Vintage Finds: Original Art

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A few weeks ago we had some friends over for brunch and they asked me where I find art for the house. These days there are so many choices for affordable art. Daniella Krysa, a.k.a. The Jealous Curator, has an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G eye for art and she often does a round up of affordable art that is worth the read. Our house features original pieces I’ve collected, photographs, vintage posters, and contemporary prints.

When buying art, my first rule of thumb is buying only if you really like a piece. This may sound obvious, but I think that when thinking of art in the context of decor people often think of whether it will fit the space (color/scale) before they think about whether they like the piece. For me, when it comes to art my first consideration is whether I like it. Second is whether it will fit the space. If it meets those two criteria, then I look at how much it cost. Liking the piece is primordial, because I want the piece to make me smile or think. I don’t want to look at a piece and think, “Oh, that really matches my curtains.” Art should be personal and say something about you.

With all that said, I cannot afford buying original art at the contemporary galleries. So when I am browsing thrift stores or flea markets I am always on the look out for art. This last month I’ve been quite lucky and have found a number of pieces that I’ve liked for not a lot of money.

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Prices on these pieces range from $5 – $30. All of them came signed and framed except the blue/yellow landscape. These were mostly thrift store finds, with the exception of the mountain scape which I found at an estate sale for $20. They are already up in the house. See how they add personality to the spaces they inhabit?

Vintage Modern Living Room Before and After

Without the Portrait

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With the Portrait

Of course, these Vintage Art Finds, are nothing compared to the $15 original PICASSO serigraph that I scored at a salvage yard, that now lives in our playroom. But, luck like that doesn’t come around twice.  How do you dress up your walls?

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