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Original Art under £100

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Original Art under £100

On October 4th, 2014 by .

Whilst scouting for affordable artwork to use on an ITV home makeover show (airing in January 2015) I found this fantastic new art website; Original Art Under £100.  The site was created by husband and wife team, Mary Sheridan and Bob Barber from Hertfordshire, in a bid to make original art accessible to everyone, rather than just the privileged few.  As the site’s name suggests, Original Art Under £100 only exhibits original works at prices under £100, and after just 18 months, it has attracted over 80 artists, exhibiting over 700 works; take a look at some examples of art below:

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But what about the quality of the art at this price point? Can you really pick up good original, signed works for under £100? Generally speaking, we found the quality of the art to be pretty good. As you might expect, since everything’s priced under £100, you may have to do a little bit of digging to get to something you really like – but the site is very user friendly and with 700 odd pieces available, there’s certainly no shortage of choice.

Member artists manage to keep their prices so low, because unlike other original art sites (which typically take between 30 & 50% of the sale price), here there’s no commission on sales. Instead artists sell direct to the buyers and pay a small annual fee to exhibit their work. If a customer sees a painting they like, they simply click to contact the artist directly, who emails them back with payment/delivery details.

So if you’re looking for truly affordable original art, hop over to their site and take a look.

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How to: Dine in style for under £10

On September 3rd, 2014 by .

As we move into September, there seems to be lots of talk about an Indian Summer. So, I took full advantage of the hot weather today and styled our brand new garden furniture set for under £10! The 6 seater Keter Montana set is from Homebase and although it looks like rattan, is actually Polypropylene (hard-wearing plastic) which means it’s virtually maintenance free.  It’s also GREAT with sticky little fingers as you can just power wash it without the worry of damage.  I know I’m really going on about the finish, but I love it!  Our old set was wooden and quite frankly, I was getting a little tired of treating it year on year.

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Here’s how I dressed it, for under £10…my runner is an off cut of fabric from a shoot, the flowers from my garden are placed in a little glass tumbler (£5) and my plant is sat in a small galvanized bucket ( 50p thrifty find).  My water bottle was also a charity shop find (£1) and the paper doily’s’ were 20p! Finally, the small ceramic tealight holders are from a supermarket and the vase with roses was £2. So, who says you can’t throw together a table setting for those unexpected guests!

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A single leaf steam looks so pretty on a white plate, especially if you are dining Al Fresco in a garden setting. Neutral accessories will make your flowers and food really stand out.

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Interior Trends: Enduring or Fads?

On August 28th, 2014 by .

I am excited to share with you our Interior Trends talk from this years May Design Series, featuring myself, Heart Home Magazine and Kate Watson-Smyth. Make yourself a coffee, grab a pen and take note as you find out what’s hot and what’s not…!