By Rachel Freeman

Affordable Art Resources

An easy way to spice up your space is by adding fresh art to your walls. I’ve put together a round-up of my favorite go-to resources for affordable art. In the spotlight are west elm, Society6, and Etsy.

west elm

West elm has a wide range of art…all fabulous. The above Minted for west elmStaredown piece, which measures 40″w x 30″l, is only $249. Large photo prints are extremely popular right now, and for under $250 (framed!), this pieces is a steal!

The four Clinton Friedman pieces are quite possibly my favorites from west elm! They’ve been around for years, but, by no means, are they “old.” With great color and interesting compositions, these will hopefully be around for many more years to come (at least until I can purchase the set!)!


Society6. If you want to make a gallery wall in your home, shop Society6. There are thousands of prints of all sizes and styles at extremely affordable prices. The prints pictured above are all $18 or under. Order several prints, purchase IKEA’s readymade frames, and go art happy!

Octopus / Bubblegum Jane / My Favorite Shape / Hello Beautiful – Polka Dots / Palm Trees


Who doesn’t love Etsy? You can find anything from vintage artwork to wooden sculptures to screen prints to paintings to pottery…you get the picture. And, that’s just in the “Art” category. Prices range greatly, some are a bit expensive, but you can find thousands of unique pieces at an affordable price.

but first coffee print by Handsome Craft available in several sizes starting at $16 / Abstract painting giclee print by LoloDonaghue. 36″ square for $200. Smaller sizes available. / Florida State wood cut print by Pear Collective. $14-$24.

What are your go-to resources for artwork?


Never give up.


Wow. Have you ever had your website shut down, and you have no idea how to fix it? Well, that is what happened to me the past couple of days. I updated the WordPress Make theme and, apparently, the update had a bug. After 2 days, WordPress finally fixed the theme’s bug (after two attempts), but the only way to fix my website was to edit line 653 in the extras.php file in the theme’s folder via FTP. Don’t worry. If you have no idea what I am talking about, I totally understand. When I first read how to solve the issue in a support forum, I was like a deer in headlights. After reading about five articles and ten forum posts on the topic and reaching out to my past web developer, Webfaction customer support, WordPress customer support, and my techy brother…I finally started to understand (sort of) what I needed to do and how to do it. I replaced the extras.php file altogether (versus editing line 653), and now my site is back up and running. Whew!

The quote above – particularly the “Never give up” part – sums up what I went through. Since WordPress and Webfaction couldn’t correct the issue for me, I had to do it on my own…with a little help from my friends. (Insert The Beatles song here.) I feel proud of myself for figuring it out and fixing the problem. I am still no FTP superstar, but I have a little more understanding of how to update my website if the Wordpress dashboard is unavailable. But, let’s just hope that never happens again…

Do you manage your own website, or do you work with a developer? Have you ever had to edit files in FTP? How’d it go?

Thanks for your patience while my site was down.


Craigslist Finds: Los Angeles

Everyone loves a deal. Not everyone loves shopping in thrift stores, scouring flea markets, or trolling Craigslist to find a deal. I, on the hand, love all of the above! I find peace in environments that seem like chaos, because I think those are where the real jewels are found (or the real learnings if we wanna go that deep and look at it figuratively. No? Just me. Moving on…). I don’t mind spending two hours in an antique shop or sifting through every rack in a thrift store. It takes patience  and maybe a little bit of insanity but nonetheless creativity  and vision.

If you are like me, let’s join forces and go tackle some thrifts stores and flea markets. No, really. Let’s be honest, I am new to LA and don’t have any friends. If you aren’t like me, and you’d rather let someone else do the shopping, well you’re in luck! I’ve been browsing Craigslist daily looking for items for our new apartment. I’ve come across some pretty fabulous things so thought I’d share what I found. These pieces don’t work with our apartment or aren’t within our budget, so they are up for grabs! The names of pieces are clickable links that will take you to the original Craigslist post.


1. Le Corbusier Cowhide Chaise Lounge – $910 

This chaise lounge is absolutely gorgeous and a statement piece for any space. It is a modern reproduction of the Le Corbusier chaise lounge originally designed in 1928. I love the shape and the coloring of the hide. It is for sale at a vintage furnishings store in Central LA. I noticed the store posted several items on Craigslist, so a pop over to the store to check out their full inventory may be worth it. (Although, I am new to LA, so it could completely suck.)

2. White Lacquer/Walnut Credenza – $550

Mid-century goodness is what this is. I love the contrast of the warm wood grain against the bright white. It is 48″W x 16″D x 29″. It would be great in a living room as a media unit, in a dining room as a dry bar, or in a kids room or nursery as book/toy storage.  I can picture it against dark walls with some amazing brass mid-century lamp on top and a collection of simple, modern artwork in white frames hung above.


3. Vintage 11′ Wooded Ladder – $50

Buy this. This vintage wooden ladder is such a great deal for the size, condition (for being vintage), and utility. And, no, I am not talking about using it to reach high shelves or clean your gutters. It is great as a corner accent piece for one! Check out our Heather Garrett used a tall ladder in her North Carolina loft. I’ve used ladders in the past to hold towels in a bathroom, blankets in a living room, and jewelry and scarves in the bedroom. I love the bit of history it adds to a space without losing the stylish design aesthetic that I hope to achieve.

4. Green Wagon – $50

First, fifty dollars seems a bit high for this one. I’d offer $25. Second, you’re probably wondering why it’s on my list. Well, with a bit of elbow grease, this could be one hot coffee table. I can also picture it full of stuffed animals in a kid’s room. You’d have to repaint it (I’d keep it a similar blue!) and remove the tires, leaving the white rims. To use it as a coffee table, I’d recommend placing a cut, sanded, and treated piece of plywood on the right side while keeping the top left basket exposed to house remote controls. The honey color of the plywood will contrast the blue paint, and the soft wood material will contrast the metal frame creating a dynamic duo.


5. Loft Storage – $1,250

This art deco storage cabinet was once a magician’s disappearing act. Now you can use it to make your clutter disappear! (Did you like that infomercial?) I thought this piece was unique. The inside has several shelves and two bottom drawers. It is hand-painted by Michelle Robinson. It is on casters and measures 60″W x 24″ D x 69″H.

The person who posted this piece on Craigslist has many more items for sale on his/her company website, FORT, which seems like a pretty well curated vintage/antique collection. 

6. Leather Sand Bag Chairs – $650

These chairs are also from the above seller. Made of reclaimed steel with new leather seats, they are sold as a set of 4. I love the orange color, the graphic back rests, and the square modular shape. Not bad for $650. I can see them paired with a black, round tulip table or midcentury, round wood table. 

Hope you enjoyed. Maybe I’ll continue this fun game and do another city in a few weeks. Where should I go next (virtually)?