Pictures propped against walls, crammed in closets, or framed with picture-thieving magpies can't be beheld. Today’s Groupon increases your art's visibility with $50 for $100 worth of custom framing or any product or service at The Great Frame Up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The Great Frame Up's quality frames take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.
When he was in college, Brian Hart didn't own any furniture, but he lined his walls with framed art. He'd always loved art, so moving into the framing industry—a service geared toward showcasing everything from great masterpieces to sentimental items—was a natural step. After graduation, he spent six months working at local framing stores for free, studying the business and framing Vermeer's The Concert on the sly.
With help from his mom, Brian opened Frame de Art over 23 years ago. Though technology has changed—with industry innovations including the advent of computerized mat-cutting and visualization software—the store still takes pride in meticulous attention to detail, winning it a spot on ABC 7's A-list in 2008 and 2009 and was voted best custom framing by Denver A-list in 2013. An inventory of over 1,000 moldings encompasses diverse styles from modern metal pieces to rustic wood or bamboo frames. The staff helps customers give their works museum-quality looks and protection, finding the acid-free frame that best compliments each piece of fine art, photographs, sports memorabilia, or 3-D mementos.
Start by selecting a shapely canvas from more than 250 different varieties of bare bisqueware. Hot Pots' exhaustive catalog of clay creatables includes mugs, plates, frames, and figures. Prices average from $4 to $50, with a studio fee of $8 per person ($6 for kids ages 10 and younger). Use Hot Pots' design center to crib inspiration for mastery, or take the piñata approach by donning a blindfold, grabbing a brush, and hoping for a masterpiece or a pile of Smarties and pennies. Once you're ready to put paint to plaster, select from more than 70 shades of paint (including speckle style), as well as a line of glazes to accomplish an earthy look. Leave your finished creation in the skilled hands of the kiln masters after you're satisfied. Finished and glazed pieces are ready for pick-up in about one week's time.
The light technicians at Illuminations by Design aid patrons as they navigate more than 1,200 light fixtures on display that range from chandeliers and lamps to outdoor mounts and spotlights. A plethora of ceiling lights—such as an open-frame foyer lantern ($127.50) whose bronze curls grasp electric candles—brightens up living rooms or dark bat caves. Lamps and shades ($12+) offer sleek, modern shapes or traditional white bulb skirts, and walls find scintillating vertical clingers in weathered lattice torchiere ($299.85). The trio of modern propellers on a chrome fan ($501) spins over rooms decorated with home accents such as clocks and elephantine bookends ($141). Meanwhile, yards deny their fear of the dark while basking in outdoor lighting fixtures, including the elegant, geometric lines of an olde bronze exterior wall mount ($297).
For a small business, Riveting Frame & Design’s staff boast an impressive resumé: two members are artists—one of whom has a fine-arts degree—and the team has nearly a half-century of combined experience. Customers can meet with these experts at the store, where they will receive same-day quotes that detail all the possible design options. Working with the team, clients then choose a design from an extensive selection of frames, mouldings, mats, and fillets; with staff using computerized mat cutting to ensure accuracy. Additionally, Riveting outfits delicate artworks or especially successful peach cobblers in conservation framing, and the shop sells original and fine art, mirrors, canvas prints, and giclées.