Inspired By Nature: Readying Your Nest for Winter

Inspired By Nature: Readying Your Nest for Winter

Oct 1, 2015
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Clockwise from top left: Young Fig by Laura Condouris; Swift Fox by Natalie Groves; Wild Radish by Jorey Hurley; Wave Trees by Erin Ehman
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With summer over, we’re grateful that the cooler weather is finally here. The air is crisp and clear. Our flower beds have faded. And the neighborhood trees are about to brilliantly turn over a new leaf! Autumn is nature’s way of telling us to ready our nests before winter’s inevitable blast.

When it comes to seasonal preparations, small visual cues can help home interiors harmonize with what’s happening outside. October is the perfect time to celebrate nature’s transformation—and the long nap it’s about to take—by bringing the outside in with art. For inspiration, we went with Minted, a global community of artists & design lovers who so wonderfully capture every season’s mood and palette.

Sunset Fade No. 2, by Kelly Ventura
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Picture yourself hunkering down in your home or apartment for the next few months. Which colors will warm you up as the weather gets colder? Consider taking a cue from the calmer aspect of what’s happening outdoors. The seasonal botanicals and autumnal landscapes that come to mind—and are found throughout Minted—are splashed with taupe, rust, and burnt orange.

Hushed No. 1, by Kelly Ventura
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As you layer your sofa with season-appropriate throws and accent pillows, look around your home to find the perfect place to bring the outdoors in. Perhaps a watercolor in burnished hues would add fall flavor to a hallway gallery wall. If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, the right art can make it the focal point of your seasonal nest. Sprinkled with the vivid colors of turning trees or the calming tones of the subtle browning of the earth, all you'll need to do is bring in some stacked firewood to make it official.

Solstice, by Lindsay Megahed
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When the temps dip even further, you’ll want to keep the cold weather out. But that doesn't mean you should be cut off from nature. Celebrate winter’s blush with beautiful wintry scenes featuring snowy whites and cool blues, perfect for comfy spaces like a living room or den, where you can cozy up with a good book.

Nature inspired art from Minted.com.

Besides loving your new art, you’ll love telling the story of how it came to be. Minted enables a community of art lovers to curate the designs themselves. Independent artists submit to monthly competitions; crowdsourcing identifies the best work; Minted offers the winners for sale. For collectors, limited editions of 350 prints per size are also for sale. You can even customize any piece by requesting the artist's signature, and have it shipped, framed or unframed. This time of year, we’d opt for the rustic feel of reclaimed barn wood or natural French farmhouse frames, but there are nearly a dozen frame types to choose from.

You can make a big statement for a low price. A framed 8''x10'' can start as low as $46. Even a large 40''x 54'' is just $530. Professionally framed!

Fall & winter decorating shouldn’t be about closing yourself in. It should be about bringing the warm, subtle and interesting textures of the season in with you. We curated a gallery of more seasonally themed art prints just for you. Have fun browsing!

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