Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holiday Holiday!

(Scout wanted to help decorate, but she had little trouble with the tinsel garland...)

Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof
Merry Christmas to you and yours!  See you in the New Year!

xo. m
zoe, scout & fam

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Custom Framing an Original Bookplate with Framebridge

Have you guys heard about the new online custom framing company, Framebridge?  They offer quick, easy, affordable, and professional custom framing right from home!  I previously posted on how awesome their materials are, you can read about that here.  Today I am revealing my project: custom framing an Original Book Plate of an Osprey with Framebridge!!  If you've been wondering how it all works, read on:  I'm going to go through all the steps to show you just how fun and easy online custom framing can be!

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All you need to get started is your art piece, a measuring tape, and a smartphone.  Just add the Framebridge App to your smartphone and follow the simple directions: photograph your artwork, set the width measurement, and choose a frame!  They frame your piece in all of their frame styles so you can see how your art looks in each one.

The selections they offer are both classic and contemporary, perfect for any interior design project!  Not sure what to choose?  They offer a "Designer's Choice" option for those with less experience or little background in framing design, where a designer will choose the three best options and send them to you for approval!  Or to give you a little direction, try using the "Cheat Sheet:" it includes examples of different types of art and what frames go best with each one.

I selected the Georgetown frame with a white mat (you have a choice of white or off-white mat).  This piece is going in my Son's room (style board here, room reveal here), which is a Colonial/Frontier/Western theme and all the frames are either white or antique gold, so the classic Georgetown frame is the perfect choice!  Before you are done, you can add special instructions to your piece for the framer and you can even share your project with family and friends.  Here's how the preview looks up close:

My favorite part of the design process was using the "Preview on Wall" feature to see how the finished piece will look in the room.  It projects your project right on the wall, showing exactly how it will look!

Once you have ordered your frame and mat, you can select to package the item in your own secure packaging, or have Framebridge send you a mailer tube or a flat mailer box designed just for shipping art.  I wanted to speed up the process, so I choose to ship the item in my own packaging.

I used a sleeve around the artwork and taped the sleeve in the middle of a larger foam core piece (so it wouldn't slide around) then sandwiched it between the foam core, taped the foam core together, and slid it into a bubble mailer.  I made sure to write FRAGILE DO NOT BEND on the front an back of the parcel.  Drop the package off at a UPS facility near you and once that's done, all you have to do is sit back, relax and wait for Frambridge to do all the hard work!  Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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I was so excited when the package from Framebridge showed up on my doorstep!!!

Time to get the scissors and see how my project turned out!

WOW!  Look how secure the piece is inside the box!  I was very impressed with the package design and so was my Mechanical Engineer husband.  Nothing is going to happen to this piece!

I was, of course, very careful when taking it out: cutting the tape and removing the bubble wrap...almost there... it's so exciting!

...1, 2, 3, ta-da!!!

It's gorgeous!!!!  It looks just like the preview on the Framebridge App!  I am more than happy with the final result!  Take a look at how good the Acrylic looks too!  Some of you might be nervous to try Acrylic, but it's nothing to shy away from.  Framebridge uses an archive safe UV blocking Acrylic, a lighter and safer (shatter-resistant) option to glass (doesn't that sound perfect baby rooms?!).  Many Fine Art Museums choose acrylic over glass for those same reasons, not to mention it's perfect for large pieces and artwork that gets moved frequently.  I have always wanted to try Acrylic, and was so excited to try it here; and let me tell you, it looks great!!  It's crystal clrear and you can't even tell the difference between the acrylic and other pieces I have framed with glass.

How good does this Book Plate look in their Georgetown frame?!

To top it off, Framebridge sent along a Care Package which included a nail and hook, a card describing "Caring For Your Art," as well as some fun extras!  Framebridge went above and beyond and took care of it all!

I was so excited to hang this piece in my Son's baby room!  I love how it turned out, just stunning!!

Hope you enjoyed this "How To" Custom Frame Online with, be sure to check out their Website and App.  Try something of yours out - it really is too much fun!

xo. m

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Living Room With Invaluable

I recently discovered a wonderful new website for buying Fine Art Originals and other items,  They have unique art pieces, antiques and and more for sale.  Best of all, a majority of their paintings are signed originals!  (I even found two original Edgar Payne paintings!!!!  I'm in heaven!)  In this post, I designed a Style Board around a work of Original Art from Invaluable.  I was able to browse their selection and pick a painting that inspired me.  The piece I picked is an original unsigned oil painting called "Portrait of a Cavalier" by Daniel Mytens the Elder {9}, c. 1629.  Visit Invaluable's painting page here for more great works of art.

As far as contemporary originals go, small pieces start at around $800 (which was the price of this piece at auction when I started writing).  This painting is a different category altogether, being a priceless antique, but I just wanted to give you a frame of reference if you are unfamiliar with shopping for original paintings.   This artwork in particular is incredible beautiful, a nice size AND it comes with a gorgeous frame!!  Anyone can buy a print for $20, but owning an original, with real paint and canvas - it's priceless!!  There's nothing like getting up close and personal to an original painting with the thick paint, visible brush strokes, luscious texture and details.  I know it can seem expensive and daunting at first, but saving up is so worth it!  Plus it's like having a museum in your living room!

I designed this room specifically around this work of art {9}.  I wanted to keep the feeling moody and dark, so I chose a dark blue paint color.  I brought out the gold of the frame as well as the green and raw umber tones in the clothing into these two pillows {4} & {6}, and the rug {15}.  I also tied the wall color into the rug {15} and into this pillow {5}.  The blue pillow adds a nice contrast and pop with it's pattern of light and dark and really compliments the wall color.  I kept the wood cabinet {7} and leather chair {11} dark, to keep the moody feeling.  The rug {15}, with it's texture and filigree, and the Lyre {13} both have lighter tones which accent the gilded frame.  This would be an excellent room to display guitars in for those with a musical touch.  Loving the Cast Iron Switch Plate Cover {1}, and the worn Vintage Cream Can {16} (which could also be used to store umbrellas!)

Stop by Invaluable to see what other amazing antique art finds they have to offer!

xo. m


Monday, December 1, 2014

Tyger Tyger Burning Bright | Nursery

The title here is from the Poem, "The Tyger," by William Blake.  I took a few english classes in college, and this poem by William Blake really stood out to me - probably partly because Blake was also an artist.  He illustrated his writings like this one {6} and even some passages from the Bible.  

Read the poem, "The Tyger,here.  

I just can't get enough of this stunning tiger print {15}, so I had to feature it again today (also featured here).  The Acanthus Pendant Lamp {2} is gorgeous, and believe it or not, it's affordable too!  I LOVE library lights!!  Check out the Bookshelf Light {12} and the Swing Arm Sconces {3} - both of them are shown in Brass tones.  I created a new Pinboard all about Brass Fixtures you can see here.

The crib shown here also converts into a beautiful toddler bed!!  I love rooms that can grow with children, and this room with it's convertible crib and sophisticated details is sure to do so!

More inspiration on this theme here:

xo. m