Merry Mantels

By Kate Riley November 23, 2015

Greetings friends! Yesterday was an epic day, we spent it at the Australia Zoo and I got to do this! We only have four more days left in Australia before we’re headed home on Saturday, our next stop is Sydney and I’m crazy excited to see that city. We’re celebrating Thanksgiving there too – there are restaurants that host it for us Americans down under so we will have our turkey and pumpkin pie. :)

How about a little mantel inspiration to get you in the mood for Christmas? Yes yes I know it’s Thanksgiving this week, but I’ve never been one to wait to decorate and I’m looking forward to adding a few more holiday touches to our home when I get back to California. I spied some lovely holiday décor in catalogs and online from some favorite retailers and magazines this season, thought I’d share.

 blue tree


 mantel anthropologie


 blue gold christmas

style at home

 glitter houses on mantel

pottery barn

 green and white mantel

style at home

 red tree


 ballard designs blue christmas 

ballard designs

And have you seen Michael’s home tour?

 michael buble mantel


See the past three years of holiday mantels in my home:

 kate mantels

black + white / mixed metallics / blue + green ornament garland

Also I wrote about five ways to style a mantel over at Lamps Plus, hop on over for more inspiration!

~ Kate


Mix This With That: Reading Nooks

By Kate Riley November 19, 2015

Hello! I meant to post yesterday but we’ve been having so much fun making new friends down under the day got away from me. This time of year as the weather turns colder in the States, we all look for places to curl up with a tablet, shelter mags, or good book to pass the time with a cozy blanket over your lap.

reading nook thoughtful place

via a thoughtful place

I invited five stylish blogger friends to “Mix This With That” and the challenge was to create a chic reading nook complete with chair (or chaise), side table, lamp, and accent pillow. I spent time with all five of these ladies at the Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker Event in September and I’m happy they’re all here today to mix chairs, lamps, and accents to create a reading corner.

I’ve followed Jennifer of Rambling Renovators for years, she’s delightful both in person and on her popular blog and displays amazing taste in her adventures in decorating and renovation!

jennifer mix this with that

“This look is all about mixing modern and traditional. The graceful lines of the side table and linen chaise (perennials classic weave in fog) play against the fashion forward accent pillow (how fun is the exposed brass zipper) and the minimal yet delicate table lamp. This reading nook would look striking in my imaginary bedroom suite, but it’s comfortable enough that I could happily read myself to sleep in that chaise.”

~ Jen

Emily A. Clark is a favorite, always sharing her design tips and tricks on decorating with amazing style along with her insights on motherhood. Emily’s reading corner combines two of my faves, deep pink and indigo.

 emily mix this with that

Emily grounded her corner with the manchester chaise in bold magenta velvet – the iconic chiang mai blue accent pillow adds dramatic flair. Partnered with a budget friendly navy blue accent table and the pharmacy pole lamp, she creates a corner  where anyone would love to spend an hour or two.

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I met Darlene of Fieldstone Hill Design in person a few months ago but have loved reading her blog for over a year. She has such an eye for great design and I look forward to her decorating posts, she is always teaching us something new!

darlene mix this

Darlene mixed the oh so luxurious avery chair with a casual yet contrasting pillow in taupe and mint. The side table is a conversation piece with its intricate detail, the cone floor lamp highlights the reading material of whomever is lucky enough to sit right here!

Kristin of Bliss at Home is an inspiration, she manages to do it all and I marvel at her talents! Super mom, designer, and blogger, she’s definitely one to follow!

kristin mix this with that

“Reading is one of the ways I love to relax, so I opt for a chaise over a chair. Feet up! Relaxation is all sensory so a soft velvet pillow adds some comfort to the lounging. A great reading lamp is key and I am so into the lamps and lighting Rejuvenation is putting out right now. A table is a must to set your coffee mug on and I dig the modern tulip table to mix with the traditional.”

~ Kristin

I’ve followed Megan of Honey We’re Home for years, she and I share a dedication to fitness and she’s about to become a mom again! Megan has classic style and flawless taste!

megan mix this

“I have this chair and it is very nice in person at a great price point! I think that faux fur throw pillow is so cozy for the holidays! :)” Also shown is the terrace side table and petite arc metal floor lamp, both from West Elm.

Do these ladies know how to style a reading nook or what? Thanks so much Jennifer, Emily, Darlene, Kristin, and Megan for pulling together such inspirational spaces, I’d take ANY of them, wouldn’t you?!