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Now that spring has finally arrived, the time is right to shake up your decor. Along with new paint colors and spring cleaning to-dos, why not update your home by starting an original art collection? It’s easier than you think — and this month’s giveaway with affordable original art retailer The Tappan Collective can help.

The Tappan Collective founders Jordan Klein and Chelsea Neman started their company to make it easy for art lovers (and art newbies!) to easily find and buy original artwork from emerging artists. One lucky Design Happens reader will win their choice from the three original pieces featured in this post. Read on to enter for a chance to win.

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Chefchaouen 2 by Shay Spaniola

Option one is a framed print of this Moroccan city scene (above) captured by photographer Shay Spaniola. Animal lovers might be more drawn to a framed copy of  Will Robinson-Scott’s “Mastiff,” which shows off the bond between a pair of dogs and  their owner.

Tappan Collective Mastif Original Art

Mastiff by Will Robinson-Scott

For those who’d rather fill their walls with whimsy, the third choice is a framed print of Evan Robart’s bright “Popsicles.” Doesn’t it make you think of a hot summer day?

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Popsicles by Evan Robarts

So, what’s the best way to choose? Tappan’s founders say it all boils down to one thing: Choose pieces that give you an emotional response. “I think what we say most is to keep it simple. Don’t be intimidated by the history or what it means; just go with your gut and see what you respond to. Once you start building a collection, you’ll be amazed by the patterns that will emerge,” Chelsea says.

To enter for a chance to win one of these art pieces, leave a comment below. This month’s question: What’s your favorite style of art, or your favorite individual art piece?

Follow The Tappan Collective on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about exciting new artists and building your own collection.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on April 5, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on April 8, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $180 to $240. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.


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59 Responses

  1. bthgds says:

    Im enjoying more and more historic art, something that has a history, old but not dirty and used in other forms than its original. Sure hope that makes sense to some!!

  2. Carmen Rivera says:


  3. fadila khan says:

    Chefchaouen 2 by Shay Spaniolan is my favorite !
    simply because i'm Moroccan and I love that city

  4. Carolynn Pease says:

    I am fascinated by the emotional response to color, so art must speak to me through its language of color. I don't subscribe to any one artist or genre, but the piece must catch my inner eye.

  5. Cecelia says:

    I fell in love with Asian art as a child. Wood block prints, sumie, carvings from teak or rosewood. Cloisonné and jade. Often times it is a simple piece that draws me more than the ornate ones. A simple image, such as a sumie iris, that helps my mind calm and focus.

  6. chutzpanit says:

    I love so many different forms of art–tons of different styles currently in my apartment.

  7. Deborah Mather says:

    Ben Giles has recently caught my interest, I enjoy modern art with a twist.

  8. Tam Stone says:

    I really cannot limit my preference to one specific art piece or style. I like an eclectic blend of art throughout my home. In this post, I am most drawn to Shay Spaniola's photograph. I really like the composition of the work and was struck when I realized it was photography… very unique & beautiful.

  9. connie says:

    I really love Al Hogue's Hawaii painting.

  10. Ron Miller says:

    the Popsicles!

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