This is by far the most requested and highly sought after information that I’ve divulged to you since the beginning of the Interior Girl’s journey.
Be prepared to dramatically transform your space and elevate it to a whole new level of “affordable-stylish” (guys, I think this could be my new catch phrase. What do you think?) Today, you will be educated on the topic of:
Artwork, How To Get It & Where To Put It
Flanking your walls with artwork is great because it’s a sneaky way of demonstrating just how intelligent and cultured you are. It adds that extra layer of character (c’mon guys we only just talked about this like 2 weeks ago!) to your space that represents you and your interests. Functionally, artwork can be the focal point that draws your eye in as you enter a space and makes your room feel longer and more spacious. Artwork can also be the thing that makes the occasional chair & lamp in the corner make sense and all feel like it’s supposed to be there. As you can see, it’s crucial to the success of your space so we have to get it right!
First thing’s first, you need to know where to get it. To ensure that your space has that “affordable-stylish” glow, you can trust that all of the suggestions you will find here have the “Interiors Girl Can Afford” stamp of approval.
What would you do if I said you could have a really cute and original artwork hanging from your wall for under $10??? First up, I’m going to give you what could be my most genius idea ever.
Rifle Paper & Co | I’m a big fan of this brand. Their graphic, pretty floral signature appeals to me so strongly that I must resist buying every kind of note pad that they produce. Mostly… because I don’t write THAT many notes down. Rifle & Co create a range of art prints that you can buy online along with their various local stockists. They sell art prints of their core collection of beautiful floral illustrations and some really amazing (and really not lame) word art. I recently also came across their range of gift wrap as I was browsing Pentimento, Newtown. I bought a few sheets (roughly $7 or $8 each) and they P E R F E C T L Y slid into an IKEA frame. A fantastic adornment for my walls for almost next to nothing. It couldn’t get better. Go there, here!
Independent Artists | Finding independent artists is pretty easy since the invention of Instagram. I find that if you visit their website or send them a quick email, depending on the artist their pieces can often be modestly priced. An amazing example is an artist called Fipe Gouge Merrall who is originally Australia although currently based in Sweden. I purchased a nude from her a few years ago that I seriously love and cherish. I asked her to create a piece for me and she let me choose a colour scheme and canvas size to suit my space! Fipe does also have a range of art prints ready to buy from her online store which sell for roughly $100 which is absolutely a bargain. Her work suits my aesthetic really well, with her use of colour and soft fluid lines she achieves a beautiful result that compliments my home so perfectly. Go there, here!
Another incredible artist that I’ve been swoooooning over lately is Sha’an d’Anthes, a local Sydney illustrator who creates brilliant and delightful artwork. Following her on Instagram is a dream as you watch her un-wrapping the cutest Japanese water coloured paints one day and painting a magical mural in Cambodia the next. The vibrancy and playful quality of her artwork makes it an absolute joy to encounter. Luckily for us, Sha’an has an online store and if you’re destined to, you’ll pick up one of her art prints before they sell out. I don’t own anything by Sha’an just yet but soon… I’ll just be here, refreshing Sha’an’s online store until that “sold out” sign disappears. Go there, here!
I’ve got a lot more artwork sourcing tips for you coming up in part 2 of Artwork, How to Get it & Where To Put it. I’m really looking forward to showing you the rest of this post! Keep and eye out!
Until next time! xx