We Used Jeremiah Brent’s Search Terms for Buying Art Online—Here’s What We Found

How he ends up with “clean, simple, and quiet.”
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If we could have access to an interior designer’s search history, we would be set for life. Because looking at beautiful images on their Instagram feed only helps us out so much. In order to really understand how to put a space together, we have to know all the steps they took to get there. Jeremiah Brent recently gave us a look inside his head by revealing what he types into his search bar to find art for his home.  

The interior designer put out a Reel explaining the exact keywords and phrases he relies on to find art for the homes he shares with fellow designer Nate Berkus and their two kids. “Obviously, art is so subjective, but in our own space, we like things that are really clean and simple and quiet,” Brent says in the clip. “I think because we’re around so much, so often, when it comes to our home and our space, the art (and even the furniture and palette) I want [is] relaxing.” So what types of search terms lead you to art that is simple and relaxing? Here’s his list:

  • Contemporary
  • Modern
  • Transitional 
  • Mixed Medium/Acrylic 
  • Cubist
  • Geometric
  • French 1930s/1940s/1950s

Many of the above terms have led the pair to works on canvas, but Brent also notes that he and Berkus are always on the hunt for “French guild mirrors” and pottery. “We always look, wherever we go, for ceramics,” he says. The key is keeping the palette of the pieces consistent. “So they can be grouped together if you want,” adds the designer. 

Curious to put his rules to the test, we typed a few of his search words into our own browsers. Here’s what we found:

Contour Piece, Ferm Living ($135)

Harmony 44u0022x37u0022 Framed Wall Art Print, Crate u0026 Barrel ($799)

Untitled Abstract Artwork by Javier Agudo, 2019, 1stDibs ($2,784)

Stone Mortar from France 1940s, Chairish ($1,100)

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Lydia Geisel

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Lydia Geisel has been on the editorial team at Domino since 2017. Today, she writes and edits home and renovation stories, including house tours, before and afters, and DIYs, and leads our design news coverage. She lives in New York City.