Getting Minted – And Taking Your Votes!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Minted.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I’m not too wise in the ways of the art world. I don’t know much about famous painters of the past, and in most cases I likely couldn’t tell you the difference between the work of a five year old and that of a seasoned, acclaimed artist.. lol.

But I know what I like.

I’ve been wanting to add some art to our home for a long time now. I’ve typically always leaned towards the use of decorative mirrors (easy fix for an empty wall, and can match pretty much anything) and framed family photos. I still love both of these, but I’m 38 years old, people… I need to expand my horizons a bit!

I’ve been searching for the perfect piece on Minted for months now, and still never committed. I mean, it’s a good problem to have – the work on there is SO beautiful that I simply can’t decide! If you haven’t been to the Minted website, you need to check it out. I am one of those people who just adores paper products. Since I was a little girl, I have been drawn to journals, stationary and cards and prints. Minted has all of this and more. As a design community, they bring artists of all kinds right into your home. Artists enter their work into online contests, everyone votes, and Minted sells the winning pieces!

From their website:
“We believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of independent artists that people do not have access to through traditional retailers. Minted uses technology to allow consumers to discover great creative talent, making Minted a place where artists can learn, gain exposure, and build their businesses.”

After months of pouring over their art collection, I have finally narrowed down my wish list and I’m hoping you can help me choose! For the longest time, I was torn about which room I was shopping for. It was either going to be something for over the bed in our master bedroom, or over the buffet in the dining room. In the end, I’ve decided that the dining room deserves this one. It’s seen by everyone that enters the house, and if I’m going to FINALLY have a really nice piece of art, well, that’s where it should go.

Here is our dining room as it currently looks:

Minted artwork - hysterically ever after

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the mirror, it’s just that I always use mirrors, and there’s a very similar one in the family room just a few feet away. I’m also thinking of moving the bookcases out of this space, and if I do that will mean one very large wall and one relatively small mirror. The room is painted in a soft gray, and I’ve incorporated blues and greens as well. It would be easy for me to gravitate towards something with the same soft tones – I love anything with a watery/beachy vibe – but I really want to add something to this wall that pops. I want to smile every time I pass by it, and I want it to be inviting.

To give you an idea of the colours I have been using on the main floor, I made this handy dandy image…

House Colours - Hysterically Ever After

All from Benjamin Moore

These aren’t all my paint colours – the walls are done in Gray Horse and Halo – but the others are my accent colours. Those ones are brought out in my rugs, pillows and other decor. It’s a nice palette, but adding a bit my colour would be nice too!

So, without further ado, here are the finalists in my own personal little art contest!

Artwork from Minted - hysterically ever after

Artwork from Minted - hysterically ever after

Artwork from Minted - hysterically ever after

Artwork from Minted - hysterically ever after

So there you have it… some lovely, colourful options to bring some style and life into our dining room. I cannot WAIT to choose one of these beauties and see it up on my wall every day! Aren’t those barn board frames SO gorgeous? I am obsessed as you can see. I likely won’t order my print with a frame… I will harass ask my hubby to make one for me.

So please – help a girl out! Which one do YOU think would look the best hanging over our buffet?

Let me know by voting below!

I think I know which one I’m leaning towards… but I guess I should ask my husband what he thinks, and I’m so curious to know what YOU guys think!
Thanks for helping me out, I will definitely post a follow up once I tally the results and then when I have my beautiful print up in its new home.
xo Mary Beth

Comments

  1. Christina Ramsden says

    Because of the length of the buffet, and especially if you take out the bookshelves, using a portrait shaped print will probably feel underwhelming. I really like ‘pallet 1’ and think the square shape would work in that space.
    A landscape shaped print would probably work best, or you could do a series of two or three portrait prints.

    XO

    • Mary Beth says

      Did dad tell you to post that? Haha he said the same thing. Part of why I am ordering it unframed is so that I can spend more money for a super large print.
      It’ll work, and I may add more to the wall too.
      Gotta go. Marceline is singing about fries and I love this song. 😉

  2. Marjorie says

    I voted for the mason jar because I like the abstract-y look to it. If you want something like Palette 1, get one of your littles to make it for you :) When I go on FB later, I’ll share the framed paintings over my couch, created by my 7 year old.

  3. Barb says

    You need something bigger and with landscape orientation. I’d you get rid of bookcases, try something 2/3 as wide as buffet. If you keep bookcases, distress to match buffet or paying buffet to match bookcases. The Colors in your selections are fine, but try to find a more complicated composition. Maybe one with some perspective or depth.

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