I am a firm believer that you should surround yourselves at home with things that you love and make you smile. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it!!
Whenever I go shopping, I usually roam around with a cart full of items. Then slowly one by one I decide I don’t L-O-V-E it quite enough to bring it home. Usually I’ll walk out buying maybe one of those things, especially if it’s on clearance. If I really want to test my love, I’ll leave the store and see if I remember to go back and buy it before I leave. You’d be surprised how quickly you forget about that [fill in the blank] you wanted sooo badly.
This bring me to art. Specifically, artwork displayed in the home. I’m still a young professional, and can in no way afford to purchase fancy works of art. Sadly, the affordable art realm is lacking. This is where Zazzle comes in.
Zazzle is like AllPoster.com, except cooler. They have all kinds of kitsch ranging from t-shirts to phone cases to mugs. But what drew me to Zazzle was their collection of WPA reproduction prints.
The WPA, or Works Progress Administration, was a government program from 1939-1943 that was a part of the “New Deal”. They focused on public works, like construction, healthcare, roads, the arts and literacy.
And, they made the most amazing posters. (At least in my humble opinion.)
We have this one hanging in our hallway. My Grandpa-in-law was a Merchant Marine with several of his brothers back in the day, so this print has a special place in our heart.
I love this little black Scottie dog one. I could wallpaper an entire room with these. There are hundreds on posters by the WPA. It’s amazing they were only in existence for 4 years.
Make sure to check out the disease awareness and prevention ones as well. Some of them are crazy out there! It’s amazing how far we’ve come in disease awareness. Today we have Project (RED), which is a pretty swanky ad campaign. Back then they had men in gas masks warning about STDs.
Be sure to check out all of their WPA posters! If you sign up for Zazzle’s email list they send out coupons at least bi-weekly.
So there you have it. Affordable, personable art. (I usually end up buying my frames at AC Moore or Micheal’s with the 20% coupon.)
What works of art do you have in your home that are personal to you?