We are lucky enough to have a room to dedicate to a nursery, and we welcomed the challenge of converting the guest bedroom (also the “all of our extra stuff” room) into a baby-friendly space.
Once we got around to putting up the first new piece of art in our baby girl’s room, the rest of it began to come together. It was also an opportunity to rethink our son’s room, switching out some artwork for more “big boy” items that go with his interests. And then of course, that set off a chain of events of moving around what was hanging on the rest of the walls of our apartment.
When adding extra touches to your walls, there’s no need to break the bank. Living with art can be easy on your wallet, and you’ll find plenty of proof and pieces to purchase just below.
Anyone with a toddler (or fussy eater of any age) in their life will appreciate this Kitchen Rules letterpress print ($25) by The Bee & The Fox. In addition to beautiful letterpress prints, this online shop also has great t-shirts and housewares.
When we saw this Nevertheless, She Persisted print ($15.99-29.99) by ElleEese, it was a no-brainer. It would live by our baby girl’s crib. It was the first new print framed and up on her wall. We feel pretty good knowing Elizabeth Warren, Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, and Malala Yousafzai will be looking over our little one.
Given that their motto is “It's Art for Everyone®,” 20x200 has a plethora of editions to put up around your home. We are huge fans! One of the first things up on the walls of the baby’s room was this laser-cut wording by Matthew Hoffman ($30-175), right by the changing table to have as a positive affirmation while changing the umpteenth dirty diaper.
Paper Jam Press, founded and run by the talented Arianna Orland, is an “homage to truth, love, typography and music,” and you can’t help but smile as you scroll their prints. We have this pair ($49.99) in our living room, but wish there was even more wall space for more hip-hop nostalgia.
We first saw the work of The Salt & Sea at the Renegade Craft Fair a few years back and cannot help but pick up another print whenever we see them again. Luckily, you can also get your hands on them online. This surfboard print (from $25) is a new addition to our four year old’s room at his request.
On my wishlist is Grace Chin’s beautiful and fierce Smash the Patriarchy wreath ($135). Her shop also includes affordable prints. (Bonus: her Instagram is a wonderful resource for wise words and inspiration.)
Artist editions for museums are another great way of adding unique work to your walls, and the ICA Boston has a great selection (from $7.95). One of the favorites we’ve scored is a Nari Ward Tea Towel which is no longer available, but they always have interesting items in stock.
One more easy and affordable way of adding art (and texture!) to your walls: Fiber art. The Instagram of Niroma Studio (a maker and supplier herself) is a nice home base to scroll through for some wonderful makers and their work.