Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley September 30, 2016

Happy Friday friends! I’m excited to announce the new floors are finally installed in the studio above the garage, I’ll be sharing more details about that project early next week! I’ve turned my attention to refinishing the real wood floors inside my house, the polyurethane applied ten years ago has yellowed and it’s bugging me so I want to move the furniture out, sand and stain, then finish with a water based product this time to avoid that yellowing that can happen with oil based polyurethanes. Have you tackled a wood floor refinishing project? I’d love to see what products you used, especially the stains and varnishes you chose. DIY or professionally done, it doesn’t matter, I could use some tips!

I’ve been riding my new Vespa around my neighborhood getting used to traveling on two wheels, it’s a totally different world. The autumn weather is perfect for afternoon jaunts around town, and it’s fun to get around that way even though I’m in full riding gear, helmet, jacket, gloves and all.

Favorite links from the week below!


I enjoyed reading about Lauren’s home remodel.

Love this charming cottage in Maine.

Nole kept it classic with her bathroom redo.

Courtney’s soft and cozy guest room makeover.

Tone on Tone’s white fall decor.

Fake a fireplace or give yours a makeover with these ideas.

52 places to travel you may not have considered.


Brass Shelf Brackets

By Kate Riley September 28, 2016

I’m looking to add more storage to a few spaces around the house and open shelving is on my mind. Floating shelves are lovely of course, they have appeal due to their clean lines. There is something equally as appealing as shelving with beautiful brass brackets, adding both support and a bit of bling. They look especially wonderful with wood shelves and extra elegant with marble shelves.

brass shelf brackets kitchen shelving

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But who says you need to spend the big bucks on brass. If you don’t want to drop cash on the real deal, spray paint is your best friend! Get the look for less by using gold leaf or brass colored spray paint to a basic bracket (these ones have a great shape) like these bloggers did below.

brass brackets wood shelves wearethebrauns

 we are the brauns

spray painted gold shelf brackets

design manifest

brass shelf brackets wood shelves


homey oh my spray painted brackets

Spray painted brackets can be just as beautiful!