Range Report: Color is Hot
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by Kate Riley
10h ago
I’m back from the KBIS trade show in Las Vegas where I walked three halls of exhibits from both international and domestic brands showcasing their new and noteworthy products. There was a lot of buzz around the kitchen ranges in the West Hall and some design celebrities bringing attention to the colorful ranges on display. Color on ranges was a big hit in the 1970s, I remember the avocado green and mustard yellow refrigerators and stoves from that decade, I even had one leftover from that era in my rental apartment in college! Gone are those dated hues. In the past few decades we’ve seen mostl ..read more
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Seven Kitchen Upgrades Worth the Expense
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by Kate Riley
3d ago
Today I’m at the International Kitchen and Bath show in Las Vegas, the annual event where brands across the world gather to showcase the latest in renovation and design. I haven’t been since before the pandemic so it’s exciting to be here. Time and again the statistics reflect that kitchens and bathrooms are what sell a home the quickest or in a competitive market. Year after year, kitchen facelifts rank high as one of the best returns on investment in an annual survey of real estate brokers and appraisers. It’s been my personal experience with the homes I’ve renovated and clients I’ve assiste ..read more
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Weekend Reading 2.25.24
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by Kate Riley
5d ago
I’m nearing the finish line on a bedroom makeover, I’m turning my daughter’s bedroom into a cozy guest room for her to inhabit when she’s home from school but also as a respite for visiting family. It’s a cozy neutral space with touches of soft pinks and taupe hues, I look forward to sharing that space in a week or so. But first I’m headed to the KBIS trade show in Las Vegas to get up to date on all the new products and tech in the design industry. I’m looking forward to seeing what all the brands are showcasing, I’m sure it will inspire new ideas for remodeling projects in the future. If you ..read more
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Spring Wallpapers for your Tech
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by Kate Riley
1w ago
Spring is just four weeks away! Yay! Let’s welcome it early with some spring wallpapers for your tech. Below find four new patterns I created in seasonal pastels, they’re available in the standard four sizes for desktop, laptop, tablet, and cell phone. Links to the free downloads are below each one!   Among the Wildflowers | Colorful abstract strokes mimic a field of flowers   wildflowers for desktop 16:9 ratio | wildflowers for laptop 16:10 ratio wildflowers for cell phone 9:16 ratio  |  wildflowers for tablet 3:4 ratio     Hillside | a verdant landscape in ..read more
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Weekend Reading 2.17.24
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by Kate Riley
2w ago
This week I hit the fifteen year mark for this blog. I launched it in February 2009 to document our home expansion and I just kept writing all this time! Thanks so much to all of you who’ve stayed around to follow my projects and adventures, I appreciate you all so much. I gave myself a week away from content creation to celebrate! Hence the silence this week. :) I spent much of my time clocking hours for my Florida real estate license course. The goal is to spend a the next few years renovating and renting properties in that state, so I decided it would be helpful to our real estate endeavors ..read more
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Weekend Reading 2.11.24
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by Kate Riley
2w ago
Yesterday’s artisan market was a big success, it was a beautiful blue sky day that brought a crowd. I’m so pleased! It’s bittersweet to be saying goodbye to this space that I leased for a year but it taught me valuable lessons on how to run a retail shop and I met so many wonderful people during the experience. I have to say goodbye to my lovely space in March so I can start a new chapter. We’re looking forward to spending more time this year in Florida and we’re still looking for a cute little property to fix up and turn into a beach rental. It’s Superbowl Sunday so being a lifetime Bay Area ..read more
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10 Tile Lessons from Chic Cafes
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by Kate Riley
3w ago
Oh how destinations inspire me, whether I’m present at a new and unique place or dreaming from browsing online. I adore eating and drinking establishments that use tile in a dramatic way, I pin all the ideas for future renovations and bookmark them to refer back to them if renovating a kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor space. I got lost online once more researching some beautiful tile installations from boutique cafes and resort restaurants around the world. Below I’ve featured ten alluring designs that might inspire you too, the images are paired with my brief takeaway.   1. Install earth to ..read more
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Weekend Reading 2.4.24
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by Kate Riley
3w ago
There’s a big storm happening where I’m at so I’m spending more time indoors, but thankfully I have my ceramics studio to escape too. I’m spending extra time throwing clay on the wheel this month to improve my skills. My studio has a great big barn door that we open to get fresh air, it’s next to a plant nursery and I find it so meditative to sculpt clay while being so close to nature. I’m in the midst of prepping for another artisan market hosted by the building where I have my local shop. I’ll be ending my lease at the end of March in anticipation of a move to Florida this summer, so if you ..read more
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Channel Tufted Banquettes
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by Kate Riley
1M ago
I’m on the hunt for a new headboard for my daughter’s room turned part time guest room while she’s away at school. I’m drawn to the channel tufted versions in pretty colors but then I fell down the rabbit hole of channel tufted everything and discovered so many lovely banquettes that were equally inspiring. I have no space in my home for a banquette but I love this look so much, perhaps someday I’ll have an opportunity to install one in a different home. Are you one of those people that prefers a booth to a chair when dining out? I always scour a restaurant or cafe for a booth to sit in instea ..read more
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Weekend Reading 1.28.24
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by Kate Riley
1M ago
The sun finally popped out to show itself this week so I took a half day to getaway to the coast to enjoy the vitamin sea. What a lovely day spent with friends sticking my toes in the sand. This week I’m adding final touches to a new series of art prints that will be available in my online shop, stay tuned for those botanical beauties. I decided to not renew my lease at my local shop since I’ll be back and forth between California and Florida this year, and it’s too much on my plate to manage. Instead I’m focused on buying another small home in Sarasota and spending the summer fixing it up. If ..read more
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