Living with Art and the Art of Living at West Elm

I saw a tweet from someone yesterday that said, “By the time you turn 30, you should have at least one piece of original art in your home.” I don’t know if that’s a hard and fast rule, but at some point, you’ll want to start using art — original or otherwise — to enhance your personal space.

If you’re just starting to collect art, or are thinking of collecting, or have been collecting art but need a bit of a refresher, you’re in luck. This Saturday, from 10:00 to 11:00, West Elm and 20×200, the online gallery of affordable art, are teaming up to teach the fine art (get it?) of art collecting.

Learn how to build a collection, ways to display art, and “tips for integrating art into your everyday life”. I’m not quite sure what’s meant by that last part — maybe it’s about having art in your car, or in your cube at the office? Either way, you’re sure to learn something new.

These West Elm/20×200 are happening at both West Elms in Massachusetts, in Boston and Burlington.

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  • LC Neill

    This is a great idea.  In my experience many people are “afraid” to make an art purchase.  They start to analyze their purchase and often don’t trust their own judgment.  is it worth the price?  What if I don’t like it a year from now?  Does it work with my other things?  I’ve had people return after a year to tell me a particular painting haunted them.  That’s a sure sign they should have purchased it! 

  • Teyona @ Park City Realtor

    “By the time you turn 30, you should have at least one piece of original art in your home.”

    This is actually a nice idea and something worthy if ever we will follow it. Painting is a great way of expressing oneself and fun too. Great article.Thanks!

  • chrisfromcontempospace

    I’m lucky to have several friends who are painters/sculptors/designers.  I’ve known many of them since school age, and over the years I’ve amassed a small collection of original art, all made by close friends.  Having any unique art in your home really does add a new aura to it, like this is a place where YOU live, not just someone who throws around money every now and then to keep their place decorated