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The BEST Sources for Large Scale (Big Impact) Artwork

Today I've got a round-up of the BEST online and brick-and-mortar stores for finding large scale oversized artwork. As you can see, just one large piece will make a big impact on yours walls! 

Minted: They are known for their stationery, but they have a section devoted to print artwork. They can print a new size at 40x60, for most of their limited edition prints. I'm quite fond of this print in Victoria Smith's home called Violet Intertube.  

IKEA: Maybe not the most unique artwork around, but they have a nice selection of ready-to-hang large scale artwork for less money. For example the $50 Vilshult framed photos are 55x40 and they have the Premiar canvases at 78x55 for only $150. 

Great Big Canvas: Here you can search a large selection of art and photo prints by subject or artist. Most of them are available as prints or canvas in large scale sizes from 48 inches to 90 inches. 

iCanvas: Their iCanvas' wrapped canvas photos and artwork can be bought as big as 60"x40", but even larger 90"x60" if you order a three piece tryptic. 

Your Local Print Shop: If you have a high resolution photo that you want to blow up - pop into your local print shop and see if they have options available for you. 

Here are my favorites from Minted. 

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Our Trip to Los Angeles, California

Two weeks ago Ryan and I went to Los Angeles, California. And we LOVE it there. We stayed in Long Beach because it was pretty close to the office he was working at. While he was away working I had time to chill by the pool and work on our wedding details. I also enjoyed making plans for our evenings after he got home from work. I relied on bloggers and Instagramers to find all the local gems! 

My days were spent at the pool and in the hotel room because I didn't have a rental car, and I wasn't really up for walking around downtown Long Beach alone. It was mainly corporate buildings with the exception of the Starbucks around the corner from the hotel room. No complaints here though, I embraced the time to unwind and take it slowly. I often struggle with restlessness, so giving myself time to relax is always beneficial. And I had time to finish a book that I had ordered right after my grandma passed away, called They Serve Bagels in Heaven. I recommend the book to anyone that is open minded about Heaven, angels, life after death, and even reincarnation, especially if you are mourning the loss of a loved one. I found it uplifting!

Night #1: We went to Seal Beach. We ate delicious Thai Food. After dinner we walked to the beach. The sky was the most beautiful turquoise with soft pink clouds floating behind the palm trees. There were flower shops that scented the air with the sweet fragrance of fresh blooms. Music surrounded us thanks to local open air restaurants and the guys that were playing music on the sidewalks. And the waves at Seal Beach were huge and the water was a crisp blue. As I was walking with my hand in Ryan's I felt a heart full of gratitude. Thankful that we get to experience life together like this. Thankful that he makes my life a real romantic comedy. Thankful in these beautiful moments of life he still takes the time to kiss me on my cheek, and on my forehead, and that he'll twirl me around on the sidewalk, and remind me of how much he loves me. 

After our walk on the beach I was craving ice cream, but I always get frozen yogurt because I feel much less guilty eating it. Anyway we found Yogurtland on the map and headed that way. Once we arrived we saw a line of people waiting at this place called AFTERS. I looked it up and sure enough it was an ice cream place. We decided to be bad and try it. AFTERS serves ice cream in the middle of a donut. Check it out here. Well, we stood in line for a long time and then we got tired of waiting (and I was still feeling like I should eat yogurt instead of a donut with ice cream in the middle ---- after all we do have a wedding in a few weeks) so we jumped over to the yogurt place instead. So that wasn't a very good story, other than there is a cool new ice cream place in California, and we weren't patient enough to try it. 

This is a photo from their Facebook page. Looks yummy, huh?

Night #2: We went to the Art District in downtown Los Angeles. We ate at a place called Petty Cash. The menu was interesting (like pig ear tacos - NO WAY) but the food was delicious. The atmosphere's vibe was fun + hip and it was nice to be out in the culture of LA. I always find the buildings of an area fascinating and then I usually wish that I can break-in to explore. As we were walking back to our car we saw a permit stating that the building down from Petty Cash would be used to film NCIS:LA the next day, so we did what any out-of-towner would do and we took a selfie in front of it! 

This is the dress I wore to Petty Cash, I bought if for my birthday two years ago, and never wore it! 

Inside Petty Cash. 

My soon to be hubby. Did I mention how very much I LOVE him? 

In front of the building that was used to film NCIS: LA. 

And this is the building I'd like to break into and look around. 

Night #3: We went to Malibu. We even drove by the real life Barbie dream house. I didn't have my camera ready to snap a photo though, I had to apologize to my niece for that one. We ate at a place called Malibu Farm. Our seats were on the water and it was heavenly. I enjoyed a glass of prosecco and the conversation of my man, as we took in all the sights and sounds of this wonderful place. There were people from all over the world enjoying an evening on this pier with us, it was nice to hear people talk in languages that I'd never heard before, knowing we were all making memories at this special place. 

We love California so much, and there are so many parts we haven't seen yet, like Santa Barbara, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite. We are planning to take our honeymoon there in early November. 

xo Wen

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Seven Art Resources


Ryan and I were in Los Angeles last week. I heart California! We had a magical time and I can't wait to share some of our photos and favorite places in an upcoming blog post. This Instagram, of Malibu Farm, is one of my favorites from the trip. Follow along for our adventures on Instagram @wendycorreen

For today, I'm sharing some of my favorite resources for artwork! A well decorated home always has meaningful art decking the walls. I believe artwork is the personality of a home and an investment that will last a lifetime! I think you'll find this round-up helpful if you're looking for a new piece. 

Sally King Benedict

Jenny Andrews Anderson

Michelle Armas

This is a Michelle Armas canvas in a client's home. You can read the full post about it here

Serena and Lily's Art Collection 


Lindsay Cowles

Leigh Viner

I have this one in my living room!


xo Wen

Wendy Correen Smith
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Home Tour | Caitlin Wilson's Portland Home

I'm crushing on this preppy feminine home in Portland! Textile designer Caitlin Wilson has a talent for mixing sunny colors and vibrant prints. Her online boutique is full of the most beautiful wallpapers, pillows, fabrics, rugs, and furniture. My very favorite fabric is this whimsical British Bouquet, and she even has a phone cover in the same design! 

I hope you enjoy this home tour as much as I do. 

p.s. check out her son's Best Friend wallpaper! 

- photography by Elijah Hoffman via My Domaine 

Here are a few of my favorite Caitlin Wilson pieces. 

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