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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.

Tappan Collective - Win Free Original Artwork

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?

Tappan Collective Affordable Original Artwork - Melted Popsicles

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. sher777 says:

    anything that sparks an emotional response or memory

  2. Maureen says:

    I love all types of art. It is probably easier for me to answer what I don't like..I have a hard time appreciating a piece that is a canvas painted blue and called "Blue Canvas." That doesn't represent much talent or thoughtfulness to me and I have a hard time finding the art in it.

  3. Jenny says:

    My favorite style of art is Abstract Expressionism. I never fail to be taken in and moved by the saturated colors, energetic brushstrokes, and raw emotions contained within and exuding from those canvases. I was lucky enough to travel to London several years ago and visit the Tate Modern. While there, I fell head over heels for the work of Mark Rothko. I can still vividly remember feeling enveloped by the panels from the Seagram Murals as the deep reds and browns pulsed and buzzed. It was at once emotionally tumultuous and serene. It's amazing how art can make you feel in a space!

  4. J Lowe says:

    I love art that speaks to me. Right now the Moroccan scene is whispering sweet nothing in my ear.

  5. Pamela Leonard says:

    Mixed media. Especially love, love Katherine Allen-Cole. Check her out!!

  6. artgecko says:

    I like art inspired by architecture or nature.

  7. Soto says:

    There were, there are and will be so many good artists that is impossible to choose the One, only. And our choices change as our life changes.

  8. I love modern art which leaves me to interpret as I see it.

  9. weeziestoy says:

    My favorite styles are nature and landscape….

  10. JULES says:

    I too go for nature but the Moroccan City would be my choice… the popsicles remind me of a sticky mess.. NO to the dogs

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