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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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Trend: Monochrome Interiors

On April 18th, 2013 by .

Everyone is going mad for the Monochrome trend right now, so here are a few black and white rooms which I think are really successful.  Although it’s a simple palette, the question is what ‘style’ of Monochrome do you go for?  Romantic: delicate and decorative textiles with pretty ceramics, Graphic: strong geometric pattern, clean lines and an abundance of black and white prints or Industrial: lots of textures, warehouse style with faded linens and a hint of charcoal.  I know, I know, sorry to add more options, but this is worth considering before you start planning!  One thing is for sure, the strong black and white theme will be certain to add impact and drama to any room in the home.

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Introducing: St Aidan's Homeware Store

On December 3rd, 2012 by .

I am always on the hunt for new and exciting interior finds, so when this email popped into my inbox, I had to share it with you.  Launched by Joe McIntyre, the previous Art Director of Coast magazine, St Aidan’s is an online homeware store selling a collection of quirky and cool finds. Having had a life long passion for interiors, when Joe was faced with redundancy, he this felt like this was the right time to fulfil his dream of a homeware business.

“I set up St Aidan’s as a place to help source those quirky, cool finds that help give our homes a bit more personality. There’s some great Bloomingville products in the store as well as original works from artists and ceramists along with some fantastic vintage finds.”  Be sure to take a look at his site as I am sure you will love the collection as much as I do.