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Minted X West Elm

Peanut Butter and Jelly. Sherlock and Watson. Gin and Tonic. There are some collaborations that just make sense – the West Elm meets Minted co-branding is no exception. As part of a special wall art challenge within the design community at Minted, West Elm picked 25 favorite prints from over 1,400 submissions. That 1.8% acceptance rate is more competitive than some of the best Ivy League Universities! Minted for West Elm CollageMinted crowdsources designs for stationery, art and party decor from a global community of independent designers and artists. Choose a few of the framed pieces–featuring everything from animals and objects to graphic patterns and painterly landscapes–to create your own curated collection. Combining aesthetics and democracy, at Minted, all that matters is good design. Their professional design challenges rely on the wisdom of the crowd – graphic designers, customers, the Minted team, and fans – to vote for their favorite designs.

Minted for West Elm

Will someone pass the Scandinavian Decor please? It should be next to the mustard…

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Offering a fresh perspective, this partnership is affordable, highly graphic and curated for you. Build a gallery wall and feel good doing it by supporting an emerging artist and without the need to pinch pennies!

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Yakkity Yak! Farming meets industry. 

Don’t you just love the ‘This Highland Cows’ wall art by Amy Carroll? Layered above ‘Candy Coated’ by Hapi Art and Pattern, the dichotomy of black and white photography matches well with frenetic rainbow colors!

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An Artist’s Dwelling (15) – Rene Gruau

René Gruau (February 4, 1909 – March 31, 2004)  renowned fashion illustrator who is best known for an exaggerated portrayal of fashion design through painting. The highly stylized works are tinged with a glossy advertising or fashion magazine focus yet wholly timeless. His works also show hints of Japanese clean line drawings and Toulouse-Lautrec’s’s infamous, sometimes grotesque depiction of women in nightlife.

A couture woman in Gruau’s illustrations is as stylish in 1950 as she is today. They are elegant, sensual and cheeky.  They might also be dripping with frivolities and bits of superficial luxuries with a “devil-may-care” attitude.  During his lifetime, the artist was hired by major designers like Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior, Jacques Fath, Balenciaga, Elsa Schiaparelli, Rochas, Lanvin, Elizabeth Arden, and Hubert de Givenchy. I want to live in one of his vignettes; so let’s try below!

Rene Gruau - Repose

REPOSE, 1964, Gouache, felt pen and ink on paper
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Rene Gruau Fashion Lifestyle Items - poodles, bows, pearls, pillows and more! 


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Flat 128

If you’re anything like my friend Erica and I, you constantly fake a British accent while discussing Duchess Kate’s shoes and the merits of cider and pasties. For the emerging anglophile within your soul, I bring you Flat 128. The boutique is a luxury lifestyle store, dedicated to bringing emerging and established UK talent to New York City.

Flat 128 in the West VillageHold on to your knickers and wave your Union Jack, this cute shop is one part Mary Poppins, a touch of the Queen, a pinch of the Sex Pistols, and a lot of Vivienne Westwood. The owner, Elizabeth, explains, “Our cozy, West Village storefront resembles the feeling of entering your chicest friend’s home – their flat. The name FLAT 128 is a nod to our founder’s past, favorite home in Notting Hill in London. We hope you find the space as welcoming and beautiful as we do.”

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Flat 128 in the West Village

A leather satchel, a fascinator and a croquet mallet? Yes, please. 

Flat 128 in the West Village

One cannot fully immerse themselves in British culture without shopping in tartans or plaid. 

Flat 128 in the West VillageFlat 128 in the West VillageThe owner plays a tête-à-tête with the two great cities, separated by the pond of the Atlantic. Her favorite Grilled Cheese in London is at Kappacasein in Borough Market vs. Murray’s Cheese Shop in Bleecker Street in NYC. Want to catch a movie in London, why not visit The Electric where you can have a bottle of wine and cozy up in their plush seats? Catching a film in NYC, Elizabeth recommends The Angelika in Soho for its independent films and the ability to hear the subway trains beneath you during the movie. Her favorite independent stores in London are the Shop at Bluebird on the King’s Road and Summerhill & Bishop in Holland Park, however in NYC she swears 15 Christopher Street, NYC, 10014 is the best spot – aka Flat 128.