Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley July 14, 2017

Hello everyone! How was your week? Mine was jam packed with activity, I returned from another successful trip to Las Vegas where I’m wrapping up the details on the kitchen and bathroom remodels. I’m headed back there in a few weeks to check on the progress and cannot wait to share these spaces with you once they’re complete. Back home in California, I finished a really cool outdoor trellis project, I’ll be sharing that with you all next week, and I’m in the middle of a powder room makeover that I hope to post about as soon as it’s done.

Next week I fly out to Atlanta for the Haven Conference, it’s been many years since I attended so I’m excited to mix and mingle with all of the DIY and design bloggers in attendance, it will be inspiring I’m sure! Favorite links from around the web below!


I love the layers of wood + white in this home.

10 pretty entry decorating ideas.

This project is perfect for leftover fabric scraps.

This IKEA hack flush mount project is a chic and cheap makeover.

Doesn’t this ombre ice cream pie look delish?

Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin: what’s the difference.

The most iconic wedding gowns.

Relationship choices of women who value their self worth.

8 tips for taking travel pictures with an iPhone7

Overrated beach towns, and where to go instead.


Summer Breezes in the Guest Room

By Kate Riley July 10, 2017

I have a guest room upstairs that everyone fights over this time of year since it’s the one room that has retractable door screens to allow the fresh air in. In summertime, it’s the best spot to get a good night’s sleep, so I find myself sleeping in there as much as possible!

I’ve had the same indigo floral print duvet and shams in there for years and they’ve taken on a worn blue hue that I love. The batik pillow is from One Affirmation on Etsy, the blue and white fabric is Nate Berkus’ caspian fabric.


The gold and white sconce is new, it’s from Urban Outfitters and replaced a lamp that was taking up surface space on the small side table. I found an inexpensive lantern fixture at Lowes, I loved its shape and scale but not its finish so I spray painted it with Krylon’s ‘Gold Leaf’ paint.

This room has a set of French doors that look out to the rear yard and our small vineyard. You may recall the billy bookcase project I wrote about years ago, the set flanks the French doors and provide so much storage. The curtain fabric is my own shibori print available at Spoonflower.


The new retractable door screens keep the bugs out and let the fresh air in, perfect for warm summer nights! I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is to have these retractable door screens, they make the room so very pleasant to be in April through October, I love them!

Their design is so good! They disappear out of sight with easy to use latches (no clanking doors!) which allows for a full view. I encourage you to consider similar doors in your own home, they’re really wonderful! I also have a retractable door screen on kitchen door to my courtyard and it’s a lifesaver in summer when I want cool breezes but no bugs.

The cozy bedding, the abundance of books, and the retractable screen doors make this one space that I look forward to relaxing and sleeping in whenever I get the chance.

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