Entering one of The Framing Establishment's locations is like walking into an art gallery. Large traditional landscapes and contemporary abstracts hang on the walls, and shadow boxes housing portraits and collectibles line the shelves. Amid this modern decor, professional framers scuttle about, sizing objects and answering customers' questions. They help their patrons pick out ready-made frames and art or consult with them to determine flattering custom mouldings and mats for their photos or most impressive parking tickets. They also help customers transform their TVs into works of art by providing frames and fabrics that complement home furnishings.
For about three decades, the professional framers at Art and Frame Station have been hanging rectangles around everything from photographs and artwork to collectibles and memorabilia. The shop’s brick walls hold thousands of mouldings and acid-free mattings, many of which are available in multiple colors, sizes, and candy coatings. The owners perform all framing services onsite to ensure the tight seal and alignment meet the surgical standards of each client.
Mountain Timber Furnishings saturates homes in rustic charm with custom-designed pieces and collections inspired by the natural beauty of the Wasatch Front and Fraser Valley. The meandering tendrils of a twig wine rack ($175+) securely entwine oak-aged vintages or mason jars of fermenting yogurt. Add rugged vitality to unguarded walls with a framed oil painting ($59–$99) featuring motifs of solitary wolves or frolicking elk herds. A taupe lamp ($99) supported by a sturdy, pear-shaped base can illuminate shadowy corners and a cubical wooden table ($189) comprised of vertically stacked logs can display bowls of decorative apples or edible potpourri.
A jumpsuit worn by a U.S. Olympian. An antique handgun. A rustic pair of cowboy boots crowned by a five-gallon hat. Taken out of dusty storage and placed within one of Peak Art & Frame's tasteful borders and protective panes of glass, each of these keepsakes now tells a rich story with every fascinated glance. Drawing on 10 years of experience, Peak Art & Frame’s design-minded owners match clients' works of art with more than 1,500 frames, securing the two- and three-dimensional subjects into elegant encasements that at once protect them and highlight their beauty. Whether adding nostalgia with an old photograph, color with an impressionist painting, or security with a portrait with the eyeholes cut out, the design staff can help imbue homes with elegance by finding the perfect frame and preserving the work in standard or conservation glass.
Mike Olson blossomed early. After first taking a shine to photography at age 12, he was already snapping shots of weddings and senior portraits in five states while he was still a teenager. Mike hasn't slowed down in the years since, serving as photographic supervisor at the inauguration of President George Bush, framing famed personage such as Donny and Marie Osmond, and running two photography studios. These days, Mike captures images of weddings, families, and children during on-location or in-studio sessions. Newlyweds can preserve their pictures with custom albums or high-resolution files, while portraiture patrons can print shots on artistic canvases or paste them onto the spare Picasso canvases moldering in the crawlspace.
Forsey's Furniture Galleries gussies up living quarters, stocking its two stores with furniture, art, and home accessories from high-end designers such as Stickley, Copeland, Dale Tiffany, and Global Views. A Fred and Ginger sculpture ($105) pays tribute to the human form with an abstract rendering of two dancers in midtwirl, and the Aarhus box ($147) stylishly protects documents and jewelry from dust, light damage, and thieves who don't know how to open boxes. Customers can cast a multichromatic glow over living spaces with lamps from Dale Tiffany ($197), each channeling the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright with geometric patterns forged from richly hued stained glass.