Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley June 27, 2015

Weekend hellos! June is flying by isn’t it? I confess I’m in full summer mode, the fans are whirring around the house, the mornings are a bit lazier, and the evenings are relaxed and thankfully event free.

As a result, I’ve been completely hooked on Grand Hotel on Netflix, have you seen it? I cannot stop watching! I’ve finished Season 1and I’m looking forward to Seasons 2 and 3, the TV series is set in Spain in 1905, the details of the hotel are beautiful inside and out, you catch glimpses of the spaces behind the activities of both sweet and sinister characters interacting together, it’s a bit soap opera at times but I just love it.

seaside chic living room


Favorite links from the week…

Seaside chic: the most lovely house tour.

Design inspiration: ginger jars.

Also ideas for decorating a skinny hallway and setting an outdoor table.

Two students’ anonymous encouraging words on Instagram and Twitter.

The wall of “If I knew then what I know now.”

Fitness experts share what they eat after a workout.

But no matter your size or shape in a Victoria’s Secret swimsuit, you’re fabulous!

Interesting read: the outrageous reality of our universities.

Meet my new morning coffee mug.

Love these renamed paint colors.


Enjoy your weekend!

Black + White Art

By Kate Riley June 25, 2015

I’m not alone in my love of a black and white art gallery wall, whether it’s a display of black and white photography or a collection of art prints, the medley is so sophisticated and never goes out of style.

I was shopping Etsy this week as I often do for new art prints for the living room, I’ll be combining a few black and white illustrations, abstracts, and watercolors. I channeled my inner artist last year and created my own DIY botanical which I’m still loving framed in the same spot. 

I adore Nina’s black and white art gallery wall, it is so striking above the dark sofa, the monochromatic palette continues throughout this space.

black and white illustrations


Etsy, Society6, and Minted are three sources I often shop to support independent artists and I always find something to love to add to my growing collection. Apartment Therapy rounded up a great list of sources for purchasing affordable art, it’s worth a read.

Art is completely subjective, we all have pieces that speak to us and that’s the best way to choose art, it should be a reflection of your personality and taste. Here are a dozen of my new favorites in black and white. black and white art prints

ink flowers / figure study  / feathers / poppies / love typography / pick up sticks / wild tulips / typographic state / octopus / birches / custom bridal / amore

Have you arranged a black and white gallery in your home, photographs or art prints?