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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

You may not know this about us, but we have been making fine art prints for over twenty years. Color managed workflow, calibrated monitors, fine art 12 ink pigment printers, the finest canvas, matte, luster, gloss and metallic papers, the whole shooting match. We print for ourselves, interior designers, architects, other photographers and fine artists.

Some time ago, a top designer came to us with a challenge. It was a big deal. She had a client who loved one of our Death Valley images, and wated it printed big enough to cover an entire wall, but he also wanted to take it with him when he moved. We solved the problem by printing the huge image (8' x 10') as a triptych, using custom aluminum and wood stretcher bars we had manufactured spec...

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OK, we get it. What could Kachinas possibly have to do with Campbell's soup? Funny you should ask, but today's blog post concerns one of the most famous and enigmatic artists of the 20th Century.

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Andy Warhol, a leading figure in the "Pop Art" movement turned the art world on it's ear figuratively, if not literally...that would have been Vincent Van Gogh. Most people associate him with his iconic paintings of Campbell's soup cans, but he was, in fact, much more prolific. In the 1986, Warhol created a series of ten screen-prints he called the "Cowboys and Indians" suite, comprised of images of John Wayne, Annie Oakley, General Custer, a northwest coast mask, kachina dolls (pictured above), a plains Indian shield, a native American mother and child, the Indian chief, Geronimo, an image of the Indian head nickel, and President Teddy Roosevelt. A client recently brought a pair of these wonderful images in to the gallery for framing. Double 8-ply rag boards and museum glass, complimented by a lovely silver swan profile were chosen to accent the organic shapes in the image.

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I'll be the first to admit that here at Esprit Decor, we're picky. We curate each of the several thousand corner samples we carry. Lots don't make the cut (if you'll pardon the expression) because they're not good enough...for you. That's why we dont carry plastic mouldings, even though they're cheaper, because they are cheaper. They might make it in a hotel room, or at a convention, but not in your home. 1/8" fun-house mirror? No thanks. Regular glass that will let harmful light rays damage your precious artwork? No way. How about regular paper mats that will become acidic and burn that lovely monoprint you picked up on your last trip to Paris? Sorry, but we have to pass. Only 100% rag boards, or pure alphacellulose matboard are good en...

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We love a challenge – it's a chance to flex our mental muscles and ingenuity. When a customer comes in with an unusual request, we're eager to see if we're up to the challenge. Just last week, a client brought in several canvases to frame. One of them was arched on top - something that is rarely done, because stretcher bars are straight, and it takes a lot of engineering to create a domed top. The stretcher bar for that leg has to be cut into small segments and glued together. The angles have to be precise, or it won't work. The stretcher bar isn't seen, so there is some room for error. Not so with the frame, which has to have perfect angles and lengths, or the whole project is a waste of time and materials. There's quite a bit of ...

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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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