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November 05, 2014

The Mintwood Art Shop: Elizabeth Hawke

We could not be more excited to introduce Alabama-based artist, Elizabeth Hawke and feature her beautiful art on The Mintwood Art Shop!  When we first dreamt up The Art Shop, our goal was to find artists creating "forever" pieces that would instantly add a unique pop to your space.  Elizabeth Hawke's love for color, experimentation with texture, and confident sense of style made our job easy!

 

 

Q and A with Elizabeth:

How would you describe your style of painting? 

My artwork and design is abstract in nature. When painting my own collections, I lean towards light, bright, and airy. Primary color choices are neutral and soft, juxtaposed to powerful design strokes. But, my style is ever-evolving.  

 

What mediums do you use? 

I utilize a wide breadth of materials to compose the style, texture and composition, fitting for the space it occupies. This includes pieces created on both canvas and wood bases. Most often I used acrylic and oil paints, and metallic leafing. Stained glass, paper, and dried flowers are used on occasion to accent more textured pieces. Resin coatings are often applied for furthered depth in a contemporary style.   

 

Your biggest inspirations? Your favorite artists?

My overall inspiration for OneBirdsNest comes from desire to encourage my daughter to pursue her dreams. Life is about taking chances and making your own happiness.The artwork is driven by color inspirations. I am stimulated by colors that speak to me personally, or the color schemes of my clients’ homes. Creatively, I am fueled by the endless ways to combine those colors in meaningful ways that intrigue the eye time and again.          

 

What is the purpose behind your art?

The purpose of my art is to help clients create a space that they love. It is all about home, and what it means to live in a space that you love. My home is my family, my retreat, my culinary school, my boardinghouse, my cinema, and even my night club (on a good Saturday night).  It’s mine: my project… and decorated as such. It’s my nest. It reflects me. I want my artwork to help others in the design of their comfort zones, as they define their own nest.


Advice to other aspiring artists/creative students?

Do not be afraid to put yourself out there and express your own artistic style. The rewards you reap from taking a chance are more fulfilling than can be expressed.

 

What’s your favorite Mintwood Home product?

I love everything about Mintwood. It's an avenue to create a fashionable home that is within reach. Great price points and stylish home accents allow you fulfill the space you have always hoped to live in.

 

What do you like to listen to while your painting?

Top 20 on the pop charts. I am sucker for music that makes me want to get on my feet and dance. 

 

Fill in the blank.

Art is...icing on the cake.  A beautifully manicured home is made complete by the art it wears. It is the icing on the cake; the cherry on top.

 

What is your dream project?

Cheesy as it may sound- I feel like I am living the dream. I have clients across the County that I have provided work for. Clients often times share pictures of their installations with me, once their decorating is complete. A happy client, makes for a happy artist.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? 

"Accept the help others offer you." When starting a new venture, take all of the help you can get. Getting off the ground can be tough. Friends, family and experienced colleagues are there to offer you the strength and advice you need to be successful.  

 

Professionally, what’s your goal?

Growth. I never imagined that my artwork would take off as it has. My goal is sustained growth furthered by the continued development of my artistic talents.

October 29, 2014

Introducing The Mintwood Art Shop!

We love art and are always looking for beautiful and original pieces.  The Mintwood Art Shop is our curated collection of art hand-selected with you in mind. Each week we will introduce you to a new artist and give you a glimpse into the stories and inspiration behind their art.
 

Today, we're thrilled to introduce you to the phenomenally talented, Christine Berg, and share a little Q&A with the artist herself. Enjoy!

Where are you from?

My family and I live in historic Abingdon, Virginia, where I work and teach from my studio, located in a renovated, turn-of-the-century general store.

How would you describe your style of painting?

I'm a colourist and love to experiment with abstract expressionism, impressionism, Fauvism, and color field painting.

Your biggest inspirations? Your favorite artists?

If I had to pick, Monet, Matisse, Rothko, Frankenthaler, and Kahn are my favorite artists. I'm always studying their work. The landscapes, colors, and cultures of Appalachia are my primary inspirations. The mountains have long traditions, and though they are peaceful, they are always in motion. Never still. 

Where does your passion for art come from?

I believe that it comes from God and from the joy and peace that He has placed inside me, which overflows into a passion for life and color and art. I work to interpret the world around me in terms of beauty, gladness, and praise, and it’s my hope that my paintings transmit those qualities as they move from my own hands into others.

Advice to other aspiring artists/creative students?

Study art in as many environments as possible, but don't impose too many rules on yourself. Painting should make your heart feel free. Be honest to that beauty pouring out from the inside and don't try to change it to fit the expectations or tastes of others.

What’s your favorite Mintwood Home product?

I love the gold giraffe!

What do you like to listen to while you're painting?

I'm fairly eclectic in my music tastes, so it usually just depends on my mood. In general, I paint to instrumental playlists on Pandora, Hillsong, and anything else that's cheerful. 

Fill in the blank. Art is...

Essential.

Favorite art museum?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

What is your dream project?

A day of painting en plein air with Wolf Kahn.

Favorite or most inspirational place?

My family has a farm in Troutdale, Virginia, where I visit when I need inspiration or to feel refreshed. Half of the property is comprised of rolling fields, while the rest is a mountain flowing with creeks and springs. We call it Laurel Springs Farm, and it's my absolute favorite place to paint. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Just keep swimming.

Professionally, what’s your goal?

I'd like to earn the admiration of artists I respect. I'd like for my paintings to be a spot of joy in peoples' homes. I dream of having a painting in The Met's collection. If the MoMA and the National Gallery wanted to have a painting or two, that would also be ok with me. 
 Image by Ariana Clare for Mintwood Home

October 22, 2014

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.
 
Know someone newly-engaged?
Help us get the word out about Mintwood Home’s wedding registry and share this link!
Newly engaged and would like a little help—shoot us an email at info@mintwoodhome.com.
 
“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

October 17, 2014

Fall Decor: Just Add Pumpkins

Shop the looks:
Watercolor Prints Coming Soon

October 03, 2014

Fabric Friday: The Pink Playbook

Shop the look:
Design Your Own Pillow // Abstract Nude Series II-III // Precious Pineapple Jar //
Blue and White Porcelain Jar

September 26, 2014

Fabric Friday: Mint & Gold

Mint & Gold is a color combo near-and-dear to our hearts here at Mintwood Home, obviously. The Brookhaven fabric by Kravet was one of the first fabrics that we picked for our design your own pillow section, back in February! Needless to say, it's one of our favorites and has since become a best seller. It's a fabric that goes well in any room of the home and we like it best paired with neutral creams and whites for a softer look. We've hand picked a few of our favorite mint and gold accents that can go a long way to keep your space feeling minty fresh! 

Shop the look:
Design your own pillow // Gold Flying Piggy Bank // Stay Fancy Glasses // Small Gold & Mint Bowl //
Gold Bamboo Round Table

September 25, 2014

Gift Guide: For the Hostess

 

How often do you find yourself asking what can I bring to help when one of your friend's invites you over for cocktails and/or dinner, only to be told, "Nothing, just bring yourself!" Today, we've rounded up our favorite hostess gifts that can stand alone or be paired with a bottle of wine depending on the occasion and your budget!

Warning: may cause increase in social invitations

 

  1. Our volcano mercury candle bowl is always a crowd pleaser and makes a great stand-alone gift!
  2. Looking to up the ante on your gift? Pair our fun hot pink skull matches with our volcano mercury candle (mentioned above) and you're sure to make a statement.
  3. Sometimes, the writing's on the napkin. Our whino cocktail napkins are the perfect gift for your favorite vino connoisseur or plain ole wine lover. Pair with a bottle of wine if you're feeling extra generous!
  4. Our blue firework dish is the perfect budget friendly hostess gift. Whether placed on a bar, by the door for your keys or in your kitchen to stack your jewelry while doing dishes, the uses for this unique dish are truly endless.
  5. While the holiday season is fast approaching, our boxwood wreaths are great for adding a bit of greenery year-round.
  6. Our gold foil coasters are the perfect grab-and-go gift. They can be tied with a bow for a stand-alone gift or paired with the hostess's favorite bubbly. Cheers!

We'd love to hear from you! What are your favorite hostess gifts to give or receive?

September 19, 2014

Fabric Friday: Picking Fabrics for Your Space

Pairing fabrics can feel a little overwhelming—we hear you.  In honor of our first Fabric Friday, we thought it would be fun to walk you through our first Mintwood Home project, picking fabrics for pillows to go on founder Heloise’s new bed. After making our initial fabric swatch selections at the Washington Design Center, we came home, poured ourselves a big glass of red wine and laid all of our new fabric swatches out on the floor.

 

Here's our advice: 

If you're looking for pillows, as Heloise was, decide on the quantity and sizes that you want before you begin looking at fabrics. 

Many times the size of your pillows will dictate your fabric choices. For example, larger prints don't always translate well on smaller pillow sizes. For Heloise, she was looking to make two euro shams and two standard shams for her queen size bed.

 

Think about what you're working with.

How many times have you seen a fabric and questioned whether it will actually look good with something you already have? We do this all the time. Sometimes it’s easier to break it down. In Heloise’s case, she was working with:

  1.   A charcoal velvet headboard with silver nail-heads
  2.   A white matelassé/coverlet and duvet

 

Be practical. Where are these fabrics going? What do you do in this room? What do you want the mood/tone of your space to feel like?

Heloise: The bedroom in my new apartment is really small (which I actually love) and it has great natural light. I wanted the colors and patterns on my bed to feel airy and calm—something that looks put together but comfortable. I love a good nap and need my bed to be something I want to crawl into.

 

Go with your gut. Which fabrics speak to you? Think colors and patterns. What colors do your eyes automatically gravitate toward?

Heloise: With all the fabric swatches laid out on the floor, I kept coming back to the blues and greys. I picked two patterns—Zdenka by Kravet for my Euro Shams and Pumice by Duralee for my two standard shams. I love how the larger floral pattern on my Euros grounds the smaller scale pattern on the standard shams in front, and the greys in both fabrics really complement each other.  I decided to add the white boudoir pillow as a fun way to add a crisp pop, to me it ties everything together. 

 

Heloise's Fabric Choices  

The Finished Look

 

At the end of the day, there really is no secret formula to mixing and matching fabrics. We are big believers in going with what you love.  If you decide to design your own Mintwood Home pillow(s), don't forget, we're here to help and we love hearing from you! 

XO,

Heloise

September 04, 2014

Al Fresco Dining

 

Summer flew by this year (as it usually does), but just because Labor Day has passed, doesn't mean it's time to pack it inside just yet! September is the perfect time of year for al fresco dining in the cooler evening temperatures. We've got lots of entertaining pieces that are great for both indoor and outdoor dining and if you're looking to stretch out the feeling of summer like we are, our hot pink placemats and napkins pictured above are some of our favorites to keep it cheery and bright while you ease into the feeling of Fall. 

 

Shop the look:

Raffia Coasters // Isabelle Hurricane // Raffia Placemats // Hamptons Napkins // Hamptons Placemats

Tuscany Dinner Plates // Tuscany Salad Plates // Tuscany Condiment Bowl // Austin Rocks Glasses

// Ankara Turkish Pillows

   

 

September 02, 2014

Welcome!

We are so excited to officially open our doors for business! We can’t wait for you to shop around and experience our meticulously curated collection of home accents, gifts, and gorgeous designer fabrics.
We believe that your home should be a reflection of who you are and your personality. We also know how overwhelming it can feel to make your space feel like a home. We started Mintwood Home for this very reason. Our goal is to make decorating fun, interactive and personalized.
 
Our “Design Your Own” pillow feature empowers you to be your own decorator! Browse through over 30 fabrics, pick your size, pick your edge detailing and voila!  The end result is a custom pillow unique to your style.  Not sure where to begin?  We’ve worked hard to make the user experience as seamless and helpful as possible offering tips and inspiration every step of the way.
 
There is so much to see and we’re excited for you to start shopping. Don’t forget to check out our exclusive finds where we have done the legwork for you to find vintage and antique items that can’t be found anywhere else!
 
Cheers and happy shopping,
Heloise
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