Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley August 20, 2016

Last night I took the kids to see Pete’s Dragon, it was very sweet! Tonight I’m off to enjoy dinner with a group of friends and a favorite singer who is performing in San Francisco. Tomorrow I’ll be starting a new furniture makeover project that I can’t wait to share with you soon! Hope you’re enjoying lovely weather wherever you are as we transition from summer to fall. Favorite links below.

hamptons show house

So much bold beautiful color in the Coastal Living Hamptons Showhouse.

I also loved this beach house tour.

Lots of shiplap and charm in this Texas cottage.

A smart & stylish fireplace makeover.

Love this pretty & practical DIY: mini clothesline bowls.

Is humanity really living in a golden age?

An inspiring post on creativity.


Sunset Idea House Tour + Takeaways

By Kate Riley August 18, 2016

I was invited to attend a preview of the Sunset Magazine Idea House here in the Bay Area. The home is multilevel on a dramatic slope that takes in views of the Bay and is decorated with a combination of modern and transitional furnishings. The entire home was light and bright with an organic feel due to the wood floors, textural accents, and abundance of green plants. The designer on this project was Lauren Geremia and there were a lot of great takeaways that caught my eye.

1. Yes you can wallpaper the kitchen. This was such a beautiful detail and brilliant idea, the use of the William Morris bird & pomegranate wallpaper behind glass as a backsplash. I love this idea because the paper adds beautiful pattern but is protected from moisture or grease by the glass.

 kitchen wallpaper sunset

 wallpaper in kitchen sunset


2. Create a larger chandelier with smaller pendants. This was another ingenious installation in the dining room, the use of six small pendants in a row to create a larger chandelier effect.

 pendant lighting dining

 pendants lined up dining


 pendants as chandelier



3. Layer smaller rugs on larger ones. Throughout the home the designer chose large scale neutral rugs and layered them with smaller rugs on top to add pattern and interest. If you have a rug you’d love to use in a room, say a vintage Kilim, but it’s too small for a space, consider buying a larger rug that fits and layering the smaller on top. It works! (Depicted below are the guest room, master bedroom, and office.)

 guest room

 master bedroom layered rug

 office layered rug