About Refined

Refined is the creation of Anna Applegate and Kathryn Ivey, who combine years of design training with a love for finding classic furnishings and accessories and updating them to fit today's chic interiors. 

Seeking an alternative to mass-produced home decor, Anna and Kathryn feel that one's home should be personal and distinctive, so each piece they sell is one of a kind. And by reviving vintage items with their creative eyes, the girls strive to encourage responsible, "green" design. 

Monday, January 5, 2009

Recession Art

With the new year and a tough economy, I'm sure many people have made a resolution to tighten their finances (if they haven't already!). However, for design junkies like us, it's hard to cut out the home decor line in our budgets...so I say why can't we have our cake and eat it to? Listen up...

Collecting art may seem to be a hobby only for those with deep pockets, but we have found two great sources in the South that provide unique, original art at a bargain! A little birdie directed me to Anne Irwin Fine Art located in the Buckhead area of Atlant, GA. Anne focuses on up and coming Southern artist, but she also prices the paintings so that young professionals and couples can start collecting art at a young age.

Another wonderful way to collect original pieces of art and to help a great organization is through the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. Each year, the Art League hosts The Patrons’ Show which is the League's biggest fundraising event of the year. The show allows the public an opportunity to acquire quality, original works of fine art at a fraction of the price while supporting a thriving non-profit organization. You can find all the details here, but hurry - the auction is just around the corner!

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