A is for Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prizes winners for our A is for Art Challenge! At Minted, we believe that it’s never too early to surround children with beautiful art. We asked you, our talented artist community, to create unique customizable pieces of artwork, perfect for any child’s room or nursery. Congratulations to all the winners!

Bold Name Award
For the art piece that most beautifully displays child’s name
Watercolor Whale” by Lindsay Megahed


Monogram Award
For the most interesting use of a child’s initial
Track Initial” by Erica Krystek


Cradle Award
For the best work of art that celebrates the birth of a new baby
Meadow Fawn” by Jennifer Wick


Little Artist Award
For the best executed and beautifully artistic piece
Vintage Floral Monogram” by Hannah Williams


Rhyme Time Award
For the best piece that showcases a quote, pieces of poetry, or literature
Eeny Meeny” by Ariel Rutland


Back to School Award
For the best art print that also teaches kids something in a fun way
Homes” by Natalie Groves


Tiny Dancer Award
For the best ballet or dance inspired piece
The Ballerina” by Oma N. Ramkhelawan


Rainbow Award
For the brightest most colorful piece
Welcome to the World” by Shiny Penny Studio


The following awards will be announced with a catalog round-up post at a later date: Just for Boys Award, Little League Award, & Petting Zoo Award

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DIY: Framed Art That Slides to Hide Your TV

Written by Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

What do you see in the photo below? Really, the better question is what don’t you see?! At first glance, you’re looking at a dresser and a lovely pair of framed art pieces. But (no joke!) behind those prints is our 46″ flat-screen TV! I can hardly believe it myself. Keep reading because I’m going to show you how to make these framed-art sliders to hide that unsightly screen without breaking a sweat or your budget. Believe it!


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Mariam’s Family Heirloom, Turned into a Custom Art Print

My family loves to cook—we’re definitely in the “live to eat” rather than “eat to live” category. My grandmother, Sophie Sun, was a great cook and loved making food for me. She was born in Shanghai in 1918, moved to Hong Kong in the early 1950s, and then to California in the 1970s; she passed away in 2004, during a trip back to Shanghai. I was lucky enough to spend time with her as an adult and wrote down some of her recipes as she gave me cooking lessons. Recently, I was going through some old papers and found Sophie’s “Chicken Plus Soup” recipe, which she had written for me in a lined notebook. It’s a great winter recipe that includes traditional Chinese ingredients like dried scallops, ginseng, and ginger, and my grandmother swore it was a restorer of health. She encouraged me to have this soup often when I was pregnant with my first child.  (For those of you trying to read the recipe, there is a good interpretation of the same recipe here.)

This year, I realized I could take advantage of Minted’s new Completely Custom Art service and turn my grandmother’s handwritten recipe into a framed, foil-pressed art print, which I’ll be giving to my mom, aunts, uncle, and cousins as a gift this Christmas. (Our talented design associates are able to turn pretty much anything into a beautiful foil-pressed keepsake—kid’s drawings, your pet’s silhouette, you name it!) Check out how it turned out, below. And, of course, I ordered one for myself, too—I’m planning to hang it in my kitchen in honor of Sophie.

—Mariam Naficy, Founder & CEO of Minted

Holiday Gift Idea: Family Recipe Keepsake Art Print

 

 

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DIY: Easy Fabric-Wallpapered Bookshelf

Written by Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

Creating a beautiful backdrop for a niche or bookcase can be fun, easy, and commitment-free. This fabric backer is affordable and makes a great alternative to permanent wallpaper. You can even try this in other areas of your home, like the back of a closet or lining the bottom of a drawer. If it gets dirty or you’re tired of it, you can easily peel the fabric off, give the wall a quick wipe down, and start fresh with a new fabric.

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Through the Lens Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Announcing the special prize winners for our first ever photography-only art challenge! In this challenge, we asked you, the Minted Community, to channel your inner Gursky, Weston, Sherman, or Steiglitz. We were blown away by the artistic photographs we received in this challenge. Congratulations to our special prize winners!

Curator’s Choice Award: for the photograph that most captures
the eye of Minted’s Curatorial Team
Going for a Swim” by Whitney Deal


Outer Edge Award: for the photograph that pushes
the boundaries of our assortment
Joshua Tree” by Kaitlin Rebesco


Urban Landscape Award: for the photograph which best
celebrates the urban environment
NYC Viewpoint” by Debra Pruskowski


Still Life Award: for the most interesting composition
using a combination of objects
Collection” by Sadie Holden


The Good Sport Award: for the best artistic and innovative
photographic image involving sports
Our Pastime” by Karen Kaul


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Currently Loving: Oversize Art

A simple way to make a huge design impact in your home? Oversize art. Large-format wall art is the latest home-decorating trend we’re loving—placing a super-size piece in just the right spot immediately injects some serious personality into your space. Ready to go big? Here are some of our favorite takes on this trend.

Home Decor Trend: Oversize Art

1. Above the Sofa
It’s one of the biggest design dilemmas: What do you hang in the space above your sofa? A single oversize piece is an easy solution. As a general rule of thumb, choose a horizontal or square piece that measures at least half the length of the sofa.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Mornings Away” by Emily Jeffords

Trend Alert: Oversized Art

2. On Its Own
This contemporary living room designed by Pamplemousse Design is anchored by an oversize painting (Phoenicia VIII by Al Held). The crisp lines of the black-and-white piece nicely juxtapose against the curved sofa.

Photo: Via Pamplemousse Design
Shop similar:Untitled B+W #1 2012” by Jaime Derringer

3. Gallery Wall
Place a large, oversize piece adjacent to a gallery wall consisting of multiple smaller works to help provide balance.

Photo: Sean Fennessy
Shop similar: “Off the Coast on the Shore” by Christina Flowers

4. Picture Ledge
If you’re not ready to commit to a full-on gallery wall, then a picture ledge is the perfect in-between. Frame your favorite pieces (Tip: Choosing the same type of frame will help unite the different pieces together), then lean them on the ledge, starting with the largest print, first.

Photo: Minted
Shop: “Hexagon Cluster” by Yao Cheng (left);Desert Diptych” by Annie Clark (right)

Trend Alert: Oversize Art

5. Kid’s Bedroom
To make a small bedroom feel more spacious, choose an oversize print to help draw the eye upward, making the space seem more spacious. And opt for a bright pop of color along with matching accessories to tie everything together.

Photo: 6th Street Design School
Shop: “Hello Cocky!” by Catherine Culvenor

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Work of Art Challenge: Special Prize Winners

Over the past year, Minted’s art business has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve added hundreds of works to our collection in a broad range of styles and formats from artists around the globe. We asked the Minted community to submit innovative works of art to continue to grow our assortment – we were so amazed by the breath and depth of submissions. Congratulations to all winners!

Curator’s Choice Award for the artwork that most captures the attention of the
Minted curatorial team
Orange Lake” by Stephanie Goss Johnson


Newbie Award for the best work of art by a first-time entrant
Dark and Stormy” by Blair Culwell Staky


Photography Award for the best photographic art print
Corner Bar in the Neighborhood, New Orleans” by Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa


Seasonal Award for the best piece of artwork inspired by the fall or winter months
Watercolor Abstract Flora Series: Fall 1” by V E R Y M A R T A

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On A Roll Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

 Announcing the special prize winners for our On A Roll Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we asked you, the lovely Minted Community, to give the world the most unique designs it’s ever seen! We were blown away with everyone’s adventurous take on pattern. The flood of beautiful work has us dreaming of new pillows, drapes, and more. Congratulations to all the winners! Unlimited high fives for all!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before!
Casitas”  by Olivia Raufman


Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Brushed Chevron” by Itsy Belle Studio


Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Organic Herringbone” by Yaling Hou


Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Little London” by  Kelsey Carlson

 

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The Extra Yard Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

We’re excited to announce the special prize winners for our Extra Yard Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we turned to you, the talented Minted Community, to give the world the most original, unusual fabric designs it’s ever seen. We can tell everyone truly let their imaginations run wild! You swept us off our feet with fun, whimsical, and captivating minimalist patterns.
A huge congratulations to all the winners!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before
Circus of Shapes”  by Hannahcloud Design


Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Soft Stamped triangles” by Susie Allen


Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Over the Hills” by Tammie Bennett


Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Gone Fishing” by  Sandy Mitchell

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Recreate This Room: Plant-Filled Reading Nook

By Annie Montgomery of  MontgomeryFest

Chances are the reading nook is where you find yourself curling up with a good book or having long, leisurely conversations with your best gal pal over a glass of wine. The coziest spot in your home doesn’t need a ton to feel lived-in and utterly inspired—here are my picks for creating an intimate room within a room that’s meant to be snuggled in to (especially when Karl the Fog is taking over my city).

Recreate This Room: Earthy Nook Recreate This Room: Earthy Nook

1. “Intertwined” art print by Josh McClendon for Minted
Sometimes, the best part of reading is wandering off mid-sentence to stare into space, so decorate your nook with something interesting to look at.

2. Fiddle fig tree in terra cotta planter; image via See and Savour
Bring the outdoors in with a grouping of interesting-looking plants.

3. Nickel and leather ottoman
You’re definitely going to need a place to rest your feet.

4. Nickel and leather chair
A comfy chair that only gets better with age is an absolute must.

5. Sheepskin wool rug
No one likes cold feet, so warm your toes with a soft, cozy rug.

6. Brass table lamp
Because good lighting is an essential element for a comfy reading nook.

7. Wool kilim rug
Add more texture and visual interest to the intimate space by mixing-and-matching your rugs.

8. Reclaimed wood & zinc coffee table
The perfect place to rest your cup of coffee.

Photo (top): Jaclyn Campanaro

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