Good for You Kids’ Art and State of the Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge

We have special prize winners for two art challenges for you today! In the Good for You Childrens’ Art Challenge, we asked the Minted Community of artists to channel their inner children to submit innovative and creative work for children’s rooms. We were thrilled with the result. Congratulations to the winners of our special prizes!

The Curvilinear Kid Award for the best art print that puts customers’ names or other personalizable details on a curvilinear path

The Little Miss” by Frooted Design

We think this piece by Frooted Design is awfully clever (there’s a boy version as well). Multiple layers evolve after the first glance – a silhouetted profile, first popularized in the mid eighteenth century, is placed in the center of the design and is accented by a stamp like treatment.  Lovely scrollwork helps to incorporate the vital birth announcement details – date, place, time and weight.  The child’s name shares the stage and is highlighted at the top with the secondary names noted in a graceful curved banner above the image.

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neutral territory.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Creamy-colored neutrals are back in a big way. I think it has to do with the popularity of the souk and flokati rugs that are popping up every where I look. The vintage Moroccan Boucherouite and Ben Ouarain rugs are a hit, too and even the cowhide. All these warm, fuzzy textiles seem to have influenced the decor that surrounds them and rooms are being designed without a lot of color, per se, but a multitude of rich creamy, white hues and textures. Makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and read a good, long book.

I love this Souk rug paired with very soft, pale gray. This is the beautiful home of Amelia Widell from Lovely Life.

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R Studio and Students in Minted’s State of the Art Challenge

Minted artists are incredibly supportive of each other; they critique each others’ work, give suggestions, celebrate others’ wins, and often become good friends. Many see Minted as a type of “design school” and a valuable source for learning and inspiration. So it’s very fitting that we’re writing today about a Minted relationship that incorporates education on a whole new level! Longtime Mintie Renée Stevens of R Studio is a professor at SUNY Oswego in upstate New York. We were so happy and flattered to hear that last semester, she encouraged her graphic design students to submit their artwork to Minted’s State of the Art Challenge.

In a challenge with an incredible 1,044 art submissions, two of Renée’s students won Minted Editors’ Pick prizes! “The Mess” by Emily Hinckley and “Townie” by Melissa will both be up for sale on Minted.com soon. We see Minted as an artistic community, first and foremost, and nothing makes us happier than seeing artists take a risk and learn through the challenge process.

Emily, Renée, and Melissa

 We were lucky enough to get to hear from Emily, Renée, and Melissa about their Minted experiences and about the inspiration for their work.

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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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Together Again: Minted + West Elm Art Challenge

Together again! We are very happy to say that we’re continuing our Minted + West Elm Collaboration with a second art print challenge. We have loved working with West Elm not only because they are at the forefront of modern, eclectic home design and decor, but especially because they share our fundamental passion for supporting independent artists.

Our first challenge was such a success that we jumped at the change to work with West Elm again. Learn more and submit to our second Minted + West Elm Art Challenge here by Monday, February 3 at 10am PT. Keep reading for more details!

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New Year. Less Clutter

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

For the new year, many resolutions include some kind of reorganization of our lives. The first thing that comes to my mind is going through the clutter accumulated from the past year and tidying up our living spaces. Here are just a few of my favorite shelving setups.

These reclaimed open wood shelves are a gorgeous way to showcase and organize your most beautiful belongings. This display can be seen at Twig & Twine in L.A.’s Silver Lake.

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Winter Whites.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.
This time of year, it’s easy to get carried away when decorating for the holidays. I’ve been trying to keep it simple and chic, like this dark green wall as a backdrop to glamorous white and silver ornaments and props from Elle Interiör via Emmas Designblogg. Keeping to a minimal color palette with pops of fun accents allows the room to be striking and modern yet still making it festive and fun! Here are a few of my favorite holiday decor ideas for making the end of the year quite merry.
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A Typographic Home

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

Lately it seems that many of the spaces I save as inspiration all have one thing in common – pops of beautiful and graphic typographic decorative elements. I’ll them all – the vintage metal letters, oversized, or paired with others. Like the “L A D” seen above from photographer Seth Smoot, using letters as accent pieces around your home or office is a great way to bring unique visual elements to a space that could spell out meaning, or hold a more abstract message.

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Decorating with Plants.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

With fall upon us, the leaves changing, and the chill coming in, it makes me want to fill my home with greenery even more these days. Something about the fresh green vibrance of these house plants and arrangements gives the space a sense of life and keeps me motivated to work which is why I’ve always loved decorating my space with plants. Here are a few of my favorite ideas to bring green into your own home or office.

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Lighting the Way

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

One of the easiest ways to brighten up any room is to literally add light. With the changing of seasons and days growing shorter, it’s time to update your spaces to accommodate for get togethers after dusk. From geometric to organic shapes and materials, there are so many fun lighting options out there to choose from and here are just a few of my recent favorites.

I love the vintage, bohemian vibe of these Bright Beads lamps by Marz Designs via Contemporist along with the ability for one to stand alone or to group them together, creating an instant collection.

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