Since I moved to Bristol 6 years ago, I’ve moved house 8 times. 8 TIMES!!! Just let that sink in for a moment. I’ve called BS1, BS2, BS3, BS6 and BS7 home, and am now happily settled back in BS3 (which, FYI, is the best postcode 😉 ).
We’ve been in our little terraced house for just over a year now, but it’s only in the last couple of months that I feel like it’s finally starting to come together and feel more like the home that we both want it to be. Since becoming slightly obsessed with the notion of KonMari – a craze which is sweeping Pinterest like wildfire – I’ve been itching to downsize and sling anything which doesn’t ‘spark joy’.
All this clearing out is definitely long overdue, and it gives a new perspective to spaces that you’ve never really noticed before. One example is the fireplace in our bedroom, which used to be a bit of a dumping ground for all the bits and bobs we never really knew what to do with. Since tidying it all up, it certainly looks a lot neater, but it was definitely missing something.
I’d put up my little embroidery that I did last year and the weird alien creature that I’d bought at End of the Road, but somehow it just looked really plain and boring. I needed to get something up on the walls, STAT.
Etsy is usually my go-to for quirky art prints to jazz up boring walls, but I’m always on the lookout for more sources. Just as I was about to pick out some prints, an email drops in my inbox about Minted, an artists platform that offer not just art prints but wedding invites, adorable baby gifts and even fabric, all lovingly designed by artists around the world and crafted by Minted.
I was given a small budget to pick out some prints to transform my little space above the fireplace in the bedroom. I went for three framed options and a loose art print, all roughly 7 x 5 inches, and was amazed when three huge boxes arrived at my door! My new pieces of art were securely snuggled into their cardboard homes, meaning they were in tip top condition after their journey across the pond.
One of the things I loved was that with each print there was a little certificate of authentication, indicating the number of prints of this particular artwork, and the backstory behind the work. I thought it was a nice little touch which adds a bit of personality behind the print.
Ahh, it looks so much better. Despite my mediocre picture-hanging skills I finally managed to get them all up on the wall in some kind of arrangement, and even had room for my embroidery to get a proper home 🙂
Picking out the prints was not easy, let me tell you. Minted is stuffed full with beautiful treasures, too much to narrow it down to just a few, and I found their navigation system a little hard to comprehend at first. In the end, however I narrowed it down to four – ‘Whole Milk‘, ‘Family Reunion – Aunt Ada‘, ‘Falling Stitches‘ and ‘Lookin Good‘, which I had the perfect frame for myself.
I’m proper chuffed with my new little space, and it puts a smile on my face as soon as I wake up in the morning. It makes such a difference with a small amount of input that I’m now on a mission to cover up all the blank walls in the house!
Have you tried Minted before? Any other recommendations for prints?
This post is in collaboration with Minted. I was given credit to choose the artwork in exchange for a review, but all words and opinion is my own.