Now that you've finished celebrating New Year's in Paris, you'll need a way to preserve all that art you "borrowed" from the Louvre. Today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of custom framing at Fastframe for $40. Fastframe will frame pretty much anything, having once framed a 13-foot anaconda skin—use up to three Groupons per order if you need to frame larger items such as Soviet-era propaganda murals, conceptual art installations, and annoying little brothers.
Everyone has a different vision of how their living space should look, which is why ART on 5th fills its three-level, 6,000-square-foot gallery with art to suit all tastes. Works by notable names such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Theodor Seuss Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—rub shoulders with rotating collections from some 60 lesser-known artists.
In addition to displaying fine paintings, ART on 5th offers custom-framing services, and backs each of its frames with a lifetime guarantee. The store’s artisans meticulously choose a flattering frame for each piece from more than 3,000 styles—helping artwork mesh stylistically with its destination, be it a living-room wall or an endless hall of mirrors. They eschew colored, paper mats in favor of neutral-toned, hand-wrapped linen mats, leaving some wiggle room between art and frame and imbuing each piece with richness and depth. Each frame is hung with kevlar, a bulletproof material that prevents damage caused by rusted hanging wires and showboating ’80s action-movie stars.
Sometimes it's not the price of a piece of art that makes it valuable, so much as the sentiment attached to it. Nobody knows this better than the team of framers at Fastframe, who've designed custom frames for everything from children's artwork to signed sports equipment and everything in-between. With a staff that includes two certified picture framers and a stock that includes 3D shadow boxes as well as museum-quality mats and moldings, the shop is well equipped to handle any framing need, whether you're looking to protect a piece of fine art from acid and UV-damage or simply want to show off a nearly complete crossword puzzle in a decorative frame. What's more, Fastframe backs all of its work with a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and a 30-day guarantee on design, to ensure your prized possessions are preserved to your satisfaction.
At Quality Frames & Art, meticulous staff members gingerly unfurl customers' art before smoothing it into place inside a custom-made frame or eco-friendly molding from Larson-Juhl. Interior-design power teams of mats and frames transform posters into easy-to-hang art, and sleek modern or decadent baroque molding convinces mirrors to gleam brighter than a comet after a dental appointment. The team can preserve memories by encasing jewelry, instruments, and other collectibles in striking shadowboxes for vintage flair. In addition to matting and mounting photos, staff members can repair clients' damaged frames and cracked glass. For patrons robing their walls from scratch, the shop also stocks paintings by more than a dozen local artists, including landscapes, portraits, and still-life scenes.
Pocketful of Poseys' expert team of quilt-makers stocks its 4,000-square-foot store with everything from fabrics to books. Customers consult with friendly staff on their projects before browsing novelty, floral, and '70s-era prints or sip on cups of freshly made Cajun-style coffee. Quilters grab Dan Morris's checkered What's Cookin fabric ($9.99/yard) for decorating kitchens with new placemats and tablecloths, or they design bedspreads with Yellow Brick Road quilt patterns ($8.69 each) and pure-cotton batting for twin-sized quilts ($19.49). Eight-panel skirt patterns ($14.69) feature four different designs, fostering the creation of simple yet playful makeshift dresses, and a quick-trim ruler ($16.69) allows precise measuring of shapes such as circles, triangles, and Grover Cleveland's mustache.
Named one of the 50 best stores in Texas and “a welcome alternative to the touristy stores that dominate the area” by Lucky magazine, Root combines well-known brands with indie designers for a diversity of fashion-forward looks in its easy-going boutique atmosphere. Ladies can dress up or dress down in bold colors and modern aesthetics from lines such as French Connection, Joe's Jeans, and Trina Turk. Root’s summertime tank dresses evoke effortless style for day and nighttime affairs ($75–$275), while screen-printed graphic tees by local designer Lara Collins add a unique flair to any casual outing ($34). Strut in a stylish pair of TOMS canvas slip-ons ($46+) and beaded elastic belt featuring an Aztec-inspired pattern ($28–$34), or accessorize with Cocobelle Piper Wrap bracelets ($20) and a straw fedora—ideal for shielding against sun beams and prankster pigeons armed with water-balloons ($34–$60).