Review: buying affordable art online with Artfinder

Buying affordable art online is something that is becoming quite popular. I regularly post about art, as I believe it brings joy to people’s lives and can add real personality to a home. Art is in fact an important ingredient in my designs for clients and I always suggest to people to invest in some artworks if they don’t own pieces already, and it really doesn’t need to cost the earth. Without it, I feel a room is just not complete! I wrote a blog post recently about how and where to buy art in which I mentioned online galleries as a good way to browse art in a non-threatening way. Today I am reviewing Artfinder.

Discovering original art is becoming a lot easier with sites such as Artfinder popping up on the net, offering a service that takes any barriers out of the buying process. Buying art can feel a little bit alien to some, but just saving images as favourites as if you were on Pinterest makes things a doddle.

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Hybrid No:19, collage on paper by Leigh Bagley
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Landscape, Acrylic painting on Canvas, by Nadia Moniati


As you are saving your favourites, the site recommends other artists and works you may like, a bit like Spotify, so if you don’t know exactly what your taste in art is, then you may form yourself a much clearer idea after browsing the site for some time and regularly clicking on the ‘like’ button.

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Diamond (Rose), Linocut on Paper, by Liam Roberts


Of course, there is more to art than only large abstract paintings – try browsing the printmaking section for beautiful contemporary graphic pieces for example. I enjoy receiving tailored suggestions or seeing “The daily finds”, as it is a good way of sifting through the huge amount of art that is on offer as well as discovering pieces you may nog have come across otherwise.

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Cat in Teal Green, Screenprint on Paper
by Lu West


You can get an original piece of art on Artfinder from less than £50, so it is very affordable and so much more personal than buying a mass produced canvas from the home section of a high street department store (who buys these things anyway?). The nice thing is also that you get to read about the artist who made it, often with a bit of background about the artwork. Artfinder supports artists from around the world, which means you can buy internationally.

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Through a Courtyard (relief), Relief on Panel / Board / MDF, by Liam Hennessy


Many of the works come framed and ready to hang, which is a welcome bonus. Do double check the sizes though, as many artworks are small. Nothing worse than receiving your purchase in the post and opening a tiny parcel when you expected a huge canvas! Shipping costs are given upfront so you know exactly what you are paying. And if you are looking for an original birthday, graduation or Christmas present, there is always the gift card option.

Do you have any online art sites you like to use?


This post includes affiliate links to Artfinder. This mean that if you like this article and subsequently decide to purchase an artwork through Artfinder by clicking on one of the links in my post, Nina’s Apartment receives a small commission too.

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts

It’s the season to feel festive and drink mulled wine. You snuggle up under a blanket, have the fire on and spend time with family. Then it’s also the season to be bombarded with high street consumerism. In addition to that you get stuck in traffic because everyone is queuing up to get to the malls for their Christmas shopping. How about trying something different this year? Here is your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts.

Shop consciously

My family are Dutch and we mainly spend our time eating and drinking at Christmas. Presents are not a big thing (in fact, I was told this year to ab-so-lu-te-ly NOT buy anything for anyone! Can you believe it?). Of course most of you readers will probably want to wrap at least a little thoughtful something for your loved ones on Christmas day. I have therefore put a conscious gift guide together, to support the independent makers rather than the big corporates.

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide

I would always promote buying or receiving gifts that are useful, beautiful or well made. Etsy has been my go-to site for this kind of thing for years now. I love the fact that by shopping on Etsy you support small businesses and artists, in your own town (check out if your city has a local Etsy market!) or internationally. By buying from them, you make a a hard working designer-maker extremely happy!

Handwritten thank you cards

I love the added bonus that Etsy items often come lovingly wrapped with a handwritten thank you note included. It is also a great place to find items that feel good to give, i.e. not made from plastic, which is what we should all aim for in the end really (and it gives me hope that there is obviously a growing demand for this sort of thing!). I hope you like my picks in my Etsy Christmas Gift Guide. What are you giving your loved ones this Christmas? (Or are you going Dutch this year?)


gifts For the book worm

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These lovely wooden bookmarks are made by IngrainedInc., who I found at a local craft fair in Aberdeenshire recently (I stocked up on a few things by her, including key rings – just so nice!). This bookmark is £8.50

gifts For the one wearing a shirt

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Personalise a set of cufflinks made of brass and glass….with a details of a vintage map. Perhaps the place where you first met? Got married? Birthplace? Possibilities are endless. Recycled map of choice and date engraved. Love this. From £22.95

gifts For the design conscious

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts
Set of 3 geometric art prints, great for the home or the office. Different sizes available, from £22.10
Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts
It is hard to pick jewellery on Etsy, there really are so many gorgeous items! I like these contemporary silver earrings by MinimalGeometric. £30.00

gifts For the vegan (or anyone else who loves a good bag)

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for vegan gifts
Cork and Harris Tweed shoulder bag. Great if you have a vegan in the family or just a good looking alternative to leather. Also comes without the wool bit. By MyCottonHouse £105.00

gifts For Mr Hipster

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts
A chunky ring for the outdoor man. By MyliuDesign. £40.00
Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts
A nice grooming set for the beardy man in your life. OriginalMonkey £20.00

gifts For the exhausted mum

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts
The gift for your exhausted new mummy friend. £13.39
Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for gorgeous original gifts
Grey and mustard….yep, my favourite combo. Great unisex hat by TheDorothyDays. £12

gifts For the vintage collector

Your Etsy Christmas Gift Guide for vintage gifts
For the vintage collector…some fabulous West German pottery (I know I would LOVE a gift like that). AnythingGoesCeramics £45.00

For the vintage collector…some fabulous West German pottery (I know I would LOVE a gift like that). AnythingGoesCeramics £45.00


gifts For the creative

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Frame loom weaving kit by local Aberdeenshire maker LePetitMoose, fab to learn how to make pretty boho wall hangings. £22.00

Shop the trend: grey and mustard yellow

Grey and mustard yellow have been around now for a while but there still is no sign of them going out of fashion any time soon. It’s such a timeless, sophisticated combination. The grey is the new ‘neutral’, while the yellow perks things up a bit. Grey and mustard yellow mix well with black & white, teal blue, but also with soft dusty pinks and the latest copper trend. If you have some midcentury modern furniture to throw into the mix, teak wood also works, as well as tan leather.

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Image: Skandinavian Deko

 

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Image: Instagram (mrsmerrellyeah)

grey and mustard yellow: a match made to last


Farrow and Ball have some great colours in their paint collection. These would make excellent choices to use:

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Style Board

Today I decided to visit the online store of furniture company Dwell* and have hand picked some great pieces from their current collection to help you create the look. (That pendant light is fab, I’ve been looking for one like this for ages!)

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Shop the Trend

I love, love, love this swivel chair. Sixties/seventies design so very stylish, and with enough comfort and back support to make it a great chair for snuggling up in for a read. Very practical too in a tan leather upholstery.

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Shop it here: Pivot swivelling armchair tan. £299 (reduced from £399 just now).

I am a big fan of the velvet trend just now. This sofa looks very comfortable and timeless with in grey with walnut legs. Just style it up with a few nice patterned mustard yellow and black & white cushions.

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Shop it here: Ankara three seater sofa velvet grey. £899.


jazz it up with cushions

If you don’t want to completely redecorate and buy new furniture at this point or you’re very happy with your own sofa, try adding some cushions for a nice, quick and inexpensive way to update the look of your room and make some seasonal changes. I love the pattern and colours on this one.

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Edges cushion yellow £34.95

sideboards

I think an original midcentury modern teak sideboard would be preferable in this scheme, to give the room some character and an eclectic touch, but failing that (you can’t always find the right one or they are too big for your space), this is not a bad alternative. A lovely warm walnut veneer, in a simple, retro design.

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‘Circa’ sideboard in walnut veneer £299 (reduced from £599)
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Monochrome throw 127 x 180cm £49


grey and mustard yellow rug

This rug is made of a cotton and wool mix, so natural materials. A nice, understated North African pattern in a pop colour to really lift the room and set off a grey sofa and natural wood furniture. It also comes in blue.

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Tunis rug large mustard rug. 55% cotton 45% wool. 160 x 230cm £179

 


midcentury modern style lighting


I have spotted lights like this on Pinterest and I love this one, which is not badly priced either. (To be honest, I couldn’t really choose in the lighting section of Dwell’s online store as there are a lot of pendant lights that caught my eye). Inspired by midcentury lighting, this globe pendant chandelier would make a great, eclectic statement, especially if you have high ceilings.

Multi globe pendant light £149

  • Disclaimer: Nina’s Apartment is an affiliate partner of Dwell and some other brands, which basically means that every now and then I will carefully select their products and feature them in my articles – but only if I would buy them myself! (no tacky rubbish on my blog!) If you decide to click on the links and purchase, you will support me in the process because I will get a small commission, yay! Cause, hey, I gotta pay the bills y’know 😉 I hope you like my shopping recommendations, thanks for reading! Nina x