|The fab staircase in J Crew, Regent Street. Photo by Erica Davies|
I'm a believer that an house unfilled with Art is a lonely house. But it doesn't have to be orignal Damien Hirst to be cool, there are so many fab brands out there selling affordable pieces or stores trying to bridge the gap between high end and mid market.
|My Slim Aarons print from Yellow Korner|
|'Love' print, £15 via Big Jon|
When it comes to Art, I am in the Jenna Lyons school of thought - more is more. And that means it can't all be expensive. I love collecting nick nacks from around the world - I bought a vintage map from New York for $1 and spent the money having it framed, and my husband and I loved finding the perfect print whilst on honeymoon in Japan - a piece I love still every time I see it. I mix old family photos with modern prints from Etsy and small boutiques I find on Instagram.
|Our collage wall, comprising on prints bought from Etsy, Tate Britain, old photos and records owned by my grandmother-in-law|
|Print by Sarah Maple at The Other Art Fair. Mount Fuji print bought from the antiques street in Kyoto, Japan.|
|Left to right: Painting by our talented friend David Northedge (he also does bespoke framing should you need - Sharp Objects), print by Lola Donaghue at Etsy, Swiss Cross typography poster from Etsy, 'Two eggs in a bowl' a wedding gift from another talented friend Theo Platt|
One of those fab instagram finds (through one of my interiors obsessions Dee Campling). They do cool graphic prints, typography as well as landscapes - and the styling on the site is pretty great, too.
2. THE OTHER ART FAIR
I love to browse the Art fairs, if not always to buy (I love the Affordable Art Fair too, but this one is far less busy). It's a great mixture of established artists as well as others on the rise and a real range of pricepoints (and no one was snooty when I asked about prices - I got the impression this wasn't the done thing at Frieze!).
I love the feel of this website - unpretentious and with interesting collaborations bringing a new wave of accessibility, this is definitely a site to note down.
|Print on fine art paper: €19, Balibart|
4. THE POSTER CLUB
|Kate Moss poster print: £75|
I am obsessed with these map prints, and you can even design your own! They'd make such good gifts too, to remind someone of a special place - but which place to pick...?
6. PRINT CLUB LONDON
Working to bring affordability and accessibility to the art scene, and the team curate their own annual poster show called 'Blisters'. On their site you can find prints from rising artists such as Cassandra Yap (below) and - one of my favourites - Ben Eine.
Minted is just one of those sites who hit on something, originally starting out with cool, bespoke stationery and since growing with interiors and art prints (fine art, photography and independent artists). The prints are really affordable, but shipping less so - but it kind of evens out. The best part is the customising aspect - you can have it with or without the Artist's signature, different types of frame etc - and this all adjusts the price accordingly.
|Limited edition print, starting from $23, Minted|
I probably mention this site every time I talk about art prints, but I just really love what Lumitrix are doing. They've moved more into Fine Art but you can also find some really affordable pieces here, too.
|Small print, £120, Lumitrix|
Remember the days when every student had a New York print with the taxi club whooshing past in bright yellow..? Well they're long gone, and the poster section of ikea really impressed me last time I was in. They have access to the Norman Parkinson archive and starting at £6 for a print, you can't really go wrong...