This post is brought to you by 20×200. I first posted about 20×200 in October of 2007 — that’s a long time ago! — and I’ve been a fan ever since. I’m so glad we finally have this chance to work together.

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Since I’m a designer, Ben Blair generally lets me have final say on the artwork we hang on the walls, but he likes to weigh in on the meta thinking. He says, “If our children, or even visitors, look at the art on our walls (or the books on our shelves) I want it to be really clear what sort of things we value.”

I am in full agreement! And when we’re not living in La Cressonnière, I work hard to keep that sentiment in mind as I decorate our home and pick out art for our walls. So when I shop the 20×200 collection, this is what appeals:

Pretty Maps – Istanbul by Aaron Straup Cope
Because we love learning about the world.

25 Scooter Drawings by Christine Berrie
Because one of the family legends is a story about my father driving a scooter to college — all the way from San Francisco to Provo, Utah — with a bowling ball between his feet.

Old Phone by Todd McLellan
Because it’s important to remember that everything (and everyone) is more than the sum of its parts.

Waiting by Ian Baguskas
Because at one point or another, we all have to learn to wait patiently.

In the Library by Tatsuro Kiuchi
Because we love to read.

And at top, Apres Grande 12 by Christian Chaize
Because it’s good to get outside!

If you’re thinking about starting a collection of original art, 20×200 is a smart, affordable place to begin. They offer new prints every week in 3 sizes, and 3 price ranges. All of the art, prints and photographs are carefully produced, and each one is accompanied by an artist-signed and numbered certificate that ensures the one you own is part of an exclusive edition. Once they’re sold out, they’re gone for good — so if you see something you like, snap it up.

Happy news! Their semi-annual sale starts today. You can get 20% off sitewide — it’s so ridiculous, it’s ridonk! Find sale details and discount code here. Shop now, because this sale only happens twice a year!

Tell me, friends, how do you pick out art for your walls? Do you wait for something to speak to you? Create your own artwork? Or maybe hang whatever you found at last weekend’s neighborhood yard sale?