Q: Since I was 21 weeks pregnant, I've been searching everywhere for interesting, graphic kid appropriate art for my baby boy's room. With 6 weeks to go, 2 fruit prints on the cover of Martha Stewart Living caught my eye. I absolutely adore the apple and pear. The scale and colors are just perfect, and they would transition beautifully into a toddler or kid's room. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to find the prints or similar art. Does anyone know where they can be bought, what their price is, or if there's anything else comparable out there? Thanks for your help!
Sent by Leigh
Editor: Leigh, you're in good company. Sarah Jessica Parker used the apple print in her Hampton's kitchen and we have admired them for a long time as well. They are by Enzo Mari and have risen in price in the last few years. I found them at Switch Modern for $420 each.
A few years ago Janie wrote about a large Marimekko pear print as an affordable alternative to the pear poster but I couldn't find that fabric for sale anymore (maybe a reader knows a source?) and here's an example of someone who did just that. Another alternative are these apple and pear collages designed by Lorena Siminovich for Land of Nod ($129 each).
Other ideas: Avalissa has a large selection of sparse, graphic prints available through Art.com (including an apple and pear very similar to Mari's) which are affordable until you get into the larger sizes and then they get a bit pricey. I'm also a big fan of Vancouver-based Banquet Atelier & Workshop's work which is similar in style.
Good luck Leigh! Readers what ideas do you have for a more affordable alternative to Mari's apple and pear prints?
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