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Art from Minted (With a Giveaway!)

Minted is a marketplace that hosts regular competitions to source all their art from a global community of independent artists. They recently invited me to select a few of my favorite prints, and they’re hosting a $500 giveaway so that one of my readers can do the same! Details and instructions for entering are at the end of this post.

I chose three pieces, intending to group and hang them together above a vintage wooden bench in the hallway. August spotted and loved the Happy Faces print by Kim Johnson though, and he asked if I would hang it in his room.

Happy Faces Art Print from Minted

Maybe all those happy faces will shine down on him and put him in a good mood when he’s having a cranky four-year-old kind of day. (A parent can hope, right?)

Happy Faces Art Print from Minted


The happy faces print was the largest, and it was to be the anchor in my group of three. With that one having been relocated, I set about finding new spots for the other two prints.

We did a ton of work to the hallway on the second floor, reconfiguring the layout, knocking down walls and putting up new ones, smoothing it all out, laying new flooring, and upgrading the lighting. But we haven’t stripped the paint on the window and doorframe yet, and while it would be great to skim coat the walls and remove or replace the carpet in the stairway, it isn’t a priority. Hanging something pretty (Peony Bottle, by Betty Hatchett) draws my eye to the art and lets me kind of ignore the rest.

Minted Art in the Hallway

Remember the armoire with the crazy striped surprise inside that we painted? Here it is in place, a little further down the other side of the hallway. A low-maintenance plant, a thrifted lamp, and a radio have been hanging out on top, and I added my third Minted print over it — Mid-Century Moments, by That Girl Studio.

Armoire as Linen Storage in the Hallway, with Art Above


I narrowed my list of dozens of favorites on Minted down to the three you see above, but it wasn’t easy to choose. They have tons of cute prints! Luckily for you, Minted is giving away a $500 credit so that one reader can choose a bunch of their favorites too. You have until midnight, June 28 to enter. Visit Minted to enter and for the complete rules. Good luck!

While this was a sponsored opportunity from Minted, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

* Congratulations to the winner, Stephanie!

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  • Leigh
    June 23, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    The Happy faces reminds me of the preschool self portraits they do.

    • Making it Lovely
      June 23, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Oh, you’re right! I love when they make those.

  • Krissy
    June 23, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    The faces are adorable! Do you remember the name of the color for that teal paint? I think it would work in our bedroom. (Or maybe it’s green and just looks blueish on my screen?) Thanks Nicole :)

    • Making it Lovely
      June 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Which paint? None are teal. August’s room is green (I’m drawing a blank on the color name right now), the hallway is blue/gray (Comfort Gray, Sherwin-Williams), and the armoire is dark green (Shaded Fern, Glidden).

      • Krissy
        June 24, 2015 at 9:57 am

        The wall that the faces pic is on looks like a darker green blue. I probably need to get my monitor calibrated :)

  • Emily
    June 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I really like the frame on the second print – is it the “Natural French Farmhouse” or the “Whitewashed French Farmhouse,” do you recall?

    Were you happy with the framing quality for the price?

    • Katie Craig
      June 24, 2015 at 8:59 am

      It *appears* to be the whitewashed frame (I’m a minted artist) and you can’t go wrong with Minted’s framing, good quality and ready to hang out of the box :) That print by Betty Hatchett is one of my faves, I have her penguin print in my house, so fun! Just had to toot Minted’s horn a bit!

    • Making it Lovely
      June 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Actually, it’s the Natural French Farmhouse frame. The framing quality is great! I’ve ordered from a few places online with framing, and Minted is on par with the others, but they offer prettier frames than most.

  • Jordyn
    June 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Do you remember the pant colors you used in these rooms and the hallway? I love all of them!

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