question: i have a ton of awesome 13″ x 20″ prints i’ve collected over the years that i’ve been trying to find low-cost framing for- at one point I thought clip frames would provide the perfect solution, but oh woe is me, it turns out that 13″ x 20″ is not a standard size. there are so many gig posters and other prints this size that i feel like i must be missing something. can you help me get my gorgeous prints out of the closet and up on my walls? -jennifer wolfe
answer: hi jennifer! print framing can be a costly and somewhat frustrating process when you have non-standard print sizes. but fear not! there are always other (frame and non-frame) options. here are a few we’ve come up with that make the best of a non-standard size print issue:
- local frame/art shops: if your prints are standard sizes, pre-made frames will cost an arm and a leg and be hard to find. my go-to resource for non-standard framing is a local shop where the frame-building is done in-house. they’re always cheaper than shops that source frames elsewhere. so make a few calls and ask around to see if someone in town makes their frames in-house ( often times art schools or art supply stores offer these services). if they do, they can cut out the middle man and drastically reduce your framing cost
- foam core + : if you’re open to thinking outside of the frame-world, a great option is to mount your prints with spray adhesive on foam core, wood or cardboard and then lining them up on a frame ledge. they’re easily moved but still have the support of a firm board behind them to hold their shape and prevent bending (top right image above, via )
- line + clips: because pieces like gig posters and prints often get rotated around people’s homes we often suggest using a fishing/metal wire with hanging clips (bottom left image above, via ). it’s not a frame of course, but it’s a fun and flexible way to display your favorite prints for low price.
- bulldog clips + nails: this look is a favorite of mine (top left image above, via ). it’s flexible and depending on the clips you use, can have a slightly industrial feel. try collecting metal clips from flea markets or antique shops for a unique look
- clipboards: along the same line as the clips above, you can buy oversized/art clipboards that are up to 19 inches wide that will allow you to clip your prints to a board and stand, hang or lean them on the wall like that (bottom right image above, via )
CLICK HERE for studio choo’s floral centerpiece ideas for d*s reader linda after the jump!
question: i’m having a surprise 40th birthday luncheon for my daughter. i want something really different for centerpieces- not the usual flowers. it will be formal, but with a down home flair. i’m going to use burlap table cloths, invites from , and lots of sterling silver with monogrammed napkins. i’m looking for a “knock your socks off” centerpiece idea for 9 tables- can you suggest some ideas? -linda mcbride
answer: hi linda! the lovely floral team from studio choo are here to answer your question today. here’s what they have to say: “Hi Linda – Wow, what a lucky daughter you have! The style you’ve chosen for her surprise birthday party sounds absolutely beautiful and would lend itself very nicely to some original and and a little out of the ordinary table arrangements. Here are a couple of ideas for conversation starting centerpieces that tie in some of your decorating themes. We hope we have helped get some ideas rolling for the luncheon…we’d like to go make these now!”
- Emphasize Silver– We often use vintage containers for our arrangements and there are some really beautiful pieces just sitting around on Ebay! For this idea we would look for silvery creamers and sugar bowls (at least a set for each table- and they don’t have to match) to complement your tray and flatware and really play up an abundant opulent look. You could get a little more playful with the flowers and have blossoms “pouring” out of the creamer and a mound of “sugar” in the bowl. To achieve the creamer look you might mass a variety of white flowers and draping vines in the container, and let some stems spill out near the spout. You could bring in a bit of color with the sugar bowl arrangement and create a round mound of small sugared fruits and blossoms combined with more white flowers.
- Table on Table– We love that you had Lea Redmond create the save the dates for the luncheon- which inspired us to include a tiny idea. We thought it would be so fun to create a fancy little room in the center of the table by incorporating some dollhouse furniture and small vases. A garland of lush greenery with some showy blooms tucked in would circle a silver platter, creating the walls and floor of the room. We’d furnish it with a tiny table a maybe a few chairs and on top of that…a mercury glass votive containing an arrangement of wee precious flowers (perhaps including something like lily of the valley). The “room” could even be contained under a clear glass cloche with the garland around the outside edge for further preciousness.