Home Decor in Elmwood Park

$18 for Appraisal of One Item at Chitown Pickers Antiques & Collectibles ($40 Value)

Chitown Pickers Antiques & Collectibles

Chicago

$40 $18

The experts offer an estimate of the value of an antique, vintage, or collector's item

Photo-Framing Lesson or $39 for $100 Worth of Custom-Framing Services at The Frame Shop

The Frame Shop

Chicago

$100 $39

Preserve your photographs or artwork in a custom frame, or bring in your own photo for a quick framing lesson, including all materials

$50 for $100 Worth of Custom Framing Services and Art at Art De Triumph & Artful Framer Studios

Art De Triumph & Artful Framer Studios

East Lakeview

$100 $50

Custom framing services and original artwork depicting Chicago landmarks from a local artist

$99 for $300 Worth of Custom Blinds, Shades, or Drapes with an In-Home Consultation from Decor8

Decor8

Redeem from Home

$300 $99

Interior designers help clients match existing décor to Hunter Douglas coverings, such as wood blinds or Duette honeycomb shades

One 12"x16", 16"x20", or 18"x24" Custom Portrait from Daria Amerik Fine Art (Up to 58% Off)

Daria Amerik Fine Art

Chicago

$350 $175

An artist creates custom portraits based on clients’ photographs; acrylic on canvas

Framing Services at Grand Frame, Inc. (Up to 73% Off). Three Options Available.

Grand Frame, Inc.

Arlington Heights

$125 $49

Expansive 8,000 sq. ft. frame showroom houses imported Italian frames, shadow boxes, and environmentally friendly options

Framed 36”x14” Framed Canvas Chicago-Skyline Giclée with Optional Shipping from Art & Company (Up to 67% Off)

Art & Company

Orland Park

$314 $114

Choose from five vivid giclée prints of the Chicago skyline, all UV coated and framed to last years

Select Local Merchants

With a showroom full of materials and an impressive body of work that hangs in buildings such as the Trump Tower, Creative Edge helps clients turn bare walls into conversation pieces. Each Creative Edge consultant brings at least 10 years of professional experience to projects, ensuring that every frame perfectly complements its portrait, landscape, or recursive picture of picture frames. These experts also handle 3-D projects, creating shadowbox showpieces for items such as plates, sports memorabilia, medals, and dried flowers. Before settling on a design, clients can peruse the showroom to get creative juices flowing. The showroom offers samples of more than 3,000 different mouldings made from materials that range from classic solid woods to reclaimed roofing supplies, and the gallery features fine-art lithographs, giclées, and original multimedia pieces.

5520 Touhy Ave
Skokie,
IL
US

The creative team of framers and decorators at Foursided stocks stacks of creative greeting cards and paraphernalia. The self-described "frame nerds" do more than cultivate a collection of stationery by planting paper seeds in nearby printing presses; they also place prints and objects into frames and furnish homes with original pieces by a handful of favored artists. Staffers also buy and sell vintage flash cards, puzzle pieces, and letter tiles harvested from a variety of objects.

Owner Todd Mack has worked in framing for 20 years, and he draws on his vast experience when custom mounting a broad spectrum of pieces. Vintage and recycled frames, archival framing, and shadow boxes are a few of the options available. Mack's interest in shadow boxes makes perfect sense to visitors who take a look at his own art, which assembles found photos and objects in forms that aren't always 2-D.

On HGTV's Urban Oasis, interior designer Vern Yip ornamented a luxury apartment with prints gathered from Foursided's expansive collection. In that collection, colorful shelves of letter blocks, maps, corks, baby-doll heads, and harmonicas turn personal, nostalgic objects into stylish new decorations. Candles, jewelry, and books round out the gift selections.

5061 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

Framing Mode & Gallery bolsters art collections and local artists alike inside its custom framing shop and art gallery. Framing artisans with more than 20 years of industry experience craft custom picture borders fitted to each piece's dimensions, using metal and wood frames, ultraviolet protective glass, and built-in rocket boosters to befuddle would-be art thieves. A collection of framed original works—including posters, limited-edition signed prints, and paintings—stands ready to cover blank household walls. The shop invites painters, metalworkers, and mashed-potato sculptors to display their works inside its gallery space, which hosts events to promote the inspired pieces of local artists.

1526 S Wabash Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

At Accentric Custom Framing’s Bucktown location, frame experts walk customers through a wide range of mantel-worthy framing options. Specializing in custom jobs, the staff ably handles projects both big and small, matting and preserving everything from group portraits to family heirlooms, such as a baby’s birth certificate of authenticity. Each craftsperson possesses an artistic eye and can match pieces with frames of the perfect color, material, and size.

2100 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.

Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.

121 N Marion St
Oak Park,
IL
US

For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.

7123 North Ave
Oak Park,
IL
US

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