Weekend Reading

August 7th, 2015

It’s almost time for school to start, only ten days left of summer. I always have mixed feelings about that this time of year. I love these lazier days and the warmer weather, I’m not quite ready to let them go but I’m forced to. The family is off with Matt on their annual camping weekend which leaves me three days by myself, it’s their tradition. I think I’ll take myself out to the movies and do some leisurely window shopping while they’re away.

I took a quick trip to Las Vegas earlier this week, I was in and out in 2 ½ days, and while I was there I photographed the kitchen remodel. It’s such an amazing transformation! I’ll go through all the photos and write up the story soon. Meanwhile…

rustic kitchen cabinets and open shelves brick wall


The favorite links …

How to style your apartment like a pro.

Every detail in this house is perfection in my eyes.

A stunning bathroom remodel (that shower!)

A kitchen “remodel lite” with new paint and a beautiful backsplash.

Fixing common home remodeling mistakes.

Wow, the wall paint treatment in this nursery!

Two ideas for predicting the next Pantone Color of the Year.

Are you hanging curtains all wrong ?

Making art out of tape.

The secret to chalkboard calligraphy.

The day technology left the building.

These thoughts on August.

Also my latest at Lamps Plus: 5 tips for styling bookcases.


Have a lovely weekend.

xo ~ Kate

Area Rug Crush

August 5th, 2015

I went searching for a new rug for our entryway last week, it had to be either a 6′ round or 4 x 6′. Size is always the first consideration! After much research I finally ordered this vintage viscose rug for my entryway.

In my search I visited many of my favorite sources for affordable rugs and some new ones too. Kilim or navajo rugs are still trending, as are blue or over dyed rugs. Marbled or painterly rugs are also a contemporary look, these rugs below caught my eye, if only I had a dozen spaces in which to place them!

on trend rugs

From top left: austin diamond / dimension rug / magical thinking / yellow gray kilim / overdyed patchwork / ikea marslev / arrows woven kilim / rush wave (multiple colors) / skye monet / watercolor / surya watercolor / marbled

Here are my favorite sources for affordable rugs, what are yours?