Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley December 11, 2015

Season’s greetings! Only two weeks until Christmas are you ready? I still have a few more presents to buy and some garland to hang but no worries, I’m enjoying it all despite the long To Do list. Last night the kids decorated their gingerbread houses which are now on display in the kitchen window. We also watched the first of a series of holiday movies we enjoy so despite the list of incomplete tasks I’m feeling the spirit of the season.

This weekend I’m off to see the local ballet school’s annual Nutcracker production and attend a holiday party with a white elephant gift exchange, those are always fun! On Sunday I’m going to brave the crowds and steal away for a few hours to do some shopping alone, scarf around my neck and coffee in hand.

snowflake cookies

Favorite links from the week…

What’s your favorite detail in the 2016 HGTV Dream Home? The stair railing and the blue penny tile are my faves.

It’s official, bricks are back.

The prettiest iced snowflake cookies ever (above).

Small space? No problem – try this mini Christmas tree idea.

9 more ways to decorate with eucalyptus this season.

A beautiful luxe poinsettia arrangement.

Cute and fun! DIY embellishments for holiday party shoes.

A great way to record your daily best.

Commonalities of parents of successful kids.

New slang that makes me feel old.”

Enjoy your weekend!

~ Kate


Twinkle Light Christmas Table

By Kate Riley December 9, 2015

Last week we hosted an early Christmas dinner since my siblings were in town, sharing libations and laughter with my family brings me so much joy. I was invited by Pottery Barn to share one of my holiday traditions and what’s more traditional than a meal shared with family? I set our dining room table with new finds from Pottery Barn coupled with a few basics I had stored away.

place setting evergreens plate

The evergreen dinner plates (in stores) are a new classic I’ve added to my Christmas collection, paired with the Luna flatware. The place tag is an oh so simple DIY touch – it’s a wooden tag with an evergreen sprig secured with glittery washi tape and embellished with ribbon.

beaded placemat diy tag

Those clear beaded geometric placemats are vintage, I found them at local antique shop several years ago and I’ve been keeping them in my stash for the perfect occasion. They add pattern, sparkle, and texture between the basic tablecloth and charger. And I so LOVE my new caramel faux fur pillow, although my daughter has already claimed it for her favorite reading spot on the couch. :)

fur pillow on chair