Weekend Reading

January 10, 2014

Hi everyone! Welcome to the weekend, we’re finishing up a DIY project that’s been lingering for a long time and we’re finally completing it, I hope to share that next week.

Also I finally watched Downton Abbey, Episodes 1 and 2, how nice to see the Dowager back at what she does best: “interfering”. Edith’s dress, wow, so stunning! I loved that nursery scene with Nanny West and the one with sweet Carson comforting Mary… what are your thoughts on the season so far? No spoilers please!



More links loved this week …

Mind your manor with these Downton decorating tips for the home.

How to build an impenetrable snow fort.

Kitchen appliances to be designed in partnership with Nate Berkus!

Keep them alive: office plant care tips.

These amazing pools look especially good right now.

I’m dying to try one of these patterned paint rollers.

So cute! Little kids who have mastered the game of hide & seek.

And a peek at Target Threshold for Spring (my faves)


My posts at BH&G:



A More Efficient Kitchen

Colorful Solutions for Clutter Control

I also wrote about four simple ways to bring the outdoors in over at My Colortopia…

Have a great weekend everyone.


18 Responses to “Weekend Reading”

  1. Virginia Mom says:

    Carson’s tender consolation of the Lady Mary and Michelle Dockery’s well-played reaction were priceless. She is so good in this role. Carry on.

  2. Will says:

    I enjoy the show. But I have to say, and I hope you don’t consider this a spoiler, that I hope they get some of their magic back on the show next season. This season paled in comparison to others.
    When I asked my mother if she enjoyed the season finale she said “wait, that was it?”

  3. Debbie C says:

    Yes, Threshold’s new stuff…I got a little weak in the knees walking down that aisle at Target.

  4. My daughter and I have been writing recaps of each episode’s highlights since the beginning of Season Three. Here’s the link to Lillian’s blog, where all our episode recaps are listed. SPOILERS! (But only for those episodes already shown on PBS.) We TRY to get each new one out by Monday after the episode airs. Please enjoy!


  5. The scenery, the fashions, attitudes of the times is interesting to watch. Love it!

  6. kelli fox says:

    I love Downtown Abbey and I am drooling over the Target stuff…oh my that bench!

  7. Kate, You are responsible for hooking me into start watching “Downton Abbey” and “Mad Men” after you mentioned it on the blog. I never thanked you for that…:-). Thank you.
    I am yet to start the new season but looking forward to it.

    The patterned paint rolls will be such an easy answer to the wallpapers. And there are so many options. Thanks for sharing it.


  8. Leslie says:

    I was a little let down with the Downton season opener. I’m not sure how I feel about the Edith love story but I did like that Nanny got quickly sacked!

  9. Charlotte says:

    I have not watched Downton Abbey since Mary was pregnant. One hour into that special, I realized what episode I was watching (Matthew’s death), and I turned it off. Haven’t dared turn Downton Abbey on since then. :P

  10. I’ve never watched this show, but with the major following it has, I’ll most like watch it in the summer. I’m afraid i’ll get hooked too easily right now!

  11. Laura says:

    I love Downton but the season opener was a bit of a snoozer. I hope it picks up! I also love ‘Call the Midwife’.

  12. That show!!!! Love it!!! Amazing wardrobe for sureee!!! It inspires my Vintage Collection ^^
    Oh keep watching!!! ;)

  13. Cynthia says:

    Mark my words! We haven’t seen the last of nanny! I predict revenge!
    Love how they are dressing Edith now. So painful to watch Mary with Carson when she gave him the dressing down. So glad it ended the way it did. I loved your snow fort link, immediately forwarded it on to my friend with young men in her household.

  14. My new kitchen remodel is almost finished. I have the pull out shelves and the garbage baskets. I love being more organized. Thank you for the link to “A More Efficient Kitchen”. The only thing I did not do was have compartments built into my draws. I found some very nice organizational items that are made of wood at Bed & Bath and will be purchasing more of them.

    Love Downton Abbey.


  15. I love Downton Abbey! So glad to see the Crawley women becoming more independent even though they still can’t dress themselves :) Grandma is my favorite!

  16. Elizabeth H says:

    I am a Downton Abbey fan. Love all the characters. Call the Midwife is good and also Doc Martin, which I am not sure will return for another season. PBS is rocking with their programs.

  17. I am obsessed with Downton Abbey. I have been watching since Season 1. Episode 2 ending was so surprising. Can’t wait for next week!

    Here’s a post before the first episode of Season 4 on my blog. http://thesweetestmemoryblog.blogspot.com/2014/01/countdown-to-downton-abbey.html

  18. Corinne says:

    Downton Abbey is certainly my guilty pleasure! Edith’s Dress was simply stunning! The show is such a wonderful mix of both interior and fashion design!

    I think you’d like this post from last week:

    Have a great week!

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