Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 A Lucky Year!

Some people don't believe in luck and some swear by it. I think I'm a little of both since I believe you have to know what to wish for and then remind yourself of it every day. Good luck charms are "hope" and a little bit of "faith" encapsulated in a symbol.  I started my gold luck paintings when I thought about which chic object I would want to see every day to remind me of my goals and dreams. The wishbone has great sentimental value to me, but whatever your good luck charm, I say run with it. Louis Vuitton has. The recent campaign is all about luck...from lucky numbers, four leaf clovers, you name it. Well, if you got an LV item this holiday, then you are lucky!

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LV's lucky charms. 

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good luck charm art lucky
For just $28, this 24K Gold Four Leaf Clover is a steal if it brings good things. 
good luck 2013 ideas

Gold wishbones are everywhere right now, from jewelry to decor.

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Even better, pair the 24K Gold Wishbone print with a gold 24K Kiss

louis vuitton wish list
  Hope everyone gets a kiss on New Years Eve and good luck in the New Year!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Pop of Gilded Mint

It's been a little while since I did a Gilded Mint feature of decor, party decorations and ideas that are all about some gild and mint. Here are a few to inspire!

Christmas table setting
Perfect timing for the holidays!

floor mirror dining room round table
Deep mint walls with gold mirror and statement chandelier that is all Gild!

cabinet color ideas
I like the mint colored cabinets are offset with a little brass and gold glimmer in the faucet and stove. 

country kitchen white cabinets bead board back splash ideas
A pop of mint on the bead board backsplash. 

pink mint gold party decorating decor
Now, that is a Gilded Mint cake!

new years eve party decor ideas turquoise gold
Check out this New Years Eve party designed by Kate Landers and featured on Layla Grace. Looks like Gilded Mint will be ringing well into 2013!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Feature Time

A special thank you to all of those who have featured my art on their website or blog. Take some time to visit these fantastic sites listed here. Obviously, they all have impeccable style and taste;-) Speaking of great style, the ladies at Caitlin + Caitlin Design Co. pulled together a swanky Christmas list featuring my In Paris painting. Check it out!

The Design Duo
All fantastic picks! Below are a few highlights from their interior design portfolio. 

Insanely clever idea instead of a mirror. 

Cute little kitchen nook. 

Great pop of gold against bright colors.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Black & Gold

Gold is a common theme in my paintings because I like the warmth, reflection and movement it can bring to a piece. There is also the luxe factor...a little bit of gold brings a whole lot of rich. Interiors, home decor accents, hardware, fittings, wall coverings, name it are donned in a gold hue. I mean, who ever could imagine a kitchen island made completely of brass. A bit much for me, but I do love the decadence of black and gold for interiors.

black and gold interior design decorating

Black white kitchen, brass faucet

Black lacquer furniture, a beautifully arranged set of antique prints, a few golden accessories and a black and white striped rug... I will never get tired of it.

black white gold decor dining room

black white gold decorating art paintings brass floor lamp
Make your own grouping with these paintings via Etsy

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house beautiful showcase kitchen

black white gold bathroom small space decorating idea

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Both simple, elegant prints available via GildedMint on Etsy. Great for you or as a gift!

bathroom by celerie kemble elegant bathroom design

Monday, December 10, 2012

Accent with Amethyst

It has been a busy week since my last post since filling art orders has taken up a lot of my time. Gold prints have been very popular as gifts for the holidays...and it seems everyone is ready to fancy up their home with a painting to prepare for company. Although gold has been dubbed the color of the year, jewel tones are very hot, hot, hot. Amethyst is at the top of the list, and although I don't like a room full of purple, I do like a few accent touches here and there to luxe up the space.

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Soft purple gives this room a little hue.

white and purple bedroom decor design
Graphic and bold.

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I love a rich purple set against green.

Lilac bedroom with bound sisal rug, white tiered step tables, gray giraffe print

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Be a little different this holiday. 

 Beautiful purple bedroom design with soft tan walls paint step nightstands
Soft amethyst warms up this bedroom.

designing a hill landscape flowers and textured greens
Absolutely love purple in landscape design...again, the pop against greenery makes the space.

Salt and Pepper shakers from The Zhush.

charleston abstract artist one kings lane emerging artist
Amethyst Bejeweled Painting via Etsy.

Just a little jewel accessory by the Zhush to place around the home.

This is a rug modeled after the ridiculously popular agate. By Studio Bijoux.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sparkle & Angels

Yes, I am that person. You know, the one that has her Christmas decorations up right after Thanksgiving and  listens to Christmas music nonstop on that radio station that converts itself for the holiday crazies. Now, I do have an excuse on the Christmas decorations other than loving this season. I am usually gone at the end of the month, so I want as much time experiencing the spirit and loveliness in every way. Here's a little taste of my Christmas inside.

My holiday decor is all about silver, gold, white and sparkle. I started my own tradition over a decade ago picking up ornaments from all the places I have traveled to across the globe. The top right cotton angel was from one of my first trips to Charleston before I moved here. My tree is full of ornaments that have meaning and remind me of where I've traveled. 

sherwin williams quicksilver paint on walls
My front room all aglow. My historic bungalow has a cottage feel and is so cozy with a neutral mix of antiques and modern pieces. 

More travel ornaments from a bell in Mexico and crown in London. 

My angel from South Africa made from local materials. That trip will always be close to my heart. 
Everyone has an angel watching over them and she reminds me of that fact.  

Monday, December 3, 2012

Toasty Holiday Season

So, you may think that I mean 'toasty' in the sense of snuggled up against a warm fire. Mmm, sort of. We are toasty here in Charleston. It was 76 degrees today! Now, I love it, don't get me wrong, but I kind of want the cold, crisp air back! I want my weather to match my Christmas decorations and candles! I also have a little yummy toasted coconut as a delightful beverage make you smile:-)

If there are two things this town does right...they are food and drink. This Ultimate Coconut Cake Cocktail is from the infamous Peninsula Grill here in Charleston. Yes, Oprah literally had their coconut cake practically airlifted whenever she wanted it. This is in a drink form. Smackin' Good!

Coconut Anglaise (find at
1 Tbs Toasted Coconut Flakes
1 oz half-and-half (fat free for those trying to watch it)
1 oz Stoli Vanil Vodka
1 oz Malibu Rum
3/4 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
3/4 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
1 Strawberry, for garnish

Rim glass in coconut anglaise, then with the toasted flakes. Add liqueur ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy and strain into glass. Garnish with strawberry. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Gilded Mint Giveaway

The holiday gift giving season is upon us and I have a great gift for everyone. Brooke at Decor Great has put together a fabulous giveaway on her blog....a $150 gift card to my Etsy shop Gilded Mint. All available original artwork pieces are featured on the shop, so visit Decor Great today to enter in your chance to win. Hurry, the giveaway ends at 6pm EST Friday, 11/30!

And, don't forget today is the last day to pick up a print of my original artwork on the One Kings Lane Emerging Artist sale. Eight on my pieces are available at a huge discount, including two new features!

Warm Winter Whites

With the cool weather upon us, fluffy, soft white interiors that have a serene warmth to them seem so inviting. Throw in a crackling fire and it just seems so northern european. Here are a few favorites!

sheepskin in home design decorating idea
Simple, but just a little sheepskin warms up this space.

all neutral white living room decor design
Neutrals and white

 fireplace with books  White chesterfield sofas, fireplace used as bookcase
So chic academic like with the books stored spine side in to keep neutral.

white sofa and cane chair, round flokati rug, fireplace and plush white rug
A plush rug gives the expansive space a grounded softness.

nursery design with ivory walls paint color, drapes and plush rug
 Heavy ivory curtains and a plush rug make this nursery super cozy.

Very serene and cozy with some chenille softness.

Oly Studio Flower Drop Chandelier, gray Serena & Lily Pondicherry

And a few picks for your own warm winter whites!

Warm Winter Whites