After three or four consecutive weekends in the city, we are back at the Cape, enjoying the peace and quiet of the off season. Since closing on the house here in mid-October, we’ve been down as many weekends as possible. We’ve made a lot of progress in some areas, but in other areas, maybe not so much… both kids’ rooms sort of look like the second child’s room in this hilarious BuzzFeed post that I can’t stop scrolling through.
We have some really fun things up on our walls, though, so I figured we could start there. It’s been so fun to start from scratch, building an inexpensive collection of pieces we truly love. I think that’s really the only rule that matters when building an art collection: Buy what you love.
I’ve linked to products when possible, mostly because I think everyone needs at least one of Elizabeth May’s seagulls in their home. Please note that some links are referral or affiliate links.
The first things to grace our walls were these Elizabeth May seagull prints (Seagull 15 + Seagull 16). I absolutely love her style, and just saw that she has new Barack Obama and Joe Biden prints for sale in her Etsy shop so…. they will be joining us soon, along with her Maya Angelou and Susan B. Anthony portraits.
Cool/important people art party at the Cape!
I used these brass matted Target frames throughout the house. I am obsessed.
- Photos of Grace, Nick + Clark, all taken at the Cape
- Minted signed print (Mid-summertime by Emily Jeffords) + a photo of Grace birdwatching with “the giant ‘noculars'” at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
*You can use your Ebates account for cash back at Minted (PSA for those not already using Ebates: sign up for an Ebates account and go to their website when shopping online– by going through them first, you’ll earn cash back at many of the sites you usually shop. For me, that’s diapers.com, LOFT, Nordstrom, Minted, Athleta, etc.)
We have this Cape Cod flag, made by Cape Abilities participants, hanging on the wall heading upstairs. Proceeds from these flags (this size was $35) support the organization, which serves individuals with disabilities on Cape Cod through a range of programs. If you’re on the Cape, I highly recommend a trip to their farm in Dennis and store in Yarmouth. They do wonderful work.
- Mirrored pin board (a TJ Maxx find) with a pink Great Lakes peace wall charm (I love everything they make) and the 2017 Honor Society calendar from littlelow, which features monthly suggestions for family activities and adventures along with lovely illustrations
- Vintage paint by number that I taped off and painted over
- Letterfolk felt letter board (this chameleon joke kills me)
I normally wouldn’t paint over someone else’s work… but I figured a mass market paint-by-number is fair game, right? You can find similar vintage paintings at thrift stores and on Etsy or ebay, often with wooden frames, for $20 or so. I used leftover paint from another project and simply blocked off a third of the image with blue painters tape and added a single coat of paint so that the original painting is still visible up close.
- Pillowfort woven tapestry + this Elizabeth May print (Top Knot 24, a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law #bestsecretsanta)
- Minted signed print: Gone Coastal by Jess Franks
I hadn’t planned to hang the tapestry and Top Knot print together, or even in the same room… but then I saw them side by side and loved the repetition of those red stripes. The rest of our room is super white and restful, so these pieces punch things up a bit.
The tapestry is from the Pillowfort kids line at Target, but it totally works in a grown-up room. Kids decor is often less expensive… and more cool.
Grace fell in love with this swan (and her tutu), and who could blame her? The framed print is actually a Valentine’s Day card that cost $3 ($15 including the frame). Framing greeting cards is an easy, low commitment way to add a little something to your walls.
One of the artists for Modern Map Art generously sent us this print, which I thought would work perfectly in Nick’s room (I’m going for a mostly navy vibe in there). There are several options for Boston, all in local team color ways. My photo doesn’t do the print justice, so I recommend checking out their website to see more detailed shots. They sell similar prints for cities all over the globe, as well as some really cool ski maps.
I love how major and local streets have been painted over the map in red. It’s really bold and graphic and I think it pairs well with the anchor tapestry (another kids department find).
Plus, it’s nice to have a little Southie with us at the Cape.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Find free art: 7 secret sources for photography, illustrations and patterns from Apartment Therapy
- Dinner out with the crew
- Interesting read: Why is Art Expensive? from Priceonomics
What is your favorite piece of art or inexpensive decor tip?