Photo credit: RYAN LIEBE
Photo credit: RYAN LIEBE

From House Beautiful

Planning out a gorgeous gallery wall just got so much easier, thanks to the Etsy app. The platform was already a great resource for finding unique pieces and discovering new artists and makers, but with Etsy’s new augmented reality feature, you can now see what different wall art will look like in your home before you ever make a purchase.

Shoppers have been on the search for art on the platform even more than usual lately, so this update only makes sense given the trend. According to Etsy, the brand has seen a 94 percent increase in searches for wall decor or art in the last three full months compared to last year, along with a 63 percent increase in searches for paintings, and a 54 percent increase in searches for prints or illustrations.

The new AR feature, which is now available

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With millions of people literally staring at their walls during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, online craft store Etsy has added a helpful feature to their mobile app, making art buying and wall decor placement easier than ever before.

Series of images illustrating the awesome photo-placing powers of Etsy's new AR mobile app feature.
Series of images illustrating the awesome photo-placing powers of Etsy’s new AR mobile app feature.

For most people, placing art on the wall causes a bit of anxiety. For starters, there’s the decision about whether it’s the right style or color for the space. Then come the thoughts about the exact location for a print. A little higher? Slightly to the right? Nobody wants to put excess holes in the wall unnecessarily, so the pressure is really on to get it right the first time.

The process offers challenges during the shopping phase, too. Is it too big or too small for the space? How will a piece look next to

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At the same time, you can pull extra detail out of shadows and highlights with the 14-bit RAW DNG files. And considering the higher resolution (and smaller pixels), the M10-R wasn’t bad in low light, letting me capture relatively noise-free shots at up to ISO 3200. There’s some noise beyond that, but I found I could get usable images at up to ISO 12,800.

Despite the lack of AF, video and other features, I had — surprisingly — a lot of fun shooting with the M10-R. For one thing, it’s a precision objet d’art with a satisfying mechanical feel. Plus, it got me involved in the photographic process — I had to nail the focus myself, which in turn made me think more about the shot as a whole.

If you look at what it has and what it lacks, though, it’s impossible to justify the $8,295 price for the

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COLUMBIA, SC—There’s a family making lemonade from lemons. Their lemons come in the form of idle time and their lemonade is beautiful paintings. Many of the paintings have been donated to front line professionals such as nurses, doctors, and community health workers. The rest are being sold on Etsy or, as one of the kids said, “I fall in love with many of my artworks, but realize they can bring others happiness too!”

Back in March, Mathew Morgan and Julie Smithwick, parents to Cullen, Bella, Norah, and Elias, ages 11 to 16, were forecasting what weeks of sheltering at home would look like for their family and wanted to develop a positive and safe activity balancing the fear and uncertainty permeating on newsfeeds. What came next was the evolution of a collaborative venture and the birth of a business.

TribePours is the official name of this happenstance art business surfacing

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