It’s been about three weeks since we moved into our apartment in San Francisco. We’re all unpacked and have just a few things left to hang on the walls, but still have quite a bit of decorating to do. This apartment is vastly different from our New York one, both in terms of style and layout. We’ve repurposed virtually all of our furniture to work in the new space, but still have a list of pieces we’re on the lookout for. Most notably, our living room feels a little undone, as you can see above and below, and we also don’t have dining chairs. Along with a set of those, we’re on the hunt for a larger coffee table to match the scale of the living room, a sofa table to place behind the Chesterfield, and a new media cabinet (our TV is currently sitting on a second old coffee table that used to live in a den — please ignore the messy state of our electronics and the giant hole for the TV mount!). But, all in good time. We’re okay with saving and hunting for the perfect pieces versus a quick Ikea fix, for now!
Beyond the furniture and decor items, one of the biggest things we’re working on is getting some new artwork for the walls. The apartment has a very open concept floor plan, so we have big walls that beg for large pieces of artwork. In previous apartments, I’ve been known to purchase smaller pieces and create gallery walls; somehow, for this space, it doesn’t feel quite right (and I’m less into the gallery wall look now than I once was). We’ve never purchased any large scale framed artwork, so I’ve been looking at Minted to find some, specifically for a space over credenzas in the dining room, as well as a big blank wall in the living room, opposite one of our sofas.
I’ve purchased artwork from Minted before (the “Some Things Take Time” print that I still keep in my office as a good daily reminder), but since I last purchased artwork from their marketplace, they now offer framing services for almost all print sizes. And, it’s extremely affordable, especially compared to the cost of framing a piece that’s 40 inches wide (or more) on your own! Have you ever browsed Minted’s art marketplace before? I know that they’re sometimes more recognized for all their cards and invitations, but I think they do art prints really well. Minted works with independent artists to feature limited runs of their prints, so when you buy one, your print is one of 350. Once a print is sold out, it’s gone. It’s a feature of their program I really appreciate, because between us, there have been prints I’ve purchased off Etsy and the like before, and if/when they get featured on a larger site and everyone starts buying it or other items from the artist, it can sometimes feel like my find is no longer as special. No bueno.
I’ve spent a good amount of time bookmarking prints that I really like, and am working
on with Joe to narrow them down to ones we’d like for our spaces. You’ll notice a theme — for this apartment, I’m really drawn to black and white works, with a couple that utilize blue tones to compliment the color of our walls (which we unfortunately can’t change). Most of these are landscape oriented to better fit the walls we want to hang them on, but there were a few portrait oriented works that I thought were so pretty, I’m saving them for other walls in our apartment! Stay tuned, as once we get the apartment a bit more furnished, select the art work, and get it hung, I’m going to share which ones I picked and all our other furniture progress! Eventually, I want to photograph the whole apartment to give you guys a little home tour.
Any favorites from my picks, or from your own browsing on Minted? Have you ever purchased prints from the Minted art marketplace before?