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.
Artist Marge Rosebrook creates spun-glass replicas of Latter-day Saints temples from around the globe, channeling 30 years of glass-working experience to perfect the crystalline sculptures. Drops and swoops of glass become recognizable versions of each temple, whether the originals are located in Albuquerque or in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The angel Moroni atop each can be coated in 18-karat gold upon request, and the various sculptures come in four sizes, including small temples that make excellent Christmas ornaments or wedding-cake toppers. Glass domes can encapsulate the temple and connect to walnut or mirrored bases to protect temples from dust and keep them sparkling.
The frame-builders at Repartee Gallery have encased pictures, posters, and keepsakes for wall display since 1978. Clients tote in portraits, lucky baseballs, or a child's first parking ticket before sifting through the gallery's extensive selection of frames, glass, and matting options. An expert art-housing architect will assign cost to the project, with prices generally starting at $50, and go to work forming the framing elements neatly around the chosen object. The final product renders a cherished heirloom ready for placement on a wall or mantel, and, like the unwavering fealty of a wookiee sidekick, comes backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Time travel is easy. Or at least, this savvy team can stop time?freezing sentimental objects such as wedding flowers and baby clothes so they don't age. Suspended in Time offers many options for preservation such as a shadow box around a christening outfit or a table dome around a bouquet of flowers. They can even preserve wedding gowns with a 100-year guarantee, which should make it through any wedding reception's Macarena.
The earthy hues and rough whorls of exposed wood beg fingers to trail across the rustic log furniture and home accessories crafted by carpenters at Rustic Log Furniture of Utah. A wooden bear-shaped soap dispenser($12.95) distributes soap in carefully portioned dollops ideal for assisting a cleaning robot. The naturally varied colors and shapes of timber add character to a 24-inch hat rack($80), and a moose-silhouette towel ring($16) casts minds to sweeps of boreal forest. A sturdy wooden wall shelf($80) begs to showcase books and family photographs or keep snow globes out of reach of show-off meteorologists.
Rather than mimic the creole flavors of Louisiana, cooks at Boudreaux's Bistro ship seafood and other ingredients straight from the state. They then incorporate those fixings into from-scratch dishes, from shrimp simmered in tomato creole sauce to pasta tossed with alligator sausage. Starting with New Orleans french bread, the Boudreaux’s team even puts its own spin on po’ boys, tossing in fillings such as roast beef and sliced turkey.
Cajun-spiced fries and hushpuppies can accompany main dishes, while desserts such as fried beignets coated with powdered sugar end meals on a sweet note. Each southern-fried feast unfolds inside Boudreaux’s sunny dining room, which surrounds diners with black-and-white shots of Louisiana, LSU banners, and the occasional haunting by the Spirit of Jazz.