Bradford Styled Shoot

     Last month, I was asked to join a styled shoot last minute. I was feeling a bit crazy that week so I accepted, and I'm so glad I did! While I don't normally jump in on shoots last minute, this one was extra gorgeous and I just couldn't pass up an opportunity to see the lovely Bradford in person! 

 

Photo: Laura memory photography

Photo: Laura memory photography

 

     Another bonus was working with some amazing vendors. A few I have had the pleasure of working with before, and a few I had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know while there. I think that's one of the things I enjoy about these styled shoots. Getting to know other vendors, other girl bosses, and the community of coming together to produce something wonderful. It's always a day full of energy! 

 

photo by me                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Amazing vendors doing work

photo by me                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Amazing vendors doing work

   

      This styled shoot was a bit different than some of the others I've participated in, in that they only needed my furniture rentals and not the decor and styling service. For event rentals and styling, these two services can always be booked separately with Minted Spaces. It was a lot of fun being able to provide the furniture pieces and watch their vision come to life! 

 

photo by blue bell photography                                                                                                                                            Meagan of MAGNOLIA Grove Weddings perfecting the details

photo by blue bell photography                                                                                                                                            Meagan of MAGNOLIA Grove Weddings perfecting the details

 

     Let me tell you what, the Bradford did not disappoint! Seriously, so pretty. Everything came together beautifully and I just adore how Ashlynn of Blue Bell Photography and Laura of Laura Memory Photography captured everything. I'm slightly obsessed with how the honey oak table looks on the patio! Plus, all the gold accents give me all the heart eyes! 

 

photo by blue bell photography

photo by blue bell photography

photo by laura memory photography                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cAke by love cake

photo by laura memory photography                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cAke by love cake

photo by blue bell photography                                                                                                                                                                                        Place cards by dana reid calligraphy

photo by blue bell photography                                                                                                                                                                                        Place cards by dana reid calligraphy

photo by laura memory photography

photo by laura memory photography

photo by laura memory photography                                                                                                                                                                                  hair & Make-up by erin kelly make-up

photo by laura memory photography                                                                                                                                                                                  hair & Make-up by erin kelly make-up

photo by laura memory photography                                                                                                                                                                                          Florals by every BLOOMIN' thing

photo by laura memory photography                                                                                                                                                                                          Florals by every BLOOMIN' thing

Photographer: Blue Bell Photography   l   Videography: Laura Memory Photography     l     Planning & Styling: Magnolia Grove Weddings     l     Photographer: Melissa Toma Photography     l     Calligraphy: Dana Reid Calligraphy     l     Furniture Rentals: Minted Spaces     l     Florals: Every Bloomin' Thing     l     Cake: Love Cake     l     Hair & Make-Up: Erin Kelly Make-Up     l     Venue: The Bradford

Shop Small Saturday: Meekly Yours

     I'm extra excited about this Shop Small Saturday because it is the first collaboration with someone outside of the state! I am all about shopping local but it's also nice to find other small shops in your region to support. This particular shop is based in Maryland so if you're local to her you should check the shop out at local pop-up shops! Otherwise, continue reading to learn more about Meekly Yours and where you can purchase her work no matter where you're located.

 

 

     Katie, the owner and designer for Meekly Yours studied graphic design in college but took a job in print project management. I think we can all relate to taking a job when needed that may not be everything we dreamed of! She originally started Meekly Yours as a creative outlet and has received encouragement from the local community. This is such a great reason to start a craft!

 

I want this framed in my future nursery, photo by meekly yours

I want this framed in my future nursery, photo by meekly yours

 

    Katie has a bright, whimsical look for her products. She specializes in hand lettering cards and paper goods but has recently started with wood products as well. I think we all know about my love of wood products at this point! The sign she sent me is so cute, with the quote "Love at Home"! I of course, wanted to build a gallery wall around it at the entrance of my home. She loves custom commissioned pieces and I already have a million ideas! How cute would the one above be in a nursery with a frame around it?!

 

 

     Katie truly loves helping take a client's great idea and make it a reality. She says that seeing their excitement with the finished work is priceless. Other commissioned work she has done is branding, invitations, custom greeting cards, and custom wood signs. She's always willing to stretch her creative muscles so feel free to ask her for other projects you may have in mind!

 

 

     If you're local to Maryland, you can find her work at craft markets throughout MD and DC. If you're not local (like me) you can find her work on Etsy and on her personal website. Finally, if you're like me and love following these shops on Instagram, you can find her here

 

      Know of another maker that should be featured? Let me know! I love discovering new shops!

 

Shop Small Saturday: Luna Y Mar Creative

It's time for our bi-weekly Shop Small Saturday feature! I have been pretty excited about this one because it speaks to my inner modern boho! I'm always drawn to this carefree style I found Flo, the creator behind Luna y Mar, on Instagram. Her work instantly stood out and her style is perfection! 

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Flo started weaving a few years ago. However, she just started macrame and wall hangings recently, after moving from LA to Raleigh. Wanting something to do that she loved, she started Luna y Mar Creative. I admire that she turned to a craft when she wanted something new to do! Boy am I glad she did, too! Look at these! 

 

Photo From Luna y mar etsy shop

Photo From Luna y mar etsy shop

Flo says that what makes her stand apart is also what connects all creatives, passion. This is so true! Her choice in craft is a representation of the things she loves, home decor and boho modern! It's great when your craft and passion can reflect your style so perfectly. See what I mean about the perfection that is her modern boho style?

I think another thing that sets her apart is she's so kind and considerate! See that plant in there? She brought it along when we met up to be sure I would have a plant for it :) How sweet is that! I'm so glad she thought to do that since I completely ran out of time to plant the herbs I'd planned on! Shoutout to the kind people of the world! 

Photo from luna y mar etsy shop

Photo from luna y mar etsy shop

These wall hangings are the perfect combination of unique and trendy! I love that they are bright and feel so organic. They would be a perfect addition to a gallery wall or stand alone as a statement piece. I personally adore the plant hangers! I so wish I had more wall space in my kitchen. I can just imagine hanging three or four and growing my favorite spices right there on the wall! 

If you would like some of these great pieces of your own, you can check out her Etsy page here. If you want to follow her along and see what she's creating, you can check out her Instagram page here. If you are local, be on the look out because she's planning on being a part of some of the pop-up shops soon! 

 

If you would like your small home goods shop featured, please email me at hello@mintedspacesstyling.com . I love learning about new businesses!

Shop Small Saturday: Wordsky Designs

        It's time for another round of Shop Small Saturday! This one is extra special because I know Kyle and have been able to watch his company grow through social media. From the get-go I have loved his designs. I mean really, it's a local showing the city and state some love! It's perfection!

         I also love his story. It is like many other successful entrepreneur stories, only they don't all tell you about the failures. It's easy to forget that many of us fail over and over again before finding what works. That perseverance it what makes entrepreneurs! 

Kyle with one of his designs

Kyle with one of his designs

         Here's a bit of background. Almost a year ago, he got the idea of trying to make some coffee tables to sell.  In order to set himself apart, he put the outline of NC on the table tops. He sold three in total. He then had one table left, but couldn't sell it because the table top on it started to warp.  On that particular table top, he had painted in the NC flag inside the outline.  So, in a bit of ingenuity, he added some rope to the table top and made it a wall hanging instead.  Wall hangings became his new thing! 

           With his newfound inspiration he worked on new designs, eventually creating this Raleigh skyline. As he was waiting on that trademark for t-shirts, Hurricane Matthew flooded the house he was renting. You guys, if my house flooded I would be sorely tempted to call it quits! But Kyle took the need of moving back home and turned it into opportunity! He started messing around his his dad's shop and from there he decided to cut the Raleigh design out of wood and here we are!

The Raleigh Skyline

The Raleigh Skyline

          How cool is that?! Multiple times when he could have just thrown in the towel and called it a day. But he persevered and now his designs are in local spots all over town! You may have seen his wood cutouts in places like Raleigh Brewing or the home of your best friend. Point is, he and his designs are going places. 

         So what's all the fuss about? Um, these here awesome wood cutouts! It started with the Raleigh skyline but he takes requests and has produced some pretty impressive pieces. What makes his standout is that he does these all BY HAND using a jigsaw. No laser cut outs for Wordsky! They come in two different sizes. That one above my desk (first photo of this post), is 44" x 18". The perfect statement piece! They also come a bit smaller at 22" x 9", which is perfect for a gallery wall! 

California Request Order

California Request Order

          These pieces are surprisingly light, even the larger one above my desk! When I saw the size, I thought it would be a nightmare to hand up. So did Alvin! But you guys, it was probably the easiest piece we have ever hung! Kyle placed the hanging do-hicky (no idea what that thing is called) perfectly so the weight is evenly distributed. We had it up on the wall less than five minutes after I asked Alvin to do it, haha.

         As of right now he is mostly taking orders from clients. However, he just made the plunge and quit his day job to pursue his dream so you can expect the inventory to build! If you're interested in watching Wordsky Designs grow, you can follow him on Instagram here. If you want one of these pieces for yourself (or a custom design just for you), you can check out the website here

 

 

As always, if you are interested in being featured in a Shop Small Saturday post, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at minttosell@gmail.com. 

Shop Small Saturday: Good JuJu Herbal

         I am so excited to announce the beginning of my blog series, Shop Small Saturday! With this series, I will feature makers and small shops that are either local to the Triangle, NC area or who have online shops such as Etsy that I happen to especially enjoy. It is my hope that through this blog series you will find some cute home items that you just *have* to have and all together we can support small businesses. 

         When thinking who I should start out with, Good JuJu Herbal kept coming to mind. At first I thought I should maybe start with someone else because I have already posted about Good JuJu on my Instagram account a few times. However, I've already posted about this shop a few times because it is SO good. Seriously, I adore the soaps and the owner is just the sweetest! 

         I originally discovered this brand at a pop up event inside a brewery. This is a great way to find local makers in your area! Judith, the owner, was happy to speak with us about why she started making her own soaps and what went into them. She has created a line of soaps which are vegan (I'm mostly vegan so this makes me super happy), made without parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate or synthetic dyes/pigments. She also notes on her website that all products are tested on human friends only. I would happily volunteer to test out new products! 

         Other wonderful tidbits about Good JuJu is that a portion of the profits are donated to charities on a six month rotation basis. According to their website, they have donated to Conservation International and the Wonders of Wildlife program. Add to this that they are working on making their workshop solar powered and you basically have my dream company! 

          So now that you are absolutely in love with the business, you're about to fall in love with the product! I have always needed to be a bit picky with my soap choices, long before I was a mini hippie. Certain soaps just make my skin break out. Y'all, since using these soaps I haven't had a single issue! And they smell amazing! I wish their was a scratch and sniff feature to their website so you could all see for yourselves! 

         My personal favorite is the felt covered soap because it's not as slippery and I don't end up chasing my soap around the shower. I have also used the exfoliating bar to help get a glowing look. And then the Rose Clay and Geranium bar smells divine. Oh! And I can't forget about their dog soap bar! Yes, my dog is high maintenance and has skin issues as well. This soap is heaven sent! 

        Good JuJu has recently started making gift boxes as well. Spoiler alert! Many of my friends can expect to receive some of these in the future! Who doesn't love giving gifts that give back to the community? If you're now as in love with Good JuJu Herbal as I am, you should click here to check out their website and do a little shopping yourself! You can also find Good JuJu on Instagram to see which local markets they will be at on the weekends. 

 

 

If you are interested in being featured in a Shop Small Saturday post, please feel free to reach out to me! I love collaborating with other small businesses!