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

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, attache...

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One of the great pleasures of living in Arizona is the annual arrival of wildflower season. To be honest, it's kind of like our real estate market, either boom or bust. That's what makes a wet spring so exciting – the anticipation of hillsides covered in yellow, gold, purple, salmon, white, and every combination in between. Our deserts have a reputation with the uninitiated of being flat, dull gray and tan expanses populated with flora and fauna that hiss, rattle, poke or sting unwary visitors to death. Nothing could be further from the truth. Hissing is rarely heard!

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A picture is worth a thousand words:

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Sometimes we are called on to perform marriage ceremonies. Not in the literal sense, mind you, but here's a case where our client had acquired both a lovely cross-stitch sampler, in addition to a wonderful ornate rococo style frame. The problem was that the sampler was quite a bit smaller than the frame.

Our challenge was to extend the image so it would fit in the frame, without distracting from the sampler itself. We accomplished this by choosing a natural linen to match the color of the background of the sampler, hand wrap it on an an archival rag board, and mount it in the rococo frame with full conservation backing, and UV blocking glass. Our client picked it up this morning, and was absolutely thrilled with the result. And they all ...

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Juliet:
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Famous words, those: "What's in a name?" But what could possibly be in a cocktail napkin, you may ask. Lots of really famous stuff, as it happens. Here's a web page that might raise a few eyebrows: http://lifeonacocktailnapkin.com/a-few-good-men-famous-cocktail-napkin-notes/.

But not to get ahead of ourselves, If it's memorable, why not frame it? A vacation, a special event, or important moment. All of these can be celebrated with a permanent reminder of that oh so important moment in time or place. Here's just a sample, From a very special moment in a very special place:

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So, enough prompting. Get busy. First napkin in the gallery gets a 50% discount on custom framing. Pass the peanuts!

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Over the years, we've had the opportunity to frame some pretty interesting stuff for our customers. A ticket to the observation deck of the Twin Towers, In NYC. A knife that was evidence in a criminal law case. A full scale papier mâché marionette from the island of Bali. A seventeen foot long oil on canvas that was shipped from New York City to hang in a major commercial building here in Phoenix. A service revolver for a Chief of Police. Musical instruments large and small, by the dozen. Jerseys, memorabilia and newspaper clipping. Copies of checks and court awards in the millions of dollars. Original Remmington black and white oils. Rare coins of every description. Sand from beaches around the globe. Original Mickey-Mouse ...

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