Designer Spotlight

Welcome to our first ever designer spotlight! In these features we will be interviewing our favorite designers and bloggers to find out their top Mintwood Home product picks and their favorite inspirations for decorating with these items! We couldn't be more excited to kick off the series with Page Ryan. 

 

Product: Blue & White Ginger Jar  //  Concept Photo, Interior Design by Tobi Fairley

 

Product: Versailles Window Pane Mirror  //  Concept Photo, Interior Design by Sanda Morgan Interiors

 

Product: Golden Days I  //  Concept Photo, Interior Design by Laura Casey Interiors

 

 

Rooms as Glamorous as the Oscar Fashions

 In honor of the Oscars, we wanted to bring you our favorite fashion moment from last night as well as a few of our favorites from years past. Just for fun, we've paired these red carpet showstoppers with rooms that  match their looks. Do tell, which one is your favorite pairing & do you agree with our pick from last nights Oscars?

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Home Tour: Dria Murphy's West Village Studio

We couldn't think of a better person (and home!) to kick off our Home Tour features with than Dria Murphy, the Style and Communications Director at Keep. A true force to be reckoned with in the fashion and technology industry, Dria's NYC studio apartment exudes style and charm.  It's effortless, comfortable and while small, every piece serves a purpose. It's the kind of space that makes you want to stay for awhile, nothing is overdone or overly trendy, it just feels like home.

 

We sat down with Dria a few weeks ago in her West Village neighborhood for a little Q and A about how she put her space together and what she learned along the way.

Q: How would you describe your style at home?

I wanted to keep most of the décor shades of white to give the space as much depth as possible. Yellow is one of my favorite colors so I wanted to bring it in as a fun accent. I am a very organized person and hate clutter so I made sure everything had a place and it didn’t feel overwhelming. 

 

Clearly I am fashion-obsessed and love shopping! (Working at a shopping focused company doesn’t help!) Since my apartment is a small space I was very conscious of not making it feel like an extended closet. I really wanted to use the high ceilings to my advantage. This is where the custom closet came in. I looked at several armoires but didn’t find any that filled the space in an efficient way. I designed a custom closet so I could store parts of my off-season wardrobe high up. I also used my handbags and accessories as part of my décor to save space. I display my Chanel and Balenciaga on my shelf to use the space efficiently. I set up my jewelry all over my desk and organize it depending on my mood. (I definitely store shoes in my oven, thanks for the tip SJP!)

 

Q: What's your favorite spot/room in your home?

Well since I live in a studio, I don't have many spots to choose from. I would have to say the space as a whole because it's all mine. Being able to live alone in my favorite area of Manhattan makes up for the small space. I love having my own apartment to come home to. New York City is so social and busy, that is what I love about it, but being able to retreat to my own space (even small) allows for alone time I need to recharge. 

Q: What did you splurge on for your home?

Putting in a custom closet was definitely a splurge but I look at it as more of necessity. 

 

Q: What's your least favorite piece in your home?

I'm not in love with my coffee table. It came from my old apartment and totally works but I am definitely on the look out for something new that makes more of a statement! 

Q: What's your favorite piece in your home?

My headboard is one of my favorite pieces in my apartment because I feel like it brings that part of the room together and definitely adds to the cozy vibe. I also got it on sale, which makes everything better, right?

 

Q: Speaking of your bed, what's under it?

Clothes and more clothes! This is where I store a lot of my off season clothing. So right now it consists of bathing suits, sun dresses and sandals! 

 

Q: What's your advice to others trying to decorate a small space?

Organization! I think being organized in a small space is essential otherwise it looks messy and even smaller. You have to be creative in a small space because your décor choices have to serve a function too!
 

Q: What's the one home decor item you cannot live without?

My Candles. I have Diptque and Cire Trvdon scattered throughout the apartment because not only do they smell amazing, they look gorg!

 

Q: If You Could add any Mintwood Home item to your space, what would it be?

That is such a tough one! Can I say everything? I think the Chelsea Bar Cart would look chic in front of my fireplace for entertaining and would give my living room space a different feel. I also would love the Gold Bamboo Etagere next to my bed. I think breaking up all the white furniture could change up the space! 

 

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Styling & Design by Casey DeBois for Homepolish and Dria Murphy  //  
Photos by Claire Esparros for Homepolish

Fabric Friday: Fifty Shades of...You Guessed It!

It's here, it's finally HERE. Back in July, the release of the trailer alone pretty much got us through the weeks leading up to our website launch, so you can imagine how pumped we are to get up close and personal with Christian Grey in theaters this weekend. To set the mood properly, here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate this soft, yet sophisticated color in your home.

 

 So what do you think, would you dare to paint a wall in your home a shade of dark grey?

 

 Shop our Design Your Own Pillows in our featured fabrics here

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 Photo Credit:

Decozilla // SMP Living // SMP Living // The Everygirl // SMP Living // houzz // Elements of Style Blog

 

 

 

Gratitudes

When our friend Kelly of Winifred Paper invited us to be a part of this styled Valentine's Day shoot, we were over the moon. We had no idea what to expect but the experience alone was more than we could have ever asked for. Spending the afternoon in the presence of such creative, talented women and entrepreneurs left us feeling energized and inspired beyond measure. While we are thrilled to be featured in this post on Style Me Pretty Living, we are even more grateful to see our name alongside such talent.

 

Ok, enough gushing, go check it out for yourself because these photos are to-die-for! xo

 

 

 Photo Credit: Abby Jiu Photography

 

Mintwood Social: Valentine's Day

 As Valentine's Day is quickly approaching (in 4 days!!), we've rounded up our favorite party pins for those of you who may be racking your brains for cute ideas to celebrate with your BFFs, BFs or whoever you may want to show your affection for on this LOVE filled holiday! 

 

 These bright colored pins encompass everything that makes this holiday so much fun!

 

 For those of you looking for something a little more subdued and classic, these pins are for you! 

 

 

 Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you're following us on Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

Color Story: Winter Whites

It could be all the snow on the ground or the calm, cozy feeling that being surrounded by muted whites, light blues and neutral accents brings...whatever it is, "winter white" inspired spaces have had our hearts skipping a beat lately. Here's our mood board of cozy white spaces we'd love to sink into with a good book and wait for spring to arrive.

 

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Mintwood Home Staff Picks

 

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Mintwood Social: A Cheerful Christmas Spread

The Holiday season is officially in full force and we could not agree more that this really is "the best time of the year!" Whether you're hosting a cocktail party for your besties or having your family over for Christmas dinner, it's always fun to have a beautifully decorated (and not overly involved or fussy) tablescape. So go ahead--pick that holly out of your neighbor's yard, add a sprig of rosemary to your napkin tie (smells great too), spray paint pinecones gold.  Nothing too fancy but it sure looks good.

Merry merry!

 

 

 

 Shop this look:

Ikat Holiday table runner

Celadon Pencil Lines Napkins

Tuscany Dinner Plate

Tuscany Salad Plate

Gold Marrakesh Rocks Glasses

 

 

 

 Shop this look:

Red Pom Pom Napkins

Gold Halo Dinner Plates

Vintage Gold 5-piece flatware 

Gold Marrakesh Rocks Glasses

Oxford Antler Candle sticks

Boxwood Wreath with Ribbon

Breakfast in Bed with Mintwood Home

Whether you call it the Polar Vortex, Jack Frost, or plain ole winter, this week ALL 50 states (even Hawaii!) reported temperatures of 32 degrees or below.  BRRRRRRR. These cold temperatures make us want to snuggle up and stay under the covers! Breakfast in bed has never sounded so good. Here are some of our favorite Mintwood Home breakfast in bed essentials, and some pretty pictures to get you feeling cozy and inspired to just stay in bed this weekend!

 

 

 

Shop all of our favorite breakfast in bed essentials here! 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Ariana Clare

 

The Mintwood Art Shop: Sandra Wright


We haven't had the privilege of meeting Sandra Wright in person (yet!); however, after our first phone call a few weeks ago, it was obvious that she’s one of those special people who has a warmth that crosses all boundaries—you feel like you know her even if you’ve never actually met, or in our case, live a few 1,000 miles apart.

Her art – rich with colors and complex texture - is mesmerizing. That part we knew. What we didn’t know is that her story is just as moving. A few years ago, one of Sandra's three beautiful daughters passed away, and as she recalls,  “I remember praying for God to give me something to help me get through each day. And through my art, He really did. I feel like it just started pouring out.” Her story speaks to the truth and courage that can come out of times of loss and vulnerability.

Painting for Sandra is personal. “Sometimes I feel like my paintings are my little babies—I love knowing where they are going and that they are loved.” And when asked what is her dream job, she says without hesitation, “I feel like I’m living it!”

 

We could not be more excited to introduce you to the phenomenally talented Sandra Wright!

 

Q and A with Sandra:

Where are you from?

I'm from Wellington Texas, a small town in the panhandle, but our family has lived in San Antonio for about 20 years.

How do you describe your style of painting?

My style of painting is contemporary. I work with mainly acrylic paints, but use a lot of other materials including roof tar, wood stain, sand, and gold leaf. I will try anything to get the texture I want! 

What are your biggest inspirations for your art?

My family is my biggest inspiration.  Their encouragement, along with the love and support of close friends, are the reason that I started to take my work seriously.  

Fill in the blank/ Art is _______.

Art is an expression of my happy place.

Where does your passion for art come from?

My passion for painting comes from that blank canvas, and knowing it can be anything...it's always a fresh start. If something doesn't work, I just start painting over it and "we call that texture!”

Advice to other aspiring artists/creative students?

Just go for it! In art, there are no precise ways of doing something, so just be true to yourself and your passion. The paintings that I love the most are usually the ones that sell the fastest.

Mintwood Home Gift Registry 101

Creating your bridal registry is one of the most fun things to do for the newly engaged bride and groom, picking out pieces that you both love and need for the home you will share (or already share) together. Movies have glamorized it, and an entire wedding industry has been largely created around “the registry.” 
But, let's be real, it can also be pretty overwhelming and can sometimes cause some of the first "disagreements" between a couple.

To simplify this process, here are a few of our tips for deciding where to register and how to put together a well rounded registry that guests feel inspired to shop from!  

  1. Don't just register at big department stores: Maybe we're a little biased, but we always think it's a good idea to register with at least one smaller boutique shop that offers specialty gifts and home accents that you just can't find at big department stores. This might be a sweet gift shop in your hometown or it could be an online retailer...like Mintwood Home! Just a subtle hint, right?
  2. Pick a few different price points: This gives your wedding guests a chance to browse through and choose gifts that match their budget. Small vases, coasters and other bar accessories are great items to think about with lower price points! 
  3. Design your Own Pillows: People love giving gifts that are customized, unique and special to you. Design your own pillows with us and add them to your registry. Someone is going to be thrilled to have the chance to give you something they know you're going to love and USE! 
  4. Think about pieces that will transition from space to space: This one is huge. Think mirrorslamps, art, side tables, bar carts--these are some of our favorite suggestions when people ask us how to make a space feel like a home. They are transitional pieces that you use from home to home. They can also make fun gifts for your friends to go in on together. 
  5. Bedding: This is one that is often overlooked or forgotten about, but oh so important. Our coverlets and duvets are great basic building blocks for your marriage bed.
  6. Register for pieces that you love: At the end of the day, your friends and family are so excited for you to be getting married and want to get you the things that you love.
 
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“We are all a little weird and, life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss