Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley February 12, 2016

Weekend hellos! What’s up with all of you? I’m refinishing two dressers for my brother and his lady, taking them from plain ol’ pine to something more sophisticated, I’m thinking gray with brass or ORB pulls. And I’m so glad to have a few sunny weekend days before the rain returns next week.

layered blues

Favorite links:

Such lovely layered blues in this home.

White rugs – decorating do or don’t?

Wall mounted faucets – yes please.

More stunning encaustic tile floors.

9 ways to make your bedroom healthier.

7 keys to a body transformation.

Cutest tea infuser in the history of ever.

Aw, such a sweet smiling rescue kitten!

Desperate ways to get people off their phones during a meal (great comments).

Food for thought as campaign season is upon us: the other side is not dumb.

Is it the end of Twitter?

Saying goodbye to my (little) boy.

Turning negative into positive, love this.

Also my latest at Lamps Plus: designer finishes for a luxe look.

And at My Colortopia: tropical inspired paint colors.


Enjoy your weekend!

– Kate

DIY Fabric Floor Mat

By Kate Riley February 10, 2016

For the longest time I had a cotton stripe runner from Dash & Albert under my sink, over the years it got soiled so I need to have it cleaned. Meanwhile I was looking for something vibrant and colorful, I thought of just buying another rug but instead opted to sew a fabric floor mat with some outdoor fabric I spied on sale at Joann Fabrics.

I used a yoga mat as an insert to make the floor mat thicker and softer underfoot and I love the fun palm print with a tropical vibe, it’s a much welcome color injection in my kitchen in my favorite shades of blue and green.

 diy floor mat under sink

 diy fabric floor mat

To make a fabric floor mat, all you need is 1 ½ to 2 yards of canvas or outdoor fabric (the length depends on if you want a runner size or something smaller), thread, and an inexpensive thin yoga mat to fit inside.