Nursery Inspiration

By Minted community designer Nikkol Christiansen
One  of my favorite rooms to design and decorate has always been my nursery.  Each time we welcomed a new baby into our family, I got to design a room just for my newest little one.  I’ve designed a few different nurseries now, each one inspired by a simple item that I fell in love with.  Like this sweet “Good Day For A Walk” print, the happy colors and simple shapes make it a perfect inspiration piece for a nursery.  Give yourself a neutral base, such as white or light grey walls, and add a modern grey crib to start.  Bring a little life to your room by adding a splash of color in the rocking chair and the mobile.  Repeating the circular pattern from the print in the throw pillow brings continuity and calms the eye.  A handmade toy is always a lovely touch, and is sure to become a good friend to your little one.

Good Day For A Walk print from Minted |  Modern Grey Crib from Rosenberry Rooms  |  Circles Pillow from Joss & Main  |  Rocking Egg Chair from Little Boo-Teek  |  Handmade Doll by Love, Charla Anne  |  Handmade mobile via Etsy

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DIY Easy Fabric Favor Bags

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank + Hunt

Whether you are looking for a quick splash of color for your next party or coordinating the perfect pattern into your wedding, a simple favor bag is the answer. Find your favorite fabric online, at your local yardage shop or make your own on Spoonflower, and easily customize this simple bag. No real sewing skills needed, just the ability to sew a straight line, two straight lines to be exact. Once you master these simple steps, you can make just a few for your next bridal shower or a bunch for your wedding. You can even use this tutorial to create fabric bags for gift giving, all you will need to do is adjust the measurements for the size bag you need.

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Tropical Wedding Welcome Gift and DIY Treat Bags

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

For my sister’s wedding in Panama, I crafted a tropical welcome gift for her guests: Complete with little details unique to the couple and paper goods to celebrate their beach destination. We included fun Latin-themed pieces like a Spanish phrase card, found creative ways to tackle the hurdle of stuffing all the boxes in my carry-on and even managed to add in a treat from their beloved dogs who stayed stateside. Check out my post for more on the process and a quick diy for mini treat bags…

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RADIANT ORCHID: PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR

By Celisse Muller, Customer Care Lead at Minted

Not quite pink, but not quite purple either, Radiant Orchid was announced as Pantone’s 2014 color of the year:

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

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DIY Easy Foil Coasters

By Jenny Batt, of Hank and Hunt

I love paper coasters and use them for everything. I also love metallics like gold and copper foil. I’ve foiled before, and if you have tried you know it can be tricky and messy. I am a fan of the short cut and instant gratification so I wanted to try something simpler and quicker. Double stick tape saves the day and makes it super simple to decorate anything, like these bar cart staples, drink coasters, with fun foiled shapes. In seconds you can take a plain paper coaster to a fun and modern one with no dry time. These would make great hostess gifts or just to keep on hand for any impromptu party.

You will need foil transfer sheets, double stick tape, paper coasters and scissors.

Step 1: Choose your favorite foil color, I found these packaged sheets in gold, copper and silver and snag some paper coasters from your local stamp and craft shop.

Step 2: Use scissors to cut geometric shapes out of double stick tape. You can cut simple dashes or these diamonds by taking a piece of tape and cutting an angle. Press tape on coaster in a random pattern.

Step 3: Once you have  decorated your coaster with your tape pattern it is time to add the foil. Each foiling sheet has a right side (pretty foil color) and a wrong side (grey striped). With the copper/metallic (right) side face up, press the foiling sheet on top of your coaster.  Rub with your finger firmly until all the foil has adhered to all of the tape on the coaster. Miss a spot? Simply recover the spot with an unused part of the foil sheet and press until filled.

Step 4: Gently peel off the foil sheet, revealing your awesome foiled design.

Step 5: Repeat with remaining coasters, hooray!

This technique could be used in so many ways. Try it to make easy stripes, sheets of foiled wrapping paper, decorate the rim of a cake stand and more. I want to try my hand at exciting shapes with double sided adhesive sheets and cool fonts. Whatever you use it for, this is by far the easiest way to foil anything.

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