Years ago when my husband and I were first starting out and had bought our first home, an obviously more financially secure co-worker asked us what was our current home decor theme.
(keep in mind that it was the 80’s)
To this day we still chuckle to ourselves.
Why? Because basically our current theme was whatever theme our relatives got tired of and gave us as handed-me-downs! When they got tired of southwestern that would be our new style.
As time progressed the hand-me-downs were not a “must” anymore so we surrounded ourselves with things we truly loved.
That being said, from time to time, we get handed down the occasional object, framed photo or artwork that might not necessarily fit our person style or “current theme” per se but has strong sentimental value to us.
I have seen a large re-surge of re-framing these types of items lately.
Take my client Donna who inherited a framed needlework from her mother-in-law who passed away last year.
What works for one person does not necessary work for another.
For Donna, it was way too formal and bold.
She needed a more restful look.
We kept the new framing simple, wide neutral matting with a hint of rustic.
And for a personal touch, I attached a hand written note to Donna from her mother-in-law onto the back of the frame in a resealable clear envelope.
I felt overjoyed when Donna gave a heartfelt sigh when she saw the completed piece and reiterated that she felt the piece was now perfect.
(Yay me! Nailed it for Donna! I think this calls for some celebratroy dark chocolate, don’t you?)
Personal style is what custom picture framing is all about.
There is no one best way to frame. There are always many options to make artwork look great.
It’s all about what you perceive is best for you.
Or put another way, when it comes to family treasures, it’s all relative!
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About Karen – A creative business owner who specializes in framing unusual items. When not transforming objects into framed masterpieces for clients, she indulges her sweet tooth with all things dark chocolate and unwinds with a good biography and a cappuccino.