Best of 2015

By Kate Riley December 28, 2015

Post Christmas greetings everyone! This week I’m in Las Vegas staying at the house we remodeled, finishing up one last project. I’m also visiting with many family members and friends that live in the area. I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are squeezing in some relaxing down time between now and New Year’s Eve.

Today my friend Rhoda is hosting a “Best Of” party like she does every year so naturally it’s a good time to feature a few highlights from 2015. Looking back I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to work on transforming several spaces including two bathrooms and two kitchens, and also I loved designing and featuring new fabric patterns. There will be more to come in 2016 but let’s take a look back shall we?

Here’s the list of favorite projects over the last 12 months:

Spring Fabric Collection

spring fabrics krd


Gray + White Kitchen Remodel



Master Vanity Makeover



Calm for Christmas

By Kate Riley December 23, 2015

It’s been said that this is the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and that’s true if the season itself doesn’t become too hectic or overwhelming. As much as I love holiday decorating (like this walk down Christmas memory lane) I felt this year it was more important to exercise restraint and instead of decorating every corner of the house, to spend time with friends and family.

I know myself. If I don’t allow plenty of time to decorate in November then decorating in December becomes a chore. After traveling in November for three weeks to the other side of the globe on my return I wanted more than ever to have a very calm Christmas. So I didn’t string lights outdoors or hang garland up the stairs, and (gasp) I even decided not to host a Christmas party this year. I kept the decor simple. I moved the white tree to the family room to make room for a fresh tree in the living room, turned on the fireplace, and watched a few favorite movies instead.

   kate family room christmas

Layering with winter white makes decorating easy and adds to the calm mood I purposefully created in my home.

censational girl living room christmas

After adding the new mirror and sconces earlier this year I didn’t feel the need to add much more to the mantel other than a few white ceramic trees and gold bulbs. I moved the gemstone garland to the white tree and hung the same quilted stockings on the mantel I do year after year. Once I was done I was satisfied, so I tucked all the extra bins and boxes of Christmas decor back into storage and decided that this year’s decorations, although simple, were enough.

kate christmas mantel