Quirky Art and Matting Ideas

I’ve never purchased art for the matting, until now. Set a quarter-inch deep with a massive white border, the matting makes this tiny picture seem so grand. Prints rarely even come this small (or warrant such a big frame) but if you look into the collectible world of early 20th-century cigarette trading cards, you’ll find ...

A Sense of Place

Framing ideas for Records

Without decorating our apartment with Statue of Liberty figurines and Sopranos posters, we wanted to give our Hoboken apartment a sense of place. To do this, there is no man better than Frank Sinatra. Ol' Blue Eyes was born in Hoboken on December 12, 1915 and the town has been touting him ever since. Contributing to ...

Hand Mirrors as Wall Art

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When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, my aunt Chris decided to decorate a room in her honor. Perhaps the most touching design concept I can possibly think of, the room is filled with Grandma Bunny's favorite things: family pictures, her signature rabbit tchotchkes, her best dresses, and--my favorite--her hand mirror collection. My aunt ...

The Wallpaper Hanging

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In designing our new apartment, a lot of elements are still fuzzy but one thing I've always known is: Each bedroom will have a wallpapered accent wall. Maybe this is because wallpapering is practically forbidden in the land of renters, but it is most of all an excuse for wild pattern. If placed right, it ...