Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley April 16, 2016

Happy weekend everyone! I meant to post yesterday but I was rushed off to a dinner with friends and kept up late playing Mexican Train, have you played it? It was my first time and so fun! Today I’m excited for the first game of the NBA playoffs, we’re big Warriors fans so we’re rooting for the team, they’re so amazing to watch! Tonight I’m taking the kids to see The Jungle Book and tomorrow I’m headed to San Francisco for a lunch date then I’m off to my brother’s house to photograph his bathroom remodel and I hope to have pictures to share on Monday. It’s a full weekend!

Thanks for all the love on the IKEA bathroom makeover earlier this week, I’m really excited to be partnered with them on another project I’ll be featuring this summer. IKEA was kind enough to feature my Billy to built in project from years ago in their most recent Sustainability Guide, alongside several other creative IKEA Ambassador’s projects, check it out here.

 ikea guide

Favorite links:

Emily’s studio windows. Love!

This tiny house loft is so clever.

I want to take to the sea in this charming restored boat.

A kilim rug really makes a difference.

Love bold color? Check out Kyle Schuneman’s new pieces.

Hooray Inky!

Eating like Gwyneth Paltrow.

Must have! Miniature tree houses for houseplants.

My latest at My Colortopia: fresh spring paint projects.

Enjoy your weekend!


Shower Design Ideas

By Kate Riley April 13, 2016

I have three shower remodels on my calendar right now, the first is my brother’s bathroom which I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks. The second is a client’s house down the street, they are friends of mine and we’re collaborating on a space makeover, and the third is the master bathroom in the Vegas house I’m flipping, it’s cramped and unpleasant and I want to make it a selling point for the eventual resale.

Homeowners repeat the same request when they’re thinking of a shower space, they are looking for spa like conditions and a space that is relaxing and pretty to look at. We spend 5-15 minutes in this space every day, shouldn’t it be both functional and beautiful?

When it comes to tile selection, I’ve always believed you cannot go wrong with a marble or marble look tile combination. I followed this philosophy to achieve a timeless look with Grandma’s shower remodel last year and I saw a lot of it at the Kitchen and Bath Show earlier this year. I also love to see a mix of complementary tiles, perhaps a mid to large size on the walls with smaller tiles on the floor and something interesting in a niche, but really there is so much opportunity and no set rule, penny tile on the wall is just as beautiful as large scale planks.

I’ve been focused on what makes a shower both functional and beautiful and here are a few ideas I assembled.

Niches. The space between wall studs is a perfect place to add a recessed niche. With advance preparation during construction or remodel, the contractor can place them strategically in the wall to create a place for shampoo, conditioner, soap etc. A wall niche is also a place to break up the spans of wall space and even add a different size tile as a feature.

 shower wall niche

milton development

 shower niche

sage design

Benches. When remodeling a bathroom with a walk in shower, consider the addition of a bench. It’s worth the loss of a few square feet of real estate since a bench provides seating for relaxation while the steam circulates, a place to corral all the cleansers, and for us ladies, the perfect perch for shaving our legs.

 marble bathroom tile

mark Williams

 shower bench

grant k gibson

Windows. Bathrooms with natural light don’t feel as cave-like compared to ones without windows. Even in a shower a window can be strategically placed to allow for natural light and still maintain privacy.

 walk in shower with window

via one kind design

 walk in shower plus window


Feature Tile Walls. The far wall of a shower is an opportunity to create a focal point in a bathroom and a place to mix tile patterns, the look is almost like a modern day mural. My brother did this in his new shower and I’m excited to show it off to you soon.


 feature tile wall

traci rhoads interiors

feature pattern shower tile

libby greene via decorpad

 feature tile in shower

coats homes


Statement Shower Doors. Most of the time remodelers opt for frameless shower doors and clear glass like the many seen above, but you can also be daring and make the shower doors a focal point. How stunning are these two examples of steel doors?

 black divided shower doors

david tsay

 steel shower door

trad home

Have you added any of these elements to your shower? What amenities do you find appealing in your shower spaces?