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One of the core pinnacles of adulting, in my book, is owning proper art. While you might not be flush with cash to acquire your first LaChapelle, there are new online entrants helping make your home feel more sophisticated and grown-up for a fraction of the cost.
House of Spoils, a new Venice based brand, supports emerging photographers and provides exceptional prints for the aesthetically oriented eye. You can tie together the most vanilla room with one of their travel, adventure, or lifestyle photos that surely will make you feel...spoiled.
When you log onto House of Spoils’ site, you’ll feel like an unbound 9-year-old in a candy store. It can be overwhelming to know which piece of art to pick.
As a photographer myself, I had some criteria before selecting the lucky winner to adorn my home’s walls. It had to be a photo I couldn’t physically take, either from a creative standpoint or the locale of said photo. It had to also hit what I call, “the sweet spot”. I believe Marie Kondo would call it, “sparking joy”. It’s a giddy feeling located around the sternum that makes you feel connected to the object in question. Like Goldilocks trying to decide what would be juuuuuust right, this photo had to enhance the aesthetic of my home, not overpower it and not disappear.
The Man Behind The Studio
House of Spoils is the brainchild of Max Samis, who also started the uber cool curation newsletter Mister Spoils. Mister Spoils aims to provide “daily inspiration for the cool kids”, serving its readers on-trend travel reccos and playlists to boot. With a background including a stint at Milk Studios, Samis has trained his eye on the gallery world, where we all can benefit from the stable of talented photographers he’s assembled on the site.
At the time of this publication, there are 27 photographers and over 100,000 collectors in the House of Spoils family. Images range from Helmut Newton-esque partial nudes, sunbaked beaches, nature bending landscapes, and incredible swooshing cars. Each made-to-order print is “developed” using a superior inkjet printing technique called Giclee, pronounced, zhee'clay, which results in museum quality photography prints.
Claim To Frame
HOS prints start at $165 for a 12” x 8”, and go up from there. Their gallery prints are a sight to behold, stretching its shadow box frame to a wall-enveloping 50” x 33.5”. HOS offers a seamless ordering experience: the high-quality frames practically hang themselves, as they are shipped with all the materials needed (sans hammer).
All prints also come with the option of including a free frame - you can choose between jet black, museum white, or a blonde hickory wood. The width of the matting is dependent on the size print you ultimately chose.
The Print Rundown
I landed on a print of the Italian Riviera titled Lido Del Farro II, by photographer Natalie Obradovich that hit on all my criteria. Natalie’s work focussed on travel photography inspired by all things coastal. At first glance, this dreamy destination definitely hit the sweet spot and gave me an air of excitement. I imagined how perfect it would look in my home office - making WFH a little dreamier. Or perhaps it should perch over my bar area - with a bottle of limoncello close by? Bellisima!
A few of my colleagues also joined in the fun with their own prints to grace their respective homes.
Scott opted for the 19.5’’ x 26’’ print The Daily from LA based photographer Clint Robert, who focuses on fashion and portraiture shooting beauty, editorial, lingerie and activewear photography. That was all on display complete with an homage to old school print journalism:
Lauren selected Miami I by artist Natalie Obradovich. She was tempted by so many pieces on the site, but this one in particular stood out to her as it was the setting of her wedding at the Faena in Miami. Hung on the landing of her stairs, she’s instantly transported back to the white sand and warm waters of her special day.
These refined prints exude style and sophistication that will prove to the most discerning eye that you’re finally, properly adulting, when you purchase your first House of Spoils photograph.
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- They offer free shipping on all framed prints, which start at just $165.
- Get sweet-spots-feels at their flagship brick and mortar gallery located in Venice, CA.
- Each piece comes with a stamped certificate of authenticity.
- 153 five-star reviews and counting.
- Follow HOS on Instagram to get design and sizing inspo.