at home with minted artist melissa o’connor-arena
Published Oct 27, 2015 5:00 AM
MEET MELISSA O’CONNOR-ARENA, MINTED + domino’S FEATURED MONTHLY ARTIST!
Gray Star Design Founder and Designer, (plus Minted artist!) Melissa O’Connor-Arena, has been an artist for as long as she can remember. After graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design, and gaining experience across various mediums of art including photography and illustration, O’Connor-Arena began working professionally as a freelance writer and designer. Following her wedding in 2012, she began an Etsy shop focused on event stationery and paper goods, along with art prints and custom gifts. Today, O’Connor-Arena lives in Patchogue, New York with her husband and two very adorable dogs. Here, she touches on her eco-conscious life and the things she can’t help splurging on for her home. Take a look!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE? My style is modern with a vintage flair. This aesthetic is evident throughout my work as well as my home. I generally go by the “less is more” rule, embracing clean and classic elements with neutral palettes.
WHAT MAKES A HOME BEAUTIFUL? I strongly believe that a home should reflect the style and personality of those who live there. It should be warm, cozy, and inviting.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION? While there are many things that I treasure in life, especially when it comes to art, I would have to say that my computer and camera are the two most important. I think an artist’s tools are just as important as their skills and talents.
ON WHAT ITEMS DO YOU SCRIMP? I would definitely say that I am a budget-friendly girl, I try to save as much as possible when it comes to buying clothes!
ON WHAT DO YOU SPLURGE? Furniture and art! I would much rather invest in a well-made piece that will last long, than something slightly less expensive that will have to be replaced. When it comes to art, if I fall in love with a piece, I will find a way to buy it!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION? My husband and I took a trip to Prince Edward Island for our honeymoon. Aside from the stunning countryside and the breathtaking landscapes, it was simply a dream to be there
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