Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley November 13, 2015

Greetings from abroad! This weekend we’re driving around New Zealand, making stops at several lakes as we make our way through the South Island. There will be water sports and wine tasting, this country is so beautiful it takes your breath away!

Back home I know you’re all preparing for Thanksgiving. We won’t be in the States for the holiday but my American cousin who lives in Gold Coast, Australia is hosting a casual friendsgiving style meal for us next week, how kind!

Gaby, What's Gaby Cooking, Friendsgiving, Anthropologie, Holiday, Lamb, Friends, Wine

I’ve been keeping up with the world while on the road, here are a few favorite links!

A casual and lovely table setting from the Anthropologie blog.

One Room Challenge favorites: this bedroom, this family room, and this living room.

This lovely modern Tudor renovation.

This is one amazing barn transformation!

Beautiful! Autumn in New England.

11 IKEA holiday decorating ideas worth stealing.

Yes it is time to rediscover the boutonniere.

5 things to stock up on if you’re hosting during the holidays.

10 tips for making the best chocolate chip cookies.

When they were little: “Things I’d do differently.”

My latest at My Colortopia: Colors inspired by Italy.


Have a great weekend!

~ Kate

Mix This With That: Table Settings

By Kate Riley November 11, 2015

Midweek greetings friends! Today in the States we honor our veterans and thank them for their service to our country, thank you men and women of our armed forces!

The family is still traveling, tomorrow we’re off to the South Island of New Zealand, our route has us landing in Christchurch then traveling to Queenstown over the next six days with plenty of exciting stops on the way.

‘Tis the season for setting a pretty table and between Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve we have so many opportunities to gather. I love a table where pieces are mixed, and the best way to accomplish it is to use the basic pieces you already have and add a few new layers to spice it up for the season, perhaps a new tablecloth or salad plate to change the scene.

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how to decorate

I invited several bloggers known for their great taste to pull together a chic table setting in their signature style, take a look at the combinations they’ve come up with. I find all of them inspiring and love the mixture of texture and color, paired with a simple seasonal centerpiece, they are all wonderful.

We all know Eddie Ross, author of the book Modern Mix and master of pulling together an inspired setting. Eddie’s medley of modern and vintage is always a delight!

eddie mix this with that

“Country meets shibori in a surprising mix of handmade modern elements that will take guests into the woods and beyond. A classic gaming pattern from Spode soars to stylish heights paired with an indigo dyed cloth and Suite One’s bread plates in a vivid turquoise. Folk art napkins pick up colors in the plates, lending a Navajo vibe. I paired casual cobalt tumblers from CB2 with modernist stemware from Crate + Barrel.”

~ Eddie


Dana from House Tweaking has such a pretty modern home, no doubt she can set a beautiful table! I just love her laid back style, she’s pulled together a setting that would look boho chic any time of year!

 dana mix this with that

“I love the idea of using a patterned kantha quilt as a tablecloth, plus double function as a throw!  You can’t go wrong with classic white dinner plates as a base for any table setting. Shake things up with a contrasting crackle gray salad plate, I love the organic texture and imperfections. Mason jars that are wrapped in leather sleeves are practical and special at the same time, they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot!”

~ Dana


Michael from Inspired by Charm has amazing taste! When he’s not tantalizing us with one of his recipes, he’s inspiring us with his fabulous decorating and DIY projects.

michael mix this with that

“When it comes to decorating I love mixing styles and patterns. If you’ve seen my home, you’ll know this to be true. For this particular tablescape I began with a red buffalo check runner which is both classic and trendy. Natural woods look great with buffalo check so the acacia dinner plates were a perfect choice. To incorporate a touch of bling, I added a gold gilded dessert plate and glassware with an ornate stem. A perfect holiday mix.”

~ Michael


Rhoda from Southern Hospitality is a long time friend and always an inspiration! Rhoda’s blog is a wonderful read and I adore the southern flair she brings to each space she decorates!

 rhoda mix this with that

“Setting a beautiful table is so special, so for those holiday meals I enjoy my everyday Mikasa Italian Countryside dishes, mixed with the etched iced beverage Mikasa glasses to set the tone.  Choosing a complimentary salad plate like the Pier One Asheville with its bright Fall leaves adds a happy accent to the mix and the beautiful striped table runner brings in the colors of Fall so well for a subdued background to the entire table.”

~ Rhoda


Known for her impeccable taste and love of pink, we all know Ms. Making It Lovely, Nicole Balch. Today’s she’s pulled together a table setting for any season combining pale pink and indigo, one of my most favorite color combinations too.

 nicole mix this with that

“I was in need of new, everyday dishes a while back, and I went with pink. Best decision ever! In spring and summer, I like to pair the dishes with lighter, brighter colors, but for fall and winter, pale pink mixes with deeper shades like the aubergine of these glasses, and it looks great against darker colors like the navy of this tablecloth.”

~ Nicole

Aren’t they all fabulous? I just love each beautiful combination. Thank you so much Eddie, Dana, Michael, Rhoda, and Nicole for “setting” such beautiful holiday tables!

I’ll be featuring another round of ‘Mix This With That’ next week with more of your favorite bloggers, stay tuned!