apartment just steps from famous Bondi Beach in Sydney.



Modern but decorated with traditional nostalgia, this Victoria country home possesses so much charm you can see yourself spending many lazy days on the property.



Such a lovely medley of color and pattern in this family friendly abode, how beautiful is the combination of navy and copper? Swoon.



I return on Friday with some favorite links from the week, no doubt their will be plenty since I’ll be catching up on my favorite blogs and sites on the long flight home. Also I photographed the kitchen remodel that I designed in partnership with a local non-profit. That’s coming up next week. :)