I had the absolute pleasure of working with the folks at Minted to bring a little bit of a more beachy feel to the home office. Last fall I re-decorated my workspace, ditching my beloved DIY treadle sewing machine desk for a more mid-century inspired, walnut waterfall desk for two. I also added DIY back tab curtains (in the most perfect turquoise tweed), gorgeous new white leather desk chairs and mod task lamps, plus a lovely leafy plant. Then I shopped the house for the rest of the makeover: my favorite velvet chair (heaved from a trash heap years ago), art by Hubby’s grandpa, a sentimental antique trunk, and an old painting I made for a magazine feature. I loved everything except my painting – which can’t hold a candle to Hubby’s grandpa’s art – but it was just a placeholder until the right piece came along.
You might have noticed that I am so slow when it comes to decorating, but I don’t like to buy cheap stand-ins or accept comped products that aren’t the the right fit. I prefer taking the time to find the perfect thing.
That’s where Minted comes in!
They offered up any artwork of my choosing and I spent an embarrassingly long time pouring over the website, narrowing down my choices. The amazing selection can be kind of overwhelming, but luckily I had a focus because we had just returned from Punta Cana and I was committed to adding more beachy elements to the lakehouse decor.
During my search, I kept coming back to this gorgeous watercolor print of a woman floating lazily in a vintage-style swimsuit. The piece (“Float” by Betty Hatchett) captured that beachy vibe I was craving while still staying true to my mid-century modern aesthetic. Plus I think it plays well with the sweeping brushstrokes of the abstract art across the room. I didn’t want anything that would compete too much with Hubby’s grandpa’s art – I love keeping the focus on those sentimental paintings.
“Float” also calls to mind the figures in the mid-century Hungarian posters in the bedroom and also repeats that pop of orange that crops up here and there in my decor (like this photo I took that was turned into a painting).
It’s perfect! I ordered it in a massive 44″ by 44″, framed in a simple white wood frame (that’s made in Italy). Because it has a lot of negative space, I don’t find that it overwhelms the room. But then, I LOVE big art!
It was shipped so securely and quickly. Of course computer monitors will change colors, but I think the website is a very good representation – I was very happy with my order and it looked exactly how I expected it to look. That’s a tricky thing to nail with online shopping!
I recently picked up a turquoise “LIVE LOVE LAKE” pillow that I just could not resist. I was shopping for a gift and spotted tables and tables full of turquoise lakehouse decor – it was too much temptation… (here’s a similar pillow in green and this lake house pillow is cute too although this bolster is definitely more my color palette).
There’s nothing like a gorgeous piece of art to breathe new life into a space and I’ve gotten so many compliments on this new piece! At other times of the year, the sun pours into my office window but right now the office is a bit shady, especially because the leafy trees in the forest behind us fill in, which is lovely, but they obscures the light quite a bit. I’m happy for this cheery piece of art because it helps brighten up the space and encourages me to hurry up and finish my work so I can get outside and go jump in the lake!
This post was sponsored by Minted but all thought, opinions, and product selections are my own! The selection at Minted is incredible, with something for everyone, but it’s a touch overwhelming so I’ll be doing some round ups of my curated picks in the future. If you’re hunting for art for a space, let me know in the comments and I’ll make some suggestions to get those creative juices flowing!