posted by on 2012.07.10, under Accessorizing, Art, Shopping Guide

Let’s face it. Apartment walls tend to be a little boring and lackluster, especially if you have a less than awesome landlord who refuses to let you do anything to them.  Here are a few easy, low-commitment ideas to take your walls from sad to fab.


Wall decals are perfect for those who want to avoid any wall damage. These vinyl stickers are easy to put on and just peel right off. Offered in a number of fun colors, this bold print is bound to add some flare to your space. $38 from Abby’s Vinyl Wall Art at Etsy.

Chevron Vinyl Wall Decals


Does your window provide a less than spectacular view? Fake it ’til ya make it with a decal of NYC’s skyline. $78.54 at Gali-art.com.

New York City Wall Decal


These 3D flowers look darling arranged in a cluster or willy-nilly. $20 for a pack of 20 at Umbra.com.



Stay chic and eco-friendly with a set of handmade reclaimed wood wall accessories. Perfect for all you stylish treehuggers out there. From Earth Art by Wendy at Etsy, $70.

Eco Friendly Wall Art made from Reclaimed White Birch Wood


Add a little glamour with these mirrored decals from Acte-deco.com for $83.78.

Bulles Effet miroir



posted by on 2011.03.29, under Art

We will be posting new opportunities to help Japan as we find them, here is our favorite way to help out today…

Grain Edit design blog reports on Designers for Japan, ‘a collective of imagemakers from around the world’ set out to help out by offering these amazing prints for sale through their site, all proceeds go to Red Cross/Shelterbox. Choose from hundreds of prints starting at £30 for an A2 size (an ample 16″ x 24″ print for just under a hundo). Ships worldwide. Some of our favorites:

Patience and Perseverance by Stockholm design lab

Kamijukucho by Norbert Schoerner

I love Japan by M/M Paris

Buy them here.











posted by on 2011.03.09, under Art, Store Profiles

Have you ever admired someone’s fine art photographs in their home but come to find that they cost mega bucks and even more to frame? Well, I have a solution. Although it’s not dirt cheap, you can get a top quality numbered, mounted, and framed print starting at around $90 at YellowKorner in Soho New York. Other sources offer more generic affordable prints but they pale in comparison to some of the stunning ditties you can get at YellowKorner.

Deck your walls with Migrant Mother, Richard Aujard “The Ride”, “Angel” Iggy Pop or an elegant nude like “Etude de nu au Feminin II”.  Check it out at 100 Wooster Street or if you’re International, order online.

Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange, from 95 USD framed


The Ride, Richard Aujurd, from 90 USD framed

Angel, Xavier Martin, from 95 USD framed

Laure Albin-Guillot

Etude de nu au feminin II, Laure Albin-Guillot, from 90 USD framed

Yellow Korner
100 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-6650


posted by on 2011.03.01, under Art, Giveaways

We are big fans of 20×200 here at The Frugal Materialist. If you caught our post on great online art sources for cheap, you know their ‘art for everyone’ philosophy goes hand in hand with our ‘interior design for all’ schtick.

The official 20x200 Armory Art Fair Survival Kit. All this could be yours.

To celebrate their participation at the Pulse Art Fair during Armory Arts Week March 3-6 in NY, 20×200 is generously offering our lovely readers a chance to win this free goodie tote bag and a free one-day ticket to Pulse! Just tell us your favorite work of art on 20×200.com in the comment section at the end of this post or on our facebook page and we’ll choose 3 winning responses!

To get a firsthand look at the gorgeous art offered by 20×200 and Jen Bekman Gallery at Pulse NYC, visit the b-4 booth:

· Location:
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street (btw. 6th and 7th avenue)
Booth #b-4
· Dates and times:
Thursday, March 3: 1 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, March 4 + Saturday, March 5: noon–8 p.m.
Sunday, March 6: noon–5 p.m.
· 20×200 Contact: 212-367-9745
www.20×200.com, www.jenbekman.com

So, what’s in the bag? Tons of free goodies to help you navigate the art overload that’s going to take over NYC during Armory Week, including maps, an illustrated guide to all of Armory’s satellite art fairs, Time Out magazine, tote bag, West Elm tape measure, breath fresheners for schmoozing, chips n’ coffee to hold you down during the events, and more.

We paired some of our latest 20×200 favorites with affordable furniture below…

This perfectly exposed and composed print by Bert Teunissen is reminiscent of Lee Friedlander’s “America by Car” series, except better.

BG-0004 by Bert Teunissen

Hang it above this industrial carbon desk and it’s a match made in heaven if you ask me.

CB2 go-cart carbon desk, $149.00

If you’re a fan of color and cake, this print has your name written all over it.

Confections (adorned) #14 by Amy Stevens

Paired with this glossy candy-colored office chair, the two bring out the best in each other.

Task Office Chair in Pink , $59.87

You, yes you, can own a real William Wegman for $100.

Game Board by William Wegman

Combined with this classy button tufted settee from West Elm, your new Wegman will look like you spent way more money on it.

Elton Settee, $699

Contest will end and comments will close at 11 p.m. ET, March 2, 2011. One entry per email address please.


posted by on 2011.01.20, under Art

Finch & Ada, the amazing duo behind The Pleasure Is All Mine Art Show in Chelsea, present their latest offer…SEVEN. If you’re an emerging art collector, or craving a fresh change from the same old same old, here’s a chance to buy some exclusive, limited edition artworks by SEVEN emerging artists at a great price. Display a gorgeous artwork by a photographer who has a story to tell, $350.

Justin Walker, Pink Legs and Ribs, 2010

Dolly Faibyshev, 1976 Chandelier Staircase, 2009

Aline Smithson, Fur, 2007

Special discounts apply for bulk purchases.


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