Art I made in college for my daughter's nursery
A piece of original art in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat | Via Francois et Moi

A piece of original art in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat | Via Francois et Moi

 

“Back in college I made this piece for a class called ‘Color and Design in 2 and 3 Dimensions’. The assignment was super tedious. We had to paint numerous shades of gray onto card stock to create a grayscale from pure white to pure black. Then we cut those card stock sheets into tiny triangles to create a design that played on how the eye perceives foreground and background. 

I loved how it turned out, so I ended up keeping it all these years down in our basement in storage.

I had no idea at the time that I would keep it and it would become original art in my home all these years later.

When we started decorating our nursery I picked out a fun, organic blue and white wall covering, and I just liked the contrast and edge that piece brought into the space. The play between the geometric shapes and organic shapes was really beautiful. It’s a little unconventional for a nursery, but I love it.

I wanted the space to foster creativity for our daughter, so using a piece that I created in college was perfect for that theme.”

- Erin Francois, Francois et Moi blog

 
How To: Pick the Perfect Gold Frame
 

You know when you see something framed and it just looks *just* right, but you don't really know why? It's likely because the tones of the art and the tones of the frame are in sync. And this, friends, is the key to answering one of our most frequently asked framing questions: I know I want a gold frame to complement my art, but how do I pick the right one?

Tone is the key. When comparing and considering our gold frames, we look at them on a spectrum of warmest to coolest finishes. What exactly are we talking about? "Warm" frames have red/orange undertones, while "cool" frames have blue. You want to match the tone of your art with the tone of its frame: warm art with a warm frame, and cool art with a cool frame.

Once you've determined which tone looks best, you can narrow down your selection based on the style or vibe you like for the piece. Below, we've ordered all the gold frames in our collection from warmest to coolest and included a few notes on how to best use each one. Read on, learn up, and go for the gold. 


Concord: Gold beaded frame

Vibe: A classic frame, Concord has curvy, feminine detailing with delicate beading along the inner edge.
Tone: This is our most orange gold. Because of its undertones, we tend only to recommend using it with pieces that have green.
Pair with: Art with greens—especially outdoor photos.

 

Mandalay: Gold bamboo frame

Vibe: This is the frame we're known for. Pick this one if you want to add some fun to your art. It feels a little retro, but can also feel classic depending on your decor style.
Tone: This is a brassy, orange-y gold. It has red paint under the gold finish which comes through in tone. 
Pair with: Fun Instagrams and colorful art prints.

 

Richmond: Antiqued gold frame

Vibe: A little classic, and a little modern. The profile is classic, but it's thin and deep so it looks beautiful in a modern context, as well.
Tone: Like Mandalay, this is a warm orange-y gold.
Pair with: Looks great with almost anything. It's our go-to for photos. 

 

Chelsea: Wide classic gold frame

Vibe: Another great statement piece, this is our widest gold frame. It's very feminine and glamorous (hello curves), and reads as traditional. But! You can definitely mix it up by pairing it with a modern piece or using it in a modern setting. 
Tone: Warm. The perfect traditional gold. 
Pair with: Art prints, portraits, and wedding photos. 

 

Potomac: Wide gold frame

Vibe: This plein air frame's layered gold finish truly *shines*. It's wide, but flat on the front, which is an interesting profile—it's the only one we have like it. This is our frame that feels the most different in person from how it reads in photos, because it honestly glows in the sunlight.
Tone: Warm
Pair with: Art and paintings with rich, bright and deep colors. We like using it without a mat.

 

Olympia: Gold frame with black sides

Vibe: This is an artist's frame. The gallery profile—narrow on the front and deep on the sides—makes it a beautiful choice. A style chameleon, this frame feels a little traditional from afar and modern up close. It's dramatic.
Tone: The face of this frame is a warm gold with a lot of distressing (you can see dark undertones through the gold paint in certain spots). The outside edge and inside lip are black, so you can clearly see the frame's depth, which is the point.
Pair with: Art you want to float mount in gold. 

 

Lafayette: Gold rippled frame

Vibe: This frame is such a beautiful way to make a statement. It can feel classic or have a Hollywood Regency feel.
Tone: This frame has red undertones, but the overall tone is yellower than Concord or Mandalay.
Pair with: Bold, bright art.

 

Georgetown: Antiqued fluted gold frame

Vibe: Classic. Understated.
Tone: Muted neutral gold. Layered gold tones.
Pair with: Maps, botanicals, vintage pieces, or quiet photos. 

 

Dorado: Bright gold metallic frame

Vibe: Feels modern (flat front and side) but has a small edge detail with antiquing to add interest.
Tone: This frame has cool undertones, but is a really beautiful, *bright*, glossy style. This frame is actually the color of a gold foil print. 
Pair with: Gold foil prints! 

 

Carson: Clean gold frame

Vibe: This is our most modern—maybe even a little '90's?!—frame. It looks like brushed metal.
Tone: Cool.
Pair with: Bigger pieces. Want to frame a poster in gold? Carson is your best choice.  


P.S. Looking for a gold frame for a canvas? We got you. Looking for rose gold? Right this way.


What do you think? Ready to pick the perfect gold?

 
Studio Tour: Warm, colorful DC photographer's loft
Dominique Fierro in her Georgetown studio

Dominique Fierro in her Georgetown studio

 

Nestled in a row of shops in Washington DC's stately Georgetown neighborhood is Dominique Fierro's bright, beautiful studio. An artist in residence at Lynn Louisa, a casual chic womenswear boutique, this fashion photographer has transformed the shop's second floor into the kind of place anyone would want to hang out in. Her walls are lined with her latest pieces, and above her desk is a veritable Pinterest board of inspiration IRL.

You should know that Dominique is not your typical demure artist. Dominique evangelizes a women power movement. You see it in her portraits (like her latest Frida Khalo piece), and in the "Photo Therapy" photography sessions she offers. (Think: your own editorial style photo shoot.) Have we piqued your interest yet? 

Take a look inside Dominique's studio, and read along as we learn more about where she got started, how she's bringing sexy back, and how she's dedicated her art to supporting womankind.

 
One of Dominique's photos in our Irvine Slim frame

One of Dominique's photos in our Irvine Slim frame

 

On her Roots


My grandmother had a big influence on me. She was a seamstress and used to take care of me when I was little. In her apartment there was Vogue and Architectural Digest and Elle everywhere. Every design magazine, every fashion magazine. So when I was little I would say, “I want to be a fashion designer.” Which turned into fashion photographer. My mom paints and my dad is very artsy too. My whole family is creative.

They never told me “don't be an artist” or “you can’t make money doing that”. They always encouraged me.

My dad gave me my first camera when I was eight. Well, it was his camera. I just kind of took it and started.

 
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on her inspiration


Most of them are my photographs. My family, vacation photos, shoots, and samples. It’s everything. The board is meant to inspire me to change the world, and make it a better place.

Any time I’m in a mood, I just look at my board. It a constant reminder for me to get out of my own way.

That’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time. Worrying about the future, worrying about what people are going to think about me… It’s a constant battle. It’s a reminder for me to do what I feel inside. When I worry about the outside noise I hold myself back, and I don’t put stuff out there.

 
 

on her photography


I think it started back in college when our instructors would have us find models to pose. I was a fashion photography major. I noticed that I wasn’t keen on shooting models a lot.

I preferred shooting my friends, because once I shot them I saw the way their emotions would change after they saw the images.

They’d say, “Oh my good, I look like that?! I actually look like that?! You made me look so good!” I would say, “No, it’s really you!” Women nowadays see these images in magazines that are so retouched, and they think they should look like them. Those girls are completely retouched. They aren’t real!

I like to give women a sense of their own beauty. Their is so much negative self-talk right now among women.

It just hurts. It’s sad. I’ll talk to a woman and she’ll say, “Oh, I’m too fat. I can’t do this right now. I don’t feel good about myself.” or “My legs aren’t long enough. My stomach isn’t flat enough.”

It’s never going to be a good time. Just do it! And feel good about yourself. Stop comparing yourself to every single person around you. You are yourself, and that’s it. I want women to feel good about themselves, and empower each other. Comparing is the worst thing you can do to yourself. It makes you stay stuck.

 
One of Dominique's favorite pieces in our Mandalay frame || Read the story behind it here

One of Dominique's favorite pieces in our Mandalay frame || Read the story behind it here

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on women


I’ll have a negative thought, and say to myself, “No Dominique, you’re going down the rabbit hole. Don’t do it.” That’s why I have all these quotes on my wall. It’s something you constantly have to work on and be aware of.

Once you start recognizing your own negative thought patterns you start noticing it in other people. I feel like every woman should talk to themselves like you would your best friend.

You wouldn’t go up to your best friend and say, “Oh your legs look short, maybe you shouldn’t wear that skirt.” Or “Maybe you need to lose ten pounds.” You just wouldn’t say that.

Once women start recognizing their own thoughts they can start doing that and building their confidence.

 
 

On her Photo Therapy


Most of the women I photograph. They’ll say “oh I’m doing this for my husband” or “oh, I’m doing this because I don’t feel that great about myself” or “I’m 20 and want to capture the way I look for when I’m 60.”

One of my clients actually ended up being one of my good friends. Her name is Lucia. She had a horse, and wanted to do a whole shoot with her horse. She was lacking in so much self confidence, and you could just see it. When I first met her, I was like I need you in front of my camera. I need to draw this out of you because you’re in such a shell and you’re so worried about what other people are thinking about you.  

The entire day she was so free. At the end of the day I had her naked in a cornfield with truckers going by, and she was just like, “I don’t care! I feel amazing!”

And then she saw the images and she just felt so good about it and was so proud to show off these images. This was maybe 10 years ago, and now she says when she feels bad about herself she goes back to those photos. They remind her to be present.

 
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on her painting


Right now I’m playing a lot with texture. I went to Art Basel back in early December and realized all the work I was drawn to was textured. I wanted to touch everything, but of course you can’t touch anything at Art Basel.

I’m going through playing with mixing a lot of different compounds and paints. When I started painting I wondered what would people think of a photographer painting. I wondered if they would laugh at me. I just kept hearing the voice in my head telling me to pick up a paint brush. So I did. And I’m really glad I did. I want to give my work another level, and an alternate reality to what it was before.

It gives it a different feel, and it’s so much more fun for me to play with, because once I’m done with the women I don’t want them to leave. I still want to hang out.

 
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on frames


Framing has a huge impact on presentation. If I give someone a print that's different than if I give them an actual framed piece of art. I like to keep my work clean and framed properly for preservation.

My work is an investment, and I want to maintain it.

 

Dominique's go-to frames: Mandalay, Bali, Irvine Slim, and Mercer Slim.

See more of Dominique's art here, and follow her on Instagram @dominique_fierro

Behind the Scenes: Colorful Animals with Artist Megan Carn
Framebridge

Framebridge

 

South Carolina artist Megan Carn's paintings look like a smile feels. Through bright color palettes and soft lines she's able to transform even her most ferocious of subjects into gentle, pastel painted giants. Her candy colored tigers, giraffes, and elephants are always at home in nurseries and kids' rooms, while her bolder, brighter birds, zebras, and leopards are a welcome addition to any office or sitting area.

We discovered Megan's art right when the both of us were getting our start. In fact, the image you see above used to welcome every visitor to our original Framebridge website. We're excited to share the artist behind two pieces of art that hold a very special place in our team Framebridge heart. Read on to see where it all began for Megan (not at all what you would expect), and see what inspires her unfailingly optimistic point of view.


 
An overhead view of Megan's light bright studio workspace || Photo via @megancarn

An overhead view of Megan's light bright studio workspace || Photo via @megancarn

 

On Choosing art


I was "crafty" in high school, just like my mother and grandmother. In college, I decided I wanted to be an art therapist or art teacher, and I spontaneously added a second major to my to-do list. 

I always felt like I was behind the curve because I wasn't the best at drawing and I wasn't quite in the mindset of an artist yet.

I really figured everything out in the months after I graduated, and things took off after that!

 
"Spiffy Tiger" in our Irvine Slim frame with a white mat

"Spiffy Tiger" in our Irvine Slim frame with a white mat

Megan Carn with an pastel colored elephant painting || Photo via @megancarn

Megan Carn with an pastel colored elephant painting || Photo via @megancarn

 

On Changing Careers


I started a job in late 2013 after I graduated college and it was great, but it was not leaving me feeling so great at the end of the day. I needed more stimulation and more of a creative outlet...and more sunlight—my office was smack in the middle of the building with no windows. As the only employee there, I spent a lot of time alone, and that was a bummer too.

As I wandered around Instagram I said, “Hold up—I can do this. I can make art and turn it into a business.”

So I started working on it. And a year later, I left that job. It was CRAY. First, there was breaking that news to my parents: "Mom and dad, I'm gonna quit my job, and sell art all the time, okay?" They were really cool about it, though, and that was a great thing. Then, there was leaving the job I had, and explaining to everyone what the plan was. Two weeks later I moved to Columbia and started my full-time art career. I met my almost husband, I made a ton of friends, and I had tons of sunlight in my studio—it was amazing. It is really hard work and there isn't necessarily a paycheck every two weeks like at a conventional job, but it is fun and flexible, and I am really happy. 

 
"Leaf It to the Birds" in our Lafayette frame with a white mat

"Leaf It to the Birds" in our Lafayette frame with a white mat

 

On Color


 I have always been into the brightest things, the craziest combos, and how far I can push the envelope while maintaining taste and style. As I first started selling art, I was doing a ton of flowers and trying to do some abstract work. I realized quickly that not only does everyone do that, but many were better than me at it. I thought long and hard and experimented until it hit me: why not do animals, but in full, crazy color? Not too many artists are doing this right now... this is great. I loved it, and I have ever since: monkeys, tigers, lions, elephants, ostriches, oh my! Recently, I love using colors and layers that challenge a person to stare and examine and come back and go "hm.. do I love it or do I hate it? How many {birds} are too many {birds}?"

I like to make people smile with my art, and I love to smile when I look at art.

 
A quiet corner of Megan's studio || Via @megancarn

A quiet corner of Megan's studio || Via @megancarn

Our favorite frames for Megan's art: Mandalay, Irvine Slim, Lafayette, and Irvine.

Shop Megan's art here, and be sure to follow her on Instagram @megancarn.

Flag from our summer home in Massachusetts
American flag float mounted in our Irvine frame

American flag float mounted in our Irvine frame

 

“It’s had quite a journey. It was purchased in a very rushed decorating moment on July 4th by my mother-in-law in 1998 for a fourth of July party. It hung on the flagpole outside their summer house in Hyannisport, MA. It stayed there for a few years, and then when the family moved down to Osterville, MA it was stationed at the top of the driveway.

It was a very difficult place to find, so they thought they’d mark it with the biggest flag ever.

I think there was one really terrible storm that summer in 2006, and the flag broke off the pole. This meant it was perfectly suited for a wall since it couldn’t fly anymore. It ended up moving down to Washington D.C. where it hung in their Georgetown home off and on for 10 years.

My husband and all his brothers went to Georgetown (University) and they all lived in this Georgetown house over the course of their four years. The flag then made it’s way back to NYC where it was appropriately folded and preserved, but not displayed, in my husband’s former bachelor pad.

When we moved in together he had this flag tucked away somewhere. He told me the story and I said, ‘This is something we should display!’

So we framed it, and now it’s a focal point in our home. He’s sentimental when it comes to certain things like this, so anything that reminds him of family and their life together and growing up is meaningful for him. It’s a true old glory story.

My grandfather was a veteran. I’ve always grown up with flags folded in that triangular shape and preserved in some sort of display box, but it’s a different way of preserving something that’s so meaningful. You really get the full picture.”

- Meaghan Carrigan

 
How To: Build a Floor to Ceiling Gallery Wall
Floor to ceiling gallery wall in customer @amiraelgawly's home featuring our Providence, Newport, Richmond, and Mandalay frame styles

Floor to ceiling gallery wall in customer @amiraelgawly's home featuring our Providence, Newport, Richmond, and Mandalay frame styles

 

You know that classic salon style gallery wall? Let's take that up a notch. Hello, floor-to-ceiling gallery wall. This arrangement might seem intimidating, but if you've got a lot of art this is a great way to display it.


To get started, round up your framed pieces, or the items you'd like to frame. The key to success here is having a lot of smaller pieces you can easily move around to suit the space you're looking to fill. The best salon gallery walls feel organic, so don't be afraid to play around with the layout. 

  • A salon style wall is perfect if: You have an alcove or nook you’d like to fill.
  • What you’ll need: 10 - 20 (or more!) framed and unframed small photos, pieces of art and mementos.
  • How to get it: This gallery is supposed to look like you grew it over time, so don’t worry about making it too perfect! Start with a single piece somewhere in the middle of your wall, then add the others above and below, being sure not to center anything and leaving 2 - 3 inches between each.
  • Pro tip: These are meant to look collected over time! As you gather new pieces, just add them in.

Ready to build your salon gallery wall?

 
How To: Build a Grid Gallery Wall
Gallery grid of Instagram Minis in our Richmond frame with a white mat | Via Simply Sona

Gallery grid of Instagram Minis in our Richmond frame with a white mat | Via Simply Sona

 

Do you love having everything arranged just so? Are you a fan of clean lines, and even proportions? Well, we've got a gallery wall for you. Grids are a beautiful way to display a collection of photos or art. Matching frames and consistent sizing create a harmonious display that is about as perfectly polished as it gets. Yeah, you have to do a little math on installation day, but it's totally worth it.


  • A grid is perfect if: You want to exactly fill the space above a couch/headboard/dining table.
  • What you’ll need: Photography you love. If you have hi-res images, you can go for larger pieces, but we love the look of a grid of small framed Instagram photos (we print them at 5x5), too. 
  • How to get it: First, choose your photos. Crop all of them to be exactly the same size, then frame them with white mats in identical frames. At Framebridge, our favorite frames for grids are thin white gallery frames and delicate classic silvers.
  • Pro tip: Hang each frame 2 - 3 inches apart and be sure to keep your spacing consistent!

We're seeing grid gallery walls everywhere! Want more inspiration? Check out these beautiful spaces:


 

Ready to build your grid gallery?

Wedding vows we wrote together
   Calligraphy by Lauren Heim Studio in our Potomac frame with a white mat || Photo via Sara Logan Photography

 

 Calligraphy by Lauren Heim Studio in our Potomac frame with a white mat || Photo via Sara Logan Photography

 

“I really wanted to find a way to intentionally bring a little bit more of the ceremony—which lasted what? like twenty minutes?—into the rest of the evening.

We wanted to share our vows in a way that everyone could read them. I thought, oh we’ll put them on display at our reception. Of course, I wanted to make them beautiful in some way. My friend Lauren did the calligraphy. It was just too beautiful not to keep as a keepsake. I knew the second I saw her lettering that this was something I wanted hanging in our house forever.

We worked on our vows together. He wrote his in traffic on the way to work—how romantic is that?

It was a brain dump of ideas he wanted to include so then we refined them together. It was more emotional than I expected when he read everything he wrote to me. It hit home. We’re making these vows together. This is really happening.

This is the heart of what he wants to get out of this marriage—nothing scripted.

I’ve almost got them memorized at this point. It’s a really sweet reminder. Every time I see them I don’t just think about the vows, I think about the entire setting —the entire day really."

-Whitney Hawkins, newlywed and southern lifestyle blogger

 
How To: Build a Ledge Gallery Wall
Ledge gallery wall featuring our Irvine Slim, Mercer Slim, Bolton, Bali, Cairo, and Richmond frame styles || Via Emily Henderson, more here

Ledge gallery wall featuring our Irvine Slim, Mercer Slim, Bolton, Bali, Cairo, and Richmond frame styles || Via Emily Henderson, more here

 

While the traditional salon style gallery wall isn't going anywhere, we've seen a new frame display steal the spotlight—the ledge gallery. Perfect for those who are constantly rearranging their decor, the leaning look allows for a laid back look without the wear and tear on your walls. Plus, your frames, trinkets, and small plants can live side-by-side in beautiful harmony. Here's how to get the look for yourself. 


Before you begin take a walk around your space and figure out where you want to anchor your arrangement, and what frames you want to display. We suggest above a table, living room couch, bed, or desk. Once you have a general idea of what you're looking for it's time to shop!

 
 

Select your ledge. There are so many wonderful options out there. We got ours from Pottery Barn, but you can check  out all the usual home decor suspects to find the one you like best. (West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and CB2 ) 

Install your ledge. This is probably the hardest part of the process (because measuring), but we promise it's easier than you think. If you're installing a single ledge we suggest the following for each space. 

  • Couch or Bed: Aim for about 18"-24" inches above the top of the couch. You'll want to leave enough clearance to account for head room. 
  • Desk: Consider any tall things that will sit on the surface of your desk—monitor(s), computer stands, etc. Install a few inches above the tallest point.
  • Table: Install your ledge so that the center point of your largest frame will hit at your eye level. 

Style your ledge. This is the fun part. Start by placing your frames and build out from there. We love adding in our favorite succulents, trinkets, and books.  


Ready to build your ledge gallery?

 
Commissioned photo of frisky Lincoln ladies with glitter
Photo with glitter by Dominique Fierro in our Mandalay frame

Photo with glitter by Dominique Fierro in our Mandalay frame

 

“This photo was taken as part of a commissioned photo shoot  my good friend and designer Maggie O’Neill for a restaurant in DC called Lincoln. It was based on Abraham Lincoln, but they wanted the photo shoot to be provocative, involve tools that were going to be put in the restaurant, and have Lincoln hats.

So, I put these girls in my cousin’s basement and had them get frisky with one another.

That shoot I probably did three years ago, and really just wanted to add another layer to it. I bought all this glitter, and thought it was the perfect application. I liked the amount of blank space I had around this image. I could do something with it. I could play with it. I went back and forth between doing a section, and doing the whole thing. My friend said, ‘Just do the whole thing!’ And I was fine with that.

I just love it. I love their expressions. I think it’s a powerful piece. You know what I mean?”

- Dominque Fierro, artist, female empower-er, and master of glitter

 
A cuddle monster print from a local artist
"Cuddle Monster" by Mauro Baiocco in our Georgetown frame with a white mat

"Cuddle Monster" by Mauro Baiocco in our Georgetown frame with a white mat

 

“A lot of my art is from people I’ve met. I love buying from people I meet directly, so that I always remember and know where it came from. I loved this piece because of the name first.

Then I spent two years trying to figure out the most prominent place in my apartment so everyone could see it.

‘Cuddle Monster’ moves every few days. He just makes me happy. It’s elegant, but in your face cool and funky. You can’t look at it and not smile.’’

- Amira El-Gawly, Framebridge friend and collector of beautiful things

 
How To: Build a Column Gallery Wall
A column gallery wall sitting in a cozy corner of the Framebridge office. Featuring (from top to bottom) our Bolton, Beverly, Mercer Slim, and Irvine Slim frames and photography from Ansel Adams.

A column gallery wall sitting in a cozy corner of the Framebridge office. Featuring (from top to bottom) our BoltonBeverlyMercer Slim, and Irvine Slim frames and photography from Ansel Adams.

 

The column gallery wall is our favorite way to accent awkwardly sized walls. It adds interest to otherwise forgotten corners, and is a great way to display a collection of similar art or photography. Think: a series of black and white photos, a collection of art from your favorite artists, or travel photos from a recent vacation. The beauty of this look is the asymmetry in the arrangement, so don't get too caught up making everything match perfectly! 


To get started, figure out where you'd like to hang your pieces. Some of our favorite spots are corners and between windows. Once you've figured out where you want to install your gallery you're ready to get started. 

  • A column is perfect if: You have a narrow wall next to a door or window that’s begging for a statement.
  • What you’ll need: A collection of framed pieces that you think look great together—they don’t have to and shouldn’t match!
  • How to get it: Arrange your frames on the floor to see what arrangement you like best, then hang each piece 3 - 4 inches apart, ensuring that they’re all horizontally centered.
  • Pro tip: Do not put the biggest one at the top! 

One more thing: we find the most successful column designs feature coordinating (not matching) frames. You'll want to make sure you have a balance of color, weight, and texture.

In the arrangement above, we chose our black Mercer Slim and white Irvine Slim gallery frames for their clean profiles, our wide silver Beverly frame with black sides for a little interest and weight, and our oiled steel Bolton frame for texture.


Ready to build your column gallery?

 
How To: Build a Classic Gallery Wall
A big, eclectic gallery wall in the Framebridge office featuring our Irvine Slim, Mercer Slim, Bali, Mandalay, and Richmond frames. 

A big, eclectic gallery wall in the Framebridge office featuring our Irvine Slim, Mercer Slim, Bali, Mandalay, and Richmond frames. 

 

Want to unite a mix of art prints, photography, and objects? Go for a traditional gallery wall. Our favorites are curated over time, growing with you through marriage, vacations, babies, or whatever comes your way. Whether your slowly building you're gallery or installing it all at once there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your collection looks Instagram perfect.


  • Perfect If: You want to start fresh and know exactly the space you're looking to fill.
  • What You’ll Need: A collection of photos and/or art prints in slightly different sizes and shapes. 
  • How to Get It: start by holding your lowest piece of art against the wall to find the perfect spot. Estimate and mark the correct nail/hook placement for your piece. Repeat the hanging process with the frames to the left and right of the first, then with those above.
  • Pro tip: Wait until you’ve hung all the frames in your arrangement, take a step back, and then straighten and level everything. Use a few pieces of sticky tac on the back of the frames to guarantee they stay put.

 

Ready to build your gallery wall?

Ten year old rules from my kids' cardboard box fort
Cardboard fort rules float mounted in our Mercer Slim frame

Cardboard fort rules float mounted in our Mercer Slim frame

 

“Back in 2003 we put a big addition on our house. We basically ripped half of our house down! We did most of the deconstruction of the house by ourselves. We had to remind our kids to wear shoes in the kitchen because of all the nails in the floor. It was this whole big, long, torturous process. 

When we finally got the appliances, the kids took all the giant boxes into the backyard with about forty pounds of duct tape.

The refrigerator box was the biggest, so they made that the main room. They used cabinet boxes as hallways. It was an absolute maze. It was just the coolest thing.

When it finally got rained on, my husband and I went outside to pick all the stuff up, and inside we found this piece of cardboard. I took it and I said, ‘I’m gonna save this, and someday it’ll be really cool to show them.’ So I threw it in the basement.

I found it recently, and thought: I really need to preserve this. Every time I see it I crack up. I mean, having rules that say, ‘No mocking’?! What little kid even knows that word? My husband and I absolutely died laughing.

This December, I wrapped up the frame and put it behind our Christmas tree. It had all their names on it, which really built up the excitement. The kids were like, ‘What in the world?! Is it a new TV? What is this?’ 

I wish I had filmed their reaction when they opened the box—the looks on their faces! They sat around and read off all the rules. They were crying and laughing.

Rules of the Fort

1. Don't ever break the club even if you are mad.
2. No yelling, swaring, hitting, kicking, mocking, drawing on people, pushing and pulling hair.
3. Be nice.
4. Try not to fight with others.
5. No saying bad/mean things.
6. Always remember how much fun we had making the club.
7. Always be loveing.
8. Always listen to what people have to say.
9. Never lay down unless people let you.

Contract Signing
Lizzy C. - Joe C. - Emma C. - Matt C.

H A V E  F U N !

One of the funniest rules that everyone glommed onto at Christmas was the rule that said, ‘Always be loving.’ The older daughter (to the right in the picture) is the worst speller on the planet and she wrote the rules. She wrote the word loving spelled correctly, crossed it out, and then wrote it incorrectly and had all of them sign it.

It's funny to look back and realize that they were having fun while we were pulling our hair out.

I’ll tell you, this gift lasted thirty minutes in the circus that is Christmas morning. They went through each rule, and laughed about why they had to make the rules. There were tears.

You can buy your kids Apple watches. You can spend hundreds of dollars—thousands of dollars. And this silly piece of cardboard brought genuine laughs, and stories, and tears, and reminiscing.

We wanted them to be able to look back at a moment in a summer that meant something to them. It ties together what they remember as one of the greatest summers of their life. To have this framed really allowed us as a family to capture something they felt. You don’t forget about it, but it’s kinda something that gets shoved away while the youngest is off at college, the second one just graduated college, the other one is working.

This boiled it all down to, ‘Do you remember that summer we had the cardboard fort?’”

- Bethany Companga, fort mom and pro gift-giver

 
How To: Frame Your #tbt
A few great throwbacks in our Newport frame style

A few great throwbacks in our Newport frame style

 

The best part about Thursday? Posting the perfect #tbt on Instagram. The internet gets a little nostalgic, double taps and comments abound, and all is right with the world. But what happens to those photos once you've moved on to Friday? Some photos are just too good not to be enjoyed everyday. Read on for our foolproof solution.


1. Find your favorite throwback. Some moderate self-stalking might be required. We also love apps like Timehop and Facebook's "On This Day" call outs.

2. Post your favorite throwback. It is, after all, the best part about Thursday (other than the fact that it's Friday Eve). Extra points for punny captions and clever hashtags. 

3. Frame your favorite throwback. Just head to our app or site and upload your photo straight from Instagram. Preview it in our curated collection of frame styles and pick your favorite. We'll print and frame your pic and ship it straight to your door, totally ready to hang. And then you can remember that time you did the thing in the place with the person from the other place... every day.

Also, did we mention throwbacks make great gifts? Because they definitely do.


Ready to take your #tbt game up a notch?

 
A photo of our (first) child at the beach
James, Sarah and Sheila's dog, in our Carson frame with a white mat

James, Sarah and Sheila's dog, in our Carson frame with a white mat

 

“I was living in California when I found him. I was scrolling on the net and stumbled across James, who at the time was named Max. I called Sheila—which is so weird because we hadn’t been talking about getting a dog. I was like, ‘I’ve totally fallen in love with this dog. You gotta see him. His name is Max. Here’s the site.’ Sheila checked him out and was like, ‘He’s pretty amazing.’

I drove three hours north of San Francisco to Chico, California. Next thing you know, he was ours! 

I had to hold on to him for a few days before I could bring him home for Christmas. Sheila met us at the airport and kinda freaked out. Once you get a dog together it’s on. I mean, I’m not gonna leave you, because I’m not gonna leave the dog! Laughing.

We really love that he brought us together as a family. We’re trying to bring a new life into our family, so it feels right to honor our first baby.”

-Sarah Gordon with Sheila Fain, dog lovers and Co-Owners of Gordy's Pickle Jar

 
Slack conversation with my work wife
Slack conversation screenshot in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat

Slack conversation screenshot in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat

 

“Clare and I started at Framebridge within a week of each other as the first two members of our Customer Experience Team. This is what our days together looked like: 🚇🖼️💻💁🏼🍿💁🏻💻🖼️🚇🍻!

But what I think really solidified our work wife status was our mutual love for Chipotle 🌯, Justin Timberlake 😍, and (of course) emojis 😛.

Clare and I are now located in separate Framebridge offices, but luckily still work very closely. I can't remember the specific topic that started this conversation, but it was probably just checking in on a project at our factory... then our goodbye got creative 💥.

We've been slacking each other for over 1.5 years, so we've had time to hone our skills and become the black belts that we are. I highly encourage anyone to practice with us or share their pro tips 🤓. 

The photo says it all, I literally laughed out loud. This was such an ordinary conversation for us, but framing it really showed how far we have come with our friendship and emojii game 😂.

 Everyone keeps asking us who will get custody of the frame. The answer is simple: the winner of ✊ ️️️✋✌️️ of course.”

- Elise Kelly, Art & Trade Program Manager and emoji master

 
Print and Frame It: SpaceX Posters
 

Remember when NASA/JPL-Caltech released a set of 15 poster files for space lovers (and in our opinion, design lovers) to download and enjoy for free? It was amazing. (And if you missed it, you can check it out here.)

That release was such a hit with our team and with all of you we were HYPED when Elon Musk's SpaceX released their own collection of vintage planetary tourism posters. The coolest part? You can download the files for free (below), and then upload to our site to be printed and framed.

That's right, we'll handle the printing, framing, and shipping. All you have to do is decide where you want to hang 'em. Read on for our sizing and framing recommendations, and download the files (for free!) straight from this post. 


These are tourism posters, and as such, we think they look best BIG. We recommend printing these at around  20" x 30", and framing in our Mercer frame style. To get started, just download your favorite(s) below, and head to our website to start framing. 

Via SpaceX

Via SpaceX

Via SpaceX

Via SpaceX

Via SpaceX

Via SpaceX


Got your files?

 
Ticket stub from the first movie we saw together
Movie ticket stub float mounted in our Richmond frame

Movie ticket stub float mounted in our Richmond frame

 

“I framed a ticket stub from the first movie my fiancé and I saw together in a movie theatre. We’d seen movies together before at home, but we’re such movie nerds.

We remember this and we still talk about it. Which is sad... or really cute.

I thought it was such a perfect way to describe us—that this is what I chose to keep. We had been dating for a few months and Jason—that’s his name—said we should go and do a pre-Christmas weekend in New York.

So he arranged this whole thing. Got a Central Park hotel. It was all very rom-com, but kind of ok.

It was the first time we had actively spent a few days together without friends or other activities or anything else. We did a lot of things you typically wouldn’t do if you were going to New York. We went to the movies and sat around in bookstores a bunch—all the things we love to do.

Inherent Vice which is a Paul Thomas Anderson movie was coming out at the time, but wasn’t going to open in DC until January. It was at the top of our list because we’re so embarrassingly into movies. We went to see it at The Angelica.

It’s a perfect movie theatre. It’s a perfect movie for us. I just kept this not knowing what I wanted to do with it.

We’re getting married in two and a half months so I’m going to give it to him then. I thought it would be really cute. A little something old. He doesn’t know I kept it.”

-Svetlana Legetic, Founder of Brightest Young Things and friend of Framebridge