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From Start To Furnish

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Where To Shop For Artwork

You're long since past hanging up posters, and the family 8x10s on the wall are nice, but... you're ready for something more. You want ART - soul-stirring stuff! - that will set your home apart and delight your senses. 

As an interior designer, I have the inside track to all the best places to shop for artwork. When you think of decking your walls, you might immediately think of the cheesy prints at Hobby Lobby, but I have a list of better resources. If you're in the market for artwork for your home, check out these five sources.

 

1stdibs

If you don't already know about 1stdibs, never fear, you do now.  I love, love, love this website.  They bring all of the world's most fabulous boutique stores online and into your home.  I love to peruse their site for all things beautiful and unique.  You can purchase antiques, jewelry, art, furniture and vintage clothing just to name a few items.  Many stores that I have been into in Dallas and Houston are on 1stdibs.  I can look at their inventory if I am searching for something in particular.  They also have a fabulous online magazine and blog that I always find fascinating.  AND there's the Saturday Sale.  Every Saturday, selected vendors post markdowns.  I never miss it.  You never know what treasures might catch your fancy. Sign up for their email list and you will receive the magazine and blog and reminders of the Saturday Sale.  To quote them 

At 1stdibs, we’re here to connect the world’s best dealers, finest shops and most important galleries with individuals like you: the world’s most sophisticated collectors, designers and curators.
— 1stdibs.com

Does it get any better than that?

Art.com

Art.com  is an extensive website offering affordable art for all styles, tastes, and budgets. They offer canvas art, photographic art, murals, etchings, art on metal, framed objects and many more styles. They also offer framing options and their customer service to help you make selections is second to none. 

We exist so you can have the art you love. This means giving you easy access to incredible art images and top-notch craftsmanship. Because when you find art you love, you’ll love your space more... and that’s what it’s all about.
— art.com

Etsy

You probably know of etsy already for all things handcrafted. This website is perfect for people with anything handmade to sell their goods. You can find baby clothes, jewelry, calligraphers - you name it! Also, you can find great wall art in all kinds of mediums. I have used them many times to find something truly unique and affordable for the very thing to set off a space. You can also communicate directly to the artist so that they can create something special just for you. 

Within our markets, millions of people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods.
— etsy.com

20X200.com

This website is a fairly new discovery for me, but I like what I've seen! All the work is unique to their company and they support a handful of new artists. They advertise they sell prints from $24 to $10,000, so something for everything. And they offer a wide variety of styles. Their motto is "Art for Everyone" and I can see that that is possible within their stellar selections.

Local Galleries

The best place to source unique artwork is your local galleries.  I admire artists and their talent and certainly want to support them.  Take a day and peruse your local galleries.  Here, in Nacogdoches, quite a few.  We have several talented artists within the university and beyond.  There are many surprises in our little burg. Look around your neck of the woods and support your local art community.

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Jill OrnelasAmbiance