The Savvy Art Collector

I recently decided to re-design my kids’ bedroom. I found the perfect beds, the cutest gender neutral sheets, and for the walls…that’s where I got stuck. I want my kids to have art on their walls that is kid friendly and speaks to who they are, but it needs to also go with my design aesthetic (meaning no Batman posters or millions of stickers on the walls). In addition, being a small business owner means that the art budget is modest in my house.

So, what’s a design-savvy and inspired Mama to do? I tried painting the wall. It looks great, but it needed something more.  That’s when I remembered I have a fantastic resource for printing– printing whatever I can dream up or get my hands on from the web! All I had to do was find the right images.

Here is a some of what I found-

Visions of the Future by NASA’s JPL

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has created 14 vintage inspired posters that are free to download, so if you are a space nut or just like the beautiful images, download these babies, print and frame.


Free Vintage Posters

This site is a 100% free posters, free printables resource. They offer hundreds of high quality printable posters in advertising, travel, food/drink, art, movies, westerns, military, magic and much more.



Lila x Lola on Etsy

Easy is full of printable images for sale, but this site is one of my favorites and is full of contemporary wall art & home of the Peekaboo animals out of Bright, Australia. The inexpensive prints vary in price, but typically hover around $6.50 per image!





Vintage Printables

They provide free, public domain/out-of-copyright images for you to print or download. Most of the images are vintage naturalist or scientific illustration, but there are loads of other images, too.

Folk art painting of cat head; early American.



Vintage perspective map. From the State Library NSW: “A journal of a voyage to the South Seas : in His Majesty’s ship, the Endeavour.



Map of the world, 1675


After you find and print your beautiful images, you will need some frames. My favorite places to get frames are IKEA, Aaron Brothers, and Michaels.

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