7 Things You Never Thought to Custom Frame

 

Don't get us wrong. We love framing photos, posters, and art prints. They are a huge part of what you guys frame with us and we love seeing each and every one come through our studio. It is our duty, however, to inform you there's so much more out there waiting to be custom framed. Here's the quick overview: if you love it you should frame it, and we can help. Keep reading for a few ideas of things you've probably never thought to custom frame, but should.


1. Photostrips/Instax/Polaroids 

In this very digital age, there's nothing cooler than the weight of an instantly printed photo in your hand. So, don't let them decompose in dust on your dresser! Preserve and display all those cool, candid moments. 

Looks great: In a gallery wall (it adds amazing texture and depth), or on your bedside table. 

 
Polaroids float mounted in our Mandalay frame | Via Love Taza

Polaroids float mounted in our Mandalay frame | Via Love Taza

Instax float mounted in our Marin frame

Instax float mounted in our Marin frame

Photo strip in our Irvine frame | Via Glitter Guide

Photo strip in our Irvine frame | Via Glitter Guide

Photo strip float mounted in our Bali frame

Photo strip float mounted in our Bali frame

Photo strips float mounted in our Richmond frame | Via Love Taza

Photo strips float mounted in our Richmond frame | Via Love Taza

 

2. Old (and New) Family Photos 

Throwback or not, family photos are the best. Whether it's the one remaining original, or a digital file trapped on your camera roll, some really do deserve a little extra love and attention.

Looks great: Leaned on an entryway table, hung in a line down your hallway, or showcased front and center in a living room gallery wall. 

 
Family photos in our Mercer Slim and Irvine Slim frames with white mats | Via @kellyfondots

Family photos in our Mercer Slim and Irvine Slim frames with white mats | Via @kellyfondots

Family photo in our Marin frame with a white mat

Family photo in our Marin frame with a white mat

Wedding photo with dad in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat

Wedding photo with dad in our Mercer Slim frame with a white mat

Family photos in our Newport frame with white mats | Via Mint Arrow

Family photos in our Newport frame with white mats | Via Mint Arrow

 

3. Kids Art

Unfiltered and unrestrained, kids art is probably the purest expression you can get. Plus, we love how it makes us stop and think about things just a little bit differently. 

Looks great: In a gallery wall of your little ones' creations, in an existing gallery wall of family photos, or shining on its own.

 
Kids' art gallery wall in our Marin frame with white mats

Kids' art gallery wall in our Marin frame with white mats

Kids' art gallery wall in our Bretnwood and Irvine Slim frames | Via The Effortless Chic

Kids' art gallery wall in our Bretnwood and Irvine Slim frames | Via The Effortless Chic

Kids' art in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat | Via Lay Baby Lay

Kids' art in our Irvine Slim frame with no mat | Via Lay Baby Lay

Kids' art gallery wall in our Irvine and Irvine Slim frames | Via Shabby Grace Blog

Kids' art gallery wall in our Irvine and Irvine Slim frames | Via Shabby Grace Blog

 

4. Matchbooks

Much like photo strips, matchbooks add just a little something extra to a space. Ideas: a matchbook from where you had your first date, or one from that amazing restaurant you stopped at on your last trip together. These tiny treasures ALWAYS look amazing float mounted in a frame. 

Looks great: Leaning on your office desk, accenting your dresser, or in a gallery wall (preferably somewhere near that polaroid you framed).

 
Matchbook float mounted in our Providence frame

Matchbook float mounted in our Providence frame

Matchbook float mounted in our Mandalay frame | Via Yummertime

Matchbook float mounted in our Mandalay frame | Via Yummertime

Matchbooks float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame | Via SF Girl by Bay

Matchbooks float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame | Via SF Girl by Bay

 

5. Textiles

Ornate scarves and cool patches might not have a place in your day-to-day fashion choices, but we strongly suggest incorporating them into your interior style.

Looks great: Above the couch, anchoring your entryway table, or filling that one awkward wall you don't know what to do with.

 
Hermes scarf in our Newport frame with a white mat | Via Heather and Olive

Hermes scarf in our Newport frame with a white mat | Via Heather and Olive

Vintage scarf float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame| Via SF Girl by Bay

Vintage scarf float mounted in our Irvine Slim frame| Via SF Girl by Bay

Boy Scout patches float mounted in our Sonoma frame

Boy Scout patches float mounted in our Sonoma frame

Wallpaper in our Carson frame with no mat | Via Glam Latte

Wallpaper in our Carson frame with no mat | Via Glam Latte

 

6. Maps and Architectural Prints

We're so often concerned with superficial beauty, but there's a lot to be admired in what lies beneath. All the buildings we inhabit and the products we use started as just an idea – a plan. Hang your favorite map, architectural print, or product prototype above your desk to celebrate the beauty of those ideas, and create a constant source of inspiration for all the ones yet to come.

Looks great: Above your desk, in the man cave.

 
Architectural print float mounted in Sonoma

Architectural print float mounted in Sonoma

Vintage map float mounted in Irvine Slim

Vintage map float mounted in Irvine Slim

Vintage architechtural print in Georgetown | Via Brothers and Craft

Vintage architechtural print in Georgetown | Via Brothers and Craft

 

7. Sketches

A quick drawing to capture a flash of inspiration. A meticulously crafted work of art. Whatever the purpose behind the drawing, there's something about the medium that feels especially personal, and we think especially beautiful. Extra points for float mounting.

Looks great: Anywhere. And in any frame.

 
Contour drawing in our Cairo frame with a white mat | Via Almost Makes Perfect

Contour drawing in our Cairo frame with a white mat | Via Almost Makes Perfect

Mini gallery wall of sketches in Providence, Richmond, Irvine Slim, and Georgetown | Via Healthfully Ever After

Mini gallery wall of sketches in Providence, Richmond, Irvine Slim, and Georgetown | Via Healthfully Ever After

Floor to ceiling gallery wall featuring sketches in our Mercer Slim frame | Via Antiquarian Modern Design

Floor to ceiling gallery wall featuring sketches in our Mercer Slim frame | Via Antiquarian Modern Design

 

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Dig 'em up. And send 'em in.