In this day and time, who has the money to buy original art for thousands of dollars? OK, some people do--but for those of us who don't, you might find some "original" pieces lying around your house. Recently I was over at a friend's and was looking up at a massive canvas in her family room. I said, "Who did this?" (thinking that it was a well-known modern artist). She told me that her son at done it when he was 18-months-old. Wow! I thought she had probably spent a fortune on it. She gave him free rein of the canvas and let him run his matchbox cars through paint and then onto the canvas. The result is quite spectacular. I also found some pictures of kids' art used as the main art on the wall of a home on the Apartment Therapy website. The second two pictures are from a family's Paris apartment. I think the artwork is absolutlely fantastic and gives the house such character and personality.
I am now a stay at home mom but in my former life I was a French teacher--I have my B.A., M.A., and A.B.D. (next step to Ph.D. in French literature). I love teaching and miss it but in the meantime I am enjoying operating a part-time home organizing and design business. Contact me for more info if you are interested!