I was purchasing art for our new home before we’d even completed on it! I knew that it was going to take us time to decide on paint and get all the furniture delivered (although just how much time I couldn’t have predicted!) but art is something that can easily transform a room, especially if you are moving into a new build which is a completely blank canvas.
In the past I’ve shopped online for framed prints that were mostly trend-based purchases. For our new house, however, I wanted to invest in a few paintings and limited edition prints that reflected places which were truly special to us. I searched online for art and photography with a travel-theme, seeking out artists whose style appealed to me, and ended up having art shipped from Cornwall, Copenhagen, the USA and Australia.
If you’re also looking to make a (not too big!) investment into art for your travel home, or want to buy a travel lover in your life a really awesome present, you might like some of these ideas for buying affordable art with a travel theme.
Where to buy affordable art for your travel home
Nina is a Cornwall-based artist who specialises in contemporary seascapes captured from above. I absolutely love her painting style as well as the destinations she portrays – from Cornwall to Costa Rica, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
I chose her Cornish Coast Limited Edition Print (now sold out) to remind us of our recent trip and would love to add one of her original paintings from an overseas location to my collection one day.
(Sorry about the reflection in the picture. I nearly paid extra at the framers for no glare glass and now I regret not doing it!)
You can purchase available artwork direct from Nina’s website. While you’re there, I recommend you sign up to the newsletter to be the first to know about new releases and exhibitions.
Laurie Anne is a fine artist based in Phoenix Arizona who paints gorgeous pastel-hued landscapes of destinations mostly in the USA and Europe.
What I love about her website is you can order her prints on beautiful flat unstretched matte canvas, so the art can be framed with or without glass. I purchased her Olive Hills and Palm Island prints, the former of which I framed without glass so you can really appreciate the texture of the painting and don’t get any glare either. Laurie Anne’s framing tutorials are super helpful with this.
Laurie also paints tiny landscapes, which are an affordable way to invest in an original painting. You just have to be really fast off the mark to get your hands on one. I recommend following @laurieanneart on Instagram for updates.
The first original painting I ever purchased was ‘Home 8’ by Lauren Danger. I discovered Lauren’s work via The Block 2019 (an Aussie home renovation reality show that I am obsessed with) and contacted Lauren directly to purchase a part of this series that celebrates Lauren’s home in The Otways, Australia.
The Otways happen to be a beautiful part of Victoria, which is where my husband is from, so it felt right that the first thing we hung in our new English home was a celebration of his homeland. (Which my home at one point too!)
Lauren was also an absolute pleasure to deal too, helping me to navigate the best shipping options from Australia and get my head around the tax and customs duty payable. I was so happy to see more of her work was featured on the 2020 season of The Block too. I imagine she’s pretty busy with commissions at the moment!
I’ve followed photographer Lucy Laucht on Instagram for a while now and was so excited when she announced she would be offering a limited-edition collection of her film photographs. She describes the collection as:
An ode to sun on hot skin, shimmering blue seas, jasmine and honeysuckle and long, summer afternoons, these vivid, transportive beach scenes ignite nostalgia and wanderlust.
Think that says it all really. I haven’t quite decided which sunny scene to purchase yet but I love how the images evoke memories of summer in the Med. Memories which we’re holding onto ever tighter at the moment.
The Online Boutique
Speaking of Australian artists, I can’t believe it’s taken me until now to discover Greenhouse Interiors, an Aussie store who specialise in boutique designer art and textiles. Their website is stuffed full of incredible affordable original art and limited edition prints from talented Aussie artists. There is something to suit every taste and budget and its really easy to search the website and filter by style, artist, size, price etc.
The great news is they ship internationally. I’ve got a limited edition print on the way and paid $65 AUD (approx £35) to ship it to the UK. The prices on the site are quite reasonable compared to what you pay for prints or canvases in the UK so even with shipping it works out good value. Plus, I just love the style of art they feature. The limited edition print I have on the way is by contemporary Aboriginal artist, Lou Martin and it’s just beautiful.
The TV – yes, really!
Samsung Frame TV
So I know a TV is an usual thing to see on a list of places to buy affordable art for your home but bear with…
Samsung have designed a smart TV that looks just like a piece of art on your wall. The Samsung Frame (affiliate link) comes with a no-gap wall mount, choice of frame colours to match the rest of your decor and (once you sign up to an art subscription service at £3.99 per month) it can display art to match to the rest of your art collection too.
We love the Samsung Frame so much we bought 2 of them – a 32 inch for the dining room and 50 inch for the lounge. I was worried that it was going to be an expensive fad but Justin agrees with me that’s it’s a really smart piece of technology.
As it’s a smart TV its got all the standard apps and streaming services, our 50 inch is 4k HDR, and there’s a huge library of art to choose from, including classics and contemporary curations. You can search by subject, colour, medium or artists and add a fancy looking mount to give it more depth. While we haven’t fooled anyone into believing it’s an actual painting yet they can’t believe it’s a TV either!
Best websites for unique prints
I’ve also purchased some unique prints from the following websites:
Paper Collective – unique Scandi-style limited edition prints and graphic designs curated by a company based in Denmark
Poster Club – gorgeous Nordic style art posters and prints from another Copenhagen-based business
Anthropologie – have a large colourful collection of framed wall art
Is there anywhere you go to for affordable original art that I haven’t covered here?
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