Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley October 3, 2015

Weekend hellos! It’s shaping up to be a fun one, last night I went out for dinner and wine with some girlfriends, how nice it was to relax and talk, no one picked up their phone, the wine flowed, the food was delish, the dessert was divine, simply the best kind of evening! This afternoon I’m off to the Sonoma Music Festival to listen to music under the stars then Sunday I’m babysitting my little nephew, it will be nice to have the pitter patter of toddler feet in the house even if it’s only for a day. :)

gray and white laundry room

Here’s the list of favorite links . . .

Well isn’t this just the prettiest multi-tasking laundry room space.

This carefully edited elegant home.

The ultimate dream home, according to Pinterest.

This is the best looking television ever.

Iconic film roles that almost went to another actor.

Oh wow, these pumpkin spice carmelita bars look sooooo good.

I enjoyed this interview with Nancy Meyers on story writing and set design.

For the moms: they will not remember.

You should define what success looks like for you.

Fear is boring and other tips for creative living.

Five things you may regret from a nurse who works with the dying.


Have a lovely weekend.


Abstracts on Etsy

By Kate Riley October 1, 2015

I figured since I haven’t done a home tour in two years it’s time to get my act together, dust off my camera, and start shooting some pics. But then I realized geez several of the rooms in my house are half decorated and half mess, it’s how I roll, so I’m trying to buckle down and get it done but life gets in the way, ya know? Anyway, part of what I’m trying to achieve before I photograph is freshness, using most of what I have but swapping out a few things here and there.

New artwork helps me to achieve that. While I’ve attempted my own DIY brushstroke style abstract art a few times, I’m always left feeling a little meh at my work so I turn to those who have real talent. I can’t afford to commission an original, God wouldn’t that be nice, “Oh I just commissioned an abstract for the living room loves” but no mama ain’t got that kind of cash so it’s to Etsy I turn for prints that capture the look I seek.

I ended up purchasing two this week because I love the colors and movement – the first will go in the living room, the second in the studio, because abstracts I can’t quit you.

new abstract art

In my online search I found several Etsy artists who specialize in abstract art worthy of your looky loo – hop on over to visit them if you too are as mad for abstracts as I am.

Like William Studio

like william studio


Lesia Binkin Art

leisia binkin


Parima Creative Studio

 parima creative studio


Due Alberi

due alberi


Tahlia Day

tahlia day


So Very Happy Art

so very happy art




If you know of and love any other amazing abstract artists on Etsy, feel free to name them in the comments!