Friday, June 29, 2012

In Search Of Frames

With many prints, a couple of posters, canvas pieces and artwork from school and photographs accumulating in the house, I am in need of simple and certainly affordable frames of various sizes to showcase these.

May/Jun 2011

I have been looking into various options on Amazon, Target and Poster Frame Depot. There are many choices to suit individual needs no matter what your style may be.

Whether creating an asymmetric gallery wall....

Dec 2010

...adding bold statement artwork to brighten up a space....

...displaying an oversized poster on a wall or propped up against it....

 Wall art

...matching frames in a kids' space....

Nov/Dec 2011

...or for a sophisticated gallery...

June/July 2012

..or even using shadow box frames to add dimensional artwork to a wall and showcase a treasured collection ...

Doubled Wall Art

..or one of my favorite ideas - incorporating framed fabric pieces of similar colors and/or patterns in varying sizes resulting in a unique grouping...
framed red and white embroidery

...there are some great, affordable options for finding the right frame. Last year I had shared these 4 silk scarves which I had framed in pairs in standard poster frames from Target

The backing is cardboard - not ideal. I might redo these with good quality and affordable custom frames. Poster Frame Depot offers custom sizes as well as a choice of lens covers and backings and the required hardware . Definitely something worth considering.

And I also have this 3' 2" x 5' 2" piece. Shared here.

Although I Iike it this way, in order to preserve it for a very long time I will have to frame it some time soon.
I will keep you posted as I work my way from print to poster, from frame to frame.

Where do you shop for frames?

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  1. I'm so glad you are doing this. I struggle all the time with framing. In fact, I have so much to frame, but I can't make a decision. I never thought of Target for frames...I'm there all the time. I can't wait to see your solution.

  2. Wow, those are some gorgeous inspiration pics and I love how you used your scarves to create a very personal, unique, and beautiful art piece. I've found IKEA frames to be very versatile with high design impact for little money, but that's a once a year trip for me since its 2 hrs into DC traffic. Another downside of the IKEA approach is the extremely thin and relatively easy to break glass ... just tried to purchase replacement glass here and it would be $48 for a frame I paid $19 for! OK, so at the price, I need to remember to purchase a few "just in case" frames as backups. Also, I have a bit of a glare issue on some pieces so it would be great if the Poster Frame Depot you mention offered non-glare glass ... have to go look, thanks for sharing the resource.

  3. I agree with ikea frames! That last piece is amazing!

  4. Great inspiration photos, Lisa!! I used to own a frame shop so may I throw my two cents in here? You can mount your beautiful silk scarves onto an acid-free substrate - acid free matboard or foamboard - and then reframe in your Target frames. If you are worried about protecting them long term you might want to get a piece of U/V filtering picture frame glass cut. Since I don't have my shop anymore, I have bought ready-made frames from Target & Michaels, but I never use the cardboard that comes with it. Let me know if I can help you in any way!

  5. Beautiful inspiration pics Lisa! I have to agree with the other comments and say that Ikea is my favourite place to buy frames (particularly the Ribba range), they are really affordable and look professional, but like Robin, our trips are usually annual because it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic to get to Croydon! TK Maxx also do really pretty decorative frames here in the UK.

  6. Love all the gorgeous inspirations! I have to agree with others using Ikea frames, they are inexpensive and look fabulous.

    Have a great weekend!


  7. love the fabric framing...what a great idea to use same piece just different sizes. Love the oversized too..

  8. Love that oversized poster. What a statement maker. I like the Christmas Tree Shops or Ikea for inexpensive frames.

  9. Great inspiration pictures! Frames can be so expensive and sometimes it's hard to find the right size. I buy most of mine from thrift stores, but if I need matching ones or certain sizes, I like IKEA. I never thought about Amazon...which is weird because I always buy stuff from there.

  10. Hello Lisa! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :)
    I also am a big fan of IKEA frames. I would go for a mix of white and black like you have shown in the first image! It might be fun to paint a couple gold using a Krylon pen as well!
    Can't wait to see what you end up with.

  11. I'm a big fan of IKEA frames also . Thanks for sharing your sources, I've been on the hunt for good frames also. Love all the inspiration! Have a great weekend.

  12. Love your scarves, Lisa! Such a pretty collection of framing ideas, too! Ikea frames are one of my favorites. Happy weekend!

  13. Great inspiration here Lisa! I love galery walls; I just wish I had more wall space for some of these gorgeous examples. Love the new blog look too xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  14. Gorgeous walls! Love gallery walls. Enjoy the fabulous weekend, Kellie xx

  15. Love all these ideas! The fabric looks awesome. Thanks for the heads up on where to buy affordable frames.

  16. Great images and ideas for frames.

  17. I was just thinking about this today actually as I'm trying to get all of my pieces together that I need to get framed. I have some frames that I've had for a while that I might switch out, but i'm going to need some new ones too. I always think of Ikea and Michael's first, but I'll be curious to see what you end up using for your project and you like the frames.

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  19. I absolutely loved this! And all of the ideas, gorgeous! I love framed art! Now I know where to go! LOL Thanks!