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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Sean and Kellin’s Hawaiian Wedding

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

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Meeting each other in Italy, Sean and Kellin debated on taking family and friends back to the place where it all began, or celebrating on a tropical island where the groom spent his teen years. After much thought on two beautiful places, the pair decided to wed in Kailua, Hawaii as it was where many family members already lived and it felt like home to them. Plus getting guests to take a little vacation before the big day would not be a hard task.

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Conversation Napkins

by Rachael Smith of Penelope and Pip

Conversation Napkins DIY

If you’re having a pastel themed wedding this season, these adorable napkins would look very sweet at each guest’s place setting.

Just like the conversation lollies you buy at Valentine’s Day, these conversation napkins give you the chance to give each guest their own special message from you both.

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Wedding Trends: Ulyana Sergeenko Inspired

By Celisse, Perfection Team at Minted


With nearly impeccable collections that focus on dreamy and romantic extravagance and always strikes a classic cord, I thought it might be fun to gather some wedding invitation inspiration from Russian couture shopper turned couture fashion designer, Ulyana Sergeenko.

The essence of Sergeenko’s collections are woven into every detail of the Winter Flourish wedding invitation design. With it’s lovely script font and fanciful flourishes it  perfectly embodies Sergeenko’s textile elegance.

It’s almost as if Ulyana designed and typeset the invitation herself!

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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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Wedding Welcome Gift and Printable Tag

By Kelli Hall, a Minted Community Designer
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Custom printable tag lettered by Meg Gleason of Moglea

If you’re having a wedding where guests will be traveling any distance, one of my favorite details is a small gift to greet their arrival. Welcome gifts don’t have to be extravagant or expensive. With these tips, labels and a printable gift tag (artfully hand lettered by the talented Meg Gleason), you can create a simple, special gift without too much fuss.

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frozen chocolate banana pops

By Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Frozen chocolate covered bananas were a summertime staple in my family. There was an old fashioned ice cream shop near my dad’s work that sold them for 25 cents a piece and we would always get excited when he came home with a big brown paper bag. So to celebrate summer (and reminisce a bit) I decided to make my own and package them to share with neighbors and friends. Here’s the simple how to:

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Belly Up To The Home Bar Cart.

By Victoria Smith of sfgirlbybay.

When heat waves like this one we’re having in San Francisco roll in, all I can think about is sipping on an ice cold drink in the comfort of my own home. It’s so lovely to see bar carts surge back into popularity, especially because I love the reward of entertaining friends and family in your own home. Here are just a few ideas to kick start the quest for the perfect summer bar cart.Joanna Lavén is an amazing talent at prop and interior styling. It’s no wonder her simple yet modern approach to the home bar cart immediately caught my eye. This gold and black mini bar seen above make a chic and regal statement in this crisp, white living space.

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Grown-up Confetti Poppers for Fourth of July

By Jenny of Hank and Hunt

I have always loved the loud pop of confetti poppers, they have been one of my favorite things since before I was old enough to use them. Like sparklers, they are kind of an initiation to your first real 4th of July experience. Let’s throwback a bit and decorate those confetti poppers you can buy everywhere, even your grocery store. I think they still look exactly the same as they did decades ago. With a little crepe paper fringe, we can gussy up even the worst eighties fonts, ok, cover up. Everything is better with a little fringe…

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