Designer furniture collections from Kravet, Barclay Butera, and local artists mingle with accessories selected and imported from Europe, India, and Asia in Simitree's showroom. A chorus of colors and patterns inspired by international travel help lift homes' spirits after a recent breakup with the garage, adding accents of chipper turquoise or sassy zebra print. Antique Indian wood serving trays ($295–$345) and Asian ginger jars ($199–$399) make sideboards leap to life, while a wide array of wall art ($35–$500) helps newly installed wall safes sink into the shadows. A design-loving staff connects customers with coffee tables ($1,295–$3,500), floor lamps ($695–$1,295), and regal rugs ($495–$1,500) to suit all styles. While not covered by this Groupon, delivery ($50–$250) can be arranged if needed.
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.
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.
Jackson Junge Gallery dresses objets d'art in a wide-ranging wardrobe of mouldings and mounts. At the store, customers can touch and test frames or solicit expert advice on the aesthetically pleasing display of preschool-completion certificates. In the gallery section of the store, patrons can find canvas fillers for frames and admire artwork by proprietor and in-house artist Laura Lee Junge, as well as by other local artists. Though custom-framing costs can vary, a small frame with mat usually runs between $50 and $125, and a poster without a mat costs around $60. Framing for a sports jersey with your choice of background color or scene-stealing foreground color starts at $225.
The border buffs at The Frame Factory showcase their mastery of symmetrical shapes by encasing art and memorabilia in artfully resplendent rims. With more than 1,000 wood and metal frames to choose from, creative customers can help design their own trimmings (prices vary based on size and selection), whereas time- or budget-crunched clients can pick from a vast selection of ready-made frames and pre-cut mats (starting at $46 for a 16"x20" piece of art).