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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A great way to frame art

Now that we're moving apartments (again!), I've been thinking about home decor. We have a bunch of family photos and artwork in our apartment, and those pieces of art immediately help a new place feel familiar and cozy. Framing artwork always makes it look a million times better, but custom frames can be expensive, especially if you have an oddly shaped piece of art. (Not to mention the hassle of schlepping to the framer.) But! Here's an easier way...
The online frame shop Framed & Matted makes it simple to design an affordable custom frame. You choose the color and style of your frame, then pick a mat to match. They have 25 frames and 30 mats to choose from, or you can opt for one of their most popular styles.
We chose white and wood frames with crisp white mats (although the blue mats would look so cute for a nursery!). You can have them mount the artwork for you, or you can take care of it at home. (We did the framing ourselves, and it was a piece of cake.) And their prices are up to 70% less than retail prices.
The finished frame is delivered right to your door—that's it! Framed & Matted would be perfect for creating a gallery wall or for framing art that is oddly sized or shaped. We'd highly recommend it!

P.S. Where to find affordable art.

(Photos of prints from our office by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Framed & Matted. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep Cup of Jo running)

40 comments:

Lynn said...

Great sponsor to share! Framing is so pricey. Are you guys planning to use a designer again for the new place? Can't wait to see pics. I feel like you just got settled in the new place!

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Joanna Goddard said...

thanks, lynn! we did just get settled in the new place, although funny enough i now feel like we've lived there forever. it definitely feels like home:)

for the new apartment, we will use the furniture we already have and don't need any else, really, but our good friend jenny komenda offered to come visit to help us arrange things! we are *hopeless* with that. excited/nervous about moving and looking forward to sharing a few photos!

Lou Lou B said...

Joanna, once again you have peaked into my life and posted accordingly! My dad and husband have been on my case about getting stuff on the walls of our new house to make it feel cozier, but a trip to the craft store just isn't high on my priority list...
p.s. I was thinking the other day that I might mention that I find using laundry baskets, to schlep all of the little nick knacks and miscellania you can find around the house, helps a ton! And luggage!

Unknown said...

I've used Framed and Matted also! While I love the convenience, pricing, the choices and the ease -- be warned, the frames come with acrylic NOT glass for the front. I was surprised bc I don't think they really tell you that upfront.

sumslay said...

That's a genius idea! And holy smokes, that's a fast move!

My secret is to always buy a generic frame, but just get a custom mat cut. Wayyyyy cheaper.

Joanna Goddard said...

lou lou, thank you! that's a great tip.

Kaylee said...

I was really excited about this, my boyfriend has some signed posters he wants framed but I still find their prices pretty high!

LeeLee said...

Great tips!

Jlan89 said...

Hi Joanna, I'm wondering if you can tell me where that Moby Dick print is from? I love it. Thanks.

Kathryn said...

I'm excited to see what you and Jenny will be doing with your new place! Frames do instantly elevate knick knack pictures and postcards for sure. That whale and boat one is distinctive and lovely.

Kelcey Mead said...

What a great idea! Although, I have to say, I've always had great luck with a going to a local framer with several projects at a time! I just collect prints etc. until I have four or more pieces, and then take them in all at once. Usually they're more than happy to give me a pretty good discount! (That way I also have some time to save my pennies...no matter what, it's still a bit of an investment!)

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Oh, thank you for this! My daughter received a Japanese anime poster for her birthday and I have been trawling thrift stores trying to find an affordable frame in the odd size so I could avoid custom framing costs. This could be the answer to my prayers!

Librarian Lavender said...

That indeed looks great! I can't wait to have some nice framed pictures and art in my home as well :)

Sarahliz said...

Hi Joanna! I love the Moby Dick print! Do you remember where you found it?

Margaux said...

You can get the Moby Dick print from Urban Outfitters

Margaux said...

Uh here's the link http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=30808042&parentid=A_FURN_WALL

Mel said...

OH. EM. GEE.

This is seriously a game changer for me—been putting of matting and framing stuff for SO LONG. Partially b/c of the challenge of doing it in Brooklyn: places are far, hauling art around on the subway is unappealing, etc. Thanks for sharing!

E. Hartman said...

Helpful tip! Thank you! :)

Yuko Jones | northfield gate said...

This is a great post, Joanna. I create my own artwork for our home but framing gets expensive especially for a large piece or for a gallery wall.

Rebecca Frascone said...

i started using Framed and Matted right after they opened. they have even HAND DELIVERED a frame which took longer than expected. they have the best customer service and I love love love their frames. xo

Sofia Donatelli said...

Love that style of decorating. Just putting different frames and sizes on a mantle.


Love,
Sofia

stylishlyinlove.blogspot.com

Rachèle said...

SO sad they only ship in the US (while I'm living in Canada). I would order a few right away!!!

chand said...

Hi Joanna, my question is about cost. Can you say aprox how much for one of the prints you framed? Let's say the whale print and it's diminsions. I've noticed that some of the things you write about are in a price range different than I'm use to. I'm not sure if it's because you are in NYC. I desparately need to mat and frame a watercolor painting I bought for my son and DIL for their wedding and have promised it finished for when they return from their salmon fishing season this fall. In addition, I would like to have a more affordable option for my own work. Thank you! I enjoy you writings very much each day with my coffee.

Liz M C said...

This is awesome! My customers are always asking where they can find affordable, odd-sized frames. Thanks for the info!

PS: I make lots of custom nursery/gift items :)
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Meadow said...

Looks like they don't ship to Canada (no surprise there), so I guess I am SOL. I've been attempting to find nice, inexpensive frames for 2 things I need framed, but without luck. I'm just going to have to suck it up and get them professionally framed. The guy I've used before isn't too expensive, but it's definitely a lot more than framing things yourself. You get what you pay for, though... better quality than slapping it into an IKEA frame (obviously).

fancyalterego said...

I'm moving soon myself, and getting rid of all my old frames because with a cross-country move, space is key!

Thanks for the suggestion! It sounds like the perfect service for all my oddball artwork and posters!

Bookmarking this one FOR SURE!

JS said...

Hi, can you please tell me where the Emerson quote print is from?

TheJoyofColor said...

Art does looks great when framed properly. You did a wonderful job.
Thanks for the tip, i'll recommend
my customers

Patrick Tan said...

I have always adored framed artworks, may it be a simple photograph, or a painting. It makes the house look more sentimental and cozy. -Patrick Tan

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I'm about to move in with my fiance across the country in our first real place, and I'm looking for ways to make it feel cozy and homey.. Thanks for bringing this awesome company to everyone's attention!

Lana said...

For those posting from Canada, looking for an option that will ship there, check out Frames by Mail (framesbymail.com). Seems pretty similar. I've ordered custom frames from them in the past, and recommend! Also, for those looking for an even more budget option, check out this post over on Emily Henderson's blog: http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/best-ready-made-picture-frames-and-how-to-frame-them/

Lots of great resources and tips there too, especially for framing on a budget :)

Amy @ The American-Made Guide to Life said...

What a great idea. I have way too many posters and prints just waiting to get framed.

http://americanmadeguidetolife.blogspot.com/

Rachel said...

Thanks for this! We've needed to frame the special marriage certificate/guest book from our wedding and this just might be perfect!

Vanessa Phillips said...

Beautiful! I love the alternative to expensive framing .
Vanessa

Lattes and Lovies

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Jak Manson said...

Getting custom framing for your art can be rather amazing. That is not something that everyone can make on their own and one of those people are me. I would prefer to get one from a professional that really knows what they are doing.
http://www.dallasframearts.com/main/services.htm

Hanna Mae said...

The photos and their frames are amazing! I love what you have done to create depth and add layers behind the photo. I am going to try to some myself. http://www.dallasframearts.com/main/services.htm

Pavlos Lombardi said...

I'm a really big fan of some of those frames. They all have really cool and unique looks to them. Do you know where I could get something like that by chance? I feel like they would really give off a good vibe around the house.
http://www.pictureframefactory.ca/en/custom_framing_services.html

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