Studio Tour

By Kate Riley October 28, 2015

Hello! As promised today I’m featuring a tour of the studio above our two car garage. We added this space seven years ago, it has a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and walk in closet all contained within 600 square feet. It’s been rented to tenants in the past, used for storage, used for styling my fabrics, and for hosting Matt’s poker night.

My stepdaughter lived here for 1½ years after college, but now she’s moved to San Francisco. We envision renting it out again someday as an AirB&B after we create private access with a new staircase. Until then, it’s used as a library to store many of my books and collected objects, I like to escape here to read a few times a week. It’s also a space for friends and family to stay when they visit.

olive green studio bookshelves

I redecorated it over the last month, bringing up furnishings and accents that used to live elsewhere in our house but have since been replaced (the rug, club chairs, etc.) I also bought a few new things to make it stylish and cozy (the coffee table, pillows, linens).

You’ll recall several years ago we added the Billys to built in bookshelves, such a smart move for storage on a blank wall! I have plans to add shelves above to take the bookcases up to the ceiling and also install lights (I love the look of Nate’s bookcases) but that will have to wait until next year. I recently painted the backs with Glidden’s Alligator Pear, replacing the deep teal blue with warmer olive green. The entire space has an analogous color medley of navy and olive.

olive painted bookcases

books decorative objects

  olive green backed bookshelves

olive green painted bookshelves

On the opposite side is the bedroom where I have two mismatched nightstands, the white paint and ring pulls tie them together. That dresser used to be navy blue, I painted it white again and the rings and fretwork gold. I was forced to hack the bottom four inches of the legs off when I realized the smaller chest on the right I had ordered was shorter (desperate times call for desperate measures) but at least the lamps sit at the same height now – it was bugging me when they weren’t.

navy white bedroom centsational girl

The genie lamps are Nicole Miller from HomeGoods I love that the indigo finish is matte not gloss. The little glass knot is from Target, the Greek key trim is from M&J Trimmings, one of my favorite ways to embellish plain linen window panels.

white dresser with overlays navy lamp

Minted Favorites + Giveaway

By Kate Riley October 27, 2015

It’s always exciting to be invited to a favorite company’s headquarters, and last week I had the opportunity to meet the Minted team for a gathering in downtown San Francisco. They were hosting an early holiday event to show off their newest collection of cards and fabrics and I was happy to attend. They invited a group of bloggers and stylists to mix and mingle then enjoy a meal together, it was festive and fun and I met and made new friends.

minted table

I’ve bought so many art prints and cards from Minted over the years, so it was exciting to see their newly renovated office space with its white brick walls and rustic wide plank wood floors laid in a herringbone pattern. My iPhone failed to capture… but it was just lovely.

Minted is very on trend (and often ahead!) when it comes to the artwork they sell, every print is so fresh and modern – they partner with independent emerging artists who create contemporary artwork in many styles.

minted art

My four favorites right now, I’m a sucker for a beautiful botanical.

minted favorites

ink cyclamen / foliage / flutter watercolor / inked kumquat

Ho ho ho, you know the holiday are coming up quick! Minted has many holiday cards to choose from, envelopes too, I’ve already narrowed down my selection for our family.

minted holiday cards


Minted has expanded beyond art and stationery, they sell fabrics too! Multiple colorways are available for each pattern – they also sell their artist’s fabrics as pillows, curtains, and lampshades.

minted fabrics

 Today the team at Minted is offering three lucky winners a $100 online shop credit – just in time for those holiday cards, but no need to spend it there, you can use it for anything from stationery to art to fabric if you’re one of the lucky winners.

Enter to win one of three $100 online store credits to Minted via the Rafflecopter widget below with your name and email:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!