On Art


It doesn’t have to be expensive or grand, it can just be a little something that speaks to you.

In my opinion, art shouldn’t just be “decorative” – it should mean something. It’s important to have an element that is more than just utilitarian in the home. Even the Japanese who live very simply have a small space called a tokonoma to display artwork.

Since I don’t have the budget for major art, I began to think outside the box. Above are two vintage Valentine’s Day cards I picked up from an antiques shop for $0.75 each. I love the handwritten messages on the backs and the caption “A great town for hold-ups” makes me smile. With simple frames, these custom pieces cost 10 bucks a piece.

When we moved to Austin without any furniture and only a carload of our things, hanging these two made our empty space feel like home. $20 DIY art that lasts a lifetime? Priceless.


  1. There are some amazing things found at thrift stores and flea markets. People discard objects that have lost meaning for them, but that doesn’t mean that someone else can’t appreciate them, or bring new meaning into them. Love the cards you found!

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