Summer in Paris

By Kate Riley April 20, 2016

It’s official, I’m booked for a trip to Paris in July! I haven’t been to this city in fifteen years and I’m so so excited to return. As of now I’m traveling by myself but my plan is to get one or two friends to come with me!

eiffel tower flower frame


I’ll be brushing up on my French in order to get by and watching a few movies with Paris as the backdrop to get me in the mood. An American in Paris and Midnight in Paris come to mind can you recommend any others?

I’m headed there in July, and I know it will be crowded with tourists, but I’d love to hear some ideas on where I should stay, what I should see, and where I should eat! Will you share your favorites with me?


Basement Bathroom Addition

By Kate Riley April 18, 2016

My brother Nate and my sister-in-law Liz just finished remodeling a house, you’ll recall their kitchen makeover I featured last month. With they purchased their home it came this space that is much like a basement, it does have a door that leads to the backyard but other than that there are no windows. They envisioned closing up the ceiling and adding a media/guest room down here and also a bathroom and just last week they finished the bathroom space.

I shopped with Liz at Floor & Decor last year since I’ve partnered with that company in the past. They have such great products and huge selection, and any time you visit you can pick up all the tile you need for your project which is what we did, I love that convenience and hands-on experience of picking each and every tile for your project.

The closest thing I had to a “before” shot was this one I snapped last year. That awkward toilet room on the left that you see was removed and a new bathroom was added on the right side of this space leaving room for a sofa and media wall on the left, I’ll feature that as soon as we built out their media center.


I popped by to photograph the bathroom yesterday and was so delighted to see the finished space. Since this bathroom has no windows I had to photograph it with the lights on which I always hesitate to do since any photographer prefers natural light as a source of illumination but hey, the show must go on, so this space was photographed with the lights turned on.

The bathroom measures 5 x 8′ and they sure squeezed a lot of style into this small bathroom!

basement bathroom

basement bathroom vanity

In the shower, Liz and I both loved the idea of a feature wall of tile as a decorative element looking in to the space.

feature tile wall

From far away the tile appears to be a delicate polka dot but up close it’s a soft floral geometric mosaic that begs you to reach out and touch it. It has mocha brown dots that complement the plank tile flooring. The floral motif is a medley of marble pieces with gray and brown tones, ehich pulls in the gray tones in the tile on shower’s sides, it is Bianca Carrara but in the 6 x 12” size. They also built into the shower a shampoo/conditioner niche, another smart shower design idea.

floral geometric mosaic

shampoo niche


For added luxury, they added a rain shower overhead and a contemporary spray shower nozzle as well, both by Grohe.

grohe spray shower


The vanity was purchased online a few months ago, it’s the Simpli Home Paige Single Vanity with Marble Top which you may be able to find with a search, the faucet is by Delta.

gray bathroom vanity

vanity faucet

basement bathroom vanity

Many thanks to Floor & Decor for donating the tile for the shower walls, the tile completely makes the space! Congrats Nate and Liz on the new bathroom that they can enjoy and also share with guests. Nicely done!

*This post brought to you in partnership with Floor & Decor, all opinions are my own.