Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Original artwork isn't the first thing you think of when you are looking online. The biggest question is really where do you find it? You don't have to spend hours looking through Etsy if you don't want to...there are faster ways to find good art and I've listed 10 of them.

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Designing around art- The Uptown Condo

Designing around art- The Uptown Condo

I've had the joy to design a condo living room around artwork this past fall. I'll discuss how I thought about the art piece connecting with the design and one of the design options I created. I discuss the second design option (and the winning design) in the next blog post.  

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How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

How do you decorate with art for Christmas?

Like this image from The Decor Fix , I think that Christmas art can become a part of your home or just come out at Christmas. I talk about 5 easy ways to incorporate Christmas themed art around your home and also show ways to just decorate around the art work you already have up. 

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What is the best way to give art work as a gift

I know art work is personal. It's personal because you really like it, or you like it but are not in "love" with it, or you don't like it all.

So let's be honest- how do you know what to get someone who wants art work but you don't know what to get them? 

Here are some things to keep in mind:

Traditional piece

Traditional piece

Contemporary piece

Contemporary piece

  1. Style- how would you describe their style? Would they say they are traditional? Contemporary? Would they say "I don't know, but I just know what I like?" I like to look at where a person loves to shop as an indicator of their style. If they like to shop(even if it’s just window shopping) at Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel- those are indicators of their style. Once you find their style you can look at several sources (here is a list of many sources) and search for words that describe their style or things they like: “abstract landscapes” or “colorful paintings” are two examples

  2. Have they been pointing out things that they like in stores, magazines, online or at a friend’s house? Take note of what they are and try to get something similar..

  3. Gift cards. I’m pretty sure any vendor, gallery or artist will be a happy to give you credit towards the piece of their choosing.

Which is why I’m launching gift cards! In honor of Cyber Monday, I want to make shopping for art easier on everyone and offer gift cards. And anyone who purchases one before 12/25/15 will get a free 30min. design consult to help the person either pick out a piece or decide where it will go in their house (which can be the hardest part sometimes!).

Happy Shopping!

5 Fears of commissioning an art piece and how to overcome them

5 Fears of commissioning an art piece and how to overcome them

Have you ever wanted to get a piece of art for a special spot but never find anything? That's a perfect time to commission one! But often, there are fears that associated with it and you settle for something that will "make do". I talk about the 5 fears of commissioning art and how to overcome them. 

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