Art Smart

Ever glanced over a well-dressed space and been totally amazed how perfectly the artwork sets off the overall atmosphere?  The right choice of artwork can truly elevate a space to heavenly altitudes.  You may desire something that subtly melds with the color scheme or something completely out of left field to kick it up a notch.   Art is very important and can easily be the inspiration for a space.  Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find the dream piece or at least something you can afford.

Mavens adamantly enforce that art is a smart investment.  That is true but it is really easy when you have the funds to spend ridiculous paper at Sotheby’s auctions.  For the rest of us regular folk attempting to design champagne sipping rooms on PBR beer budgets, that is a little hard to digest.  Now with the help of the internet, great artwork can be achieved by anyone with a descent Wi-Fi signal.  Check out these great finds from my favorite sources:



Try your hand at the auctions to snag some fine wall jewelry.  I prefer to look for original art “Direct from Artist” and support the struggling artist.  The search tool makes finding the perfect genre much easier.



The more granola cousin of Ebay….Etsy is a virtual flea market for artists and crafters.  They have their own individual stores which allows you to discover the next budding Picasso or Kehinde Wiley.


The Tappan Collective

This fresh new site was started by two young University of Michigan alums with a love of art hoping to assist emerging artists to promote their works and finally make some lunch money.  The girls are on the guest lists at many hot art spots around the world and share their findings on the site which has modest pricing for original artwork and limited edition prints.


Society 6

Society 6 is a little different in that it allows artists from around the world to set up shops to sell their work in various forms.  Not only can you get a cool artwork print, you can also have it applied to t-shirts, an iPhone case and other quirky products.  Strolling through the site is so much fun and can alleviate that 2:30 feeling at work.


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