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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."


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    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."

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    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!"

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    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."

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    Ed C

William of Ockham, (c. 1287–1347) was a English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian. His principle states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Or, to boil it down to just three words, "Simpler is Better." While not always true in custom framing, we present today an example of why it's hard to argue with the notion that the simplest answer is often the best!

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Posters tend to be self contained. They generally don't require matting, and are often "straight fit," that is, framed as they are. This spectacular poster, from Dos Cabezas winery in Southern Arizona, Is a true classic. It's bright, colorful, dramatic, and powerful. The drama and simplicity cries out for ...

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Sit in on the interview by Gallery Director Robert Hilton as he and Gallery artist Betsy Aguirre run down the ABC of sculpting.

Betsy Aguirre Interview

Gallery Director Robert Hilton chats with sculptor Betsy Aguirre about her inspiration, materials, and methods.

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A good client came in the gallery the other day and asked if we ever did big images. How big, we asked? Four feet by seven feet. No problem at all, we replied. Upon examining the artwork, we determined that the original hand-made stretcher frame was badly warped, and that the canvas would have to be removed and re-stretched on new, finger-jointed, kiln-dried pine. The image was destined to go in the client's entry, and as such would become a focal point for the whole home. After consultation and exploring a number of options, we finally settled on this stunning, traditional hand waxed scoop moulding to formalize and present the dramatic portrait.

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One of two Patrick Nagel prints from our archive, popularly known as "The Glove," recently framed for a client. Nagel's groundbreaking style, which drew inspiration from Alberto Vargas, Alphonse Mucha, and Edouard Manet, defined a new graphic style in the late 1970's and 80's. His images, while widely imitated, were instantly recognizable, often depicting powerful women: confident, unafraid, and perhaps a little distant and aloof. We sold them by the hundreds back in the day, having purchased over 400 of the Commemorative series from the publisher, Mirage Editions, in Santa Monica. We have a few left.

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Textures and tones come alive in this sunset view of the Mesquite Dunes near Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley.

I'm posting this particular image because today was our first hundred degree day in Phoenix, Arizona this year. Since 1981, Phoenix has averaged 110 days each year with temps over 100 degrees. Our average first 100 degree day is May 12th, so we're about a week early this time around.

No matter how long you live in the Valley of the Sun, it seems that the first 100 degree day always comes as a bit of a shock and surprise. Now the heat will slowly ramp up until we get to 110 degrees, which usually happens around June 19th. After that, nobody remembers much of anything, until after the last 100 degree day, which usually crawls along ...

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Everyone has a smartphone these days, and thousands of pictures commemorating priceless events that we so want to remember. But that's where it seems to stop. If there was only a way to get them all together, in one place, where they could be seen and enjoyed every day.

Esprit Decor to the rescue. Custom printing and Montage framing happens to be one of our specialties! Bring us that shoebox, send us the links, bring in a thumb drive or DVD.

We can compose, edit, touchup, restore, and print all those wonderful images that mean so much to you but are buried who knows where. You don't even have to arrange them, unless you want to. You can pick the mats, or leave it to us. We've made thousands, and we know our stuff.

Then just sit back and bask in the glory. You deserve it, after all, you did the heavy lifting, deciding which images to pick. If you need suggestions, we're here to help. And, if you need multiple copies for different family members, we'll make one for everyone you choose.

Chances are, this may be something you've been meaning to do for years, but never got around to. Now is the time to act, because all you have to do is mention this post and you'll get 20% off any montage framing, from now through the end of May, 2017. See you soon!

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How does an artist actually go about producing a work of art? In the first part of this interview with gallery Director Robert Hilton, we learn about the nuts and bolts of physically creating a canvas for a large scale work of art. Assisted by Rosie and Stella, our gallery assistants, Robert goes over some of the many steps involved in creating a work of art. Watch and learn.

Part 1 of a three part interview with Gallery Director Robert Hilton.

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