Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley May 5, 2017

My friends I’ve been fighting a cold all week, I think I picked it up on the plane (ick). I’m on the mend with only a few days left to pull my bedroom together for the One Room Challenge, the pressure is on! I’ve got window shades and a chandelier to hang and all the little details to complete. There won’t be much time for leisure this weekend other than a quick round of margaritas with friends tonight. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Favorite links from the week below:



Could I please spend a few weeks at this getaway retreat?

6 lessons for truly timeless rooms.

Copenhagen’s restaurants: Danish design on display.

Wow, what a cool pottery installation.

Black, white, and tiny: nice work on this mini kitchen makeover.

I’m charmed by this Hawaiian inspired bridal shower.

So fun! These dress to room pairings from the Met Gala.

Mmmm, these pineapple margaritas are calling my name.

Simple but true, ten habits of happy people.

Also, how happy people complain.


Enjoy your spring weekend friends!


One Room Challenge: The Window Treatments

By Kate Riley May 3, 2017

It’s Week Five and we’re down to the wire! This week I’m focusing on the little details that remain, hanging the art, installing the new chandelier, and layering a few decorative accessories. Another project I’m also working on is the window treatments with some help from The Shade Store, one of the sponsors of this One Room Challenge.

My favorite style of window treatment is a layered one that includes woven shades to add texture and control light paired with fabric panels on top for softness or pattern. One challenge I have in my master bedroom is that the big window faces the street where there is a very bright street light 30 feet away. It happens to be the wall I turn towards when I sleep so that light shines right into my room. I’ve wanted a light blocking privacy lined shade there for so long and now it’s on its way!

The process of choosing the material for woven shades was easy, I ordered four free samples in the colorway I wanted and they arrived from the Shade Store in just a few days with a lovely catalog to browse.



I opted for the woven shade material in the top right corner since I liked its texture and color best.




The Shade Store offers a lot of different options for window treatments on their site, from woven shades to roman shades to custom fabric panels. I like that their products are all made in the USA!

Once I knew which material I wanted it was easy to customize the shades with their online tool. Of course they also offer professional measurement services from their showrooms across the nation if you’re uncomfortable making precise measurements yourself.



For my fabric panels that layer on top of these shades, I found DKNY pale gray cotton velvet panels at HomeGoods to hang on brass rods and rings. (I’ll share sources next week). The final window treatments for the bedroom will include the new woven shades from The Shade Store with the cotton velvet panels layered on top.



I always tweak store bought panels by sewing cotton liner to the back, for several reasons. First, I think lined panels look better from the outdoors when all you see is white, so they’re more professional looking. (Unless you’re using sheers as decorative panels, then liner defeats the purpose!) I also like that liner makes a curtain heavier so it drapes better. I purchase $5/yard liner from a local fabric store and attach it to the back of a curtain with thread that matches my fabric panel. Note, you can also buy room darkening liner to turn any store bought panel into one that blocks light.



Finally, a really nice perk from sewing liner to the back is it allows you to hide the clip so when you’re using store bought rings you can’t see the clip that holds the fabric from the front, it’s hidden, this I love!





Only one more week until the big reveals on Wednesday May 10th, time to get excited! See what’s happening with my fellow participants in the One Room Challenge as they get their spaces ready too!

Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room

Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators

Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

*Woven wood blinds provided in partnership with The Shade Store, all opinions are mine.