Currently Loving: Cozy Modern

As the winter months approach, I feel more and more like going into hibernation mode. Preferably curling up in one of these spaces—they’re cozy and intimate, and done in perfectly soothing shades of gray to keep you warm all season long. They don’t feel quaint or old fashioned, though, instead they feel modern and sleek, like your favorite cashmere sweater. Like this image above —a beautifully classic egg chair paired with wonderful Scandinavian materials and textures. I could sit here by the fire and watch the snow fall for hours.

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Currently Loving: Wall Murals

Wallpaper is back in fashion! And a wallpaper trend I’ve been seeing a lot of is the oversize mural, which pretty much takes over an entire wall. The look is different and dramatic, and definitely makes a bold statement. Lots of wallpaper companies are rolling out these larger prints and the look is trés chic, perhaps even a little Parisian. Here’s some I quite like.

The July issue of Inside Out magazine featured this pretty bedroom, with a beautiful mural acting as a stunning backdrop to the antique brass headboard.

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Currently Loving: Indoor Foliage

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

Now that it’s autumn, I’m brainstorming ways to bring the outdoors in by adding indoor plants and trees to different rooms in my house. I love how they add a dose of nature that can be enjoyed all year round.

The schefflera tree (depicted above) is also known as an umbrella tree; I love the lush, tropical feel of the foliage and the sculptural qualities of the stems (they can be braided together to form a piece of living art!). Photograph via Javado Plant.

See more of my favorite indoor foliage ideas after the jump…

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Currently Loving: Luxurious Bathrooms

At the end of a long day, one of my favorite ways to unwind and reset is to pamper myself with a bathroom full of candles, a nice long bath, and yummy-smelling products. Take a peek into some of my dream bathrooms—I’m longing to have one of these gorgeous, luxe spaces (all with vintage claw-foot bathtubs!) of my own.

Featured in Inside Out magazine, interior designer Kali Cavanagh turned her weekend home’s bathroom into a luxe, light-filled sitting room by including a vintage dresser as a vanity and big barn doors to create privacy when needed.

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Minted Home Tour: Nautical Playroom

We love seeing how our customers incorporate Minted pieces into their lives and homes, and today we have a real treat: a beautiful-yet-functional playroom with a fun nautical theme. Interior designer Kirsten Krason of House of Jade Interiors, who masterminded this airy space, share her best ideas, tips and tricks, and shopping resources.

If you’ve worked Minted pieces into your home, we’d love to see it! Please email a brief description and a link to photos of your space to  heather@minted.com.

Above: Vintage Schoolhouse Play Table and Vintage Steel Play Chairs

The project: Create a whimsical play space for the couple’s three young children
Location: Utah
Interior designers: Erin Morgan and Kirsten Krason of House of Jade Interiors
Photographer: Jylare Smith Photography

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How To: Create an Art Gallery Wall at Home

How to create an art gallery wall at home

Buying and collecting art? Majorly fun. Figuring out where to hang everything? Sometimes not so fun. If you’re like me, you’ve probably come across a ton of inspiring images of art-gallery walls on Pinterest or in shelter magazines, with walls fabulously filled to the brim with beautifully framed pieces. But attempting to create something similar at home can be a little intimidating.

To inspire you to create an art-gallery wall of your own, we dropped by the homes of two Minted employees: our founder and CEO Mariam Naficy (top) and associate creative director Annie Clark (bottom).

“I wanted a wall that reflected my family and our love for travel and art, and that was deliberately un-stuffy. I loved incorporating a mirror I found in Paris, a piece of antique fabric I found in Turkey, and my children’s art.” —Mariam

“My home is a work in progress. I love that I can easily add a new piece or pin a photo to this ever-evolving corner gallery.” —Annie

San Francisco-based stylist Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman worked with the ladies to create gallery-wall displays that perfectly suited their individual styles. Here, she shares her best advice and tips. So dig through your closets, pull out those pieces you’ve been meaning to have framed, and get hanging!

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Currently Loving: Cozy Dining Nooks

A cozy yet fully functional dining nook is the perfect way to keep everyone lingering at the table (think: dinner conversations going long into the night and leisurely Sunday brunches that somehow last all day). Here are a few dining nooks that I find really inspiring, with bright pops of color here and there to bring the focus into this sweet spot.

cozy dining nooks / julep

David’s, a Melbourne-based restaurant, boasts a “laid-back, mellow and traditional” atmosphere and is designed beautifully by Hecker Guthrie, with a cool color palette, rustic textures, and touches of greenery. Photo via We Heart.

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DIY Confetti Vases

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

DIY confetti vases

Whether you’re hosting a last-minute get together, need a budget-friendly way to decorate lots of tables, or are simply looking to add a pop of color to a room, this DIY confetti vase is the perfect sweet-and-simple project for you. The best part: you’ll only need a few supplies and can stock up on inexpensive vases at your local dollar store!

Can’t beat that for an easy way to add confetti to your next bash without the messy cleanup…

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Currently Loving: Whitewashed Brick

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

I love the look of old brick walls once they’re given a fresh coat of white paint. While weathered brick is lovely on its own, too, there’s something airy and modern about a whitewashed wall. The look is still warm and cozy, but the paint gives the space a facelift and significantly brightens up the room. Case in point: Hally’s Restaurant (above and below) in London, designed by Alexander Waterworth. Though it’s a commercial restaurant, I think the space is so homey and beautiful, and could easily be translated into a home kitchen.

Read on to see more whitewashed looks I’m loving.

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Take It Outside: Summery Alfresco Dining Ideas

By Victoria of  SF Girl by Bay

Summer is officially here, which means dining al fresco and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. I search far and wide for the best outdoor patios around my city, but this year I’m dedicating myself to setting up my own outdoor dining area for occasions from parties to a few moments alone with my morning cup of coffee. I love this idea of setting up under a big tree, to give a feeling of an intimate alcove, and have rounded up a few more of my favorite outdoor dining inspirations for you.

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