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20 Great Pieces of Affordable Art from Minted

Grow your gallery wall without breaking the bank with one of our favorite sources for art online
August 30, 2016

Art instantly adds interest and personality to the home, there’s no question about it.  It’s the statement that takes a space from cookie-cutter to unforgettable.  It also happens to be one of my favorite things to lust after these days, now that I’m developing my own style at home.  I say “lust after” because most of the pieces that I find cost a pretty penny, and I’m too intimidated to invest in large, original paintings as I sign new apartment leases every few years. 

Of course it takes time to build a really great art collection, but it can also be fun (read: not insanely expensive!) to look for the pieces you love.  I recently fell down a rabbit hole favoriting a ton of great prints on Minted, currently one of my favorite sources for affordable art online.  (And no, this post is not sponsored by Minted…it’s just one of those online sources worth sharing because it’s THAT good.)  The site is a culmination of work by artists from all over, which makes each purchase a bit more meaningful than shelling money for all of that mass-manufactured stuff.  The site really has something for everyone; both art aficionados and newbies alike can find affordable art to fit their styles.  I’m personally a sucker for the stunning photography, vibrant and playful abstracts and I even find myself loving pieces from the children’s art collection that will make sweet gifts for friends later.  

The great thing about Minted is that all art is customizable by size and frame (white, black, farmhouse wood grain, antique and distressed, etc.).  This way, you can create the ideal piece for your gallery wall at home or hand-pick the perfect present for a loved one, all at a price point you feel comfortable with.  And I’ve seen the quality first-hand…MKR’s frame-worthy additions to her gallery wall, this piece hanging in the WOM office and then the pieces I picked out for Christmas gifts last year (here and here). 

I’ve rounded up 20 great pieces of affordable art from Minted in the slideshow above; simply click on the image to scroll through them.  Tell me, have you scored any art from Minted?  Cheers, Kat

P.S. If you find an artist on Minted that you just LOVE, you can also work directly with many of them for an original commissioned piece! xo

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"Purple Kimono"

"Purple Kimono"

The bold, vibrant and sassy colors in this abstract are begging to make a statement.

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"50s Paperwhites"

"50s Paperwhites"

These sweet florals make for a great gift or an easy addition to a powder room, kitchen or girls' room.

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VIA MINTED
"Yield"

"Yield"

Deep, rich azure and jade stand alone for a great dramatic piece.

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VIA MINTED
"Days in Paris"

"Days in Paris"

The delicate details of Paris streets should never go unnoticed, and this photo would look pristine in a frame on the wall.

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VIA MINTED
"Composed"

"Composed"

Simple, yet perfect. This rough sketch would make a wonderful addition to the gallery wall, but really would do just fine on its own too.

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VIA MINTED
"Idalia"

"Idalia"

Vibrant and bold, this print is sure to get the conversation flowing.

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VIA MINTED
"Journey"

"Journey"

A serene scene, this photograph brings a certain calmness to the space.

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VIA MINTED
"Abstract Watercolor 90"

"Abstract Watercolor 90"

Watercolor in a muted charcoal proves to be is anything but dreary.

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VIA MINTED
"Arrows"

"Arrows"

This minimalist print lends a subtle tribal vibe to the space. Consider this as a neutral, and pair the piece with other patterns for a multi-depth feel.

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"Composition 4"

"Composition 4"

Bright strokes make this beauty an instant success for any lover of abstracts.

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"On the Move"

"On the Move"

This sweet watercolor piece is a great addition to any nursery.

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VIA MINTED

These soft hues and beautiful blurs would add a lovely feminine feel to the room.

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"Tropical Palm Tree"

"Tropical Palm Tree"

These sweeping palms prove the beauty in nature's simplicity.

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"Duet"

"Duet"

The punchy colors of this synchronized duet and water embody the playfulness of summer.

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"Fly This Way"

"Fly This Way"

Faint planes invite kids of all ages to dream among the clouds.

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"Red Flowers Bouquet"

"Red Flowers Bouquet"

These wonderfully rich, red flowers are (almost) better than the real thing.

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VIA AMBER INTERIORS
"No. 203"

"No. 203"

Playful lines and a sunny feel make this piece frame-worthy.

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"Southwestern Succulent"

"Southwestern Succulent"

This piece gives our favorite hardy plant a soft, neutral feel.

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"Lula"

"Lula"

Gorgeous drops of indigo make this piece truly unforgettable.

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"Venice Beach"

"Venice Beach"

A summer haze on Venice Beach is one worth framing.

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VIA MINTED

Featured image, Minted

Sheet Pan Tomatillo Salsa Chicken and Potatoes with KitchenAid

We've Teamed Up With KitchenAid® to Share an Easy Weeknight Dinner That's Sure to Impress
August 29, 2016

Sheet Pan Tomatillo Salsa Chicken with Potatoes & Red OnionsSheet Pan Tomatillo Salsa Chicken with Potatoes & Red OnionsSheet Pan Tomatillo Salsa Chicken with Potatoes & Red OnionsHomemade Tomatillo Salsa Recipe, Waiting On Martha

Out of all the appliances I use in my kitchen on a daily basis I’d have to say my blender feels the most love.  I use it for everything from morning smoothies to sauces and soups; it’s practically replaced my food processer.  So when KitchenAid® asked if I’d whirl up a few recipes with their new Pro Line® Series Blender I jumped at the opportunity.  

When the blender arrived I quickly found a home for it on my counter and began experimenting…really putting it to the test.  Spinning, chopping and pulsing my morning smoothies, salsas, sauces, and soup.  I mean if I was truly going to write and share it will all of you I needed to know, was it really better than my current beloved blender.  And shockingly the answer was yes.  Here’s why: the top was so much easier to work with especially when you needed to remove it during mixing.  It has more power.  And probably my favorite part, it self cleans! Just add a drop of soap and a little water and press go.  Game changer.  

So now that we’ve established why I love the KitchenAid® ProLine® Series Blender, let’s talk about what I actually made…Sheet Pan Tomatillo Salsa Chicken with Potatoes and Red Onions.  If you follow along on Snapchat or Instagram then you’d know I have a little garden where I’m growing cilantro, onions, jalepenos, peppers, and a HUGE tomatillo plant.  Why tomatillos?  Because the hubs and I LOVE tomatillo salsa.  And I may be biased, but I really believe I make the best tomatillo salsa (the secret is in the roasting and the sugar).  If you’re not familiar with tomatillos they are bright green with a tart flavor and known as the Mexican husk tomato (you actually have to remove the husk from the tomatillo).  You can usually find them in your local Whole Foods in the produce section by the jalepenos.  And while we’ve always enjoyed the tomatillo salsa on tacos and with chips I wanted to mix it up and incorporate it in a more traditional way.  Enter chicken, potatoes and red onions.  

I love making chicken in a roasting or sheet pan because of the natural caramelization process that happens to the chicken and whatever else you roast with it; in this case red bliss baby potatoes and red onions.  Topped with a herb, garlic, olive oil and onion rub and doused with fresh tomatillo salsa from the blender you are in for an easy and amazing meal that is so much easier to make than it looks.  Snag the recipes below and let me know how it turns out for you and your family!  Truly, MKR

P.S.  I’ve went through quite a few blenders in my lifetime; from the under $60 versions when I was twenty-two living in my shoebox of an apartment, to the mid-range, and finally making it up to the splurge worthy model thanks to our wedding registry.  And one things for sure, I should have just splurged in the beginning.  If a blender is something you’ll use and have for years to come then bite the bullet and pony up for the Pro Line® otherwise you’ll be replace your mid-tier model every single year. xo

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Sheet Pan Tomatillo Salsa Chicken and Potatoes
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. For the salsa...
  2. 6-8 Tomatillos husked, halved & roasted (just place on a roasting pan and roast in the oven until the tomatillos begin to burst and brown
  3. 1 Red onion, quartered
  4. 1 handful of cilantro
  5. 1 Jalepeno, halved
  6. 4 Garlic cloves
  7. Juice of 2 limes
  8. 1-2 Tablespoons of sugar
  9. pinch of salt
  10. For the chicken...
  11. 2 Organic whole chickens, broken down
  12. 2 red onions, cut into quarters
  13. 1 bag of baby red bliss potatoes halved
  14. Olive oil
  15. Salt and pepper
  16. 5-6 garlic cloves
  17. For the garlic herb rub...
  18. 1/2 red onion, finely diced
  19. 4-5 garlic cloves, finely diced
  20. 1 handful of parsley, finely diced
  21. 1 handful of cilantro, finely diced
  22. 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  23. Pink of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a blender add all of the ingredients for the Tomatillo salsa and blend until combined. Keep tasting and adjust, sugar and salt levels accordingly. Set aside.
  3. Creat the herb mixture. Simply mix the the finely diced onion, garlic, and herbs with olive oil; mixing together with your fingers till it becomes almost a thick, chunky paste. Set aside.
  4. In a large roasting pan or sheet pan place chicken, potatoes, onions, and garlic cloves evenly. Sprinkle salt & pepper over everything.
  5. Take the herb mixture and spread over each piece of chicken evenly. Drizzle everything in the roasting pan with olive oil and place in the oven to cook.
  6. Approximately 30 minutes into cooking drizzle a quarter of the Tomatillo Salsa over the chicken. Continue to cook the chicken until through, approximately 15 more minutes.
  7. Remove pan from the oven and drizzle the entire mixture with the Tomatillo Salsa, reserving 1/4 of it for additional dipping.
  8. Plate or simply serve directly from the sheet pan and enjoy.
Notes
  1. **In breaking down a whole chicken you should save the caracas and any additional pieces not used for homemade chicken stock**
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Let’s Talk: The Art of Snail Mail

We Revisit the lost art, and share top picks for pin-up worthy mail
August 28, 2016

The art of snail mail, @waitingonmartha

I remember when I was little that I loved having a pen-pal.  Sure, I don’t know how long it actually lasted, and I have no idea what we actually wrote about, but sending and receiving mail was always magical to me—even from a very young age. Now, at 27, and as I’m ever connected to my email and iMessage, I’m striving to set aside time to put pen to paper and proactively send snail mail to friends and family. 

It sounds easier than it is; I’ve gone through spurts when I’ve been great about keeping in touch with a few friends that also appreciate a handwritten note in the mail.  But lately, I’m sad to admit that I’ve fallen out of doing it…it’s crazy how quickly it gets pushed down on the to-do list. 

I have found, though, that having the supplies on hand (even the stamps!) is the best way to make a successful habit of sending snail mail.  My biggest piece of advice (which I’ll remind myself too) is invest in a great set of personalized stationery.  You’ll enjoy sending mail so much more when it’s a perfect reflection of you.  There are SO many gorgeous designs out there, especially from a few WOM favorites like Parker & Thatch, Minted, Mark & Graham, Paperless Post and Rifle Paper Co.  And if you’re interested in general notecards, you’ll love this collection of beautiful note sets for any old day, and thank-you cards that’ll make anyone smile. When I’m deciding on a notecard set, I like to think of what will be prettiest tacked onto the recipient’s cork board…because no one can throw away a gorgeous hand-written note. 

So let’s talk.  Do you appreciate the art of snail mail?  Do you write regularly letters to friends and family?  Are you on top of sending your thank-you cards?  And if this account doesn’t make you want to send some snail mail right this instant, I don’t know what will.  Cheers, Kat

P.S. I’d especially love to know about your favorite stationery brands!  Please leave any recommendations in the comments below. xo

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