About Frameworks Gallery

Frameworks Gallery is a locally-owned and family-operated frame shop that specializes in museum quality framing for art, photographs, portraits, memorabilia and much more.

Operating out of our gallery and custom framing workshop in Raleigh, NC., we strive to provide the best in picture framing—and customer service. Simply put, we stand behind our craftsmanship, products and people 100%. We are not happy with your hand framed treasure until you are, and that’s a standard our competitors have been trying to emulate for over 30 years.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Mirror, Mirror...

There is nothing quite as elegant as a beautiful mirror in an entry way or powder room. At Frameworks we have access to some of the most exquisite framed mirrors I have ever seen. We can also custom make mirrors in any size from any of our thousands of mouldings. Here are a few of my favs!

Essex English Chippendale Mirror by APF Munn
Hand Carved and absolutely stunning
Villa Capri Italian Rococo Mirror by APF Munn

Gonzaga Floral Mirror by APF Munn

La Mer by APF Munn

Enjoy the view!

All of these mirrors are available from Frameworks Gallery www.frameworksonline.com

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Finding Art in Fashion: Art That Fits Your Style

As the weather gets warmer and spring starts to, well, spring. I start to think about several things. Being a woman, my first thought is: I can't wait to update my wardrobe and get rid of all this bulky winter clothing. The dreaded 2nd thought: I've got to do some serious spring cleaning to actually be able to see the inside of my closets. And the third and most fun: It's time to do some redecorating and freshen up my place. So, in honor of all my favorite designers and their fantastic Spring collections, today's blog is about:

Art in Fashion: Finding art that fits your fashion style

There are so many fabulous trends right now in the fashion world. I want to show you how easy it is to incorporate your fashion style into how you decorate your home. Take a look through the top spring fashion trends and find the fit that's right for you!

Fashion trend #1: 70's glam
This trend infuses vivid colors and bold patterns with a free-spirited aesthetic. Your artwork can do the same thing. Pops of color can brighten up your wardrobe as well as your walls. The way to make this trend work with your decor is to use art and accessories to provide color and pattern, but keep your furnishings clean and contemporary.
Gucci Spring 2011

Using a mostly white pallet is a good mix for the bold colors and patterns of the artwork.

Fashion trend #2: Biker Chic

This trend is all about blending naughty with nice. Leather & silk, studs & lace, motorcycle jackets over cocktail dresses. The way to incorporate Biker Chic into your home is to blend your styles in a way that is unconventional and surprising.

Motorcycle Jacket by Burberry

Pairing a contemporary painting with a very traditional chair like this Louis XV style is a great way to incorporate Biker Chic style into your home decor.

The sweetness of the painting against the sleek lines of this black leather and metal couch would really tap into the naughty & nice aspect of biker chic.

Fashion trend #3: Punk Fashion
The Punk Fashion Trend is all about shock and controversy. It's best to not take this look full-blown (a la Ke$ha) but to add elements of the trend in your current wardrobe. To take this look into your home, I would recommend purchasing paintings and accessories that have a lot of shock value and tone down your furnishings with clean lines and minimal color.

The bold color and frenzied design in the painting by Foust would add a Punk feel to a the clean white & grey furnishings above.

Fashion trend#4: Eclectic Chic

This trend is meant to be classy and subtle, yet eye catching. Like wearing a girlie dress in a bold electric blue and throwing on some chunky jewelry to mix it up. So when I think Eclectic Chic for you home, I think of a collection of many things brought together by a common thread, that thread being that they are treasured and collected over time. Eclectic homes to me, are always the most warm and welcoming.

Juan Carlos Obando

This room would look great with a bright & bold painting, like the one above. Eclectic Chic at it's best!

This bold wall color calls for a more subdued print or painting, like the one above. A great place for the eclectic chic look is a bedroom or guest bedroom.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Impact of Custom Framing

Did you know that a few well-chosen pieces of art can transform a room filled with ordinary furnishings into a room filled with personality and style?

From the Larson-Juhl Website: The Impact of Custom Framing

Personalizing your home or work space with custom framing is a great way to express your personality and to enjoy your surroundings. While others can go to the store and buy the same sofa, tables and lamps that you have, it is highly unlikely anyone will ever have the exact same custom framing as you.

Regardless of what you choose to have framed for your home, whether it is a favorite piece of art, a mirror, an object inherited from an ancestor or anything else, it will add interest to your space. Take a look at these rooms, with and without framed art to see for yourself what a big impact custom framing makes.