Disclaimer: I am not an art snob. I fully subscribe to the theory that "If it makes you happy, you should put it on your wall."
The walls in our living room are covered with framed newspaper ads (I'm looking at you Shinola), old postcards, greeting cards and of course a few things that I did actually buy. But to be clear, I'm a big believer that you can have great art at any budget.
The other night I was looking at art for a client when I stumbled upon Wayne White's work. I'm sorry to tell you, but Wayne White is a real artist and therefore probably doesn't fit into my "any budget" philosophy. However, I was inspired by Wayne's creativity to encourage you (and your creative self) to go draw on some art. From the looks of it, Wayne takes old oil paintings and adds pop-art words and phrases to the backgrounds. As a thrift-store connoisseur, I guarantee you can buy oil paintings for under $20 in most Goodwills, Housing Works or Salvation Army stores. Garage sales are another great place to look. A little paint, some creativity (maybe a glass of wine to get your juices flowing) and you too could make something fun for your home.
Now by suggesting that you try this, I am by no means implying that what Wayne does is easy. He is clearly extremely talented and creative. I am just saying it could be fun.
As fate would have it, the day after I was looking at Wayne's art, the Kate Spade home catalog arrive on my doorstep with ANOTHER drawn-on art situation (disclaimer: not an official art world category).
This one seems even more manageable. Just take a black and white photo, some paint pens and go nuts. If you have a small child I recommend recruiting them to do this for you. Kids are usually the most creative with this type of thing.
And that my friends, is my unsolicited advice for today.