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Jake and Jamie Bartlett are the creatives behind A Pair of Pears,  a blog and design company based in Los Angeles, California. On their blog they document their adventures, inspiration and life as creatives. When they’re not lost in the pixels, they can be found thrifting, watching Parks and Recreation and longboarding with their Dalmatian, Pixel.  

As designers, we love filling our walls with art, either by making it ourselves or finding a unique piece here on Etsy. Unfortunately, living in a small apartment means very few walls, and ours are quickly filling up. I think we could squeeze a few of these pieces in, though.

[1. Oui French Poster by Fover500Francs; 2. Be Yourself Screenprint by Maridee Studio; 3. Even More Today Than Yesterday Print by Ink Meets Paper; 4. Ampersand Print by BKS Design and Print; 5. Cross the Ocean Art Print by Dear Musketeer; 6. Golden Rules Letterpress Poster by Print for Love of Wood; 7. The Canine Alphabet by Weavers of Southsea.]

We love a good piece of typography, but then again, who doesn’t? And when it says something witty or inspirational, it’s even better.

[1. Everyday Is Valentine by coniLab; 2. Coral Gold Giclee Print by Parima Creative Studio; 3. Porridge Is Great by tushtush; 4. Miss Moon Was a Dog Governess by Janet Hill Studio; 5. Married to the Sea by tasteorangey; 6. Bunny Painting by Logan Berard; 7. London Watercolor from artbymonika; 8. Ikat Watercolor by Lana’s Art.]

Apartment living means white walls for us. We don’t mind, though — they’re the perfect canvas for colorful pieces of art. Try making a feature wall with a bunch of pieces in complementary colors.

[1. Custom House Portrait by ShinyDat; 2. Custom Family Illustration by MandyCaveWatercolor; 3. Custom Journey Map by The Path Less Traveled; 4. Big Initials by ArtOneEighty; 5. Vintage Photo With Drawing by Spencer Studio Shop; 6. Custom Watercolor Portrait by Girl and Parrot.]

Say goodbye to those department store family photos. We love the idea of having a custom illustration made instead. Have a furry friend? Get one of him, too!

[1. Cuckoo Clock by helloDoDoshop; 2. Paris Print by The Paris Print Shop; 3. Cameras Canvas Poster by ARMINHO; 4. Take Good Care Screenprint by LittlePeachPrintCo; 5. Geometric Pattern Poster by pikselmatic; 6. Brown Bear Print by Gingiber; 7. Paris Map by Vianina.]

The possiblities are endless with illustrations: cute and cuddly for a nursery, a little nerdy for your home office, and anything in between for your living room. The most important thing to remember when decorating your home with art is finding pieces that really speak to you. And of course, have fun with it!

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