Currently Loving: Pretty in Pink

By Amy Ehmann of  Design Lotus

There’s something special about the color pink. Whether the shade you love is bold or more subdued, pink never fails to capture your attention and trigger emotions. Case study #1: Neon pink. You can go from ordinary to extraordinary with a pop of bright, neon pink. Use it sparingly though, because it is so bright and can quickly overwhelm.

Clockwise from top left // Hot Pink Doors in Spain via pinterest // Cute Neon Pink Skirt by LuLus via Hello Fashion // DIY Spray Painted Flatware by Sania Pell via Creature Comforts // DIY Neon Pinecone Placecard Holder by Camille Styles

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Guest Judges’ Picks

It is with great pleasure that we announce our Guest Judges’ Picks for the this year’s Let it Snow! Holiday + New Year’s Photo Card Challenge. A big thank you to our guest judges Oma Blaise Ford of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, Jeffrey Alan Marks of Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, blogger Stephanie Morgan of Modern Parents Messy Kids, and Elaina Sullivan of Domino magazine for their stellar selections and for taking the time to comb through the thousands of photo-card entries that were submitted this year. In addition to being included in Minted’s 2014 holiday assortment, all of the winning designers will also receive an additional $500 prize. Congratulations! 

Oma Blaise Ford
Oma Blaise Ford is the Executive Editor for Better Homes and Gardens. Prior to taking up that post in 2011, she headed up the magazine’s Home Design department for nine years. When not busy wielding her editor’s pen and keyboard, she’s an inveterate dinner party host and can usually be found in the kitchen mixing up a casual meal and a great cocktail for friends.

“What can I say, I’m a sucker for that tag shape and I love the unexpected dark background for a holiday card,” says Ford of Snow & Ivy‘s Chalk & Holly card. “The design nicely frames the photo—I suspect it could even elevate a less than fabulous shot—and I love that it could be used as an oversize gift tag as well as traditional card. And the hole at the top just begs to be pinned to your bulletin board or strung on the tree, and not tossed in the recycle bin.”

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

September is a favorite of ours—from the crisp, cool weather to the cozy fall wardrobe to the seasonal harvest. When we were kids, we would go apple picking with our family and we loved coming home with a mound of apples, fresh apple cider, and tasty caramel apples. A jar of homemade caramel sauce is the perfect hostess gift for a fall gathering—read more for our caramel sauce recipe and tips!

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Minted Real Wedding: Julia & Deric in Seattle

Today’s Minted Real Wedding took place in Seattle at the elegant Escala building (a.k.a. the real-life setting for 50 Shades of Grey). Julia and Deric—who met while working together at J.Crew!—hosted a sophisticated and formal wedding with lots of black-and-white details with glints of gold.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Bride’s name: Julia Lara
Groom’s name: Deric Latendresse
Wedding date: February 1, 2014 (which happened to be their seven-year anniversary!)
Location: Escala in Seattle
Minted wedding invitation: “A Glamorous Affair” by Kristen Smith
Photographer: Carina Skrobecki
Calligrapher: Carolyn Kach
Wedding Coordinator: It’s Your Day

Keep reading to see more details from Julia and Deric’s beautiful wedding.

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 5)

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners!

Traditional Take Award for the design that best uses traditional holiday or Christmas colors such as red & green or blue & white

“So Very” by Angela Marzuki

Angela’s red and white design is “so very” chic! Minimal but festive, this card puts on a modern spin on traditional holiday colors. The understated text and perfectly executed frame – complete with just a hint of mint green – work together to make the customer’s photo the main focus of the design.

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How To: Make Summery Wedding Colors Work for Fall

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

Fall Wedding Colors

Just because fall is right around the corner doesn’t mean you have to give up the idea of a bright, summery color palette for your wedding. One easy way to make summer hues work for fall is to add a moody touch to the overall palette by introducing a dark, saturated color. I love the combo of pale blues and corals mixed with deep, inky navy inspired by this pretty watercolor painting. Read on for more ideas and ways to incorporate this palette in your own wedding!

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 4)

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Deck the Halls Award for the best design that celebrates the Christmas spirit, and not a generic/non-denominational holiday card

“Christmas Pop” by Jessie Steury

Jessie has such a knack for lighthearted, cheerful design! “Christmas Pop” has that distinctively-Jessie Steury feel: bold graphics, retro icons, and bright colors. Her off-kilter borders and offset colors add lots of visual interest and a sense of playful movement. This card definitely pops!

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Design to Dish: Applesauce Muffins with Caramel Glaze

Written by Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

fall autumn harvest party ideas

A few years ago, I read an article in a magazine about a family who planted espaliered apple trees around their garden fence and hosted a huge cider-pressing party each fall with their extended family. That’s pretty much the most perfect idea in the history of the world, don’t you think? I love autumn, I love parties, and I love apple cider, so a cider-pressing party really sounds like the perfect afternoon. Someday, I’m going to plant a big garden and with espalier apple trees all around the border and I’ll throw my own cider-pressing party, where you can all come drink fresh cider with me, eat delicious apple snacks, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air.

Speaking of apple snacks, these applesauce muffins coated in a luscious caramel glaze are ridiculously delicious. I made a batch for my kids’ after-school snack on their first day of school this year and I won’t tell you how many I ate (let’s just say it was roughly half the batch). The muffins are lightly spiced and lightly sweetened, and the buttery brown-sugar glaze is so good you’ll find yourself scraping the saucepan and eating it with a spoon! The applesauce muffins are sweet enough for dessert, but not so sweet that they can’t be perfect for breakfast or for a fall cider-pressing party! Keep reading for the recipe…

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Holiday Photo Card Challenge: Special Prize Winners (Part 3)

Each year Minted hosts our highly anticipated holiday photo card competition in search of the best and freshest holiday card designs. The results blew us away! Independent designers from all over the world stepped up to the challenge—we received an incredible 4,103 submissions from 481 artists. The winners below each stood out in one of our special prize categories. Congratulations, winners! Check back tomorrow for more special prize winners.

Festive Full-Bleed Award for the best full-bleed photo card

“Covered in Joy” by Phrosné Ras

We love how Phrosné creates a pattern out of the letterforms in her aptly-named “Covered in Joy”. So modern and editorial without sacrificing holiday spirit, this card is such a wonderful new take on full-bleed! The use of a script front for “love” adds just the right personal touch.

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