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Create a Refreshing Look with Minted’s Art Prints

16 Feb

While I was stuck inside during the recent snow storms, I glanced around my apartment and realized it needs a little updating!  We’ve been in the same apartment for almost 5 years and have had the same decor and furniture so a little refresher is overdue!  In an online class with Jill Vegas, I learned you don’t have to get rid of all your furniture and start from scratch to change the look of a room.  You can do something as simple as adding flowers, using a piece of art, or changing the color of your throw pillows.

I was excited to learn one of my favorite sites, Minted, launched limited edition art prints created by independent artists and printed on archival paper.   I plan to do a little refreshing during my upcoming Spring Cleaning Project by adding new pieces of art to my walls.   I’ve found several limited edition prints I LOVE! It’s so hard to choose. Minted offers a Style Your Walls page to help find inspiration and ideas to get you started in creating a look for your walls you’ll love.

Christy Turlington Burns' inspiration for a simple and light design!  Prints start at $28 for this gorgeous look!

Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts, created a simple and light design! Image from Minted, click to get the look for your wall! Prints start at $28 for this gorgeous look!

One of the biggest challenges I’ve had in the past when I’ve looked for art work is finding the print in a size that works for my space.  Minted offers  various sizes  in 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 11 “x 14″, 16″ x 20″, 18″ x 24″, 30″ x 40″ and 44″ x 60” vertical prints and vice versa for horizontal.  Select prints have multiple color scheme options to choose from.  Framing options are also available so you don’t have to go to a frame shop and it can go straight on your wall!

The first space I hope to revamp is my girls room.  They have a play kitchen area that could use a little revamping and I would love to include other prints around the room! A few of my favorites are pictured below:


Love the Tea Cozy print to go above their kitchen sink!

Language of Love

Language of Love Typography Art.  Image from Minted!

Customizable Prints are available to include birth and name information!

Custom Art Prints are available to include birth and name information!  Something I’ve yet to do for the girls. Image from Minted

Heart Snapshot Mix Custom Photo Art: My two girls share a room!  A great print to showcase photos of "sister love" over the years!

Heart Snapshot Mix Custom Photo Art: My two girls share a room! A great print to showcase photos of “sister love” over the years! Image from Minted

Love these prints for my living room or bedroom:

A City at Night! Image in Midnight with Distressed Indigo Frame

A City at Night! Image in Midnight with Distressed Indigo Frame.  Image from Minted

Serene Forest in Taupe!

Serene Forest in Taupe! Image from Minted

West Elm collaborated with minted to support independent Artists.  I love this  Waterscape Color block!  Image from and available at WestElm.com

West Elm collaborated with minted to support independent Artists. I love this Waterscape Color block! Image from and available at WestElm.com


Escape image from Minted

Not only did I find several gorgeous prints, I learned 2 percent of the proceeds from sales of Minted’s art will benefit Every Mother Counts, an advocacy and mobilization campaign founded by Christy Turlington Burns in 2010 to increase support for maternal mortality reduction globally (learn more here)!  Getting ready for your Spring Cleaning and/ or refreshing project?  Check out Minted’s limited edition prints that will add freshness to any wall in your home!

The Minted Design Challenge: From now until March 14, 2014 submit a design.  The minted community will vote and choose a winner whose design will be sold on Minted.  Learn more here.

Minted is also a wonderful site for stationary, gifts, and party supplies.

Disclaimer:  I received a credit towards minted for the purpose of this post however this did not alter my opinions. As always opinions expressed are my own.  Images and information about the prints came from Minted.com!

Holiday Entertaining Event With Momtrends

15 Dec

20121214-171038.jpgI don’t entertain very often. In fact hardly ever. I love the thought of having a great party but I never know where to begin when it comes to picking a theme, how to decorate or what and how much to serve. I need someone to do it for me because I have a hard time making decisions (Thank goodness for my mom and the wedding planner when I got married). My family will be coming up Christmas Day and my husband and I will be in charge of organizing decor and food! Thank goodness for the Momtrends Holiday Entertaining event I went to at The New Traditionalists gorgeous showroom!  It was so beautiful I want to redecorate my apartment with all their custom-made furniture!

20121214-171029.jpgAt the event, Elizabeth Mascali and Dawn Sandomeno of Partybluprints spoke about how to plan a party. Tips shared- find your inspiration, choose a color, keep it simple, keep in mind the vibe and don’t forget about decorating the space (chandeliers) above the table. In the image to the right, you will see an all white table set up with the Heavens as their inspiration. To get the heavenly look angel wings were added to all the glasses.  A little sparkle on the place card frames and snowflakes dangling in the chandelier above added a beautiful touch when it caught the light.  For the kids, use a mitten for utensils and use some of your favorite decorations for the table.   If you need help for your next event check out their book Plan to Party, which shares everything you need to know for entertaining from start to finish with menu ideas and grocery lists included! I may have to throw a party soon!

Picture 2With keeping it simple in mind, I was very excited to meet Loren from Sweet Loren’s. I have a holiday party this weekend I offered to bring dessert to but don’t have much time to bake. I will definitely be running to Whole Foods to get the delicious ready bake brownies and one of the cookies. There are so many yummy cookie choices; bold espresso chunk, chewy oatmeal cranberry and heavenly chocolate chunk. There is also a nutty peanut butter oatmeal cookie that was amazing but will not be baking at home because of my daughters allergy. Note that the dough is made in a faculty that contains nuts. And even though cleaned, not recommended for children with allergies (more for me). To add festive flare, Loren suggested adding sprinkles.
20121214-171102.jpgIf you don’t entertain much like myself and love going to parties, Momtrends showcased great gifts for the hostess which included rewined candles, a Dabney Lee monogrammed bottle cover and serving tray, as well as a Gaiam recycled paper frame. My favorite of the night to give as a gift or add a little fun after dinner is the game Typecrush. I became addicted after the event and it is a must for after my Christmas Day dinner.

Thank you to Momtrends and all who sponsored the event.  To see the Momtrends recap and a list of all the sponsors, click here!

Happy Entertaining or Party Going this Holiday Season!