Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley January 13, 2017

Hello and happy Friday! We were pummeled with storms for a week here in Northern California but thankfully we’re catching a break with a few days of blue skies. Tonight I’m off to celebrate the birthday of a very good friend, and tomorrow I think I’ll sneak away to the movies, there are a few I want to see.

On Monday, I’m excited to share the budget kitchen makeover I designed in partnership with my local Committee on the Shelterless, that’s coming your way next week, you’ll love it! Favorite links below:


Now this is one dreamy condo.

I love Cristin’s black and white powder room makeover.

20 lessons from a bathroom renovation.

All the different ways to cover French doors.

The many uses for silica gel (don’t throw those packets away!)

Adding Marrakesh to my growing “places to travel” list.

Great list: 23 travel carry on must haves.

So creative: DIY fabric clay planters.

Winter beans and greens!

10 chili recipes to keep you warm.

11 things to know about sugar in your diet.

I completely agree with this.


Budget Sources for Area Rugs

By Kate Riley January 11, 2017

It’s been three years since I rounded up my favorite sources for affordable rugs, so I thought it time to do another list. It’s hard for me to spend a lot of money on a rug. When I add together the wear and tear that comes from kids and pets on top of my everlasting longing for a new look, it results in a 2-3 year life expectancy on a rug before I’m ready to donate the old and move on to something new.

For my home, I always buy 6 x 9’ rugs because that size fits my living room, family room, office, and dining room space so I can rotate them to my heart’s desire. I find 6 x 9’ rugs are a little harder to come by since most rugs come in either 5 x 7′ which (for me) is always too small or 8 x 10’ which is always a bit large.

Today I’m sharing my list of the top go-to sources for good looking and affordable rugs, the first places I visit whenever I need to makeover a space on a budget. Most offer plenty of options for an 8 x 10′ rug under $300.

All Modern & Wayfair (sister stores)



8 x 10 favorites under $300


olga gray / verona / bungalow rose / seaport ivory


Urban Outfitters


8 x 10 favorites under $300:


sahara medallion / izmar maze / boucherouite  / magical thinking




8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


mod gray / fiber & jute / vintage pink persian /navy & gold


World Market

8 x 10’ favorites under $500:


high tide / woven kilim


Rugs USA

8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


sierra paddle / parallel bars / bermuda diamond trellis / abstract splatter



8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


multicolor shag / vintage distressed


There you have it! These are the places I shop first when I’m on the hunt for an affordable large scale rug for a budget room makeover. What are your go-to sources for an inexpensive rug?