Wanderlust: Australian Home Tours

By Kate Riley February 27, 2017

Greetings from Down Under! This week I’m hanging out with my two American cousins, they’re brother and sister and they have lived in (separate parts of) Australia for over a decade. Both are now married to Aussies and living happily in that country. Today I’m leaving my cousin Andrew after a weekend in Melbourne and I’m headed to the Gold Coast to visit my cousin Christina and to do some sightseeing in that area. Follow along on Instagram :)

Since I’m chasing sunshine on the other side of the world, I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy my 8 day vacay. I don’t believe it spending time on my computer when I’m in an exotic new place so I won’t be blogging this week, but I did want to share some really fantastic tours from homes across Australia. I hope these Aussie abodes inspire you and get you excited for warm summer breezes.

Simplicity and raw materials are on display in this inner city home renovation, I love the use of natural wood and the sophisticated pared down palette, don’t miss the black slatted fence in the rear yard, stunning!


“A Hamptons style home in Sydney with a contemporary twist!”



Tour this beachside home in a coastal township in Victoria, it combines cedar paneling and salvaged finds.



Visit a light and bright apartment just steps from famous Bondi Beach in Sydney.



Modern but decorated with traditional nostalgia, this Victoria country home possesses so much charm you can see yourself spending many lazy days on the property.



Such a lovely medley of color and pattern in this family friendly abode, how beautiful is the combination of navy and copper? Swoon.



I return on Friday with some favorite links from the week, no doubt their will be plenty since I’ll be catching up on my favorite blogs and sites on the long flight home. Also I photographed the kitchen remodel that I designed in partnership with a local non-profit. That’s coming up next week. :)


Blue Painted Bath Vanities

By Kate Riley February 22, 2017

I’m looking at the pedestal in my powder room and considering swapping it out for a small vanity with storage. (I hate having the TP out in the open). I started looking around for a petite vanity, deciding if I want to stick with wood or go with a painted version.

I’m drawn to grays but also blues, that color always looks perfectly at home in a bathroom. Must be because bathrooms are that space that are filled with water. :) I stumbled on some beautiful blue painted vanities in different hues. I searched through all of my fan decks for blues that are similar, so if you like any of these shades of blue I offered up a few paint color suggestions to get the look.

Pale Gray Blue


tim barber


Glidden ‘Grey Leaf’ / Sherwin Williams ‘Jubilee’ / Benjamin Moore ‘Nantucket Fog’


Mint Greenish Blue


cortney bishop via house of turquoise


Sherwin Williams ‘Aloe’ / Behr ‘Mason Jar’ / Vaspar ‘Iced Julep’


Bright Blue


better homes & gardens


Benjamin Moore ‘Sailor’s Sea Blue’ / Glidden ‘Soft Sapphire’ / Sherwin Williams ‘Secure Blue’




via rowe spurling paint


Sherwin Williams ‘Reflecting Pool’ / Benjamin Moore ‘Florida Keys Blue’ / Valspar ‘Day at the Jewelers’


Deep Teal




Valspar ‘Stilettos’ / Sherwin Willaims ‘Really Teal’ / Benjamin Moore ‘Tropical Turquoise’


  Navy Blue


studio McGee


Glidden ‘Arctic Pool’ / Benjamin Moore ‘Hale Navy’ / Sherwin Williams ‘Rainstorm’