Thoughts On Design


  • "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

All Gave Some, and Some Gave All

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The Greatest Generation, as Tom Brokaw so aptly called them, those heroic men and women who grew up during the Great Depression, and then went on to fight and support our country in WWII, are slowly slipping away from us. We're often asked to frame American flags, military medals, commendations, and other memorabilia of that conflict that changed the world forever.

Today, we salute Lieutenant (jg) Richard John Walsh, Junior, of Phoenix, Arizona, who graduated from Phoenix Union High School in June of 1937, and enlisted in the US Naval Air Corps, after attending the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He became a Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber pilot, a slow, heavy, but deadly component of Air Group 84, attached to the Aircraft Carrier USS Bunker Hill during the Invasion of Okinawa in April of 1945, barely four months before the war's end.

To counter the Allied invasion force, the Japanese sent the Super Battleship Yamato, who's mammoth 18-inch guns could sling 3,200-lb. projectiles (about the weight of a 2012 Toyota Camry) some 25 nautical miles, or, from our Gallery in Central Phoenix over the town of New River, 28 miles to the north.

In the company of nine other warships, The Yamato was to meet her end on that fateful day, April 7th, 1945, just south of the Japanese home island of Kyushu, in the Battle of the East China Sea, the last major Japanese naval operation of the war.

The central medal you see in the case above is the Navy Cross, second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor, which the President awarded to Lieutenant Walsh for his heroic actions on that day. He died in the attack, doing his duty as so many of his generation did in the service of a grateful nation.

From the citation accompanying the medal:

"Displaying great skill and courage, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Walsh pressed home his torpedo attack and despite extremely intense anti-aircraft fire from all caliber weapons on the battleship and the surrounding screen. His plane was one of the fourteen torpedo bombers participating in this concerted attack which resulted in at least nine hits on the battleship. Without flinching he carried his torpedo into close range through adverse weather conditions and intense enemy fire which included the main batteries, contributing materially to the complete destruction of the capital ship a short time later. His courage, skill, determination and unswerving devotion to duty were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Thank you, Sir, for your service to our country.