Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue

By Kate Riley June 29, 2016

Today I’m off on a road trip to Vegas, we’re finishing up a few projects around the house and entertaining a crowd this weekend. I have a lot of cousins and family coming over to relax and celebrate the Fourth of July by the pool. It got me in the mood to fix some patriotic dishes (you know those blueberry and strawberry combinations that recreate the flag) then it got me thinking about interiors.

Together, red, white, and blue are not often combined in design in large doses but every now and then I’ll spy a space decorated in this patriotic combo and love to see designers pull it off successfully without the over the top star spangled theme. Three cheers for the red, white, and blue!

 red chairs blue wallpaper



 blue sofa red x ottoman



 red coffee table blue pillows



 red leather chair patriotic pillows house beautiful



 blue white red room house beautiful



 blue walls red rugby stripe duvet



 david hicks vase wallpaper horchow



 red white blue bedroom


image sources: lonny / joss & main x 2 / house beautiful x 2 / sarah dorio / horchow / lch interiors


Two things: I added a 5 gallon paint giveaway to yesterday’s post so click over to enter (just name the rooms you’ll be painting to be eligible).

Also I’m soooo excited to share my latest DIY project with you, it’s an IKEA hack and one you’ll love! I’ll post it tomorrow afternoon. Happy trails!

The Boy’s New Bed

By Kate Riley June 27, 2016

Boys are so funny. When you ask them if they want to change anything in their room (decoratively speaking) they look at you with a frown and say “Why?” At least mine did. He is ten years old and several years ago I took the time to add new paint, a new rug, a new dresser and a DIY board and batten treatment to his room, and his bedroom space has stayed the same ever since. It’s a place that makes him happy so for all these years there was no reason to change it.

But my boy is growing up and he needed a desk in his room to store his personal things, the only place to add it was under the window which meant the Lego table had to be moved and that was so not happening since like so many American ten year old boys, Legos are his life. What to do? The only solution was a loft bed, one that allowed me to place his Lego table underneath it which would make room for a desk under the window. Problem solved.

I looked around for a good one but nothing came up in a green color so I bought him this loft bed in the natural finish knowing I could just paint it.

 natural wood loft bed

Which is exactly what I did.

 boys green loft bed

Since I’m partnered with Glidden this year, they gave me the opportunity to try out a new paint called ‘Complete’ – one that had a built in stain blocking primer that would save me a step! With a built in primer I didn’t have to take the time to prime, I could use this formula instead. Before assembly, I decided to paint it first, then assemble later and touch it up in place wherever necessary.

 glidden complete

This Glidden Complete acrylic paint covers well and dries fast! I was able to paint the individual pieces in just a few hours so for this bed project this paint was perfect. It’s “low odor” but not odorless, my only criticism was the mild odor which does dissipate after a few days as the paint fully cures.

 bed pieces

Underneath the loft bed there is now plenty of room for storage for his Legos and other toys. It didn’t take ten minutes before my boy was back playing with some favorites on his Lego table. Of all the projects I’ve ever featured here on the blog I can tell you this one has gotten the most mileage. Find the details on this Lego meets IKEA Lack table in this post from 2013.

 lego table


I keep his linens basic white since there’s a lot of art and color in this space but I did make him a new pillow with one of my new Summer 2016 fabric patterns – sneak peek! That brushstroke stripe will be available in 3 colorways later next week.

 boy bed pillow

Right now my boy is happy chilling up in his new loft bed. Thanks so much to Glidden for supplying the paint! By the way, the color is Safari Green and I love it!

 boy loft bed

*This post brought to you in partnership with Glidden paint. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!

UPDATE: Glidden is giving away 5 gallons of ‘Complete’ paint, enter below!

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