November 24, 2015 Decor Creating a Meaningful Art Collection I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more important our home has become to us. Yes, we live in a rental, but making it a place that’s a reflection of us and makes us feel cozy, happy and relaxed when we’re there is important. A big part of that has been art. I studied art in school, so I’ve always had a love an appreciation for art, the process and vision that goes into each piece and as I get older, it’s been more and more important to me to fill our home with pieces that I absolutely love. One of the toughest things about art? The cost. There’s no question that it can get pricey, but thankfully there’s now options that make high-quality, unique art more affordable and attainable. Enter Minted. If you weren’t already aware, Minted sells gorgeous art prints in addition to their paper products you’re used to seeing. In fact, I actually sell my art prints through Minted! Anyway, the real point of this story is to show off this new addition. I recently added this stunning ‘All is Quiet’ horse print to our bedroom and I couldn’t be happier with my decision! Selecting and buying art is a process though and there’s always a few things I consider before buying a piece. 1. What Meaning Does it Have to You A lot of times I have purchased art because it brings back a particular memory or means something to me and Rob, but it most certainly does not have to! I don’t ride horses and I’ve never lived anywhere rural, but this photograph simple captured me. It makes me feel peaceful and calm and that is a feeling I can always use more of! 2. Buy What You Like You have to live with what you purchased, so buy something that you really love and before you hit ‘Buy’, make sure it’s a piece you won’t get sick of anytime soon! It’s also okay to buy a piece simply because you love it. 3. Think Long Term Don’t buy a piece just because it fits into that one corner of your rental space. You won’t live there forever and if you’re only buying it because it works in that one spot, it’s probably not a good idea. Invest in pieces that you’ll want to see for years to come. I know this neutral and soft print will always find a home. 4. Feel a Connection Whether or not the piece you want has a direct connection to you, it should evoke some emotion that draws you towards it. Like I mentioned earlier, the straight forward stance of the horse and soft eyes gives me the feeling that the horse can truly see me and it passes its peacefulness onto me whenever I look at it. I purchased a lot of prints when I first moved into an apartment that didn’t fulfill these things and I’ve slowly been replacing them with meaningful pieces I love to create a home that’s tailored to us. What thoughts go through your head when you’re purchasing a piece of art? If you’re looking to update your home or redecorate, I highly recommend checking out Minted for art. The selection is big, but very well-curated and you can order your prints framed or unframed. Mine came framed and saved me a ton of time and money trying to find someone in the city to frame the piece. And lastly, if you’re looking for gift ideas, Minted’s customizable art collection is perfect! You can upload your own artwork or photos to create stunning art prints — silhouettes of your kids or pets, custom maps, drawings, wedding vows and house portraits are all available. They also come with tons of options like colors, framing, gold foil and letterpress, so get creative! The very best part? These prints start at just $41 which makes them perfect for gifts in my opinion! P.S. The ShopBop Sale starts today! You can use code GOBIG15 to save on your order — stop by tomorrow too because I’m sharing my top 15 picks from the ShopBop Sale! Thanks to Minted for the beautiful artwork!