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An interior design blog full of inspiration for your own projects. Mint Interiors is located at 1805 Fir St, Vancouver, B.C. All products featured on this blog can be ordered through Mint Interiors by calling 604-568-3430. Orders can be taken world-wide. Photographs are taken from projects done by Revamp Staging, from in-store scenes, or from various sources using products carried by Mint Interiors.

We are excited to announce the expansion of our retail operations. Opening August is the expansion of the Mint Showroom. We will be moving into an exciting new spacious area located right across the street at 3rd and fir.
But don't worry! Our current location isn't going anywhere. Located at 2nd and Fir, Mint's current location will be transformed into "Mint Gallery" focusing a lot more on artist's works and sculptural pieces.
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Just in at Mint (2nd and Fir st) A beautiful selection of blankets by British artist, Eleanor Pritchard. Many sizes, patterns and colours to choose from!

A love of pattern and colour runs through all of Eleanor Pritchard’s woven designs. The  aesthetic is fresh and contemporary, with a nod to English mid-century design.

The Fabrics draw inspiration from traditional British woven textiles, re-interpreting the vernacular for a contemporary audience.

The blankets are all designed and samples by Eleanor in her London studio and are woven at a small traditional mill in Wales. They are all produced in 100& pure new wool, with a blanket stitch edging.

Come by Mint Gallery to get yours today.

New at Mint Gallery - 1805 Fir St - we introduce Donna Wilson.

Exploring the art of illustration in design, Donna creates cushions, ceramics, creatures and more.

Donna Wilson set up her company in 2003, after making knitted creatures for her final show at the Royal College of Art. The creatures were in instant hit, and since then she has built her business designing and making collections of curious cushions, humourous ceramics, and so many more friendly pieces for the home.

Donna, born in Scotland, now runs a studio and workshop in London England. Passionate about making products that people can connect with, the studio is committed to making things customers will treasure for a life time.

In 2010 Donna won the coveted “Designer of the Year” award at Elle Decoration’s British Designer Awards.

Donna draws her inspiration from everything around her, including landscapes, music, dreams, magazines, ceramics, Scandinavian design, and of course people. 

She begins by sketching in her note book - “they look like little cartoons, tiny bodies with huge exaggerated heads.” she gets their look on paper first, and then starts knitting.

Bringing a general store feeling to Mint, we introduce Izola:

Inspired by the old world utilitarian ideal of making something that is “built to last,” IZOLA and Aesthetic Movement have curated a collection of whimsical objects with a masculine sense of antiquity. Made with great care and attention to detail, this series of functional every day staples is designed to be the perfect gifts for men. The products include flasks, soaps, candles, laundry bags, bamboo toothbrushes, handkerchiefs, shoe brushes, shower rings, ceramics and shower curtains.

While the collaboration with Aesthetic Movement began in 2009, IZOLA was originally founded in 2007 by Neil Rasmus and Richard Brandt as a company that produced innovative shower curtains for big box stores, such as Bed Bath and Beyond. In 2009 when Jesse James and Gus Anagnopoulos formed Aesthetic Movement, a design consultancy and showroom for upper echelon housewares and accessories brands, a partnership with IZOLA was formed. Since then, IZOLA has continued to evolve beyond the bathroom category into barware, desk, travel and other categories. 

While this collection of carefully curated objects is diverse, there are six consistent nostalgic themes that can be found within the collection:

• Scout; a campy salute to iconic Boy Scout imagery
• Maritime; a nautical motif
• Apothecary; a play on an old world medicine
• Sport; a throwback to the collegiate varsity trophy room
• Powder Room; a retro feminine sensibility
• Great Plains; a western and pioneer charm

Upon the opening of the new MINT, A selection of Custom upholstered pieces from Jonathan Adler will be exclusively available in Vancouver through Mint.

A large selection of vibrant fabrics and brilliant patterns are available to choose from.

Choose between 5 different fabric grades, 50 fabrics and 8 different base finishes.

Pictured Above (clockwise):

Lampert Sofa, X-Bench, Mrs. Godfrey Chair, Lampert Lounger, Double X-Bench, Danner Chaise, Morrow Slipper Chair

This Wonderful Collection of colourful cushions shows the images of photographer Cécile Brulé. Capturing her travels from around the globe. These cushions are 100% designed and made in France, but will take you to a new destination with every cushion.

Cécile Brulé captures her images with her Holga and Polaroid, displaying them in a creative way, printing them on a soft, down filled cotton cushion.

Filled with 5% white goose down and 95% white goose feathers (washed and odour free) In a T255 100% cotton down proof shell. The down/feather inserts are made with new material only and sterilized down/feather filling.

Here are some of my favourite photographic cushions by Cécile Brulé:

The Montevideo Cushion

The Meadow Cushion

Come by Mint today to pick your favourite.

Remember, you can always take these cushions home to try out if you are unsure.



Muuto - New Nordic a relatively young company of just over 5 years, is striving to expand Scandinavian design tradition with a new, creative perspective.

Inspired by the Finish word Muutos, meaning “new perspective.”

I feel with their constantly growing portfolio of beautiful design, they deserve some much earned credit.

With many new Muuto products coming to our showroom, I am excited to see what they have produced, having seen what we currently have in Mint. I’d love to get my hands on some of the new picks - great design can be affordable!

Muuto handpicks the youngest and brightest in Scandinavian design talent, giving them complete freedom to express their individuality by creating completely original, functional everyday objects. 

You can see in all Muuto products, that they indeed have “muutos” / new perspective.

Stay tuned for what’s to come from Muuto; In the meantime come take a look at what is currently in our showroom.


LOUISE CAMPBELL ON THE DESIGN ”A candlestick that is everything but streamlined. As the saying goes: the more elements you join together, the merrier the result. Can be constructed in infinite ways. The design is a blend of the formal and the informal. The crystal-inspired candleholders are made of the softest matt rubber; the garland-like arms are pressed in hardwearing steel and then coated. Assembly can be conducted with a sense of meticulous symmetry, or with complete chaos, as you wish. Using 4, 7, 14, 27, 77, 189… elements, according to desire.” Contains: 7 candleholders and 6 connectors

"STUDIO PENDANT" - Various Colours on Display at Mint!

THOMAS BERNSTRAND ON THE DESIGN ”Studio is a study in reducing the archetypical industry lamp to its essence. Thereby creating a lamp that works well in both private and commercial surroundings as a very functional lamp with a strong character.” Dimensions: Ø 39 cm, height 29 cm

"E27 SOCKET LAMP" - new colours arriving soon!

MATTIAS STÅHLBOM ON THE DESIGN ”E27 departs from the essence of a lamp - the socket – creating a simple yet strong object that celebrates the potential beauty in simplicity. The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to compete with. It represents something that feels romantic and contemporary at the same time. ” Dimensions: bulb diameter 125 mm, cord length 4 m 

"PLUGGED PENDANT" - arriving soon!

BROBERG & RIDDERSTRÅLE ON THE DESIGN ”The Plugged pendant lamp plays with the elements most lighting armatures try to hide. It emphasizes how the lamp is “brought to life” thereby giving it character and difference. The space between the shade and the ceiling is highlighted by the pattern of the textile cord - and the placing of the plug on the side gives the lamp a dynamic appearance and brings life to an otherwise static typology. The concave diffuser adds to the freshness with the infinite sensation you get, when you look into the lamp.” Dimensions:Ø 430 mm, height 263 mm.

"UNDER THE BELL" - coming soon!

“Under The Bell is not just a lampshade. When hung over a table or in an open environment it creates its own space within the bigger space. That way, the lamp embraces and shelters the table and people beneath it – both physically and in a more abstract sense. The recycled plastic felt even absorbs sound and helps improve the acoustics of your room.” Dimensions: height 46 cm, Ø 82 cm

"MHY PENDANT" - coming soon in various colours!

NORWAY SAYS ON THE DESIGN ”Mhy has an elegant appearance and a strong personality. The playful shape of Mhy draws inspiration from illustrations and characters from our childhood’s literature. The neat size of Mhy allows the pendant to be mounted in clusters or rows over your kitchen table, dining table, in a hallway or somewhere else where you would like to add a design element with unique, but understated character.” Dimensions: Ø 20,3 cm, height 24,5 cm

"THE DOTS" - coming soon in oak black and yellow!

LARS TORNØE ON THE DESIGN ”This characterful little family of hooks is a friendly addition to any wall. The Dots are proud of their round edges and will treat your clothes with the greatest care. They will also let you arrange them on your wall in the pattern you like. Being a very social set of hooks, The Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall. The only thing The Dots demand from you is that you uncover them every now and then and admire their shape and material”  Dimensions: Large: Ø 170, Medium: Ø 130, Small: Ø 90 mm

"SURFACE EGG CUPS" - coming soon!

OLE JENSEN ON THE DESIGN ”A small hand-held and sculptural plateau with three small dents. One for the egg, one for the shells and one for salt - or whatever you might imagine! For breakfast - though maybe not everyday - for brunch and definitely for sunday mornings. To serve a boiled egg is almost a happening on its own. An eternal source of shared moments and discussion of whether it’s overcooked or not…”

Happy Earth Day!

A look at some products promoting a green lifestyle at Mint:


Plumen Bulb featured in Decode London’s Vessel

The organically shaped piece of art/lightbulb by Plumen is the most beautiful way to go green with your lighting. Consuming a mere 11 watts, and emitting 630 lumens, it’s easy to brighten up your place while maintaining a low energy bill. Lasting 8000 hours ( yes that’s 8x a regular incandescent bulb) you will be saving money, time, and the environment!


The Recycled Terrariums hanging in the window of Mint are made of a minimum of 50% recycled glass. All hand-blown, each terrarium is unique, typified by impurities such as bubbles, dimples, flow, and grit marks. Different scenes are planted in each, varying in price, so come pick your favourite! They are all planted right behind the counter here at Mint, containing only locally grown plants. All the mosses and lichens within were collected from BC’s Sunshine Coast, collected while on a hike along old forestry routes above Secret Cove.


pictured above: Indi and Errai

A collaboration between a graphic designer and a photographer, these real live images are altered into the most outstanding large-scale patterns. Trove has recently introduced “Redeux” An eco-friendly PVC free commercial grade wall covering. Containing over 31% post consumer recycled material, and no harmful off-gassing, this new recyclable wall covering  contributes to improved air quality and up to 6 LEED point credits. After its use, Redeux can be returned to Trove for reclamation back into wall covering and other industrial materials.


Pictured above: Bambi, Junior, & Nimbus

Ibride (pronounced E-Breed) is a play on words meaning hybrid, both sturdy and functional furniture as well as decorative art on its own. Ibride’s Mobilier De Compagnie collection contains a collection of functional animal pieces all created with a high pressure laminate, and a pre-recycled wood core.


Studio A of Dallas Texas has created a series of tin patch furniture made from a variety of storage containers cut, sanded, and nailed into a wooden substrate to create a multi-colour patchwork. Finished with a clear powder coat finish to seal in the durable surface.


A new collection by District 8, an entire collection from recycled cast iron and recycled wood. A truly industrial style, means using materials collected from industrial use. Available in a variety of woods and finishes, this complete line can furnish your Gastown loft into an incredibly unique space.

I thought I might feature some inspiring photos featuring Jielde lamps, as we have just received our new shipment at Mint.  There are so many great colours and styles to choose from.

Jielde lamps last a lifetime. They have all been hand made in Lyon, France since 1950. If you are lucky it is possible to still find originals from the 50’s and 60’s. They are just timeless!

call or come by Mint to see what’s in store.

Lisa has just refurnished her home; with all the furniture in now is the time to accessorize.

She kindly sent in photos of her new home and I have put together some options for bedroom and living room accents.

Feel free to send photos in to design@mintinteriors.ca for some ideas for your own space courtesy of Mint!

Visconti Trays by Ibride, France.

Meet the whole family.

Alice of the Visconti Family; daughter of Hermance and Isidore, spouse of Alice, and mother to Edgar, Aristide, and Victoire. Alice inherited both gentleness and generosity from her mother Hermance. She dedicated her entire life to the beautiful family estate including its magnificent rose gardens and to its great aviary.

Meet Andrei of the Visconti Family; spouse of Alice and father to Edgar, Aristide, and Victoire. Above all a music lover, he was enthralled by Debussy’s harmonic compositions and by the expressiveness of the musical avant-garde. Andrei preferred his life with Alice to the Parisian ministries and salons. He preferred the countryside, his library, and the great aviary.

Hermance of the Visconti Family; spouse of Isidore and mother to Alice. Discreet, loving and benevolent, Hermance always remained in the shadow of her husband. And even though their daughter Alice was born while Isidore was doing his military service, this period of their lives was never clearly evoked.

Irina, the tastemaker of the Visconti Family and spouse of Vladimir and mother to Andrei. Irina directed her workroom of apprentice seamstresses for high style dress-making with the utmost rigor. In the clothing industry she was considered to be a level-headed character of taste, and supposedly even frequented the same social circles as Coco Chanel at her debut. 

Vittoire of the Visconti Family, spouse of Irina and father to Andrei. Vittoire made his fortune in France by equipping the first luxury liners. He had an adventurous youth, and he devoted himself to his Father’s business landscaping.

Isidore, the orator of the Visconti Family and spouse of Hermance and father to Alice. Isidore is, without a shadow of a doubt, the great orator of the family. His account of the famous world fair and his description of his encounter with Hermance at the foot of the Eiffel tower, have gone down in family history.

Edgar of the Visconti Family; first son of Alice and Andrei. Following in his father’s footsteps, both ambitious and widely traveled, Edgar made the family business prosper. He even took great pride in having, on his own, brought the “sharkskin” up to date. But he constantly pinpointed his brother’s lack of ambition, thus giving rise to serious family conflicts.

Victoire of the Visconti Family; daughter of Alice and Andrei. Her passion and art lessons did not only teach her good manners. In the priviledged position of the youngest child, she adopted Sarah Bernhardt’s famous motto “despite all”, to exert her audacity and her total disregard for social conventions.

Aristide of the Visconti Family; Daughter of Alice and Andrei, sibling of Victoire and Edgar. Silent and composed, Aristide was perhaps the favourite of siblings, sharing with her mother’s passion for botany and japonisme.

Have a look at the entire family tree here.

Pick up your Visconti at Mint or give us a call and have it shipped to your home!