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I'm working hard to collect a little black book with a list of favourite shops, so that for ANY interior look you want to achieve, all that's needed is a glance through my little black book to know where you'll find the goods to create your dream rooms.
This week let me introduce a brand I'm turning to, to populate my home with (fairly) affordable art from independent artists - authentic art.
Since moving into my own place, I've noticed that one of the trickiest parts of decoration, making a house a home, is finding affordable art that speaks to you. I despise art work that's mass-produced. Not in a poncey "art expert" kinda way. Not at all! It's more the thought of canvases sold in Primark that seem to people, to be the only affordable option for them - and everyone has the same! I hate that.
It's like an Etsy for art work. It's a place that champions the talents of local artists from 97 different countries across the world, so you are sure to find something unique, affordable and meaningful to the places you've been to , lived in and love.
My family are all from the Emerald Isle and I've been wanting to bring in concepts of my celtic heritage to my home. I've been spending a lot of time on the Artfinder website to discover new and emerging Irish artists, and scenes from Sligo + Mayo, where we spent many a family holiday, and have found some stunning paintings in different colour schemes available for me to get hold of. The above is a painting by Lesley Birch and I've pulled in colours and fabrics to fit how I'd scheme the room around it. I'd use Sligo Oatmeal fabric from Ulster Weavers (I love the herringbone, tartan, celtic feel) to complement the look.
Artfinder also have a whole array of Brighton artists (this city has a huge art scene I was surprised at a simple search flagging up over 10 pages, whereas Ireland had much fewer!) . Tania Rutland is one to watch for moody and atmospheric works, but there are lots of sketchy illustrative styles for a more modern look too.
I urge you to have a look around the Artfinder website for places that mean a lot to you. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the art work you'll find from even the most remote places.
What sort of art do you love inside your home? Are you on the market for things to hang on your walls?