Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley June 2, 2017

The last week of school is always the craziest week, isn’t it? There is always so much to do at the schools before the kids are released for summer vacay. Once they’re out we’re headed to Santa Cruz for the weekend. I haven’t visited that beach town in a few years and it’s always fun to hang out at the Beach Boardwalk and kayak under the pier so I’m looking forward to my weekend escape.

Favorite links from the week below:


Wow, what a unique and pretty kitchen backsplash.

I love this apartment’s coastal vibe.

This is a beautiful living and dining room makeover.

Style tips on how to create the modern farmhouse look.

Good advice on mixing wood finishes.

Great comment section in this article on minimalism.

A list of 50 books to read this summer.

The philanthropic billionaires who are giving away their money.

Have a fantastic weekend friends!

P.S. I’m still working on fixing the links for the email subscribers!

Consoles & Round Mirrors

By Kate Riley May 30, 2017

I’m helping some new clients decorate their home. It’s a new marriage for both and they’re starting from scratch with new furniture as part of a fresh start. One area we’re working on together is the entry, you can see the model home’s entry here. I’m steering them away from that bland look and encouraging them to opt for an oversized round mirror partnered with a stylish console table for their entry. I’ll have much more to share next month when they move in and the styling begins!

I saved these images for inspiration noting how the curved shape of a round mirror softens all the angles of the console table. Notice the styling of these images too, you’ll spy curved lamps, stacked books, decorative objects, baskets or ottomans with open leg consoles, and always the addition of a organic element in the form of fresh flowers or green plant stems. A console table is a good investment because it isn’t just restricted to the entry. It is such a versatile piece because it can be used behind a sofa or in a dining room and rotated around the house.


architectural digest

studio mcgee


stephanie kraus designs

view from my heels

one kings lane

banner days

one kings lane


I rounded up some round mirrors under $500 here. Below find console tables to pair with them, and these are also all under $500.


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