Finding affordable art for my clients is one of the biggest challenges in my design business. Clients that hire me do so because they want their home to look finished. And it’s accessories and art that truly turn a house into a home. Finishing and styling a home can get expensive (even with a Homesense nearby) so unless you have an unlimited art budget as well, you need to get creative.
Since I’m now in a townhouse with many walls that need art, I started searching on-line for ideas on creating my own. I recently mentioned in this post that I have decided in this house that I don’t want to hang anything unless it’s meaningful to me.
If you don’t have the time or the inclination to creatively cover your walls then art from a box store can still make your space beautiful (for sure!) but then you can upgrade, when you travel the world, or even in your own hometown, or by reading the ideas I hope will be posted here!
One of my on-line clients Amy Burger described it best in this email:
“I like your new post, re: Every time I buy a piece of art to put on the wall from a store I look at it like it is just a thing…there’s no connection. Bought it at TJ Maxx and that’s all it is. I have a big floral picture from Ethan Allen and that is all it is…a big floral from Ethan Allen. Same with some prints in my bathroom from Kohls…no meaning to them so they bug me.
I think I’d rather put some interesting botanical wrapping paper samples that I got on a gift from a friend in the frames rather than the boring Kohls prints. It is hard though to have an assemblage of prints or things like paintings from my Grandma and have them work in the house because they don’t match. We see so many catalogue images of perfectly decorated model homes rather than homes collected.
I like to look at my things and know where they came from or from whom. There’s no thrill in saying I got it from a big box unless the story is that I saved a boatload of money, which is all the story you need on towels, area rugs, blue jeans and Halloween Decorations!”
Searching on-line really had me all over the place so I started thinking, since the best place for ideas always comes from you, my lovely readers, I decided it would be fun to host a weekly blog party where you can hook up your post with your creative and affordable do-it-yourself art ideas (even if it’s just using paint like the chalkboard stripe above), if you are an artist or photographer, link here so that we can discover your work as well.
And each week, I’ll feature the blog/idea’s that most resonated with me. So link up starting with your best post (even if it’s an old one) on creating art for the walls that makes you happy!