Favorite Etsy Artists Part Deux

I wrote about some of our favorite etsy artists some time ago and its time to add to that list!  I LOVE art from etsy because its unique, its personal and sometimes they can be an inexpensive way to add some art to your walls.  Here are some of my new favorites:

If you like the winsomeness of watercolor, Laura Row Studio is the place to go.  She does some beautiful work of ginger jars, custom pet portraits, landscape and her recent work seems to be a little darker (color-wise, not theme-wise) and I’m loving all of it!

For inexpensive abstract art, Celine Printables is a good way to fill up some of those voids in your gallery wall.  Not everything on your should be loud and patterned, honestly that would just be a little overwhelming.  Sometimes, a little abstract pattern goes a long way toward mellowing down a wall and drawing your eye to the brighter pieces, while simultaneously providing it a place to rest.  Celine Printables is a instant download site meaning you’ll need to take your print somewhere to get printed but for $5 a print, its a great deal.

Another inexpensive instant download store is Melinda Wood Designs.  She does abstract geometric type art, plant and cacti photography (who doesn’t love a good cactus!) .  In fact, we have her modern mountains on our kitchen shelf right now and we’ll be adding on some cacti prints because every single cactus I’ve ever owned has died on me so I’ll be sticking to prints from now on.

Last and most certainly not least, we have one of my absolute favorites: Janet Hill Studio.  Janet Hill is amazing.  Her art is quirky, very 1950s and it always adds that needed pop of color to a room.  Everyone and I mean everyone who has seen her art in my home always ask – who’s that piece by?  Check her out, you won’t regret it!

Have fun collecting!

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Favorite Etsy Artists

Favorite Etsy Artists

Part of interior design is filling your home with art and I truly believe that art makes a house a home.  You may not know this about me, but I love to paint.  In fact, many of the pieces we have at home right now are originals painted by me!  Originals that only Kristen would buy, but hey, at least I can tout that I have originals!  I’d had hope to show some of my art in this post but everything is packed in boxes right now!  Well, just gives me an excuse to dedicate to whole post to home made art!

All that said, I love browsing Etsy for art because it is not only affordable, its by someone who may or may not be a full time artist but more importantly, its by someone who has something unique to say that hasn’t been pushed through galleries or mass printing.  Sure the Audrey Hepburn canvas from Ikea is nice, but I’d bet a pretty penny that thousands of folks have that hanging on their living room walls.  So here are some of my favorite Etsy artists right now.  I’m definitely teetering over which ones I should buy for the new home – choices choices choices!  I wish I could get them all!

–  Definitely a blogger favorite!  I love her work that uses strong muted colors like blues, blacks and greens.  They stand out well on a neutral wall.  I also love her theme of the hidden face (which is common amongst some of the other Etsy artists I’ve highlighted) – there’s just something mysterious about that draws you in!
–  I first came across Kai Samuel Davis on another blog and fell utterly in love.  His pieces showcase so much movement that it bring life to a wall.  It makes you want to look a little deeper to figure out what’s going on.  Love it!
–  I love David Llyod’s figure abstracts – especially the ones painted from behind (see my love for the hidden face??).  I’m not an art aficionado but there’s just something about his figure paintings that scream sophistication.
–  I hate to beat a dead horse but do you see my obsession with the hidden face?  Add that to my love for hair styles and Elizabeth Mayville is my kind of artist!  I love the neutral backgrounds she uses – all this just makes her subject pop that much more against a neutral wall.  Pair this with some more neutral pieces and you have a really attractive gallery.
–  I actually came across this piece on Framebridge‘s site and I think the quirkiness of this piece would look great in a home office!
–  Young House Love first introduced me to Samantha French and really what’s there not to love?  Its bright, vibrant and the rippling water just makes you wish you owned a pool!  (We don’t own one so we might end up jumping into our bathtub instead!)
–  Again, hooray for the quirky – something that is a little less serious but always beautiful.