Favorite Things 2015

By Kate Riley November 17, 2015

Hello! Today my friend Melissa at 320 Sycamore is hosting a Favorite Things 2015 party and asked me to sign up and mention a few of mine! I whittled it down to a few things I’ve purchased for spaces remodeled recently and some things that I use in my daily routine.

For The Home

 favorite things home

This Ceylon Baker’s Rack is one of my favorite (and very versatile) pieces, see it styled here / I’m still crushing on this teal Logan sectional featured in this family room / this abstract Wildflowers print I featured in this guest room / who can resist a gold Chinoiserie mirror ? This one is chic and affordable! See it in this bathroom makeover.  This weathered Blanca pedestal table is a new favorite, I featured in this breakfast nook / and this lovely wisteria print I placed in this recent kitchen remodel.

Health & Beauty

 health beauty favorites

I never leave home without my favorite water bottle, whether running errands or working out, it’s always with me! I have two pairs of Nike trainers that I rotate for gym and kickboxing workouts, they’re more flexible than regular running shoes, I love them! I always bring an arm band for my phone’s playlist it gets me fired up for exercise, I recommend having one. I’ve loved Bobbi’s Shimmer Brick Bronzer for years, it adds a nice glow to my skin. I swear by Too Faced’s skin primer beneath my makeup. And I’ve been wearing Go Be Lovely for a few months and have received a lot of compliments, it’s a lovely light tropical scent.

You’ll find many more of my favorites for Home and for Holiday on my Shop page, here’s a peek at just a few things I’m loving for the holiday season:

 holiday favorite things

Hop on over to the Shop page to view even more… and thank you so much Melissa for inviting me to be a part of Favorite Things of 2015!

favorite things 2015 at 320 Sycamore

Here are a few other featured bloggers participating in today’s series of posts:

Brooklyn Limestone

Evolution of Style

Memories on Clover Lane

Perhaps among their favorite things, you’ll find something you’ll love too :)


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DIY Gemstone Garland

By Kate Riley November 16, 2015

Greetings! Today (as I’ve said a billion times) we’re still traveling outside the country, but I wanted to pop in and share this really simple DIY project that’s easy and festive and adds a bit of bling to your home for the holidays. Before I left, I strung a garland of large beads that mimic gemstones across my mantel.


I was in the mood for jewel tone colors and faceted shapes this season – this garland is  like jewelry for your tree or mantel and is made with large faceted beads that mimic gemstones.


To recreate you’ll need large gemstone like faceted beads available on Etsy (see sources below) and elastic stringing cord found in the jewelry making section at Michaels.

The elastic stringing cord comes in a few colors, I chose silver for the season and to complement the blue and green beads. The 1mm size fits perfectly inside the bead so you can string them easily by hand. Notice how large the beads are, they’re over 1½ inches wide.

thread thin cord

 The technique is so simple: create a double knot a few inches down the cord to start, string the first bead, then create a second double knot on the other side to secure the bead in place so it doesn’t slide up and down the garland. Repeat the double knot technique down the cord allowing about an inch or two between the beads.


It takes some time, so I put on a movie while I made this. I also kept it wrapped around a piece of cardboard (not shown) as it got longer to avoid any tangles.

gemstone garland in progress

The elastic cord makes it easy for the garland to drape nicely on a mantel, and the double knots hold the beads in position. It would be equally as pretty strung on a tree! I like that the beads are chunkier and faceted compared to the traditional small circular beaded garland available this time of year.

gemstone garland swag

These large gemstone shaped faceted beads come in dozens of colors, I purchased mine from Swoon and Shimmer and Fox Supply, they’re the kind used for statement bracelets and necklaces.

 faceted beads

 14 beads of each color (total 42) made a gemstone garland 5 yards long.


 gemstone garland strung on mantel

Use the garland year after year to bring the bling for the holidays! ..