The Best Websites for Affordable Art

Art is an important thing to consider when decorating your NYC apartment, or any home. It lends personality to a space — especially rental spaces, which are often blank slates. Some find the idea of starting an art collection to be an intimidating prospect. However, there are many websites offering affordable art which can bring a unique look to your home.


Minted‘s art marketplace makes them a great resource for affordable art prints from independent designers. Some of the art they sell is limited-edition, which is nice because this way it won’t be something that a lot of people have. Minted offers their prints in a range of sizes, so it shouldn’t be hard to find something that fits both your budget and your space.

Society 6

In addition to many other home accessories, Society 6 sells affordable art prints in many different styles. It offers framing, as well as the option of buying the print as a stretched canvas, which can be a great and different look. You can search their large selection by art type and color, so that helps to narrow down the options. Many artists choose to sell their prints through this outlet, including NYC-based Sarah D. Tolzmann of Note to Self.


As a source of affordable art, Etsy is unparalleled! Their selection is vast, and they offer a huge amount of typography prints, painted pieces, photography … basically, any type of art that you can think of. One popular Etsy artist is Jessica Durrant, who paints watercolors in an ethereal, feminine, and unique style. In her Etsy store, she sells extremely affordable prints — check out her rendition of the NYC skyline.

Lifestyle Blogs

Many blogs have branched out into selling art prints on their own sites as well. The Everygirl, a popular lifestyle and career website for young women, offers typography prints, as well as a series of simple letterpress drawings of national monuments like the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben. Letterpress can be an expensive feature, but The Everygirl’s prices are very reasonable. They also offer a few beautiful photography prints of Paris. Made by Girl is a lovely print shop (the e-commerce counterpart to Jen Ramos’ Made by Girl blog), and sells fun, feminine prints that have been featured in many magazines and websites. Their “LOVE” prints are particularly popular, especially since they work in a variety of spaces, such as nurseries, home offices, and more.

Stationery Sites

Many stationery sites that sell gorgeous paper items also sell art prints. Rifle Paper Co. and Sugar Paper are two great examples. Rifle’s whimsical and distinctive art prints are based on illustrations by the site’s co-creator Anna Bond. Sugar Paper’s aesthetic is feminine, but absolutely chic and simple.

In short, you don’t need to visit galleries or buy original paintings to start an art collection. You can always do those things when the timing is right, but in the meantime, don’t let those …read more

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Getting Your Potted Plants Ready for Cooler Weather

Now that the evenings have dipped into the low 60s in most of the U.S., it’s time to begin your potted garden transition. If you’re like me, you have tons of terra cotta containers spread out on your porch or deck, and maybe a few scattered in the yard. Now’s the time to devise your plan. Here are four steps for finding new indoor homes for your potted garden during the cooler season ahead.

1. New Spaces. Set aside this weekend to clear out new indoor spaces for your potted friends. The south, southeast and southwest corners of your home receive the most light so look to these rooms first when deciding your cooler season redecorating layout.

2. Light a Fire. The south area of your home is the Fame and Reputation center in Feng Shui. Fire is the element for this bagua, and wood fuels fire so your plants will do well here. Think about borrowing a floor lamp from another room to add more light so your plants continue to thrive indoors this season.

3. Creepy Crawlies. You’ll want to inspect and treat your plants for any insects before you bring them indoors. Of course using natural remedies versus toxic chemicals is the way to go.

4. Temperature Check. Now that you have your new space ready, be sure to bring in your potted plants a few weeks before you turn on the indoor heating. Your plants need some transition time.

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5 Ultimate Entertaining Homes


All of us remember that one friend growing up that had the ultimate party house. Maybe he had a pool or a basketball hoop or the latest gaming console. While we’ve grown up a bit since then, we still love a great party. These 5 Ultimate Entertaining Homes take the house party to a whole new level.

The Bowling Lane

This home spared no expense in the fun department. It certainly strikes the right cord with us!

The Firepit Pool

On a cool night this would be THE spot! Take a quick refreshing dip in the infinity pool and then warm up around the fire pit. Rinse and repeat!



The (Real) Home Theater

This home takes home movie to a whole new level. Pick up junior mints and a soda at the in-house concession stand, plop down in one of the plush red velvet cinema-style seats and launch your own private screening.

Command center

The Command Center

I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I dreamed of being an astronaut. I built a “space shuttle” in my closet. This command center is my childhood fantasy come to life. This interactive space ship arcade was built for playing video games! The entire unique home in Weston, MA has plenty of fun features, including an indoor basketball court, media room and art-inspired decor throughout.


The Game Center

Practice your jump shot or your serve on this multi-tasking home court. Can’t you just picture your fans cheering you on from the second floor balconies?

If you can dream it, we can find it. Start your home search on

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Home Tip of the Day: The Perfect Host Gift

How many times have you been invited over for dinner and when you ask your host what you can bring, he or she replies “nothing”? Of course, no one likes showing up empty handed, so what do you do? Bring a bottle of wine? A dessert? Well, we have just the thing! We share our secret to the perfect host gift for any dinner party in the below Home Tip of the Day.

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6 Must-Try Manayunk Restaurants

Philadelphia is no stranger to uniquely named and somewhat difficult-to-pronounce places. The Schuylkill River is one, for example. Manayunk, a neighborhood located along the edge of the Schuylkill in the northwest corner of the city, is another. Manayunk is derived from the Lenape word for “where we go to drink.” So it’s fitting that there are plenty of attention-worthy Manayunk restaurants, even if they’re off the beaten path and a bit removed from downtown. If you’re looking to move to the area or are just looking for a place to enjoy a great meal, check out some of the best restaurants in the neighborhood.

1. Chabaa Thai

Every neighborhood needs a reliable, tasty Thai restaurant. In Manayunk, Chabaa Thai fits the bill. The executive chef/owner, Moon Krapugthong, offers a range of classic Thai dishes to diners. Chabaa, which is the Thai word for “hibiscus,” has earned high praise from restaurant critics and diners alike. The restaurant is bring your own bottle (BYOB), but does charge a corkage fee.

2. Couch Tomato Cafe/Tomato Bistro

The Couch Tomato Cafe and the Tomato Bistro are actually two Manayunk restaurants in one. The cafe opened in 2003, with a focus on casual dining. While pizza and salads are its major attractions, the cafe’s also known for its rotating selection of soups, which include a number of vegetarian options. Upstairs is the cafe’s more upscale cousin, the Tomato Bistro, which features table service and a fine dining setting, plus a liquor license.

3. Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar

If you’re in the mood for a restaurant that offers a fantastic wine selection, head to Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar. Open for more than 25 years, the restaurant has become a Manayunk institution. Its dinner menu offers a mix of dishes, from small plates to pizzas and from cheese plates to full entrees. There’s also brunch on Sunday.

4. Lucky’s Last Chance

It’s one thing to do fancy food well. It’s another thing to perfect casual dining. Lucky’s Last Chance shines at the latter, offering an eclectic mix of burger and hot dog options, as well as a selection of craft beers, wine, and cocktails. When it comes to burgers, Lucky’s isn’t afraid to get creative. Its PB and Bacon burger won the People’s Choice award during the 2013 Burger Brawl. If a burger mixed with peanut butter, bacon, and jelly isn’t your thing, fear not: the restaurant offers more traditional fare, too.

5. Manayunk Brewery

Located in an old mill, Manayunk Brewery has been making its own local beer since 1996. But beer isn’t the only attraction at this spot. It also offers a wide-ranging menu that includes stone-oven-fired pizza and sushi, as well as brunch. During the warmer months of the year, its outdoor deck overlooking the Schuylkill makes for an excellent spot to enjoy a brew and the view.

6. Taqueria Feliz

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Design Styles: When You’re a Little Bit Country and She’s a Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll

Oh, wouldn’t it be amazing if our significant others always shared our same exact taste in design styles? We’d go shopping together, exchanging loving glances as we danced through the fourth-floor linen department at ABC Carpet & Home, scooping up snowy-white 400-thread-count linens before heading downtown to the Century 21 department store, where our eyes would fall on the very same massively discounted silver tray set. Instead, we find ourselves with people who cringe at our bohemian vintage armchairs or think that black, puffy faux-leather sofas are the absolute height of style. How do people successfully marry completely different (and often clashing) design styles? If you’re ready to look for a new apartment in NYC with your partner, read these tips before you furnish it.

1. Sit down together and make a list of deal-breaker design styles.

The way your home is decorated is going to directly impact on how you feel every time you walk through the front door. If you hate a decor element so much it makes you see red every time you see it, it should not be in your home — so make sure it’s on this list. Once you’ve each compiled a list of things you dislike, share your lists with each other and discuss. If your partner despises something you love (and vice versa), now’s the time to negotiate and see if there’s any wiggle room; if not, make sure to keep those design styles out of your home.

2. Visit design stores together.

Now that you’ve got the items of hate out of the way, join together to find items that you both love. You could flip through magazines … but you live in NYC! Design inspiration is all around you. Take a weekend to visit several furniture stores so that you can get a handle on what you both like. Head to SoHo to DwellStudio if you’d like to see a mix of vintage and modern furniture, or check out Jonathan Adler’s store on Greene Street if you really want to see how you both respond to color. The Ikea in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is always great because it showcases fully dressed rooms or apartments. Just hop a train to Borough Hall and take the free shuttle there.

3. Give a little.

If you’ve ever seen the classic sitcom Frasier, you’ll remember Frasier’s restrained, luxurious contemporary apartment filled with modern furnishings — and his father’s cozy, worn, and totally out-of-place Barcalounger that took center stage. You’ll remember that Frasier despised that chair with the heat of a thousand suns … until one day, it just wasn’t a big deal anymore. The chair made his father happy and welcome in the apartment, and in the end, that’s what mattered most to Frasier.

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Shop for your garden at fall plant sales

Brazoria County Master Gardener fall plant sale: 8 a.m.-noon at Brazoria Environmental Education Station, Hospital Drive and CR 171, Angleton; 979-864-1558,

16th annual Sugar Land Garden Club Plant Sale and Fall Festival:

Plants, children’s activities, butterfly garden, beekeeping, arts and crafts, food. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall and Grounds, 702 Burney, Sugar Land;

Texas Tough Citrus: with George Shackelford of Brazos Citrus. 10 a.m. at the Arbor Gate, 5635 FM 2920, Tomball; 281-351-8851,

Make Your Own Scarecrow: 10 a.m. at Enchanted Forest, 10611 FM 2759, Richmond, 281-937-9449; 2 p.m. at Enchanted Gardens, 6420 FM 359, Richmond; 281-341-1206, $20, reservations required.

Gorgeous Autumn Color in Containers: 10:15 a.m. at Cornelius Nursery, 1200 N. Dairy Ashford and 2233 S. Voss;

Sustainable Living Through Permaculture, Class 1: sponsored by Urban Harvest. 2-6 p.m. at location near 610 West Loop and Stella Link to be announced; 713-880-5540, $40. …read more

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Home of the Week: A Waterfront Compound in the San Juan Islands

In our newest ‘Home of the Week‘ we move from a palatial estate in New Jersey to a stunning private waterfront compound in the most popular town in the San Juan Islands – Friday Harbor.

This estate is located on the south east corner of San Juan Island on its own ultra private rocky point that overlooks the crisp blue water of Puget Sound. The main residence on this expansive estate is almost indescribably beautiful. With such a beautiful landscape enveloping the home, the residence invites those waterfront and snow-capped mountain views right into your living space.

The home is outfitted with the finest modern amenities you could ask for but they are integrated expertly within the home to maintain a strong connection to the heritage of the great Pacific Northwest. The wood and stone textures are delightfully soothing and play perfectly with the Brazilian crystal black granite and mahogany floors. The home is certainly zen-like, but it is also an entertainer’s dream as it features large open spaces, patios, a library, fitness center, spa, greenhouse and so much more.

If you were lucky enough to call this place home, you would certainly have a host of family and friends eagerly ready to pay you a visit. Luckily, this estate offers ample accommodations, as it has a 2 bedroom guest home just 200 feet off the main residence that offers up easy access to fishing and kayaking. The private getaway has the distinct benefit of being located in the most popular town in the San Juan Islands, which means you can venture out into town to enjoy the fine restaurants and abundant local shops and stores.

Click here to see more of this once in a lifetime home listed by Merri Ann Simonson with Coldwell Banker San Juan Islands, Inc.

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