Favorite Christmas Cookies

By Kate Riley December 15, 2016

Hello all! This week has been crazy for me and I’m sure for you too! All that last minute rushing around to get ready for Christmas and a party this weekend. Since we’re hosting a few friends at our house on Sunday I’m busy baking up some favorite cookies on Friday.

I try not to bake most of the year but at Christmas I don’t hold back. Everyone loooooved these Sea Salt Caramel Fudge last year, and they package well for gifts so I’ll be making these again.


Lime Snowball cookies are a refreshing twist on the classic Mexican Wedding cookie and another favorite of mine.


These Apricot Almond Shortbread cookies are the ones my friends love to nosh on so I’ll be making them too.



I also baked these Almond Joy Cookies by Time Out Mom this week and they were a huge hit so I’m planning on making more for the get together.


I’m looking for one more great cookie to bake and share this weekend, something new and tasty, and I’d love to know what your go to favorites are. If you’d be so kind to recommend your favorite in the comments, I’d love it!!

A Touch of Greenery

By Kate Riley December 12, 2016

I wrote an article for Glidden on trending green paint colors and wouldn’t you know the very same day it was published, Pantone announced ‘Greenery’ as Color of the Year. I had a feeling it would be green! I confess I’m not a fan of the yellowish and very vivid hue they named (I prefer gray greens and olive) but was delighted to see that the color green finally made it to the top of the list and won the prize.

I’m not surprised by the name they chose after all natural greenery and botanical inspired prints have been trending in interiors for some time. You know those spaces I’m referring to, the ones with white walls, warm/natural woods, and tons of green plants. I counted my own indoor potted house plants and I’m up to eighteen different versions that are thriving in various spaces in my abode. I love having leafy green plants all around me, each one adds a sense of calm and serenity to my busy day.

Greenery symbolizes a fresh start, a healthy outlook, a reconnection to nature. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a ton of this color come spring in home decor. Bring it on I say! Pair it with black, or bold pink, or vivid blue. If you’re thinking paint, green really is one of the best choices for a front door or a piece of accent furniture. Add a touch of greenery indoors as an upholstered chair or sofa, as a botanical themed home accent, or in the most authentic form, by layering your home with nature’s own leafy designs.


robert elliot homes


chrissy & co




via greige design






via coastal style blog


zinc door


lotta agaton


we heart


vintage revivals


consort design

I’m enjoying this holiday season and all the festive evergreen Christmas decor that surrounds me, but am already thinking about that fresh start come January, and letting the leafy greens take the spotlight once more.