Gray Malin frames holiday photography for Neiman Marcus
"Poolside Holiday" by Gray Malin for Neiman Marcus

"Poolside Holiday" by Gray Malin for Neiman Marcus

 

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and we've got a photo to prove it. Queue renown photographer Gray Malin. You might know him from his bright beach photos, and quirky conceptual shots, but don't think this California photog would miss a chance to spread a little holiday cheer. Together, we worked with Gray to get his “Poolside Holiday” prints framed and ready for Neiman Marcus to sell exclusively in their stores. To share more about our Christmas collaboration we sat down with Gray to reflect on how it all came together. 


So what exactly did this project between Gray Malin, Framebridge, and Neiman Marcus involve? Last year we created a holiday image specifically for our marketing purposes and website that featured 9 decked-out Christmas trees illuminating and reflecting into a sparkling swimming pool. Neiman Marcus asked us this year to exclusively carry it as a framed photo in their stores and online for this holiday season. In order to get the photograph framed beautifully and seamlessly to Neiman Marcus, we entrusted the help of Framebridge.

The photo is beautiful—where was it taken? And where did the idea come from? The photo was taken at a pool at a private residence in Southern California. The piece was inspired by a shot of a Christmas tree next to a swimming pool in Kelly Klein's book Pools: Reflections.

Can you explain a little bit about the process of working with us? How were we able to simplify framing and fulfillment for you? We knew that Framebridge had a reputation for high quality craftsmanship while maintaining the ability to deliver flawlessly to a nationwide to a large customer like Neiman Marcus, and we're very glad they were our framer of choice for this project.

How many pieces did we frame for you? What was the timetable like? 90 medium white framed “Poolside Holiday” for Neiman Marcus, which were framed and ready to go nationwide in a week.

“Poolside Holiday” by Gray Malin | Via Gray Malin

“Poolside Holiday” by Gray Malin | Via Gray Malin

“Framebridge exceeded my expectations and provided quality framing that I was proud to provide to Neiman Marcus and their clientele.”

With such a quick turnaround time, what were you looking for in a framing partner for this project? I appreciate a framing partner that I can depend on. My clients depend on me to deliver their orders in a timely and efficient manner, and in order to do that I have to have a framing partner who is able to do the same. Framebridge exceeded my expectations and provided quality framing that I was proud to provide to Neiman Marcus and their clientele.

What was it like to work with us on this project? It was a snap for us. We had our framed photos delivered on time, without any issues, to display beautifully in the stores for Christmas, and ready to hang on Neiman Marcus customer's homes.

Love it. How have customers reacted to the pieces? The response to “Poolside Holiday” has been fantastic. I've had the opportunity to see it in person at various Neiman Marcus stores on their coveted retail floor.

That's amazing—what do you think of the end result?  Framed to perfection, the photograph will uniquely dazzle the viewer anywhere during the holidays.


What can we help you frame this holiday season?

 
Susanna frames her love story

Veluxe founder Susanna Quinn frames a wedding photo for her husband on their 10th anniversary—just in time for the holidays.

Wedding photo in our Chelsea frame with a white mat

Wedding photo in our Chelsea frame with a white mat

 

“When he smiles at me like in this picture, I feel like I can do anything and I have everything that I need.”

What did you frame with us? A picture of my husband, Jack, and me at our wedding.

Why is it special? I love the way he is looking at me. This was our wedding night almost ten years ago. I feel like everything positive in my life starts with Jack. From his support and encouragement that has enabled me to build a business to his boundless love for our kids and family. When he smiles at me like in this picture, I feel like I can do anything and I have everything that I need.  

That smile has gotten me through the loss of my Dad and my sister, through a difficult pregnancy with our amazing son, Storm, being born almost 9 weeks early. Someone once wrote to my husband (actually, it was Bill Clinton), “Even in tough times, there are more smiles when you are in the room.” I love that. It is so true. I kind of want to frame different pictures of him smiling for every room in my house! 

 
12 Days of Art
 

It's official, gifting season is in full swing. To help you check a few names off your gift list we've curated twelve amazing (and totally giftable) prints from a few of our favorite artists. Best part? You can buy these pieces (framed, of course) straight from our site, and ship them directly to your lucky giftee. We've even done all the hard work of choosing the frame and size we think complement it best. Being thoughtful has never been so easy.

Be sure to check back here each day for a new release. So, without further ado—here's the art! 


Day 10: “Buffalo” by CC and Mike

“Buffalo” by CC and Mike in our Ventura frame with a white mat

“Buffalo” by CC and Mike in our Ventura frame with a white mat

These big beautiful buffalo by CC and Mike make a majestic statement in our new pewter metallic Ventura frame. Black and white photography has never looked so good.

Gift this to: photography lovers and nature enthusiasts.


Day 9: “Ant Views” by Dan Joyce

"Ant Views" by Dan Joyce in our Bolton frame with a white mat | Finished frame size: 18.5" x 14.5" | $79

"Ant Views" by Dan Joyce in our Bolton frame with a white mat | Finished frame size: 18.5" x 14.5" | $79

An awesome, unexpected view of Vancouver from photographer Dan Joyce in our riveted steel Bolton frame. "Ant Views" is the perfect accent for an office, living room, or man cave.

Gift this to: the man, nature enthusiast, or photographer in your life. 


Day 8: "David Bowie" by Kate Worum

“David Bowie” by Kate Worum in our Irvine frame with a white mat | Finished frame size: 21" x 25.3" | $99

“David Bowie” by Kate Worum in our Irvine frame with a white mat | Finished frame size: 21" x 25.3" | $99

An art piece any music lover would be excited to receive. We love this David Bowie print by Kate Worum in our clean white Irvine gallery frame, and we're sure the people on your gift list will, too!

Gift this to: music lovers!


Day 7: "Gramercy Chair" by Emily Isabella

"Gramercy Chair" by Emily Isabella in our Bowery frame with a white mat || Finished frame size: 14.5" x 16.4" || $59

"Gramercy Chair" by Emily Isabella in our Bowery frame with a white mat || Finished frame size: 14.5" x 16.4" || $59

This little chair by Emily Isabella makes a big, beautiful statement in our wide champagne silver Bowery frame. It's just. so. good. Perfect for your mom, your design-loving friends, or yourself!

Gift this to: design junkies!


Day 6: "Paloma" by Juniper Briggs

"Paloma" by Juniper Briggs in our Monterey frame with a white mat || Finished frame size: 14.5" x 14.7" || $79

"Paloma" by Juniper Briggs in our Monterey frame with a white mat || Finished frame size: 14.5" x 14.7" || $79

Meet "Paloma" by Juniper Briggs. Sassy and sweet, this lady looks lovely in our whitewashed Monterey gallery frame. Perfect for the little lady in your life.

Gift this to: new parents, nieces, and daughters.


Day 5: "The Grand Tour" Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech

"The Grand Tour" Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech in our Mercer frame || Finished frame size: 15" x 21.3" or 19" x 27.3" || $99 or $139

"The Grand Tour" Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech in our Mercer frame || Finished frame size: 15" x 21.3" or 19" x 27.3" || $99 or $139

Everyone’s favorite NASA poster in our clean black Mercer frame. Available in not one, but TWO sizes.

Gift this to: the space enthusiast in your life!


Day 4: "Planets" by Brainstorm

"Planets" by Brainstorm in our Beverly frame with a white mat || Finished frame size: 14.5" x 16.4" || $79

"Planets" by Brainstorm in our Beverly frame with a white mat || Finished frame size: 14.5" x 16.4" || $79

An out of this world solar system print by Brainstorm in our distressed silver Beverly frame with black sides. Science has never looked so good. 

Gift this to: the kid, kid at heart, or nerd in your life.


Day 3: "Plant Goals" by Amber Vittoria

"Plant Goals" by Amber Vittoria in our Monroe frame with a white mat || Finished frame measures 15.5" x 12.9" || $79

"Plant Goals" by Amber Vittoria in our Monroe frame with a white mat || Finished frame measures 15.5" x 12.9" || $79

Gorgeous plants by Amber Vittoria in our beautiful new champagne metallic Monroe frame—no watering necessary. "Plant Goals" achieved.

Gift this to: your sister, your friend, or yourself! 


Day 2: "Peekaboo Bunny" and "Peekaboo Bunny Tail" by Lila and Lola

"Peekaboo Bunny" by Lila and Lola in our Marin frame with a white mat || Finished frame measures 15.5" x 18" || $79

"Peekaboo Bunny" by Lila and Lola in our Marin frame with a white mat || Finished frame measures 15.5" x 18" || $79

"Peekaboo Bunny Tail" by Lila and Lola in our Marin frame with a white mat || Finished frame measures 15.5" x 18" || $79

"Peekaboo Bunny Tail" by Lila and Lola in our Marin frame with a white mat || Finished frame measures 15.5" x 18" || $79

It’s only fitting that day two features *double* the cuteness. These adorable bunnies from Lila and Lola look great on their own, but work even better together. Hello, cutest diptych ever. 

Gift this to: new parents!


Day 1: "Started from the Bottom" by Paper Jam Press

"Started From The Bottom" by Paper Jam Press in our Mercer Slim frame || Finished frame size: 17.5" x 21.5" || $99

"Started From The Bottom" by Paper Jam Press in our Mercer Slim frame || Finished frame size: 17.5" x 21.5" || $99

Everybody loves an underdog, especially when they climb their way to the top. We can't think of a typography print more inspiring than this one from Paper Jam Press in our black Mercer Slim gallery frame. 

Gift this to: your man, work spouse, or best friend to show them you're rooting for them.


See you tomorrow for our next release!

 
Julie gifts a photo of her nephews

Framebridge Team member Julie shares what she's excited to gift her brother this holiday season. 

Family photo in our Bali frame with a white mat

Family photo in our Bali frame with a white mat

 

“He had to stay in the hospital a bit longer than expected so his 2 older brothers were very excited to finally get to play with him in person.”

What did you frame? I framed a picture of my 3 nephews

Why is it special? My youngest nephew was just born a few weeks ago. He had to stay in the hospital a bit longer than expected so his 2 older brothers were very excited to finally get to play with him in person.

Who are you gifting it to? I'm gifting this to my brother. Having 3 kids under 4 will definitely be chaotic - I know this picture will remind him of the special bond that they all have.

 
Poppin frames bright art for their bold office
Gallery wall in our Irvine Slim frame
 

With a motto like “Work Happy” we’re not surprised the Poppin offices are bursting with bright colors and happy faces. Technically, Poppin is an office furniture and supply manufacturer, but really they're all about making work fun through colorful, beautiful office supplies. Poppin employees say the company is fun to work for, and we can attest that they’re fun to work with. Together we worked to frame photos and even a few of their favorite Poppin supplies to create a design that complements their office and identity. Here’s Poppin’s LT Taylor on their mission, design goal, and how frames added a little something special to their already poppin’ (sorry, had to) space.


For those who aren't familiar, can you tell us about Poppin? Poppin is a startup that believes that everyone, everywhere deserves to work happy. Based in New York City, we’re a leading manufacturer of workplace furniture and supplies designed for the dynamic needs of the modern office. We’ve created an effortless and affordable one-stop solution for your entire workspace, and we’re here to help people create one that excites and inspires with beautiful design, transparent pricing, and a team of dedicated experts by your side.

How did the company get started? Where does the name come from? It all began with a simple stapler - a product whose design hasn’t changed much over the decades. We thought, “what would happen if we reimagined ordinary office products and turned them into something extraordinary?” Colorful, beautiful, and full of life. And with that, Poppin was born in 2009. The name comes from the original concept which was to create “eye-popping products at jaw-dropping prices.” We’ve since expanded into office furniture and colorful, customizable products.

Gallery wall in our Irvine Slim frame

 “Many of us have used Framebridge to deck out our own apartments so we were pleased that designing a gallery wall for the office was just as seamless.”

We love all the bright, fun colors in your office—was there a particular design goal in mind? Sure. It’s important that we practice what we preach, so we designed our office to reflect our brand identity. We also design the products we sell for ourselves first, and use our own office as a testing ground. Employee behavior and feedback play a huge role in deciding what we put into production. Whether it’s the sitting-standing desks or ways to improve collaboration and productivity, we are constantly thinking about the future of workspaces and how we can help other companies “work happy.”

Love that. It's something we have in common! What do you love most about working at Poppin? For me, it’s a combination of the people I get to work with and the work I get to do. I truly believe in our business and it’s rewarding to be surrounded by a group of folks who feel the same way.

Let's talk frames. What was it like to work with Framebridge? Can you tell us a little about the process? Many of us have used Framebridge to deck out our own apartments so we were pleased that designing a gallery wall for the office was just as seamless. It’s also great to be able to speak to real people throughout the process - from bouncing ideas off one another, to getting an expert opinion and life-like mock-ups. It was simple to execute, and we were really happy with the quality and turnout.

“The gallery wall makes such a difference - it adds a whole new dynamic to our lobby area.”

So what exactly did you guys frame with us? We’re a very visual brand so we framed six photos, showcasing a variety of our products - from a high res shot of our best-selling Ping Pong Conference Table to a cityscape of our back-to-school favorites.

Do you have a favorite piece? We love that all the frames tell a cohesive story, but my favorite is shadowbox frame. It’s amazing that you’re able to frame physical items - it’s the perfect way to display a keepsake (and would certainly make a great gift!)

I can’t tell you how many compliments we’ve gotten from employees and visiting clients. The gallery wall makes such a difference - it adds a whole new dynamic to our lobby area.


What can we frame to add inspiration to your office?

 
Sylvia gifts her favorite wedding photo

Framebridge Team member Sylvia shares what she's gifting to her husband this holiday season. 

Wedding photo in our Monroe frame with a white mat

Wedding photo in our Monroe frame with a white mat

 

“But despite the weather, I think this picture really captures how happy the day was for us and our loved ones. I would totally swim an ocean for that guy. He's the best.”

What did you frame? I framed my favorite photo from our wedding day!

Why is it special? It was 95 degrees with 100% humidity on our wedding day. Nate and I were sweating like crazy through our "fancy" wedding clothes during our small outdoor ceremony at the courthouse. We had just joked that it would look like we swam to our wedding even though we are both pretty bad at swimming. But despite the weather, I think this picture really captures how happy the day was for us and our loved ones. I would totally swim an ocean for that guy. He's the best.

Who are you gifting it to? I'm giving it to my husband Nate. We talk about how it was such a great day all the time. He's going to love it!

 
Julia gifts a concert ticket

Framebridge team member Julia shares what she's excited to gift her best friend Liz this holiday season.

Concert ticket float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame

Concert ticket float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame

 

"I framed this ticket as a reminder that even when things don't go 100% to plan, when you're with someone you love, nothing else really matters."

What did you frame? One of my best friends from high school (Wrabel) was touring with Gavin DeGraw and Andy Grammar this fall, and I framed the concert ticket.

Why is it special? My best friend Liz and I have been super fan girls since high school. I did a quick day trip to New York on a random Thursday in October, so Liz and I could see him together during his first big tour. Despite our very best intentions – we even handmade t-shirts! – it was one of those nights where everything went just a little bit wrong. I framed the ticket as a reminder that even when things don't go 100% to plan, when you're with someone you love, nothing else really matters. 

Who are you gifting it to? I'm gifting this to my best friend, Liz. I hope she'll love it as a reminder that we can make our own fun, no matter the circumstances. Plus, I know she'll smile every time she thinks about how hard our very talented friend Stephen has worked to follow his dreams – there's nothing better than that feeling of pride for one of your friends! 

 
Tuckernuck frames business milestones
Postcard float mounted in our Monterey frame

Postcard float mounted in our Monterey frame

 

We want you to frame what you love - at home, but also in your office. And the ladies at the lifestyle brand Tuckernuck have done just that. Founded in 2012 by Madeline Grayson, Jocelyn Gailliot, and September Rinnier, this online boutique embodies the classic, American lifestyle top to bottom. And, believe it or not, their office is just as thoughtfully curated as their store. Among racks of clothes, sample swatches, and accessories hang all the things that tell their business story—the vintage post card that inspired their name, their first printed catalogue, and the wallpaper swatches from their first store. 


Can you tell us a little bit about Tuckernuck? Tuckernuck is an online retailer curated for the classic American lifestyle and inspired by good old-fashioned fun. It embodies the lifestyles and active spirit of its founders, Jocelyn, Maddy, and September, rooted in sport, travel, family, friends and celebration.

How did it start? A few years ago my sister Jocelyn and college classmate September and I became frustrated with the lack of an online lifestyle retailer that targeted our classic, All-American style so we launched Tuckernuck. Our vision was to inspire buyers all over the world by cross merchandising products from hundreds of small and large brands in rich lifestyle content.

And the name? Tuckernuck is actually a tiny island off the Coast of Massachusetts in between Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

What’s the Tuckernuck mission? Tuckernuck is grounded in authenticity - of its founders and the team. The models are our friends, the photoshoots are done in locations that are near and dear to us, and the products are what we would wear and boast on a regular basis. Our mission is to inspire our customers to #findthefun in life and give them a special place to discover new and unique brands with amazing stories behind them.

 
From left to right: Madeline Grayson and September Rinnier

From left to right: Madeline Grayson and September Rinnier

 

You have three co-founders - how do you combine three points of view? I think 3 is the magic number! We are extremely honest and upfront with each other, which I think has been key to our partnership. Our big decisions are based on healthy debates... seeing all viewpoints, presenting facts and numbers and coming to an overall conclusion. Jocelyn is also a few years ahead of September and me with a background in finance and 3 kids. We have different perspectives based on our stages in life and work experiences, which has made us more dynamic as founders and leaders. With the team growing, we have divided our roles as department heads according for day-to-day operations to run efficiently. Three is great though because it’s not one person’s word against the other. We are very thorough in all our decisions as a result, and value each other’s opinions.

With so many clothing companies out there what do you think sets your business apart? Authenticity! We are the customer and we live the Tuckernuck lifestyle. It is with an active spirit and a curious mind that we, as the founders, carefully pick every coveted item on Tuckernuck to celebrate a lifestyle where form follows fun and a little bit of class is always in fashion. We constantly think about where you can wear things. This is why we are so adamant about showing the clothes we sell in a lifestyle setting styled beautifully (but still achievable!), using inspirational models that are friendly, playful and cool (usually our friends), and wearing the product ourselves in everyday life!  The three of us have always valued the specialty store. We always want our customers to feel a connection to us, because we work so hard to curate and share with them these amazing things we’ve found for life’s adventures and experiences.

What other brands do you admire?  Martha StewartOrvisRalph LaurenJ.CrewPaperless PostOne Kings LaneSerena & Lily

There are so many beautiful products these days. How do you curate the products you carry to stay true to the Tuckernuck aesthetic? We always come back to classic with a twist. As a result, our assortment is a balance of classics like Saint James striped shirts and Barbour olive waxed jackets with unexpected (on-trend or not!) pieces like kilim loafers from Morocco and handmade Wayuu bags from Colombia or very cool reflective shades from New Orleans-born Krewe Du Optic. We believe our curated funky and on-trend pieces keep us fresh and cool, but we know our roots of navy and white, colorful patterns, and timeless penny loafers will always be in style.

 
 

Let's talk frames. How did you go about selecting the items you wanted to frame? Was there a particular story you wanted to tell? We chose mementos for sentimental reasons, but also images that evoked brand. (Click through the slides above to learn what makes each piece special.)

What are you excited to frame next? A picture of us at our first store opening!


What will you frame to tell your business story?

 
Marcela gifts an Otomi fabric coaster

Framebridge team member Marcela shares what she's excited to gift this holiday season.

Otomi fabric coaster float mounted in our Newport frame with a white mat

Otomi fabric coaster float mounted in our Newport frame with a white mat

 

“It instantly reminded me of my grandmother who has always been a symbol of style and grace in my life.”

What did you frame? A beautiful hand embroidered coaster.

Why is it special? Earlier this year I spent a few days in Mexico where I found this lovely traditional Otomi fabric coaster. It instantly reminded me of my grandmother who has always been a symbol of style and grace in my life.

Who are you gifting it to? I am gifting it to my grandmother — I think she will just love to know that despite the distance she is always present in my heart, as I know we all (her grandkids) are in hers. She is an amazing example of genuine kindness and I'm so grateful for her.

 
Matt gifts a Bowie album cover
Album cover float mounted in our Beverly frame

Album cover float mounted in our Beverly frame

 

“He just bought his first place so this is a fitting housewarming gift and a nice reminder of all those times spent watching and arguing about great music.” 

What did you frame? I framed the cover to David Bowie's best album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. This particular album is from the original run in the early seventies. It was from my dad's record collection so it has some special meaning to me.

Why is it special? To me, it's hands down one of the five best rock albums of all-time. And the album cover rocks - it's a vintage, dark photo of a dirty London streetscape that's been painted up with these glowing, almost neon colors. It's a perfect testament to the genius of David Bowie - amazing concept, amazing music, amazing packaging. 

Who are you gifting it to? Why do you think they'll love it? I'm giving this to my friend Nic. I lived with Nic for 5 years in my twenties and we've probably seen 100-plus live shows together. We always used to get into these deep discussions about music. "Who made the best debut album ever? What are the top 5 songs by The Band? Name the top 5 southern rock bands." Just endless barstool banter like that. Nic is a huge Bowie fan and loves this album. He just bought his first place so this is a fitting housewarming gift and a nice reminder of all those times spent watching and arguing about great music. 

 
Cory gifts an Instagram of MJ the Third

Framebridge Team member Cory shares what she's excited to gift her best friend this holiday season.

Instagram in our Mandalay frame with a white mat

Instagram in our Mandalay frame with a white mat

 

“I mean...can you see the way Rosie's little hands are clasped together? If that isn't love I don't know what is.”

What did you frame? I framed a photo of my friends Jenny, MJ, and Rosie welcoming the newest addition to their clan, MJ the third! He was just born last week. 

Why is it special? I mean...can you see the way Rosie's little hands are clasped together? If that isn't love I don't know what is.

Who are you gifting it to? I'm gifting this to all of them! This is such an exciting new chapter in their lives, and they are truly special people. I hope Rosie especially will treasure this photo when she gets older.

 
Happy Thanksgiving from the Framebridge Team
 

Friends,

On behalf of the team at Framebridge, I would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful that you have shared so many wonderful stories with us over the last year. When you frame with us, we share in your victories, your adventures, and your happiest moments, and we are so grateful to play a little part in helping you celebrate. We hope you have a nice holiday with your family and friends, reflecting on all of those highlights!

Thank you,

 

Susan Tynan
Founder and CEO

 
Adam gifts an old family beach house photo

Framebridge team member Adam shares what he's excited to gift his sister this holiday season.

Old family beach photo float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame 

Old family beach photo float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame 

 

“My two nieces aren't old enough to do the beach just yet, but we're starting to talk about a family trip each summer to start our tradition.”

What did you frame? I framed a picture in front of the beach house our family went to for 20 years. It was the same week every year. The house was called 7C's. We'd load up at my grandpa's house in Fancy Gap, VA and drive the 7+ hours it took to get to Ocean Isle, NC. My Dad and My Grandpa installed CB radios in both vans to talk to each van during the trip—both '87 Ford Aerostar vans. This picture shows a lot of open space on the beach, but it doesn't look like this anymore. There's a lot more people and houses on Ocean Isle. 

Who are you gifting this to? I'm giving this to my sister who has two daughters. My two nieces aren't old enough to do the beach just yet, but we're starting to talk about a family trip each summer to start our tradition. Hopefully we can start a week trip to a beach house for as many summers as we did growing up. 

 
Common frames art for their apartments
 

Apartment hunting is one of the most universally *miserable* experiences. We all know what it's like to feel like Goldilocks on an eternal search for a space that's just right. Cue the co-living startup Common. The brainchild of General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves, these gorgeous *fully furnished* apartments are move-in ready, and offer an awesome, wide range of amenities which are all included in a flat monthly fee. And you know what every living space needs? Frames. Here to talk a little bit more about Common and our beautiful partnership is Sophie Wilkinson, Head of Design and Construction at Common.


Hi, Sophie! For those who aren't familiar, can you tell us a little bit about Common? Common is a co-living brand. We provide a housing option where you find a home and room mates, can sign up online for the rental duration that suits you, move into a beautifully furnished home, and know everyone in your building.

Very cool. Where did the idea come from? Has it changed along the way? The idea of Common came from the broad array of bad renting experiences that have become the norm in cities like New York. Common challenges classic barriers in renting such as brokers fees, 12 month lease terms, or long rental history needed to secure a lease. We are bringing the experience of finding your place to your smart devices via online tours and lease signing on your phone. We are making the experience of living with your roommates great. Dinner parties, movie nights, and nights out are held constantly and you truly know your neighbors. We also wanted to remove most of things that roommates fight about. We provide weekly cleaning, all of the shared supplies such as toilet paper, we pay the bills, and furnish everything in the home.

Sounds like heaven to us. How would you describe the design aesthetic of the Williamsburg space? Our newest home in Williamsburg, Havemeyer, is open and bright with big windows and tall ceilings. It references industrial Williamsburg with exposed concrete walls and reclaimed timber beams as stair treads. The interior decoration is minimalistic but warm. We have simple steel furniture pieces and classic chair designs aside unique Persian and Moroccan rugs, and of course gorgeous and interesting art throughout the common spaces.

"We love working with brands and companies who we believe in, and who are bringing a new solution to traditional markets."

 
 

And of course you needed a few frames! We think Framebridge is a wonderful idea and company. You are offering a great new solution to how to frame artworks easily and at a good value. We love working with brands and companies who we believe in, and who are bringing a new solution to traditional markets. We also believe in making beautiful spaces and therefore had a lot of art to frame! Because we furnish our homes from the long term we ensure we choose partners whose quality we can trust to last. Framebridge has been a great partner and we are so proud of all our beautifully framed pieces.  

We loved working with you all as well! For those who are less familiar, can you explain a little bit about the process? What did you enjoy most about it? The process was so incredibly easy. We buy our art both online and here in New York. We had everything sent directly to Framebridge, and within an extremely short amount of time we had over 100 pieces framed and back at our doorstep, ready for the opening of our newest home. The most enjoyable part of the process was how you took care of everything. Framing pieces of art can seem like a “too hard” task, that takes a lot of energy and involvement, but we loved knowing we could trust you, and that it would be completely taken care of.

 
 

"We also found that traditional framers were not able to handle the timelines we wanted to hit to open our new homes quickly."

Any surprises along the way? I was surprised at how quickly you were able to frame all of our works, and how easy it was having our beautiful pieces sent right to our door ready to hang!

We love art in our homes, but framing each piece ourselves was taking a lot of time and effort on our part. We also found that traditional framers were not able to handle the timelines we wanted to hit to open our new homes quickly. Framebridge solved both of these problems for us. We see the quality in the framing and that is something that is very important.

Most importantly, what do your residents think of the space? The biggest feedback we get from visitors and residents is that they didn’t imagine the homes would be “so nice”. We take a lot of care to create spaces that are comfortable and relaxed. One of my favorite quotes from a member was that “my home feels like a grown up home”. I think framing your beautiful art is a “grown-up” move, and we love how easy Framebridge made that for us!


We'd love to help your business feel like a home. 

 
Meagan gifts a vintage dinosaur poster

Framebridge team member Meagan shares what she's gifting this holiday season.

Vintage dinosaur poster in our Sonoma frame

Vintage dinosaur poster in our Sonoma frame

 

"This poster was in my boyfriend's bedroom when he was a kid—he loved (loves?) dinosaurs."

What did you frame? I framed an illustrated dinosaur poster in Sonoma. 

Why is it special? This poster was in my boyfriend's bedroom when he was a kid—he loved (loves?) dinosaurs. He still had the poster when we moved in together, but it's been rolled up in storage for years. It's super cool and a little retro, but it isn't scientifically accurate anymore. 

Who are you gifting it to? I'm re-gifting it to my boyfriend! He'll be excited to have it safely preserved and displayed in style. 

 
Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Family photo in our Irvine frame

Family photo in our Irvine frame

 

There's nothing better than giving the people you love a gift they'll really love.  


New Beginnings

Wedding photo in our Buckhead frame

Wedding photo in our Buckhead frame

Gift your favorite moments from your (or your best friend's) wedding to friends and family. You know your mom wants to show off your big day, your newlywed best friend wants a pic from her own wedding, and your bridal party would love a pic of all the girls.

Frames we love for wedding photos: Buckhead, Newport, Concord, and Richmond


First Date Memories

Matchbook float mounted in our Beaumont frame

Matchbook float mounted in our Beaumont frame

Frame a reminder of your early days together with a unique memento. Think: a matchbox from your first date restaurant, a menu from a local haunt, or the napkin where you first wrote your digits.

Frames we love for sentimental objects: Beaumont, Providence, Mercer Slim, and Irvine Slim


Quiet Moments

Family photo in our Irvine frame

Family photo in our Irvine frame

Your favorite family photos really do make the best gift for parents, aunties and in-laws. (You may even want to order an extra one for yourself.)

Frames we love for family photos: Irvine, Mercer, Newport, and Richmond


Home Sweet Home

Illustration by Lindsay Gilmore Illustration in our Providence frame

Illustration by Lindsay Gilmore Illustration in our Providence frame

Celebrate the places, people, and pets they love with a commissioned illustration. We love this idea for those hard to shop for people on your list. 

Our favorite frames for illustrations: Providence, Sonoma, and Marin.


Travel Mementos

Postcard in our Richmond frame

Postcard in our Richmond frame

Postcards picked up on vacation, a trusted map used on a backpacking trip, or scenic photos. Tell your travel story by showing it off.

Our favorite frames for travel memories: Richmond, Irvine Slim, and Mercer Slim


Big Achievements

Race bib float mounted in our Bali frame

Race bib float mounted in our Bali frame

Marathon race bibs, diplomas, jerseys and more. Preserve and display their proudest moments of 2016 forever.

Our favorite frames for milestone moments: Bali, Providence, and Mercer Slim


Go Artsy

You can't go wrong with a beautiful piece of art. Looking for some ideas? We rounded up 100 of our favorite art prints over here. (We've even included a frame recommendation with each piece!) 


Ready, set...

 
 
4 Tips for Gorgeous Phone Photos
 

If you're anything like us, the photos you love the most were probably taken on your phone. BUT, you don't want them to look like they were taken on your phone. To help you add a little professional edge to your pics we've enlisted a few of our favorite (and very talented) friends from Instagram to share a few tips they've learned along the way. Gorgeous photos, here you come.


1. Capture more

 “It's likely that taking one photo won't cut it. Especially if you like having options when deciding on an image to post to your feed. Adjust your angle at each location. You may find that your original photo may not have been the best angle for lighting or positioning!”

Tea Lopez, @tea.lopez


2. Lighting is key

"Natural bright light is best. Open shades and curtains when shooting indoors. You want the light on or around your subject."

Autumn Delestowicz, @motherrose


 
 

3. Switch up the view

“Play around with how you crop your image. Sometimes a change in perspective or vantage point in how you capture your image makes a big difference, and can really help tell the story behind the moment you captured too. Plus, it's fun to change things up!”

Kari Jensen, @livinglifesmoments


 
 

4. Keep it authentic

“Instead of posed photos, change it up a bit with snapping photos of your little ones in the moment. These photos always speak more to me than a basic ‘say cheese’ photo. They tell a story, show raw emotions and focus more on the moment. Some of my most favorite photos of my little guy are the ones that I've snapped of him having fun and not knowing that mom is taking his picture.”

Emily Loeffelman, @emilyloeffelman


Which favorite phone photos will you frame?

 
Sapna frames her tiny dancer
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"From the time she put this dress on, we were reminded of how our kid, despite making everything harder, can just make everything so much better and more memorable."

What did you frame with us? I framed a picture of my daughter Rumi at the Alhambra in Spain.  

What makes this photo special? It turned out that when my daughter projectile puked in the car, this is the only outfit we could find at the Alhambra. It was this or a cheesy Alhambra t-shirt sans pants. She was much happier with this outfit. She was quite the attraction, I lost count of the number of people snapping pictures of her... in fact, there is a small part of me that truly believes she ended up in some Japanese kids' magazine in Tokyo. 

From the time we put this outfit on her and saw her twirling with joy, our day dramatically improved - we forgot all about being hungover and jet-lagged, about the post-puke cleaning of the rental car, about the horrible traffic and missing our ticketed time slot, about how incredibly hard it is traveling with a toddler—from the time she put this dress on, we were reminded of how our kid, despite making everything harder, can just make everything so much better and more memorable. It ended up being a fantastic day after all.

 
Dos Toros frames their restaurant menus
 

This story combines a few of our favorite things: burritos, framing, and a great origin story. Founded by brothers Leo and Oliver Kremer in 2009, Dos Toros brings the best of San Francisco style Mexican food to the East Coast. This new chain offers a seriously delicious burrito, but also serves up top quality ingredients, customer service, and overall experience. Oh, and have we mentioned they’re blowing up? We’ve loved working with the Dos Toros team over the last few months to get their menus and mission up on the walls of their new locations. We recently sat down with Leo and Oliver’s partner Tyler Lohman, and Head of Marketing Marcus Byrd to reflect on their journey so far, what differentiates Dos Toros from the other guys, and how Framebridge was able to simplify framing for this rapidly growing company.


Tell us about Dos Toros and how you got started.

Tyler: I got started back in 2009. Leo and Oliver first moved out to New York in early 2008 with the intention of bringing the Northern California burrito that we all grew up with to NY.

The tacquerias of San Francisco have a huge presence in many people's diets—ours included. We felt—having friends and family on the east coast, and having spent a lot of time in NYC—that no place on the East Coast really did that justice. They moved out in 2008 and set to it. Started looking for real estate, started testing some recipes, and found this amazing location (the recession helped) on 4th avenue at the southeast corner of Union Square. Very similar to the taquerias in California it was very long and lean not a lot of seats, but fit the mold of counter service we wanted to serve. We had every intention of staying true to the taquerias we grew up with, but add our spice to it when we could—the sustainability, the design, etc. making sure no aspect aesthetic or flavor was overlooked. Even the customer service.

 
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“For us, it’s such a badge of honor to be rolling a burrito in the lunchtime rush.”

You're up to 12 locations. What does that feel like?

Tyler: Uh, it’s pretty surreal. The past 18 months have been a whirlwind—we’ve gone from five to ten stores with a quick eleven and twelve soon thereafter. And all the newer stores we’ve been opening up are much larger square footage, they’re in downtown business districts, they have a lot higher rent, and a lot higher pedestrian volume. Just really trying to garner that lunchtime business traffic.

What makes Dos Toros different?

Marcus: There are a million answers I could give you, but I think it comes down to two things: expertise and warmth.

Expertise: A lot of Mexican taquerias and grills specialize in bowls. The authentic San Francisco mission-style burrito and taqueria experience is unique to Dos Toros, at least in NY. There’s tangible things that we can point to, like the fact that we steam the cheese onto the tortilla. But it even gets down to the more minute things that you can’t see, for example, we have the thirty laws of lime mastery.  You have to know those before you can roll a burrito. At many places in your first or second week you could find yourself on the line rolling a burrito. For us, it’s such a badge of honor to be rolling a burrito in the lunchtime rush. To do that you have to have rolled hundreds of burritos first.

Warmth: I credit a lot of this to us being from the Bay Area of California, and having an amazing attitude toward customer service—making every guest feel special and engaging them on a personal level.

How do you go about curating company culture and keeping that top of mind?

Tyler: If we want to deliver a great product and make our customers happy we have to treat our employees well. We hire for attitude because ability will follow. We can teach you how to roll that perfect burrito, we can teach you how to count a drawer, we can teach you how to cook the beans, but one of the things we can’t teach you is that emotional strength and that personality.

 
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“Now Framebridge is our one-stop-shop for everything we need framed.”

What did you frame with us for your Dos Toros stores?

Tyler: We framed all of the menu boards at our stores, in-house marketing for our sustainability pages and hot sauces descriptions, our start here signs, and our mandatory NYC choking poster which was illustrated by a local artist. Everything that’s framed is Framebridge.

Marcus: The menu is really our most important piece of signage. And that hot sauce and sustainability statement really speak to Tyler’s point about how we fret over the details so you don’t have to. I wonder how many people actually read those everyday. If they only knew the hours we spent and the sixteen drafts we went through to get the wording right. That’s emblematic of Dos Toros and of Framebridge. Something so simple can be so detailed.

 
 

What was the process like of managing framing in the midst of rapidly opening new stores?

Tyler: Everything was super smooth. It was nice to have a direct point of contact to work with. Being able to upload a file and select no mat and the Bolton frame was so easy.

Marcus: I have taken some of Tyler’s responsibilities over recently. He asked me to frame menus for a new store and I said, “Ok, I’ve never done this before. I don’t know what I’m looking for!” He just told me those three things (upload, no mat, Bolton) and I got it done in fifteen minutes. I was incredibly relieved to not have to stress about something. The interface was so smooth—it maybe took me eight clicks and a credit card number to get the mission accomplished.

Everything has been a joy and a pleasure. Honestly, it allowed us to save time. We used to have to haggle over it. We had three of four different companies doing what you guys were doing. Now Framebridge is our one-stop-shop for everything we need framed.

Our first reflex is - can Framebridge do it?


What can we help you frame?

 
Elise gifts a throwback photo of her grandpa

Framebridge team member Elise shares what she's excited to gift this holiday season.

A scan of an old family photo in our Ventura frame

A scan of an old family photo in our Ventura frame

 

"He was someone with a laid back and happy disposition, so this photo captured him perfectly!"

What did you frame? A photo of my grandpa, Popo.

Why is it special? This photo is really special to our family for a number of reasons: It was taken the summer before he served in World War II, in his dad's boat, just outside of the home where my mom grew up. He was someone with a laid back and happy disposition, so this photo captured him perfectly!

Who are you gifting it to? I'm gifting this to my Mom, I know that she will love to see his smiling face every day in our home :)