Wednesday, February 22, 2017

8 Stylish Wine Racks

8 Stylish Wine Racks | Kayla Lynn

As my boyfriend can attest to, I LOVE wine. We don't give each other formal Valentine's Day gifts, but his unofficial gift to me is always a phenomenal dinner and a really nice bottle of wine to go with it. Thanks to my monthly subscription to Winc, there's usually a bottle or two (or four) laying around the house. And I mean that literally, they just lay down on their sides on the counter because one too many dry brittle corks from Trader Joe's has made me paranoid about proper wine storage. 

Which brings me to my current dilemma; I am in need of a wine rack (and have been for a while). I like the idea of having a small X shaped wine rack built right into my cabinetry, but obviously that's not possible in our apartment. Another option is to buy a bar cart with built-in wine storage or a stand-alone wine shelving unit equipped with a plethora of wine slots (hello home wine cellar) but I already own a bar cart and most wine racks are way too large and have too much capacity for my purposes (not to mention they're downright ugly).

This leaves me searching for something small and attractive that I can put on my counter or on the bottom shelf of my existing bar cart. No more bottles rolling around on the counter! Below are my picks for stylish and chic counter-top wine racks, ranging from both new and vintage. It's hard to choose a favorite!

1. Gold Hexagonal Wine Rack $62
Apparently this one is currently backordered but you can fine one exactly like it here
2. Vintage Wooden Accordion Wine Rack 35
3. Hexa Stacking Wine Rack
Can you actually buy this one?
4. 11-Bottle Copper Wine Rack $49.95
5. Small Brighton Rustic Farmhouse Iron Leather Wine Rack Holder $55
6. Karl Stacking Wine Rack $79.95
7. Sierra Folding Wine Rack $27
8. Vintage Boho Chic Wine Rack $50

Which one is your favorite?


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Style Trend: Fuzzy "Teddy" Coats

Style Trend: Fuzzy "Teddy" Coats | Kayla Lynn

I know, I know, I know. It's almost March. The potential for warm weather is just around the corner and no one wants to talk about COATS right now. While I hate to crush any springtime dreams, it's still cold outside folks. And in the PNW, you have no idea from one day to the next whether it's going to be 40 and rainy or 70 and sunny, especially in the spring. And Pinterest, the highest authority in the land, says winter outfit inspiration posts and OOTDs are still going strong so deal with it. 

I'm on Pinterest every day, and it's been a truly indispensable source of inspiration for me over the years. If (God forbid) Pinterest ever crashed I have no doubt that I would throw myself to the ground wherever I was and cry (and probably take time off work for mental health reasons). Part of what I love about Pinterest is that it tends to serve as a really good gauge of what's popular and trending across many different industries, including fashion, interior design, health and wellness, and wedding design. You tend to see images reflecting certain trends appearing over and over again on your Pinterest feed, and lately one that has been cropping up nonstop for me has been images of women clad in these super fuzzy coats and jackets. 

Photo: Shopstyle

Photo: Shopstyle

Photo: Shopstyle

My initial reaction: those coats look god awful. Like you're wearing carpet or something. But you know how when you hear a new song on the radio, and at first you don't really like it but then you hear it over and over and start to think it actually sounds pretty good? These coats are just like that; 
 the more I started to see images of these super fuzzy coats the more I started to think You know, they aren't COMPLETELY terrible. They do look incredibly comfy after all. I've heard them referred to feeling very soft and warm, like "teddy bear hugs," and honestly who isn't on board with that? 

I didn't have to do a lot of looking around to see that this trend isn't new by any means. Whether at Paris Fashion Week in 2014 or New York Fashion Week this last week, fuzzy faux shearling coats have been gracing fashionable streets for years. I'm fully aware that spring is around the corner and everyone is eager to cast their warm coats aside and don their sandals and rompers, but now is a great time to try and hit up end-of-season sales and pick up a "teddy bear hug" of your own, because there's a good chance the trend will be back next season!


Photo: Take Aim

Photo: Pinterest


Photo: Honestly WTF

Please note: I am all for giving credit where credit is due. Unfortunately, image sharing sites like Pinterest and Tumblr can be black holes for original content, and finding the owner of the content can be tough. I was not able to connect all of these photos to their proper sources, so if you recognize any content or see that it is improperly credited please let me know!

Thanks for visiting, and Happy President's Day! (Be sure to check out those sales!)


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection Is Here

Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection is Here | Kayla Lynn

You guys. The new spring collection from Anthropologie is HERE, and it's pretty freaking amazing to say the least. I want to cram all of it into my 602 sq. ft. apartment right now. It's bright, it's fresh, and it's relaxing, just how I want my home to feel when springtime rolls around and the sun starts to make more of an appearance from behind the gray Pacific Northwest clouds. This new collection, replete with color and texture, is casual with a smattering of elegance brought out by the brass furnishings and timeless silhouettes. 

According to their website, this season they sought to create "a collection that fuses the natural & modern worlds into elevated pieces for everyday use." Their home collection takes inspiration from many different sources, from contemporary art in their gold accent collection to warm and cool tones reminiscent of the sun and moon in their marble and brass starburst design. Every detail in this collection is thoughtfully crafted and produced by Anthropologie's designers and craftsman, and I for one am greatly appreciative of the dedication and style displayed here. 

Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection is Here | Kayla Lynn
Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection is Here | Kayla Lynn
Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection is Here | Kayla Lynn
Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection is Here | Kayla Lynn
Anthropologie's Spring Home Collection is Here | Kayla Lynn

Here are some of my favorite from the new collection, but definitely head over the the website to explore the full collection. You can also request one of their upcoming catalogs here (I definitely did!).

 
 
 
  

1. Velvet Ardmore Chair $1298
2. Paisley Silk Carpet Ottoman $2998
3. Brass Starburst Coffee Table $998
4. Elowen Chair $398
5. Gold Accent Dessert Plate $24
6. Motion Lines 3 Wall Art $598

What are some of your favorite pieces from the new spring collection? Let me know in the comments!
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday (Shopping) Motivation

Monday (Shopping) Motivation | Kayla Lynn

Happy Monday folks! I thought I'd add a little bit of pretty to the beginning of your week by showing you some of the beautiful home goods and accessories I collected over the weekend. My Pinterest board is brimming with goodies such as these and I just had to share.

1. Mobile Chandelier: Not that I'm actually in the market for a chandelier (I don't think my landlord would be very thrilled about it), but if I was this one from West Elm has my name all over it.

2. Adidas Gazelle Sneakers: I'm going on a trip next month that will require a lot of walking, so I'm thinking about picking up some casual tennis shoes to walk around in without looking TOO touristy.

3. Golden Angle Carafe: I love how perfectly imperfect this carafe is; I need it on my counter ASAP.

4. Mason Vegan Travel Satchel: I don't really have a good oversized bag for travel yet but with my trip coming up I'm thinking about finally pulling the trigger on this satchel I've been eyeing from Sole Society.

5. Cream Linen Stripe Oversized Throw Pillow: Because I need some oversized pillows in my life. And because I saw it on Emily Henderson's blog and I have to have everything she posts.

6. Magan Tasseled Mule: This spring I'm resolving that I MUST get myself a pair of mules. I'm in love with these mule/loafers from Steve Madden and they come in several stunning colors including silver and dusty blue. I'll take one of each please.

7. Faux Leather Throw Pillow: The cognac leather color is one that I'm really loving at the moment (in case you haven't noticed); a throw pillow is the perfect way to bring the color and texture into my bedroom (I'm craving a bedroom makeover).

8. Tassel Throw Blanket: I was super impressed when I learned this blanket was from Target. It's just another reason why Target is my FAVORITE place in the world.

9. Alto Earrings: These beautiful earrings are on SALE for $8 from Furbish right now. I kid you not. They were originally $38, and a part of me is convinced that the price is a typo. Get them while you can!

10. Rustic Farmhouse Iron Leather Wine Rack: I joined Winc towards the end of the summer (I think... time flies when you're drinking wine) and I've actually been loving it. I get to try new wines that I would never have tried otherwise, and with all the wine around it would seem that I need to get myself a wine rack.

That's all guys! If you're craving even more pretty gems such as these, feel free to pop over to my Pinterest wish list. Thanks for stopping by, and as always feel free to share or drop me a comment if you loved this post.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

Every year, Pantone, the ultimate color authority across multiple industries, gathers its finest colorists and pop culture experts for a multi-day conference to discuss some of the season's hottest colors. Taking note of popular colors cropping up on the fashion runway, in street art, and even in the automobile industry, the experts deliberate to choose the color that best expresses the sentiments and events of the current time. Whichever color receives the honor of being named the Pantone Color of the Year inevitably becomes an influential factor on many different creative fronts, from interior design to wedding planning to product design. Pantone contracts and consults with many different companies,  including small kitchen appliance companies like Kitchen Aid and Keurig. 

The color of 2017, Greenery (15-0343), was aptly chosen for many reasons. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, "Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose." In short, the color represents a growing desire to disconnect from digital media and forge more meaningful connections with the people and the environment around us.

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Hi Miss Puff

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Domino Mag

Greenery is already popping up all over the place. Many brides this wedding season are opting for garlands of lush foliage instead of flower bouquets, emerald glassware, and fun green wedding shoes. Even interior design is reflecting the influence that Pantone has over the industry, with pops of green furniture and bright house plants beginning to appear more prominently in living and dining rooms all over the country. 

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Article

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

What I really love about Greenery is the fact that it's so versatile, and pairs really well with darker shades of green. Whether you use a little or a lot, there are so many ways to use this color to make a big impact.

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn
Photo: Thou Swell

The outdoor-indoor trend of bringing plants indoors is still alive and going strong as well. If you haven't jumped on board with getting yourself a house plant then now is the perfect time to do so. There are many benefits of houseplants beyond just decoration, although if you're not all the into buying yourself a bright green chair or painting a wall then I think bringing literal greenery into your home will be the best way for you to capitalize on this color moment. Ferns, a fiddle leaf fig tree (I've always wanted one!), green hydrangeas, bells of Ireland, succulents, and calla lilies are all great plants that come in nice bright green hues. 

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

Pantone Color of the Year: Greenery | Kayla Lynn

As you can hopefully see, this bright green color is nothing to balk at. It's actually quite easy to incorporate into any room of your home with no wallpaper or furniture shopping required. This versatile color provides great design opportunities for the minimalist as well as the daring interior designers and decorators out there looking to make a big statement. It pairs super well with white, dark green, light pink, and you can even see hints of yellow in these photos, another color that's trending in the design world right now


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Monday, February 6, 2017

February Reading List

February Reading List | Kayla Lynn

Depending on the time of day, I commute anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour-and-a-half one way on the bus, which means that I spend a lot of time just sitting around. So naturally my commute is the perfect opportunity to bring a book or magazine along and do some reading. I've finally gotten through reading a lot of the books that have sort of just been laying around at my place for months (I'm a compulsive bargain book shopper; Only $4 for this book? Sold.), which means that I'm in the market for some new reading material. Below are some of the books I'm really hoping to get my hands on this month! Check them out:

February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Bryn Greenwood

All The Ugly And Wonderful Things: A Novel


I recently read an excerpt of this book on Amazon and I'm super eager to get my hands on the rest of this book! You can rest assured that I will be ordering this book on Amazon very soon.
A beautiful and provocative love story between two unlikely people and the hard-won relationship that elevates them above the Midwestern meth lab backdrop of their lives.
As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.
By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. A powerful novel you won’t soon forget, Bryn Greenwood's All the Ugly and Wonderful Things challenges all we know and believe about love.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Gloria Steinem

My Life on the Road


Gloria Steinem had an itinerant childhood. When she was a young girl, her father would pack the family in the car every fall and drive across country searching for adventure and trying to make a living. The seeds were planted: Gloria realized that growing up didn’t have to mean settling down. And so began a lifetime of travel, of activism and leadership, of listening to people whose voices and ideas would inspire change and revolution.

My Life on the Road is the moving, funny, and profound story of Gloria’s growth and also the growth of a revolutionary movement for equality—and the story of how surprising encounters on the road shaped both. From her first experience of social activism among women in India to her work as a journalist in the 1960s; from the whirlwind of political campaigns to the founding of Ms. magazine; from the historic 1977 National Women’s Conference to her travels through Indian Country—a lifetime spent on the road allowed Gloria to listen and connect deeply with people, to understand that context is everything, and to become part of a movement that would change the world.

In prose that is revealing and rich, Gloria reminds us that living in an open, observant, and “on the road” state of mind can make a difference in how we learn, what we do, and how we understand each other.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Erin Loechner

Chasing Slow


Unwrapping photos of this book by beauty, design, and lifestyle bloggers abound on Instagram, so naturally I feel like I should join the club and pick up a copy of my own. Not to mention the beautiful minimal cover that will make for an excellent coffee table book. 

Viral sensation and HGTV.com star Erin Loechner knows about the chase. Before turning 30, she'd built a fan base of one million women worldwide and earned the title “The Nicest Girl Online” as she was praised for her authentic voice and effortless style. The New York Times applauded her, her friends and church admired her, and her husband and baby adored her. 
She had arrived at the ultimate destination.
So why did she feel so lost? 
In Chasing Slow, Erin turns away from fast and fame and frenzy. Follow along as she blazes the trail toward a new-fashioned lifestyle—one that will refresh your perspective, renew your priorities, and shift your focus to the journey that matters most. Through a series of steep climbs—her husband's brain tumor, bankruptcy, family loss, and public criticism—Erin learns just how much strength it takes to surrender it all, and to veer right into grace. 
Life's answers are not always hidden where they seem. It's time to venture off the beaten path to see that we’ve already been given everything we need. We've already arrived. 
You see?
You'll see.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Amy Gustine

You Should Pity Us Instead


In vivid, searing prose, the stories in You Should Pity Us Instead explore the complex and often contradictory impulses of love, obligation, and morality. An Israeli woman who sneaks into Gaza to reclaim her captive son from militants finds finds herself assisting in a stranger's difficult childbirth. Two families- one atheist and one Christian- confront the limitations of their beliefs. In nineteenth-century Ellis Island, a doctor marks life-changing verdicts on the backs on immigrants in blue chalk. You Should Pity Us Instead announces Amy Gustine as an artist of dynamic, capacious vision and generosity. 


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Helen Oyeyemi

What Is Your Is Not Yours


Playful, ambitious, and exquisitely imagined, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is cleverly built around the idea of keys, literal and metaphorical. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret—Oyeyemi’s keys not only unlock elements of her characters’ lives, they promise further labyrinths on the other side. In “Books and Roses” one special key opens a library, a garden, and clues to at least two lovers’ fates. In “Is Your Blood as Red as This?” an unlikely key opens the heart of a student at a puppeteering school. “‘Sorry’ Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea” involves a “house of locks,” where doors can be closed only with a key—with surprising, unobservable developments. And in “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That Don't You Think,” a key keeps a mystical diary locked (for good reason). 
 
Oyeyemi’s tales span multiple times and landscapes as they tease boundaries between coexisting realities. Is a key a gate, a gift, or an invitation? What Is Not Yours Is Not Yourscaptivates as it explores the many possible answers.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Matthew Desmond

Evicted


Working in downtown Seattle, the plight of the unemployed, the disabled, and the homeless is an incredibly visible and heartbreaking dilemma. Seattle is quickly becoming the number one city in the country in homelessness, and it's an issue that Harvard sociologist Matthew Desmond calls a uniquely "American" problem.

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.
The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced  into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.
Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Jung Yun

Shelter


Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he and his wife, Gillian, have lived beyond their means. Now their debts and bad decisions are catching up with them, and Kyung is anxious for his family’s future. 
A few miles away, his parents, Jin and Mae, live in the town’s most exclusive neighborhood, surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Growing up, they gave him every possible advantage—private tutors, expensive hobbies—but they never showed him kindness. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. Yet when an act of violence leaves Jin and Mae unable to live on their own, the dynamic suddenly changes, and he’s compelled to take them in. For the first time in years, the Chos find themselves living under the same roof. Tensions quickly mount as Kyung’s proximity to his parents forces old feelings of guilt and anger to the surface, along with a terrible and persistent question: how can he ever be a good husband, father, and son when he never knew affection as a child? 
As Shelter veers swiftly toward its startling conclusion, Jung Yun leads us through dark and violent territory, where, unexpectedly, the Chos discover hope. Shelter is a masterfully crafted debut novel that asks what it means to provide for one's family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Torre DeRoche

Love with a Chance of Drowning


With Valentine's Day coming up shortly, it would't feel like a proper February reading list if I didn't put at least one love story on it. 

City girl Torre DeRoche isn't looking for love, but a chance encounter in a San Francisco bar sparks an instant connection with a soulful Argentinean man who unexpectedly sweeps her off her feet. The problem? He's just about to cast the dock lines and voyage around the world on his small sailboat, and Torre is terrified of deep water. However, lovesick Torre determines that to keep the man of her dreams, she must embark on the voyage of her nightmares, so she waves good-bye to dry land and braces for a life-changing journey that's as exhilarating as it is terrifying. 

Somewhere mid-Pacific, she finds herself battling to keep the old boat, the new relationship, and her floundering sanity afloat. . . .

This sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and always poignant memoir is set against a backdrop of the world's most beautiful and remote destinations. Equal parts love story and travel memoir, Love with a Chance of Drowning is witty, charming, and proof positive that there are some risks worth taking.


February Reading List | Kayla Lynn


Shari Lapena

The Couple Next Door


This book has been on my reading list for months, and I'm hoping that maybe this will finally be the month that I get around to picking up a copy.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.
Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.
What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a familya chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.


What books are on your reading list this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, February 3, 2017

These Misconceptions Are Holding You Back From Buying Art

These Misconceptions Are Holding You Back From Buying Art | Kayla Lynn

If you read my New Years post a few weeks ago then you know that buying yourself a piece of original art is something I highly recommend that everyone resolves to do in 2017. Seriously. I bought my first piece of original artwork two summers ago (and I started collecting art prints before that) and I have been hooked ever since. My current little art collection consists of five paintings, three mixed media works on paper, and a four limited edition art prints- and I love each and every one of them.

But a lot of people are shy when it comes to buying art, and whether consciously or not many of our perceptions about the whole affair are influenced by some misplaced stereotypes about the artistic set that simply aren't true. Namely that art collecting is a pastime for the wealthy and the elite. But guess what? You don't need a ton of money or any art history know-how to pick up a beautiful piece of art that you absolutely love. Read on to see some of the most common misconceptions holding you back from making the leap busted once and for all.


1. Original art is really expensive
Not true. My first piece of original art was a 12x12" abstract painting that I bought from an artist online for only $55, and the most money I've ever paid for a piece was $250 which is cheaper than a music festival pass and lasts longer than a weekend. It's true that having a lot of extra cash to throw around will make it easier to purchase any and whatever art you want, but buying art on a budget is totally doable (and is nothing to feel inadequate about). All it takes is a little more patience and some thought into what kind of art you are looking for. Many galleries will even work with you on paying for a piece if you really love it; devising a payment plan is not at all uncommon.
Remember: more expensive does not equal better. Art must first and foremost be bought for your own enjoyment and consideration and the amount of money you are willing to invest in that will vary from the amount that someone else is willing to pay and is not an indicator of the inherent quality of the art.


2. You have to go to a formal gallery or art show to find good art
Don't get me wrong, I TOTALLY encourage you to wander through your local galleries or attend an art show if you get the opportunity. Visiting shows and galleries is a great way to expose yourself to stunning artwork and talented artists from around the world but actually going to such places can be a really inconvenient or intimidating experience for some people, especially if you don't really have time to make it to a gallery or if the idea of mingling with others makes you uncomfortable. But there is SO much beautiful artwork for sale online through various digital marketplaces and artists' websites as well as in more casual settings like local craft markets or at a combined cafe/gallery. You can even score some awesome finds at antique stores and flea markets if vintage art is more your style.
Another interesting place to look for art is Instagram. I've managed to discover some really great artists there, and many will do Instagram flash sales that allow you to score beautiful pieces at really great discounts so keep your eyes peeled!

3. You have to be knowledgeable about art to really appreciate it
Insecurity in your own tastes and the feeling that fine art can only be enjoyed by the educated elite is one of the top things that holds people back from making the leap. I read a great article online with art collector Marliana Keys that draws the line between "art literacy" and "art appreciation." You don't need a PhD in Art History or to know every detail about the artist's life in order to be drawn to a piece and enjoy looking at it. In the end your art collection should reflect who you are and what you love, whether you're drawn to the artist and their process or you simply enjoy being in the work's presence (and need it in your house or office right this instant).

Photo: Design Files

4. Art prints aren't as good as originals 
There is a big difference between buying a poster and buying an art print. A poster is basically just a photograph of an image that is reproduced in unlimited quantities by entities not associated with the actual artist and typically uses lower-quality materials. Original art prints, on the other hand, are high-quality, limited-edition clones of the original work and are produced by the artist themselves using a completely different process (and are often signed/numbered). I own both prints and originals, and while I am definitely more attached to the originals you can still support an artist you like by buying their prints; they'll still look great on your walls (Or your bookshelf. Or your dresser. Wherever!).
I've found that prints can also be a great substitute if you LOVE the work of a particular artist but can't really afford their original pieces right now, or if an artist is so popular that getting a hold of their original work is really difficult. I'm in both boats at once with Teil Duncan's art. I adore her paintings, and not only do they sell out before you can finish snapping your fingers, I also don't quite have $2,000 to spend on a barista budget. But I do have two of her prints and they're great.


5. You can't buy (good) art online
As I've already mentioned, online is a really great hassle-free way of shopping for art (it's where I always buy my art pieces). While looking around into the reasons why people don't really get into art buying, however, I was surprised to discover that there is a very vocal body of people that swear up and down that you should never buy art online (and some even went as far as to insist that there just isn't any good-quality artwork for sale in the Internet). That the only way to buy art is to see it in person, touch it, scrutinize the details. Personally I don't think that buying art online is any more risky than buying clothes or makeup or the countless other items that people buy online all the time. Sometimes shoes don't fit quite right or that dress you bought isn't the color you thought it would be; it's simply the risk you take.
I will say, however, that modern technology has come a LONG way, and artists that are committed to maintaining an online storefront frequently upload VERY high quality digital scans of the art for sale. You can even go to their Instagram accounts and get different views of some of the art for sale. You can usually get a really good idea of what the artwork looks like based on the online images, and I've never had a problem with the quality being lower than I was expecting. If anything, the art usually looks even better once you get it in your hands.


So what are you waiting for? Start looking around and researching today; buying original art is really special and serves as a constant reminder of the kinds of things that can be created by those daring and brave enough to share their work with the world-- with you!

Need some help getting started with your search? Stay tuned, because in the next couple weeks I plan to share with you guys some of my favorite marketplaces and artists! In the meantime, you can check out my art collection on Google+ (you know, that random social media platform that no one uses) for my recommendations on artwork for sale.

XOXO,
Kayla
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