Custom Patterned Bar Tray

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

I love a pretty serving tray, especially one that’s both colorful and versatile. Check out this simple DIY project for a reusable patterned tray–lined with a paper of your choosing and made to swap prints whenever the right mood (or party) strikes.

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Forest Green and Pink Wedding Inspiration

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

green and pink weeding

Is it really already September? And you know what that means, we are moving away from the super bright palettes to more saturated and fall inspired tones. Now, i’m not a huge fan of the brown and gold that comes to mind when we think fall. Not all color should be thrown in the trash once we get to the cooler months. I think we can still play with color, but use more saturated tones, and definitely skip the neon. With that said, here is one of my favorite color palettes for fall, forest green and pink. I love that the green is very mellow and grounding, but you can still have fun with the pops of pink.

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watercolor monogram favor boxes

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

I love ending a party on a high note with a great favor but sometimes store bought packaging can be so ho-hum. Here’s a really quick way to customize and beautify a simple white box that can be filled with anything from a set of crayons to a sweet treat. The watercolor finish would blend well with an art party theme.

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Minted + West Elm Art Challenge Special Prizes

By Kirsten Wolfe, Minted Art Team

We are delighted by the work that was submitted for the Minted + West Elm Art Challenge—and we are delighted by our partnership as well—look for Minted in West Elm stores and www.westelm.com starting in September.

One of my favorite elements about this challenge was the influx of new artists and the variety of new styles from our existing artists. It’s exciting to see work from well-established graphic artists like Rose Lindo delve into new territory for our collection (see her lovely piece, The Rapids). It’s equally exciting to meet new Minted artists, such as Holly Royval and Samantha French, and have the privilege to welcome them, and the other new artists, into our community.

I keep returning again and again to view these pieces and can’t wait for them to be available for sale—I’m holding spots for a few of these prints in my own home.

Unexpected Organic Award

Sun Drop” by Holly Royval

A mosaic of natural shapes hints at a variety of influences—sunflowers, a spiral of seashells, fossils embedded in the terrain. The syncopation of shapes, both long and short, are presented in a myriad of cascading colors on top of a white background. While the choice of materials suggests a reference to the design interest of the 1970’s in the natural world, the selection of colors in this piece is entirely modern.

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DIY Notebooks from Cereal Boxes

By Merrilee of Mer Mag

Whether you and your little one are off on adventures enjoying the last weeks of summer or already gearing up for back-to-school, you’ll both love this simple DIY notebook craft. Made from simple recycled materials, they are a breeze to make and will have your little adventurer recording their travels or sketching wildlife (which include zombies in our neck of the woods) in no time.

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Golden Heart Swizzle Stick

By Victoria Hudgins of A Subtle Revelry

Serve your wedding drinks in style with these golden heart swizzle sticks. They are an easy way to create a celebratory feeling as your guests are served and keep the love going all night long.

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Designer to Know: Missy Austin

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

I’m totally smitten with the design work of Missy Austin, maybe I’m a little biased because she’s fellow former Wisconsinite, but I think it’s more likely because her work is awesome. Now calling the Twin Cities home, and working for award winning design firm Zeus Jones, Missy’s design style is so fun and colorful. With an eye for typography and iconography her work includes those special touches that take a design to the next level, which I love.

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Color Study: Coral Pink

By Maia McDonald of Design Conundrum

As a graphic designer I don’t use a lot of pink, partly because it usually is so strongly feminine that it can be a little limiting especially for a brand. But lately I’ve found myself very drawn to the perfect shade of coral pink. It’s so fresh and fun for summer and when paired with really strong graphic elements I almost forget about the colors girly characteristics. Below are a few examples of coral pink done right, not to sweet or feminine.

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Getaway Dresses

playful and mod getaway dress by kate spade One of my favorite wedding traditions is definitely the getaway dress. While I’m not a huge fan of swapping dresses mid-celebration, I love the idea of donning a short shift for a couple’s big exit. Historically, the custom arose from necessity, as newlyweds would leave for a honeymoon immediately following the reception. Now, its less about tradition and more about a celebratory spirit and a stylish send-off.

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