Holiday Cards from Minted (Giveaway)

By Kate Riley November 3, 2016

Greetings everyone! Now that November is here, it’s not too early to get started on your to-do list for the holidays, especially the ones that take a little planning. Holiday cards fall into that category so now is the time to begin considering which one you’ll send this year.

Good news though, there’s a fabulous variety to choose from over at Minted this season. Minted has always been a go-to source for art for me, and for holiday cards too. I had some fun earlier this week trying out a family photo on cards with their “Find it Fast” option, you simply upload your photo(s) and can scroll through dozens of cards at a time with your photo automatically inserted into the templates, it made narrowing down the choice for my holiday card SO easy since I could check out several options all at once!

One thing I’ve always loved about Minted is how they offer so many styles of holiday cards from modern to classic, but always with a fresh approach. The reason their cards are so appealing is because they partner with many creative independent artists, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for expressing goodwill this season.




There are so many new unique holiday photo cards to choose from, some of my favorites are the foil pressed and letterpress cards.



You get free matching envelopes, and to save time you can add recipient and sender addressing. New this year are coordinating custom stamps and an address book service.



Keep in mind Minted also has an amazing selection of photo art, which makes it easy to give a meaningful snapshot as a gift to a family member or friend you’ve shared a special memory with this year.



Today Minted is giving away three $100 online shop credits, just in time for the holidays!

Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below. USA and Canada only.


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Note, you can shop for your holiday cards today and get 15% off with the code CHEER. Once you’ve ordered you can pat yourself on the back that you have one of the big things on your holiday list checked off early! (Discount code expires November 7th.)

Smaller Doses of Black in the Kitchen

By Kate Riley November 1, 2016

The holidays are here! Now that Halloween has passed, the topics all around the blog world will be dominated by holiday themed ideas. Get ready! I’m feeling the Christmas spirit already and can’t wait for the decorating to begin. I was out of the country last November, traveling in New Zealand and Australia, which left little time for decorating and celebrating so I’m feeling the excitement early this year. I’ll be sharing DIY projects and ideas throughout the month in anticipation of the holiday season but before I jump in I wanted to share about a kitchen remodel I’m working on right now.

As I’ve done many times in the past, this year I’ve partnered again with a local non-profit called the Committee on the Shelterless to give a kitchen used for transitional housing a makeover. I’m rushing to get it ready for move in before 2017. I have a plan in place and I’ve lined up sponsors for the project and I’ll be sharing the makeover in December. It’s a kitchen with white cabinets that thankfully are in great shape but the rest of the kitchen is getting a fresh look. With white cabinets, I look for ways to keep a kitchen timeless and for this project I’m using black in small doses as an accent.

White kitchens are here to stay, and one way to give them a touch of classic black without painting cabinets or replacing tile is by introducing it in smaller doses.

Light Fixtures

You can’t go wrong with black or oil rubbed bronze lights, they add drama when suspended in a mostly white space.




 kashaya co interiors

Black Pulls & Knobs

Instead of nickel or brass, opt for shiny black knobs or sleek black pulls to add that touch of black to an all white kitchen. (I love how Dino and Heidi did this in their kitchen too.)


rikki snyder photography



one small room


Black Faucets

Black looks striking with a white porcelain sink and it’s perfectly fine to pair a black faucet with a stainless sink too.


becki owens


love grows wild

Shelf Brackets

If you’ve removed upper cabinets to make your kitchen more airy and replaced them with open shelving, black support brackets also provide that touch of black in a mostly white kitchen (I love that b&w art used above too!)


stacey branford via houzz


better homes and gardens

Black Countertops

Honed black granite, soapstone, and quartz are all available in black and when installed as a countertop against a sea of white cabinets, they will introduce dramatic contrast to a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The nice thing about a black/white/nickel or brass palette is the space will never go out of style and you can introduce any colors with your accessories (cookware, towels, flowers, etc.).


postcard from paris


better homes and gardens

I’m excited to reveal the kitchen for COTS next month, you can catch a glimpse of the “before” here.