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!

Brother’s Bedroom Upgrades

By Kate Riley September 29, 2015

Saturday I took a trip to San Francisco to spend the day doing a little dining and shopping and I stopped in to see my two nephews, the newest little guy is six weeks old and he has that baby smell (you mom’s know the one I mean) that only lasts for a few months and is so intoxicating and you wish you could bottle it up and sniff it everyday for the rest of your life. So I was there to get my baby smell fix and also give their bed a mini makeover with new linens.

The one thing any mom of a newborn wants is a good night’s sleep. I was approached by Leesa to see if I was interested in trying out one of their mattresses, but I knew my brother and SIL could use one so I offered it to them. They gladly accepted since their existing pillow top mattress was rather old, we replaced it with a new Leesa luxury foam mattress and upgraded the linens too.

gray linens master bed

Nate and Liz moved away from brown tones to modern monochromatic grays, instead making the bed with textiles I picked out for them in a sophisticated yet subtle palette. The mattress arrived at their home a few days ago and they waited for me to unpack it.

My brother Nate can always make me laugh with his facial expressions and off the cuff quotes. He says to me in his perfect Yoda voice, “How you get so big shipping in a box of this kind, hmmm?”

nate look

It’s pretty shocking to me that they can suck all the air out of the mattress and roll it up so tight inside a box – once it’s released it expands like those magic capsule toys my kids used to love to play with – shaping itself in minutes into a queen sized mattress. (There’s no shortage of drama going on here too…)

nate pulling plastic

We cut open the plastic and within 20 minutes it had expanded into its full shape. The mattress is crafted with three foam layers, including 2” of memory foam and 2” of latex-like foam that’s perforated to keep you cool while you sleep. It set up easily and right on top of their old box spring.

After sleeping on it for one night, my brother provided me with this hilarious review:

“After one night of sleep on our new Leesa mattress, Liz is angry. Perturbed. Agitated. This is not because the mattress is uncomfortable. Quite the contrary. No, Liz is angry because the mattress rendered me unable to fulfill my fatherly duties. Because I was so enveloped in the snug warmth and form fitting comfort of the Leesa mattress, I slept solidly and blissfully through our newborn infant’s cries, and was unable to get up for “my shifts”.

And while I dozed away in a cloudy dreamland, Liz was out in the living room on our stiff sectional couch, tossing and turning on the (non-Leesa) foam, her sparse slumber interrupted every couple of hours to tend to our newborn.

The next morning, I rolled out of bed with a long stretch and a satisfying yawn, and shuffled out into the living room to face the consequences. Thankfully I was rested enough to deal with them. Thank you, Leesa. You have both saved and ruined my life.”

Take a a look at the more serious online reviews – also note this mattress is most certainly nephew approved :)

happy baby

In all seriousness it takes a while to really know whether a mattress is a good fit, so the good news is they can try it risk free for 100 days – this queen size retails for $890 plus free shipping which is so affordable compared to other mattresses on the market.

The one thing that impresses me is that Leesa donates 1 mattress to a shelter for every 10 they sell, and since I know the local shelter I work with is always looking for new mattresses, I applaud Leesa’s philanthropic efforts.

silver and gray bed linens

The coverlet and striped shams are both from West Elm (on clearance in stores), the luxe Ikat pillows are from Z Gallerie, and the silver lumbar is Home Goods, as is the geometric throw at the end of the bed.

I left my brother’s home feeling good that the two of them have a new mattress to sleep on and cuddle with my sweet nephew, and also some new more luxurious linens. I’m missing their happy home already, and my charismatic brother.

gray master bedroom linens

If you’re looking for a new mattress, why not give a Leesa mattress a try? You can for 100 days risk free which certainly gave my brother and SIL peace of mind. The first 50 readers to redeem promo code CENTSATIONAL at checkout to get $75 off your order.

*This post is sponsored by Leesa, all opinions are my own, except my brother’s opinion of course, that is purely his and it is brilliant :)