Art We Love Five Ways: Jessica Brilli

You've seen her art on our site (in our Bolton frame) and in our feeds, but today we're taking a closer look at the art of Jessica Brilli. Working from old photographs and objects, this Boston-based artist brings a fresh look to the past with her nostalgic, retro paintings. We've been obsessed with her work for quite a while, and today we're excited to share a project that we think really captures the beauty and versatility of her work. 

As Jessica says on her website, painting these pieces is "like borrowing memories and elaborating, editing, or directing stories that intersect the knowledge and assumptions of two people who are strangers to each other." So, we worked with a few stylish "strangers" to see what beautiful memories and designs her work would evoke. We challenged a mix of five bloggers, photographers, and interior designers to choose their favorite piece from Jessica Brilli, pick a frame to complement it, and style it in their space in a way that captures what it means to them. Here's what they created.


Karim Jones, Dreams in Spanglish blog

Website: dreamsinspanglish.com, Instagram: @karimjones

"Walt's Typewriter" by Jessica Brilli in our Chelsea frame with a white mat

"Walt's Typewriter" by Jessica Brilli in our Chelsea frame with a white mat

How would you describe your style? Upbeat. When it comes to decor, I like to find things that invite cheerfulness or happy memories that may be tied to the object. 

What drew you to this piece? The first thing I noticed were the bold colors that Jessica used. Having just painted the inside of our home different shades of white and grey, I wanted something that would really stand out and make a statement.

The second thing I immediately thought of when I saw the print was that it took me back a bit. It's funny because just the other day, my almost five-year-old asked me, "What's a typewriter?" The image brings a feeling of nostalgia with it, which is something I feel like I can relate to. There are few things I love more than taking pictures and photographing our seemingly mundane moments of our everyday life. But, when I look back at pictures I've taken, these are the images that stand out most to me. I'd like to think "Walt's Typewriter" is able to take us back to a certain moment in time. For me, the image of the typewriter brings me back to a time when I was much younger, and used to watch my grandfather type on his own typewriter. I can still here the clicks of each key. 

What was the goal of your design? To create a visual that would make whoever looked at it think about their past in a subtle way. Also, to remind us of the wonder in the mundane. "Walt's Typewriter" tells a story. The beautiful thing is that the individual can decide what that story is. 

Nichol Naranjo, Interior Designer

Instagram: @nicholnaranjo

"Highlands" by Jessica Brilli in our Beaumont frame with a white mat

"Highlands" by Jessica Brilli in our Beaumont frame with a white mat

How would you describe your style in a word? Nostalgic 

What made you choose this "Highlands" print? I love the mid-century/Mad Men-esque vibe it portrays. The colors and design really draw me into the painting. I just love everything about it.

What was the goal of your design? To create a mid-century feel, but still modern and relevant to my family's lifestyle.

Kevin O'Gara, Founder and Editor of Thou Swell

Website: thouswell.co, Instagram: @kfogara

"Red Zenith Radio" by Jessica Brilli in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat (shown with our Bali and Jambi frames)

"Red Zenith Radio" by Jessica Brilli in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat (shown with our Bali and Jambi frames)

How would you describe your style in a word? Playful, but classic!

What made you choose this "Red Zenith Radio" print? I loved the red and blue tones in the print, and I knew the bright hue would become the focal point in my arrangement.

What was the goal of your design? The goal of this design was to bring a new look to my sister's desk, using the colors in my Jessica Brilli print as the inspiration for the color palette. I matched the bright hues in the print with the fun desk accessories for a pop of color in her room, while keeping it a functional workspace.

Gray Benko, Photographer

Website: graybenko.com, Instagram: @graybenko

"Diver Girl" by Jessica Brilli in our Marin frame with a white mat

"Diver Girl" by Jessica Brilli in our Marin frame with a white mat

How would you describe your style in a word? Hmm how about 2 words?  Clean and quirky.

What made you choose this print? I’m a sucker for a girl in a swim cap. 

What was the goal of your design? I really needed to add a pop of color to that corner of my house but more than that, when I asked my 6 year old daughter what she thought of it there, she said “I love it, its like she’s diving into the music”!  Sold.

Natasha Shumny, Film and Media Creative

Website: natashashumny.wordpress.com, Instagram: @natashashumny

"Motel Painting" by Jessica Brilli in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat (shown with Irvine frame)

"Motel Painting" by Jessica Brilli in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat (shown with Irvine frame)

How would you describe your style in a word? Minimalist.

What made you choose Jessica's "Motel Painting" print? I love road trips and this painting reminded me of a motel you would see on the side of the road in the desert near Las Vegas where I grew up. 

What do you love most about the overall design you created? It's the first time I have printed and framed my own photography so large, so I am honored Framebridge has allowed me this opportunity. I think the endless desert road paired with the vintage cars at the nameless motel tells a cinematic story and really just makes me feel nostalgic for my west coast roots. It makes me want to drive out across America and make a movie.


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5 Unsplash Photos We Love

Hello, high res heaven. If you haven't been introduced already, meet Unsplash. This magical website features "free, do whatever you want" high res photos from photographers the world over. With ten new photos released every ten days, their curated collection of images is our go-to source whenever we're having a Goldilocks moment and need something "just right". We get a lot of messages asking where to find the art we feature - secret's out: it's often Unsplash. So today, we're laying out a few favorites in one spot. Best part? You don't even have to go hunting for the photos. You can download them here, and upload them straight to our site for framing. 

Make a Statement

Photo via Unsplash by Florian Klauer in Richmond with no mat

Photo via Unsplash by Florian Klauer in Richmond with no mat

If you're looking to shake up your style go big and then lean. Yeah, you heard us right. The beauty of high resolution photography is that you can print and frame an image large, and then get creative with how you show it off. This vintage typewriter photo in our classic gold Richmond frame measures about 26" by 40".  And yes, while we could (and have) hang this beauty it also looks great leaning next to a chair (like you see here), or resting on top of a credenza. 

Photo via Unsplash by Florian Klauer

Photo via Unsplash by Florian Klauer

Work Double Time

Photo via Unsplash by Paul Jarvis in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat

Photo via Unsplash by Paul Jarvis in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat

You might remember seeing this gorgeous diptych from our collab with Parachute. (If you missed it, you can check it out over here.) To create the look, we took one high res photo, cropped it into two halves, and framed each half separately. This is quite possibly our favorite frame trick because it's just so versatile. Not only can you hang the pair as a diptych for major impact with the convenience of smaller art (each of these will fit in your back seat), but you can always break the set apart and hang (or lean) each piece on its own. Want to try this idea with a different photo? We suggest looking for one that has some movement to it. (Like the rolling fog in this one.)

Photo via Unsplash by Paul Jarvis

Photo via Unsplash by Paul Jarvis

Anchor a Gallery Wall

Photo via Unsplash by Skylar Smith in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat

Photo via Unsplash by Skylar Smith in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat

Every gallery wall needs an anchor piece, and the contrast in this beach photo made it an easy choice. It's got everything a strong lead needs - color, texture, contrast, movement, and more. We printed this one at about 16" x 20" and opted for no mat to keep the aesthetic clean and bright. 

Photo via Unsplash by Skylar Smith

Photo via Unsplash by Skylar Smith

Hang Above a Bench

Photo via Unsplash by Umberto Cofini in Cairo with a white mat

Photo via Unsplash by Umberto Cofini in Cairo with a white mat

Burl wood is so hot right now. Photography that's largely black and white with only subtle hints of color looks amazing in Cairo. And this album stack photo really fits the bill. The tiny type on the spine combined with the subtle bits of color on the covers that wrap over onto the front - it's simply beautiful. The perfect art addition to any music lover's space. We sized this photo at around 20" x 11", and paired it with a clean white mat for a crisp, clean look.

Photo via Unsplash by Umberto Cofini

Photo via Unsplash by Umberto Cofini

Mix with Minis

Photo via Unsplash by Ananda Escudero Gomes in our Newport frame with a white mat

Photo via Unsplash by Ananda Escudero Gomes in our Newport frame with a white mat

Just because you can go big with high res photos doesn't mean you have to go big. We love the idea of mixing 'em in with photos of your very own for some variation. Here we created this curated collection by adding this beautiful peony profile shot to some other moody floral Instagrams. This allowed us to create a triptych of Insta Minis worthy of this living room credenza.


You've got the photo, now go get it framed. 

How To: Edit Your Instagrams

By the looks of our framing studio, we know you love framing your Instagrams. We can't blame you - it takes about five minutes and costs you $39 to get a favorite pic printed and framed. So good, right? To help you get your 'gram looking its best we've enlisted our in-house photographer, Veronica, to share a few quick photo editing tips. Get ready to post with pride, friends.


Let's get started. Open Instagram and select the photo you want to post. 

Choose a filter: Filters are basically just pre-packaged adjustments. We suggest picking your favorite filter first, and then fine tuning it in the editing flow. A few of our go-to Instagram filters are Clarendon, Lark, and Juno. Here's what we like about each of them: 

  • Clarendon: Use this filter when you'd like to add some cooler (read: bluer) tones to the photo. Avoid using with people though! You don't want to make them look sickly. 
  • Lark: This one is great for adding a little more life to the people in your photos. It's also a great option when your photo was shot in a shadow, and you need to warm up the image.
  • Juno: Go for this filter when you want to add a little drama to your photo. It will increase the contrast between light and dark.
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Adjust:  If your photo is looking a little crooked, play with the adjust feature to straighten things up. Use the grid as a guide to ensure straight lines in your photo are perfectly horizontal or vertical. Toggle the dial until the horizon line in your image is square with the grid.

Another thing you can do with the adjust tool is play with the perspective. This is great for when you're trying to take a photo straight on, but may not have gotten it quite right. Toggle the vertical and horizontal tools until you've got it looking right.

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Warmth: If your photo is looking a little blue, add a little warmth. This is especially good for skin color adjustments. If you're feeling like the people in your image don't look natural, you probably need to add more warmth. 

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Contrast: Don't go crazy here because your filter usually takes care of this. You just want to punch up the color a little bit. (Don't worry if you go overboard - you can always go back and tone it down.)

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Sharpen: Instagram filters can make your photos fuzzy even if they’re super sharp. Slide up the sharpen dial to keep them looking crisp. Not only will this make your photo look more polished, but it will really bring out the detail in the image.

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Before and after: One of our favorite parts of the process is toggling between the before and after views at the end. Simply tap and release on the image to see the before and after transformation. It's amazing what a few taps and slides can do.


Best part? You can frame your Instagrams straight from our app.