Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 15, 2016

There are several trees that line the street in front of my home, and from my home office I can see squirrels running up and down them, preparing for colder weather. Fall is in the air. There’s a big storm coming in this evening so in the mood to make a big pot of one of my favorite soups. Favorite links from the week below!

 multicolored mini pumpkins

So many pretty table settings on this Instagram profile.

I loved touring this Scandinavian style summer cottage.

Meg Ryan’s New York loft is lovely.

How fun are these DIY marbled indigo pumpkins.

A creative and unique storage idea: colorful galvanized pipe shelves.

Modern farmhouse style trends.

No fail neutral paint colors.


Happy fall weekend!


Not to Miss in Munich

By Kate Riley October 12, 2016

I was invited to an Oktoberfest party in town this weekend and I was reminded how much fun I had in Munich in July. I ended my brief European tour there (after visting Paris and Salzburg), it was my second visit to the city and I loved it just as much as the first time.

Munich’s world famous Oktoberfest has just ended and from friends who have visited, I hear it’s a blast, crowded and expensive during the festival, but very fun.

ivy munich

I visited in July when the summer tourists are there but it’s not nearly as crowded as Oktoberfest. Munich is a walkable city, you’ll find much to do in the Old Town and something charming to see around every corner. I spent three full days in Munich over the summer, here were the highlights and some recommended things to do!

Biergartens and Markets

Munich is a treat for those who love good food and great beer. Try all the salads and krauts and sausages you can and do your best to eat as much strudel too, the Germans take this delicious dessert seriously and do it well! You’ll find great restaurants all over town with authentic German fare, and a feast at Viktualien Market where dozens of vendors sell their specialty goods. Nestled in the center is a biergarten where tourists and locals mingle. Kennedy’s is a fun pub to hang out in the evening.





munich market

apple struedel vanilla sauce


Marienplatz Walk

The historical square is lovely to see, along a variety of streets you’ll find shops and restaurants housed in baroque buildings, and many historical sites like the famous Glockenspiel and Hofbräuhaus.





old town walk


marienplatz munich

marienplatz walk