Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 18, 2016

Greetings! I have a few things to take care of on Saturday and then I’m flying back to Las Vegas for a week. I’ll be in town with my extended family for the Thanksgiving holiday and I’ll also be working on the flip house, tiling a fireplace and a bathroom floor. I’m excited to start those home improvment projects! Once they’re complete I can turn my attention to the kitchen, that will be my big focus come January.

I was invited to two white elephant gift exchanges this holiday season so I had fun picking out two funny gifts for those events. Have you ever attended one? What are some of the funniest gifts you’ve seen or been given at a white elephant party? I’d love to know!

Favorite links from the week below.


This is such an elegant outdoor fall dinner party setting.

Tour this dreamy minimalist condo styled in black & white.

I’m in love with this backsplash, swoon!

10 fixes for an outdated fireplace.

Cozy daybeds deconstructed.

Good sources for cabinet pulls and knobs for all budgets.

These wood scrap wall sculptures are so cool.

Clever and tasty: almond pinecones!


Enjoy your weekend!!

Velvet Sofas

By Kate Riley November 16, 2016

I’m painting my master bedroom this week and changing the color on the walls to the palest gray just so I can hang my new velvet curtains. (The new paint color is BM Classic Gray if you’re curious). Reason is, I found some beautiful lightweight pewter cotton velvet window panels at HomeGoods that I wanted to hang in my bedroom, but because they are too close to my existing wall color, I decided to paint the space lighter so I could show them off better. The velvet made me do it. :)

Like George Castanza from Seinfeld famously quipped, there are many of us out there that would “drape ourselves in velvet if it were socially acceptable.” I feel that way about the use of velvet in interiors too, there’s something about the velvet accent, be it curtains, pillows, or a grand sofa, that makes you want to reach out at caress it. Many years ago I reupholstered a chair in camel velvet and loved it until the sad day that it broke – I won’t name the culprit who sat in it and broke it but it happened, I wept, and had to let my chair go.

We have some friends who’s mother recently passed away and we were invited to see the apartment that they were preparing for an estate sale. I’ll never forget the forest green velvet sofa she had in her parlor, one that she had named her Seduction Sofa because “no one could resist it, or her, when they sat on it.” She was one of those wonderful eccentric women that spoke just like that and you loved her for it.

It’s true, the velvet sofa does possess that characteristic of irresistibility.











I like the modern shapes that are available now, a velvet sofa adds the wow factor, whether it’s a nice neutral or a sassy bold color.


from top left:  blue harbor / velvet edlyn (multiple colors) / caitlin with the brass legs (multiple colors) / breda in navy / camel madeline / avec sofa with brass legs (multiple colors) / cooper blue / gray midcentury

image sources: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7

Would you drape yourself in velvet if it were socially acceptable? C’mon confess. :)