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Collecting artwork is a passion of mine, however, sometimes my budget is tight; and bare walls can be–well, too bare. Museum art prints are glorious but can be pricey too, especially in larger sizes. While looking to cover a lot of space with little dough, I stumbled across a fantastic way to upgrade the whole look of a room on the cheap, while looking like I spent much more.
I first bought a Cavallini Papers & Co. print years ago, and they have notably not faded, and, even more remarkably–still cost just $6. Sold as craft papers, the art reproductions have countless uses, from wrapping paper to decoupage, but at a large-sized 20”x 28”, they also make impressive art prints. The illustration themes are often botanical, nature, or travel; the designs remind me of vintage posters of a Chelsea gallery I once worked at. The type of advertising made by hand before computers; the images are often whimsical, alluring, or educational. Whether dinosaurs for a child’s room, cocktail recipes for the kitchen, or flora and fauna, the prints enliven a room without being ostentatious. They also work with a variety of decor styles, adding charm to modern or country styled-homes.
Of course, a frame is nice unless you tack it up (a fine option, especially if you get creative). That will add to the expense but not so much, like this frame for $27, bringing the total to $33 for a ready-to-hang interior design upgrade. Based on the five-star reviews, I’m not the only one mad about Cavallini’s designs and quality; since I first spotted the brand, they have greatly expanded their offerings to puzzles, totes, sticky notes, pouches