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  • "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."



    "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."


    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Karen Rapp,  ASID

  • "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Amber Ehrlich

  • "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Michelle

  • "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Ed C

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One of our wonderful long-time customers arrived at the gallery the other day with a triumph, and an out of the ordinary request. As a busy mom, she rarely had any time for herself, and that's why it took her two years to finish her cross-stitch project, but she had manages to get it done!

A celebration of course ensued, and, after the dust had settled, her thoughts turned to how it would be presented. She had a favorite striped fabric that would make a dramatic border for her bird-atop-a-basket-of peaches cross-stitch, which looked like so:

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The fabric looked like this:

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After consultation, we chose a nice wood-grained flat lodge style frame. Would it be possible to use her fabric as a mat, but have the stripes go in opposite directions on the top/bottom and side/side borders? That was definitely out of the ordinary, but we were happy to make it happen. The mat would have to be cut into chevrons in each corner, and the sides would need to be individually wrapped, making sure the lines of the fabric stayed straight.

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It's the fourth quarter, the clock's ticking and you're on the verge of your 300th win, something that's never been done before. Seconds count and the game is on the line. So whose number do you call? 602-248-0700, Esprit Decor Gallery! The six-time World Champion Arizona Rattlers were poised to accomplish a feat that had never been done in the annals of the IFL - three hundred all-time career wins. The feat would be impressive, and the celebration would be epic! In order for everything to work, the Rattlers called the equivalent of an audible at the line - a special teams play that had to work! They needed two 300 win presentation jerseys in shadow boxes...framed that same day. Unheard of, but what could we say? "You guys win the game, ...

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The whole family went to Switzerland...about a million years ago. Now the kids are grown, and have kids of their own. The memory has grown dimmer, over the years, but yet there's still that ancient picture in the photo frame in the family room. Dyes change over time, colors fade, UV light bleaches out the tones and makes them almost unrecognizable, kind of like the memory:

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We're here to help. We can't restore the memory, but we can work miracles with the photograph. We'll transform it thusly:

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It's a combination of high science and artistic expertise, and we've been doing it for...almost as long as we can remember! Who knows, that newly restored image might just jog your memory, so you remember some of the details of that precious, long ago event. After all, it's why we say "Together we make (and re-make) memories!"

Let's get started on your project ASAP!

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No, this isn't meant to be a Valentine's Day instructional, and yes, it is family rated. Actually, today's subject is rubbings, brass rubbings, to be more precise. The technique involves laying a piece of paper over a brass plate most often found in churches or chapels, and then rubbing the surface of the paper with a waxy metallic crayon, so the pattern is transferred from the"Brass" onto the paper. The technique first appeared in the early thirteenth century in continental Europe, and even today is used as a contemporary historical resource for medieval research. Plus, they're fun to make.

Here, in consultation with our client, we chose an antique gold scalloped frame to match the color and period of the image, in addition to a black ma...

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Apparently, the only way to get to the rooms of the Starry Night Hotel and Apartments is via a flight of fancy, because try as we might, we were unable to locate such a place using all the power of Google's mighty search engine, and can only surmise that it was sourced from the imagination of its clever artist. She (or he) couldn't resist the temptation to add a very "punny" remark on the Marquee just below the lovely neon sign, stating "WE HAVE EAR-ILY LOW PRICES!"

Coupled with a spotlit mural of Vincent's iconic painting, "The Starry Night" it becomes idiosyncratically compelling when coupled with the silent stillness of the street scene that accompanies it, almost as if Vincent ran into Edward Hopper on the way into a bar and this im...

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Hot off the Giclée maker to be more precise. We do a lot of printing here at Esprit Decor, both for ourselves and for local fine artists and photographers. We use a 12 color Canon pigment printer that can print up to 44" wide, by pretty much any length. Happy to show it to you. The prints last for a minimum of 100 years before any appreciable change when properly framed, and they look spectacular. Here is a case in point:

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Homestead on the Cimmaron © 2017 Pat Kofahl

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To use a Star Trek metaphor, our "Prime Directive" is that the goal of great framing is to focus attention on the artwork. Over the years, many of our clients have come to trust our design acumen to the point that they simply drop off the work and say, "We'll pick it up when you give us a call."

Here is a "Prime" example. Using the colors and bold graphics of this awesome limited edition serigraph commemorating the Rolling Stones Concert in Havana, we chose matting and framing that integrated the image and the framing so it became a natural extension of the artwork, which proves that at Esprit Decor, "You Can Always Get What You Want!

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A wonderful client had her father's arrowhead and turquoise collection that he had painstakingly amassed. Naturally, it had tremendous significance to her, but how to present it in such a way that she could enjoy it every day, in both it's historical and sentimental aspects?

We share the love and admiration that makes this collection so special to our client, and so we took great care, both in coming to a design and framing solution together with our client, who was knocked out by the design and especially the precision and care that was taken with this design.

It's the same care and precision that we bring to every project we embark on together with our clients. How can we show these elements off to their best advantage? How can we crea...

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Grand Canyon Winter

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