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Period Design Series: All About Art Nouveau

Period Design Series: All About Art Nouveau

By Michael Pacitti Inspired by the unruly aspects of the natural world, the Art Nouveau style affected art, illustration, design and architecture from 1890 to 1910. Despite its relatively short span as a popular trend, Art Nouveau made many appearances throughout the decades, including a secondary highlight during the 1970s psychedelic movement. Remember the Grateful […]

The Art and Craft of Framing

The Art and Craft of Framing

By Tara Crichton Picture framing at its simplest is a craft, and, if you reduce it even further, it is a business. I’m not fond of the business side of framing. The business chores I must perform every couple of months have become the bane of my existence, and I can’t wait until the bottom […]

The Guerrilla Framer

The Guerrilla Framer

By Paul Cascio The framing and art industry has undergone a number of changes in recent years. Some of these were by design, while others were forced. Many were positive, perhaps even revolutionary, including innovations in technology. Most were evolutionary, brought on by the ever-growing power of the Internet. Yet other changes, like the proliferation […]

Looking for Summer: Time for a Framing Change

Looking for Summer: Time for a Framing Change

By Tara Crichton Historically, spring is my favorite time of year. I say “historically” because this seems like the spring-that-wasn’t. Fall got co-opted by winter and spring has gotten bullied into submission, too. My personal response has been to revolt against the grey by bringing as much color into my personal space as possible. I […]

Period Design Series: All About Art Deco

Period Design Series: All About Art Deco

By Michael Pacitti Period design is a fascinating field of study, and one that can help you do better business. Behind each frame lies a story that’s well worth knowing—and sharing. Did you know that most frames fall into one of thirteen periods of design? Knowing and understanding all the influences behind a frame can […]

“Ugliest Frame in the World” Contest: A Beautiful Promotion for The Framing Place & Gallery

“Ugliest Frame in the World” Contest: A Beautiful Promotion for The Framing Place & Gallery

You know those ugly frames you see in some frame shops? The ones that are covered in dust because they’re so hopelessly unappealing they just never sell? Well, The Framing Place & Gallery has given these little monstrosities their moment in the sun—while also creating a highly successful social media promotion for their business. “You […]

All-New DECOR Ezine Launch at DECOR Expo in April 2014

All-New DECOR Ezine Launch at DECOR Expo in April 2014

The world of decor is all about reinvention, and that’s why we’re launching an all-new DECOR magazine! Our Creative Team is busy putting the finishing touches on our new look—a paperless, online Ezine—and we can’t wait to share it with you. Join us for the launch at DECOR Expo, alongside Artexpo New York and [SOLO] […]

URBAN ASHES—Using Salvaged Wood to Make Artful Frames, by Michael Pacitti

URBAN ASHES—Using Salvaged Wood to Make Artful Frames, by Michael Pacitti

Urban Ashes® is an innovative company that is employing America’s under-utilized resources and human potential to make beautiful new frames for fine art. How are they doing it? By employing Michigan’s transitional and disabled labor force to create handcrafted frames and mouldings. While providing a collection of highly unique goods that are built to last generations, […]

Meg on Marketing: Cranky Customers

Meg on Marketing: Cranky Customers

How many times have we heard the most famous phrase in business “The customer is always right”? Knowing it is one thing, but believing it is much more difficult when the customer is (dare I say it?) is actually wrong. Recently, I had an unhappy customer that tested my beliefs. Fortunately this doesn’t happen often, […]