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Art makes a house a home. Without walls adorned in art, a house never feels quite lived in or personal enough. A great art collection can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! So we sought out to remedy that. We went on a mission to furnish the walls of a gorgeous coastal-chic pad with accessible, affordable artwork and wound up partnering with the wonderful people at Minted.com to curate a gallery of the best independent artists with prints starting as low as $21. Each piece in our Lori Dennis curated collection was hand-selected by our team to comprise an eclectic mix of coastal photography and abstract paintings and etchings. You can Shop the collection here. Minted Art connects consumers like you and me with independent artists from all over the world bringing a fresh, affordable perspective to the market. The Lori Dennis curated collection includes pieces from artists and photographers with severe cases of wanderlust, like Dallas-based photographer Erica Connolley or San Francisco-based graphic designer and painter, Paper Dhalia.
We Asked Instagram, Here's What You Had to Say
We’re Thankful to Be Part of an Incredible Design Community and we continue to be inspired by our Instagram followers, a collections of designers, artists, DIY’ers, and other creatives. We asked why they love interior design and received some inspiring feedback. Here are some of the fascinating responses we received that provide some insight into why design goes beyond aesthetics and has the capacity to change lives: @daysieann: I love interior design Bc it is my passion it makes feel alive and happy. Interior design is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. I love to help clients turn their home into something beautiful and it warms my heart and makes me happy to see them excited at how their home looks. I love to make people happy that way it is a true blessing . And I spend my time doing what I truly love . 💕 @pratastudio: My go to phrase "We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us....", said by Winston Churchill in 1944...I do it for the philosophical/sociological reasons and because I see life through rose colored glasses! @jasmina_dj3Creating a unique and personalized environment is important for our emotional well-being. @peytonhomedesign: We love seeing how our designers can have a completely unique approach to transforming a house into a home! Love design because it is personal. @sheadolce: It allows me to be utilize my creative spirit while raising my family. It allows me to explore many facets of design- something new with every job. It has afforded me many opportunities and friendships; the design community is wonderful. 💪🏻🤘🏻♥️ @manciniakmade: They keep me making things and advance my skill set! @elissagrayerinteriordesign: Love the ability to make a space entirely your own @tomlrealtor: Makes selling easier! @805interiors: I love the feeling of making someone's space more beautiful than they could have imagined or achieved on their own. It truly touches people's lives. And it's so fun to see my own visions realized. @4ptdesignbuild: It chose me... I just listen. 💕 @entessarinteriors: Because beautiful designs can change lives.❤❤ @denaburtonhomes: Love the feeling of being surrounded by beautiful things. @aliciapaleyhomeinteriors: Because I can't afford to own every style of house or every style of furnishing. 😜 Being a designer lets me live vicariously through my clients. @manuela_guerrero_renova: Because I enjoy creating #selecspaces where their owners feel absolutely identified!!🙌🏻🙌🏻 @aidymarkowitz: creating fantasy ideas into a living reality 💙
The One-Stop-Shop Approach to Decorating for Thanksgiving
The One-Stop-Shop Approach to Decorating for Thanksgiving It’s that time of year again: Family and friends gathered around a beautiful table to give thanks and share a beautiful meal. I love decorating and entertaining for the holidays, but am always looking for ways to cut down on the preparation stress that accompanies the holiday season, while still throwing an incredible holiday extravaganza! This year for Thanksgiving, I’ve turned to Amazon to be my one-stop-shop for crafting a beautiful modern, rustic holiday tablescape. From turkey-prep necessities and eclectic dishware to silk Fall floral arrangements, candles, extra seating and other holiday decor: Here’s everything that’s going on my Thanksgiving table this year: Shop everything in my Thanksgiving shop or browse Amazon for more Thanksgiving decor ideas here. Click the Image for More Thanksgiving Table Prep Ideas Quick Tips for an Elevated Thanksgiving Table Keep these 5 tips in mind to help you tailor your elegant Thanksgiving table. Cozy Linen Layers: One thing that will instantly elevate your Thanksgiving table are layers of textured table linens: Look for linen napkins, tablecloths, and table runners, coasters, and placemats in your desired color palette. Which brings us to our next tip: Click the Image to for more Thanksgiving Table Linen Ideas Get Creative with Color: Don’t feel confined to having to use orange, yellow, and red because they are “Fall Colors.” Consider experimenting with a softer color palette of blues and purples which can seamlessly transition your table from Fall to Winter. Click the Image for More Colorful Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Click the Image for More Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Involving all the Senses: Combining candles, flowers, and food creates a truly ambient experience. Thinking like a designer means thinking not just about how thing looks, but how they function and appeal to all the senses. Click Image for More Fall Candles & Candlesticks Avoid Turkey Fatigue: Don’t go overboard with the pumpkin or turkey motifs: Choose a select area or two in which to include a pumpkin, turkey, or two. Maybe just the coasters, or napkins? Click Image for More Cute Ways to Include Pumpkins in Your Table Design (without being tacky!) Polish It Off: Give your table a polished look with candle sticks, elegant flowers, and classic dishware (like the classic Spode Thanksgiving collection) Click the Image to Shop Everything In My Thanksgiving Store