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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Wedding Favors for the Foodie

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

foodie favor

If you’re that couple that loves to have friends and family over to share what you’ve been cooking up in the kitchen, a gourmet set of salts might be the perfect favor on your wedding day! Read on for the simple steps to create your own.

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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 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.


10 Great Prints for Newlyweds

By Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

wedding gifts

There may come a day when you are looking for a perfect little gift for that perfect little newlywed couple you are friends with. They already registered for all of the necessities and received those after the wedding. Wine is expected. Why not a piece of art? Many of couples move in to their new homes together after the wedding and are confronted with a giant blank slate… their new home! Help them start a fancy collection by gifting them with one of these fantastic art prints.


cotton candy cloud cake topper

By Melanie of You Are My Fave

When my friend’s five-year-old daughter requested a weather theme for her birthday party, I jumped at the chance to help throw it. Clouds became the main motif and my friend had the genius idea of using cotton candy to make a fluffy cake topper. It takes two supplies and about one minute to complete this tasty diy.


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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DIY Easy Fabric Favor Bags

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank + Hunt

Whether you are looking for a quick splash of color for your next party or coordinating the perfect pattern into your wedding, a simple favor bag is the answer. Find your favorite fabric online, at your local yardage shop or make your own on Spoonflower, and easily customize this simple bag. No real sewing skills needed, just the ability to sew a straight line, two straight lines to be exact. Once you master these simple steps, you can make just a few for your next bridal shower or a bunch for your wedding. You can even use this tutorial to create fabric bags for gift giving, all you will need to do is adjust the measurements for the size bag you need.

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