When my boyfriend and I picked out our first piece of original art, it solidified our status as a bona fide couple in my mind. Oh sure, we'd already dropped collective cash on a couch and a coffee table — and a house, too — but artwork is icing. We didn't need it. Yet we adored it and agreed that original art is worth the occasional splurge. I look at it now and see a lifetime of collecting together.
I bought my first piece of original art a decade ago, when I was living in San Diego and covering indie music and art for a newspaper there. I hit up hip little galleries every chance I got, and though I didn't have much money, I purchased pieces when I could afford it. My reward for supporting young artists was hanging one-of-a-kind artwork in my home. Do I still love all of it? Nope. Do I regret buying any of it? Not in the least.
Art was the last thing on our minds as my boyfriend and I closed on our first home in Seattle last year. But then, strolling around our new 'hood of Phinney Ridge, we peeked into Assemble Gallery & Studio (co-owned by Apartment Therapy contributor Andie Wurster). That's where we found this amazing papercut, "Pachamama," (pictured above) by Brooklyn artist Molly Bosley. We looked at each other and knew we had to have it. The cost forced us to tighten our belts for a few months, but it was totally worth it.
Do you buy original artwork for your home? Do you think of it as a potential investment or just something to enjoy?
Image: AnnaMaria Stephens