Sunday, December 14, 2014

Minted Custom Art Print + Sneak Preview {Family Room Makeover}

You may recall I blogged about Minted's custom art prints a couple of months ago. It THRILLS me to share with you my pick for our family room.


It has been such a wonderful experience decorating our home, making a few more drastic changes, and others subtle. Room by room, we are making this house a home.

Over the years I have discovered that filling the walls is one of the easiest and most important ways to personalize a space. I am a big fan of photographs as well as artwork. When I found all the amazing custom prints online at Minted, I knew we had to have one for our home.


Our family room is the space that we spend most of our time in, therefore it was very important to me to work on it first. Coming early in 2015 you will see the "before" and "after" pictures and see the transformation we made. I cannot wait to share it with you!

This first look is our reading corner featuring a big cozy white chair perfect for snuggling up with a book.

We went with a white and khaki color-scheme for the room, and when I saw this darling "little mister" print in coffee, I knew it was THE piece to put in this very special corner. I adore silhouettes (you will discover this when you see our living room), and have always wanted a custom birth announcement print for Noah. This was it!!! I am in love with it.

 The white frame we selected is a perfect match with the white wood walls and ceiling, white drapes and chair. The feel is incredibly light and airy, always a cheerful space to be in. Enormous picture windows let the light stream in.

When hanging our print, I just have to say how impressed we were with how easy it was--and the wire must be a non-slip wire because it is very secure in place, making our job of hanging it take a matter of moments.

Now that I have discovered some of the watercolor and gold foil art prints, I am dreaming up which print from Minted we will use next in our home.

This is a sponsored post. Product or payment may have been provided in exchange for this post. However, I am highly selective of what companies and products I choose to promote. I can say with confidence that after years of working with Minted, I am truly a fan of their work and have carefully chosen their products.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Serena & Lily Sale: Additional 30% Off On Gilt {Favorites for Nursery & Children's Spaces}

Serena & Lily is one of my most favorite brands of beautiful home décor--and I was ecstatic to find this amazing sale on Gilt {get an EXTRA 30% off with code SL30!} From darling bedding for nurseries and children's rooms to drapes and floor poufs for grown up spaces, I am smitten with their unique style.

{Kate Crib Bumper, Kate Crib Skirt, Trellis Stroller Blanket, Moroccan Leather Pouf, Scribble Border Rug}

This time of year I absolutely LOVE searching my favorite designer discount sites, such as Gilt. I think it is because I enjoy searching to find unique holiday decorations and most of all, gifts for my favorite little guy!

{Graham Crib Skirt, Scribble Border Rug, Wayne Pate Pillow Sham}

When I saw this Serena & Lily sale on Gilt, I had to share. It isn't just that it has some of my favorite designs and products, but that they are an additional 30% off the already discounted prices on Gilt. W.O.W.

{Color Frame Duvet Cover, Peacock Scroll Mirror, Kite Sheet Set, Cabin Quilt Standard Sham, Strawberry Script Letter Pillow}
We have had Serena & Lily bedding in our master for a few years now, and have loved it.

{Ellory Duvet Set, Ellory Euro Sham, Moroccan Leather Pouf, Scribble Border Rug, Cambridge Headboard}

It's hard to believe it but we are starting to think about a "big boy room" for our guy, and there a few designs here that have proven to be marvelous inspiration, helping me get my creative juices flowing.

{Wildwood Duvet Cover, Kids' Square Pouf, Scribble Border Rug}

You can find all of these fabulous products over on Gilt. If you need an invitation to shop the site, please feel free to accept mine here.

Please know that if I find more favorite brands or sales, I will happily share them with you here. Find any favorites? Would love to hear about them!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Minted Holiday Discount + Christmas Cards, Cookies & Cocoa

Minted holiday cards are fabulous... I don't think that is any secret! It THRILLS me to share with you our cards this year.

{Psssst: Right now Minted is offering 15% off holiday card orders of $150 or more, and 10% off holiday card orders of $100 or more, with code JOY14}

For the last three years, we have ordered our holiday cards through Minted; each and ever time, I have been blown away by the design choices, card and border styles, paper, love love

Have you tried ordering holiday cards from Minted? This year I was blown away to discover the "find it fast" tool, which allows you to upload your favorite photos and then preview *EVERY* holiday card design with your personal photos. How amazing is that? This made it so much easier to order our cards.

This year I was once again torn between two designs (had the same problem last year, and therefore we ended up choosing two gorgeous cards) we decided why not get some of both? We knew one thing for sure...triple thick cardstock was a must!!! Have you tried it yet? LOVE at first touch. I also wanted to show more than one photo, and so we customized the back of our cards to display our favorite shots we wanted to share with loved ones.

One of our cards caters to my more artistic, soft and whimsical side.


 The other caters to our classic, preppy side.

Probably my second favorite new thing with Minted this year, is the FREE recipient address printing. And not only is it available in traditional fonts--you can select from SO MANY different designs with graphics, borders--even two color printing...each envelope looks fabulous.

I was so surprised to see all the new options and features this year for holiday cards at Minted. Every year it is a sheer joy to order our cards with them.

This year, getting the cards ready has been a much quicker, easier process. With the recipient address printing, it has been stuffing, sealing, attaching wraparound return address labels...and putting on postage.

I sat down with a cup of cocoa and cookies for a Christmas Card, Cookies & Cocoa afternoon. How fun would this be with friends?

*This is a sponsored post. Product or payment may have been received in exchange for this post, however all opinions are exclusively my own. I carefully select what companies, products or brands I choose to work with then share with you. I can assure you that Minted has surpassed all my greatest expectations.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Minted Custom Art Prints: Pretty Walls, Perfect Presents

It is no surprise that I love paper. From years in the high-end stationery industry to my passion for luxe paper party products, there is always room in my heart for a new way to enjoy paper in my life.

Minted is a company offering holiday cards, invitations, announcements and stationery I adore (the triple thick paper is spectacular). In addition they also offer amazing custom paper party collections, personalized gift wrap that is beyond compare, and my latest discovery: custom art prints and room signs.

We are having a ball decorating our new home {our living room debut has been delayed, once again...but I can assure you it will be worth the wait!}.

Right now filling our walls with artwork and photographs that are personalized and a reflection of our style is on my mind. I popped over to Minted and have been searching for some amazing prints for our family room. Living room, dining room and Noah's room are next on my list...I love how I am able to customize the size, the frame, even the type of glass.


And as Christmas is two months away (Eek!), I started to take a peek at their prints for gifts. WOW. I am loving their hanging signs for children's rooms right now. How sweet is this for a baby or child's gift?

The custom photo art gifts are among my favorites--for a friend who just got married, for grandparents who spend endless hours loving and doting on our son, and for a friend who just found out she's expecting.

I am a new big fan, and stay tuned later this year to see what we selected to warm up the walls in our own home!

This is a sponsored post. Payment or trade may have been received in exchange for this post. However, all opinions in this post are purely my own. I carefully choose what products I would truly recommend, and have the highest standards for quality.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kate Landers for Layla Grayce

I realized that summer hast almost come and gone, and I have yet to share with you my latest projects for Layla Grayce here on my blog!

It has been a wonderful year thus far, creating lots of original content for Layla Grayce, designing dessert tables (and a cake!) that coincide with current trends in the textile industry. Working with Layla Grayce over the years has been a tremendous honor, and privilege.

 In addition to designing, styling and writing these blog posts for Layla Grayce, I also did all of the photography. That is a brilliant new skill that I have so much more to learn about--and I am more eager than ever to improve! Goodness knows I am just at the tip of the iceberg, but willing to learn more--thankfully the amazing Liza Voll has given me a few great lessons already, and I hope to gain more knowledge from such a talent as Liza.

Another great joy has been working with incredible designers, artists, bakers, crafters and vendors who are a very large part of these shoots-it is a collaborative effort and I always feel such pressure to style everything perfectly so that every item each person created for the shoot is shown off as beautifully as possible.

Please stop over to each shoot post on Layla Grayce to see all the incredible photos and details!!!

{Pastel "Radiant Orchid" Spring Naked Cake}


{Honeycomb "New Hive" Housewarming Party}

{Watercolor Citrus Summer Celebration Table}

{Pink & Gray Bridal Shower}

I have autumn, winter, Halloween and Christmas on my mind! And of course, little Noah's 3rd birthday celebration planning is in full swing!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Little Giraffe Sale, Serena & Lily Sale, Young America Furniture Sale, Oh My! {Baby Sale On Gilt}

I am tickled pink!!! Two lovely ladies in my life just welcomed baby girls.

It is so much fun to shop for the perfect gift for their new little one.

Some of my favorite product lines are Little Giraffe (we are BIG fans here), Serena & Lily, and Aden & Anais. All have been stand out products in our own nursery for Noah.

And Young America cribs...well, I have not had one. But I sure do adore them, and all of their children's furniture. The deals on Gilt this weekend are nothing short of amazing!

No doubt you are already familiar with Gilt, but I know I go for spells where I miss a great sale, and this one seemed too fabulous not to share!

Please feel free to accept my invitation to join Gilt here (and be sure to read all the details on how you can save $25 off your first purchase, and how I may receive $25 credit as well).

Products I love available on Gilt now, seen below (clockwise starting top left): Little Giraffe Luxe Duo Chenille Blanket, Young America Grace Crib, Serena & Lily Pink Trellis Stroller Blanket, Little Giraffe Luxe Duo Blanket (our favorite at home in blue), Aden & Anais Swaddling Blankets, Jo Jo Maman Bebe Bunny Ear Hooded Towel, Marshmallow & Runaway Bunny books.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Noah's Ark Birthday Party {Noah's Second Birthday Celebration}

Noah's Ark was the inspiration for our own sweet son Noah's 2nd birthday party.

Our little Noah has a very strong fascination with and interest in animals, a whole "ark" of stuffed critters snuggled in his room with him every night.

He also loves building towers, walls and passage ways with large cardboard blocks.

Then of course his name is Noah, and he is turning two--those precious animals entered that ark "two by two" all just seemed too perfect.

 As he is still a bit young to be capable of planning or communicating a dream party of his own, I enjoyed this extraordinary opportunity to create a special birthday celebration for him.

I was ecstatic when Noah's party debuted on Layla Grayce last week!

Here I am going to share a few additional photos and details I hope you might enjoy. {please forgive smaller image blogger program is not functioning properly at this time but I simply could not go on any longer without sharing it!} I made the white fabric and pom pom party hats (as I love creating party hats for his special events), and even some adorable DIY bubble jar toppers, but many treats you will see were created by the hands of brilliantly talented men and women that I am blessed to know.

Noah absolutely LOVES books. He loves it when any one of his dear family members reads to him, and in his babbling (mixed in with 100s of words and short phrases) I know he loves telling us stories, too. I went to vintage children's storybooks telling the story of Noah's Ark for inspiration for the party. Loralee Lewis was, I knew, just the person who could bring those storybook pages to life at the party.

Loralee used her extensive knowledge of illustration and graphic design, and worked incredibly hard at creating an entire Noah's Ark paperie collection for the party. It is stunning. I LOVE IT. We have six precious prints of pairs of animals from the collection framed and hanging in his room--looking forward to sharing those with you in a future post.


The rosette banner, rosette cupcake toppers (turned into decorations at each place setting), custom signage and labels, all pulled the entire party together. Thank you dear Loralee, for this extraordinary collection-and continuing with the most spectacular quality of design and paper, and gorgeous packaging--it always makes each event feel that much more special!!! The many opportunities I have had to work with you have been tremendous privileges--I am always looking forward to the next one. {check out these darling birthday bubble favors--clear French square plastic bottles from The TomKat Studio, adorned with Loralee's labels, and dressed up with my own spray-painted plastic animals on top}.

We surprised Noah with cardboard blocks (with wood grain pattern) to "build an ark" with his guests at the party.

 They were a huge hit!!! Keeping activities simple at this age was so important.

Of course the cake was something I was beyond excited about. I wanted Noah's birthday cake to be a focal point of the party. We had a beautiful two tiered cake (4 layers of blue ombre cake inside each tier) covered with soft blue ombre buttercream waves. So soft, beautiful and sweet.

The cake topper was like nothing I have ever seen before. It was by far one of the most extraordinary edible works of art I have ever, ever seen. Brenda of Sugar High, Inc, is one of the world's most talented fondant artists. She has a gift that sets her work apart, and her ark and animals show that.

 Check out the unbelievable detail of this magnificent cake topper! The hay, the shingles on the roof, the wood grain pattern in the ark...and of course, the animals.

The way Brenda creates them gives them dimension and life. She created Noah's most favorite animals, and did everything in the most perfect soft and light colors I desired. We have held on to this topper, storing it under a bell jar so we can admire it for years to come. It is one of the most treasured gifts--thank you dearly Brenda, we are beyond blessed.

One of Noah's most favorite sweets are cupcakes. We just had to have animal cupcakes for his party, and I knew just who could create the most perfect fondant animal toppers ever--my dear friend and spectacularly talented fondant artist Brittany of Edible Details. I asked her for a vintage-inspired, illustrated look...a 3-d head on a traditional 2-d topper design, in the absolute palest colors. That was it. It was up to Brittany to interpret that and literally imagine and create these designs. Wow, did she do it brilliantly!!!! Every design is entirely hers--she created these mini works of art from her own creative vision, and I cannot have wished for anything more perfect.

Noah loved them. As did the other children. Thank you sweet Brittany, for this most precious gift. I couldn't imagine these beautiful toppers as any sort of "sideline" dessert, so I made them into the centerpiece of the party table. Stacking two graduated white Rosanna cake stands from Layla Grayce, the animal cupcakes were an absolutely darling display!


Let the animal sweets continue...I love cookies. LOVE them. And they were one of Noah's very first favorite sweets. I absolutely love having cookies match the illustrations of the paper products of the party, and Tara of Bambella Cookie Boutique ALWAYS creates spectacular iced renditions of Loralee's paperie.

Her cookies are absolutely beautiful and taste delicious. One of my personal favorites. Noah loves cows, pigs and elephants, and I knew how excited he would be to see their images on his cookies.

It was a huge gift to enjoy Tara's cookies at his party--Tara, thank you dearly for these most precious and perfect cookies, you always amaze me with your tremendous talent!!!

There is one dessert Noah fell in love with before all the rest...Oreos. He ADORES them. Especially the double fudge oreos with that chocolate frosting inside--he doesn't care for the white frosting. I reached out to fabulous custom chocolate covered oreo designer Sharon of LeBonBon LA, and she went above and beyond, custom creating oreos with a wood-grain pattern to mimic the "ark"--W.O.W. LOVE! They could not have been more perfect, or eaten any faster--thank you dear Brenda, for once again adding such sweetness to our event!

Cake pops are so popular and perfect bite-size for kids (and adults!). Christina of Sweet Escape Cakes NY introduced herself to me, and I immediately fell in love with her white puppy cake. DARLING!!!! I asked if she could make white dog cake pops, and she gladly agreed to do so. So cute! Christina was so sweet to work with, it was a true pleasure. I highly recommend popping over to her site and seeing her beautiful cakes...swoon over all those sweet ruffles!

With the primary "color" of Noah's party being white, I wanted a white dessert that kids would love, and represented the fact that Noah was turning TWO. Jennifer of Banner Events introduced me to Roni's Sugar Creations for the PERFECT sweet: white chocolate drizzed "2" rice krispy pops. Oh my gosh, these are the absolute most DARLING desserts, we all devoured them. This was the first opportunity I had to work with Roni, and I sure hope we will be able to work together again in the future, as I am a new big fan of her edible creations!!!!


To wash down all these yummy sweets, we had ice cold milk. I am completely smitten with the mini milk bottles Kim from The TomKat Studio got for us for Noah's party. We drilled holes in the white lids and inserted yellow stripe paper straws (PERFECT FOR TODDLERS!!!). I tied a bit of yellow twine around them for decoration--perfect!

Thank you so much Kim for these darling supplies (along with the bamboo cutlery which could not have been more fitting for the wooden "ark" themed fork and spoon!). Kim has been a dear friend and special part of my celebrations for Noah--it is such a precious gift, we are so grateful.

Bethany of Sweet Georgia Sweet introduced herself to me, and we instantly had a great time corresponding about our little boys, faith and parties! She created a beautiful white ribbon garland and stunning wreath and bow (with a darling white "2" to hang on it--I chose to put it on the white fringe piñata I made instead, but it would be precious on the wreath too!).

They were beautiful décor that definitely got everyone's attention--many compliments on her beautiful work.

I love our continued chats and cannot wait to see Bethany's next line of products!

 The special handmade details at a party bring it such warmth. Thank you dearly!!!

I am a big fan of these "chalkboard posters" for birthday parties. We simply had to have one to share with all our guests Noah's favorite foods, height and weight, favorite activities and "loves" at age two.

Stephanie of Pickle Noodle created the most darling sign for Noah, which I framed and photographed him with. I think it will be a perfect decoration for his playroom we are currently decorating! A BIG thank you to Stephanie for this incredible special treat.

I wanted guests to go home with a special party favor, and animal finger puppets were just what I was looking for! We put a little handful into each custom made ark favor box, made with great love, care and the expertise of the dynamic duo at Piggy Bank Parties. I was in complete shock when these boxes arrived--they were perfect--from the cardstock, folds, perfect print quality, I could not have been happier.

These are the most spectacular custom shaped favor boxes I have ever seen! And working with Do was one of the most special experiences for me. Her kindness and generosity made the process that much more memorable. It is nothing but a great blessing to have had the privilege of working with her. And Noah LOVES his ark box--thank you dearly!

 If you need a custom favor box for your next event, I highly recommend checking out Piggy Bank Parties. I am incredibly particular with the products I select, and can say with great confidence these are superb.

A tremendous thank you to Liza Voll, who did a beautiful job photographing all the details at the party. Working with Liza over the years has been a true delight.

She is one superstar photographer and I still have to pinch myself sometimes that I have the honor of working with her. Thank you Liza, thank you thank you thank you.

A HUGE thanks to all who made this celebration so beautiful. My love for Noah grows stronger with each and every day. Goodness, how blessed we are to have such a healthy, loving, beautiful boy in our lives!!!


Design & Styling: Kate Landers
Photography: Liza Voll
Custom Paperie: Loralee Lewis
Cake Topper: Sugar High, Inc.
Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Rice Krispy Pops: Roni’s Sugar Creations
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Le BonBon LA
Animal Cookies: Bambella Cookie Boutique
Cake: bakery info available upon request

Cake Pops: Sweet Escape Cakes
Party Supplies: The TomKat Studio
Ark Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
Custom Table Linens: Sweet Tea & Linen
Cake Stands: Layla Grayce
Custom Wreath & Fabric Garland: Sweet Georgia Sweet
Custom Chalkboard Art: Pickle Noodle