Much like pearl earrings with a classic cocktail dress or a maraschino cherry on top of a new paperback novel, a custom frame acts as a work of art’s finishing touch. Garnish wall hangings with today’s Groupon: for $45, you get $100 toward custom framing services at Allegro Framing & Art in Portola Valley.
Harnessing his well-trained eye, owner and artist Jeff Hernandez crafts custom art dwellings in his combination gallery and framing center. Whether working with a photograph, prestigious diploma, or painting of a prestigious diploma, his team of framing specialists can pair customers' items with just the right materials, colors, and design styles. A basic 16"x20" frame starts at about $150, though prices vary depending on materials used. To keep keepsakes protected against the elements, customers may opt for acid-free materials and UV glass ($180 for a 16"x20" frame) or museum-quality wares ($230 for a 16"x20" frame) with crystal-clear glass that is impervious to glare and pretentious commentary.