Consoles & Round Mirrors

By Kate Riley May 30, 2017

I’m helping some new clients decorate their home. It’s a new marriage for both and they’re starting from scratch with new furniture as part of a fresh start. One area we’re working on together is the entry, you can see the model home’s entry here. I’m steering them away from that bland look and encouraging them to opt for an oversized round mirror partnered with a stylish console table for their entry. I’ll have much more to share next month when they move in and the styling begins!

I saved these images for inspiration noting how the curved shape of a round mirror softens all the angles of the console table. Notice the styling of these images too, you’ll spy curved lamps, stacked books, decorative objects, baskets or ottomans with open leg consoles, and always the addition of a organic element in the form of fresh flowers or green plant stems. A console table is a good investment because it isn’t just restricted to the entry. It is such a versatile piece because it can be used behind a sofa or in a dining room and rotated around the house.


architectural digest

studio mcgee


stephanie kraus designs

view from my heels

one kings lane

banner days

one kings lane


I rounded up some round mirrors under $500 here. Below find console tables to pair with them, and these are also all under $500.


abbott / harper / coaster /shawn / terrace / skinny / trivia / trenton / ameriwood / grafton

Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley May 26, 2017

So many of my friends took off for the weekend on camping trips or destination getaways but I’m staying put with some work I need to wrap up at my desk. I’m making some final design choices for the flip house in the next few days and buying all the appliances because of the big weekend sales. On Monday I’m meeting my BFF from college for a round of wine tasting in Napa. I haven’t seen her in a few years so I’m really excited to connect with her again. College friends are the best!

Memorial Day Weekend is always the kickoff for summer and it couldn’t come fast enough for me this year because of all the rain we had in California. I’ve always preferred dressing in flip flops and tank tops over cold climate clothing so hooray for summer’s arrival! Favorite links from the week below:


I’m crushing on the green tile and the French doors in this home.

Making the case that white walls work for all design styles.

Nate Berkus is at it again with this Seattle project.

I love the natural elements and simple styling in this home.

Great examples of how to use peel & stick wallpaper.

Did you ever wonder about the difference between greige and taupe?

Sign me up to visit these lakeside hotels around the world.

Yay for Annie! A great reason to visit Lenox, Massachusetts.

Powerful: a cop sharing what he learned talking people out of suicide.

40 things that happened because of Star Wars.

30 grilling recipes for your Memorial Day Weekend.

P.S. Many of you have written to me about the links not working in the email subscriptions, my apologies. I’m working on fixing it this weekend, but in the meantime if you visit the site the links do work there.

Have a great weekend, I’ll be back on Tuesday. :)