From Around The House

Spring Cleaning Tips

Cleaning for Spring with Ease!

April showers and flowers starting to bloom are signs that spring is here. With spring comes spring cleaning. Regardless, if you find spring cleaning enjoyable or not looking forward to it at all, here are a few tips and tricks to ease the hassle.

  • Create spring cleaning goals and a timeline

Figure out what you want to accomplish during your cleaning. For example, is it putting all your winter clothes in storage and pulling out your spring/summer wardrobe? Do you want to redecorate your kitchen or bathroom? Do you want to give your home an old fashion deep cleaning? Once you created your goals, give yourself a timeline. A realistic one! Here’s an example of a time line for someone whose goal is deep clean their home.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Kitchen Bathroom(s) Living Room Bedroom(s) Basement/Garage Office/Den Yard/Patio

 

  • Get your family involved

Take the load off yourself. If you have small kids have them take on the smaller chores (cleaning door handles, throwing things away in the pantry, separating laundry). For older kids, have them vacuum, wipe down glass, etc… Involve your partner in your spring cleaning. Have them tackle one room while you do the other. Or maybe you both can take on the kitchen, so it gets done quicker. Getting help, not only lessens the load on you but gives your family a sense of ownership when it comes to cleaning and taking care of the home.

  • Maintain your home daily

What’s the point of spending a week of cleaning and the next week, it’s back to before? Your home needs daily attention to maintain order. Take a few minutes every day to keep your home intact. Utilize the schedule in tip one, to keep up with your daily upkeep.

 

Decorating Tip!

Turn your picture frame into a calendar. It is a great and creative way to keep up with your cleaning schedule.

Blogger Amanda at ohamanda.com has a great tutorial how to do this. Click here for details…

Useful Tips for Decorating

National Decorating Month: Useful Tips to Make Decorating Easier

April 2015 — National Decorating Month

Almost every month has a whole bunch of really obscure holidays that go unappreciated. The Month of April has April fool’s Day on the 1st but it also has countless other holidays to celebrate daily. Today there is the option of celebrating Rubber Eraser Day or Titanic Remembrance Day. Most of the holidays serve as a silly way to pass the time and great conversation starters. Among the daily holidays, the month of April has been designated as National Decorating Month.

Decorating for some people is as easy as walking, for others, decorating causes immense anxiety. Being in the framing industry we would like to consider ourselves experts at decorating, but even we sometimes have questions. We found that the best place to find the answers is Pinterest.  Almost everything you ever need to know can be found on Pinterest, you just need to know what to search for!

We’ve decided to take the grunt work out of research by providing you with an easy way to get useful tips from one source: Our Pinterest Board.

Pinterest Decorating Post

Our Pinterest board is a mecca of a variety of different topics relating to home decor. The most recent induction to our Pinterest boards, Useful Tips, is where you can find the answers to your questions and turn decorating back into something fun.

Useful Tips for Decorating

Here are some of our favorite tips that we have found to be useful! Check out our Pinterest board for even more useful tips!

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Hang frames decorating tips

 

 

If you have any tips we would love to feature them on our blog and add them to our Pinterest Board, reach out to us!

Final Match

Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Final Match

Update: The 2015 Frame USA Picture Frame Championship Winner is….

FINAL CHAMP.  

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

We started this championship with 16 different frame series to figure out which one is considered the Ultimate Picture Frame by our customers. After close games and difficult choices you have chosen the two series that will meet together for the first time to fight to the death to find out which one is the ultimate picture frame.

The Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series has been a favorite from the beginning winning the matches against Cafe Narrow, Architect, AND Glory Metal by a landslide. It’s easy to see why this frame has made such an impact on our customers! This series is quite possible the most versatile line of frames on frameusa.com. The moulding is classic and the colors are modern and fresh.

The success of the Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series came as a bit of a shock to folks around the office right from the start. The first win came against the more popular traditional series, Shadowbox Elite. This was the start of the Cinderella story of this series. The fans of this series are going to really have to step up their game if they want to see it in the winners circle.

 

Its safe to say this is going to be one exciting, nail biting final match!

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. The Ultimate Picture Frame will be decided on 4/2/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

 

Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

The ultimate picture frame winner will receive its reward the evening of 4/3/15 so be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out!

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship:Round 1, Match 7

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

R1M7 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 7

We’re once again back to the Poster frames for match 7. The winner of this match will face the winner of Match 5 to decide the ultimate Poster Frame. In Match 7 our most basic poster frame the Corrugated Series goes head to head with a more prestigious poster frame, the Deluxe Poster Frames.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 7 will expire 3/25/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Corrugated frame series Team Deluxe Series Frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 7 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Upcycled Picture Frames

Upcycled Picture Frames

Unconventional Uses for Picture Frames

Almost everyone knows what picture frames are for—to protect, enhance and display a piece of artwork, a precious document, or a family portrait. That is not the only thing that picture frames can be used for. The uses for picture frames are endless. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite unconventional uses for picture frames that I’ve seen around pinterest, television and even from customers!

1. Apartment Door Decoration using an Upcycled picture Frame

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This use was something I had never thought of until I saw it on the TV Show Selfie. Use a decorative picture frame in shell form (without glass or backing) such as our Napoleon or American Value Silver frames on your door! You can also use a picture frame as a festive wreathe. Our Barnwood frames are perfect for a fall wreathe. This is perfect for apartments to make a door stand out among the sea of doors!

2. Upcycled Frame Collage Artwork 

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Picture frame collages with images in a bunch of different style of frames all painted one color to match but make a statement are very popular. This takes that idea but uses the picture frame shells as art itself! The different styles of our wood frames would be great for this idea.

3. Upcycled picture Frame turned Coffee Table 

I don’t have a picture of this next one since it was an idea from a customer that she is planning on doing. She is planning on making a tabletop with a 2” thick frame to display seashells. She is substituting acrylic instead of glass and wooden dividers for the seashells and to support the acrylic. She figured out that this would be much cheaper than one of those coffee tables that are made for displays. Our Shadow box Elite comes in an unfinished profile which would be great for this so you can stain it and paint it in a color to match your décor.

4. Serving Tray using Upcycled Picture Frame 

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Who doesn’t love parties? Create a unique tray to serve food, drinks or bottles on. Using scrap book paper and acrylic glass in one of our frames. Our Victorian Picture Frames would be a beautiful conversation starter about where you got this vintage looking tray.

5. Nail Polish/Spice Rack using an Upcycled Picture Frame

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This is perfect for the nail polish or food obsessed. Using a picture frame painted with the color of your choice or even just your favorite frame, for me it would be our Black Smoke Series and wood pieces adhered to the back to hold nail polish bottles or spice containers. This is both a piece of art and a handy storage system!

 

I hope my top 5 favorite unconventional uses for upcycled picture frames inspired the DIY crafter inside you. Show us your favorite upcycled picture frames!

 

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Get a FREE Quote on Picture Frames!

Try before you buy – Frame USA offers free quotes on Thousands of Products

If wholesale pricing or bulk ordering is what you’re looking for, then we have the perfect free tool for you. Shopping for anything in bulk can be difficult, or when trying to find that perfect custom framing job without spending an obscene amount of money. We know as well as anyone – making a purchase without knowing exactly what you’re getting is downright unnerving. We have a process of estimating orders and recommending products: our Special Volume Quotes.

  wholesale frame quote

To request a quote on any framing need you have, simply fill out our custom quote form. What are the benefits to requesting a free quote as opposed to buying direct? Here are a few reasons:

  • You’ll receive a reply within 8 business hours.
  • Custom quoting is a free way to know what you buy, before you buy it.
  • You won’t spend a dime until you know exactly what you need.
  • Our representatives are trained to help you find the best framing options for you.
  • Receive the latest discounts and promotions when ordering online based on your quote.

If you have an item you’ve wanted framed for years, but don’t know where to start, fill out our form and we’ll help you quote a price. We also help with volume orders, wholesale requests and anything from posters to plaques — and of course, framing.

Click here to get started on your very own quote!

48% Off Closeout Frames for 48 Hours Only!

Do you love great savings on picture frames?  We do too!  So head on over to our sister site, FrameCloseouts.com!  We are offering 48% off all closeout frames for 48 hours only.

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Our closeout picture frames are usually overstock items from our main catalog line.  While you can choose the size and color in most cases, the style is unknown and that is how we are able to offer such incredible savings on these frames.  We will take requests for matching items, but since they are overstock, the order will be filled based on what is available.

All closeout frames will come complete, just may come with slight variations from our normal picture frame fills.  This means a frame could have glass or styrene (plexi-glass), an easel or flat backing, and may or may not have a mat.

Don’t miss out – shop today at FrameCloseouts.com with coupon code 4848 before this amazing deal on picture frames ends at midnight EST on 8/21!

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DIY Projects and Crafts for Picture Frames

This month, we check Pinterest for some great DIY projects for framing and “Around the House” decor.

Doing big projects yourself can save you and your family hundreds of dollars — particularly when it comes to home renovations and making your decor stand out. It doesn’t have to be expensive to look expensive, and really, that’s what crafting your own projects is all about. In this blog, we’ll show you some great ways to make an ordinary frame into something far more extraordinary. You can find these ideas and more by visiting our Pinterest page!


 

Use a picture frame shell to hang your keys

DIY picture frames

If Pinterest has taught us anything, it’s that frames aren’t just for framing pictures! Take this example, where a crafty DIY-er screwed some basic wall hooks into the interior of their frame. Search around online and you’ll find plenty of uses for frames besides hanging art: chalkboards, mirrors, hangers and more have been crafted from any standard frame.


 

Give your frames a new look with dipped corners

Picture Framing Projects

Need to spice up a frame, or add a better focal point for your image? Try (carefully) dipping the four corners of your frame into a can of paint! The result takes on the appearance of what is shown above. The tricky part is knowing how far to dip, but a good rule is to measure about 1-2 inches on each side, mark it with a pencil, and then proceed to dip. This is great for matching more than one color in a room, or spicing up your simple black picture frames you may have around the house.


 

Spray-paint an ornate frame for a more simple, subdued elegant picture frame

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While the burlap letter art within the frames are great, we’re more impressed by the paint job on the frames themselves. Some ornate, some simple–a decent spray paint job can entirely changle the look of a frame for the better. While we take pride in our premium wooden frames, we could definitely see series like the victorian and napoleon working very well in the style shown above.

 


 

As always, don’t be afraid to think outside the box (or frame)!

DIY framing projects
Framing is oftentimes most interesting when there is an experimental element added on. Take the image above for example: the separation of the branch is unified throughout the three frames. The aesthetic of the piece is phenomenal, and the crafter only used three frame shells and a branch!

Have something else unique that we haven’t mentioned? Leave a comment below and tell us about your projects!

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Framing and Hanging your Art

A deeper study into hanging and arranging framed art

A recent help guide by Affordable Art Fair in the UK helped spur us to make another post on arranging, framing and hanging your art. Of course, we’ve made several posts on hanging picture frames, but any additional resource is always appreciated when we speak with artists and gallery owners.

When should you frame your art?

Even though we sell picture frames at low prices here at Frame USA, we’ll be the first to admit that not every piece of wall art calls for a frame. In fact, many contemporary pieces are meant to display alone. These can always be spiced up with a Floater frame, but this does not make their existance 100% necessary.

Some times to consider a frame would be any time you do not have a canvas. Your display options are both more limited and wide open when using paper of some sort. Some artist will simply mat their artwork, others will simply buy a frame in the correct size for their piece. Custom framing is another option, but the concept remains the same — don’t let the framing overpower the artwork. As another precaution, don’t frame a piece of art for the sole purpose of matching a room. Art can be arranged in any which way, whereas a room can undergo many changes over time.

What’s the right height for hanging frames?

Ideally, you’ll want to aim for the average eye-level to get the best reaction. Art is meant to be viewed and appreciated, and won’t have quite the same effect unless it’s easily viewable. Try to keep the top of the frames aligned with other horizontal lines in your art space.

Where should I hang my picture frame?

Obviously if you’re at a gallery, you’re going to hang them in whatever way possible that is appealing to the viewer. In a more permanent interior setting, however, you’ll have to consider things like color and size. Don’t ever worry about matching colors exactly — it’s just not going to happen, and it can look rather tacky. Stick to using the art and frame to compliment the room, or allow it to become the centerpiece and stand out. You can also learn more about how to hang your frame correctly in our previous blog post on the matter, which goes over the geometry of the project a little more thoroughly.

 

What are some steps that you take in keeping your wall art up to par? Leave a comment below — we’d love to hear from you!

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Frame Collage meets Mobile Photography in new Kickstarter Campaign

A frame collage (Or “Gallery Wall”) is a HUGE recent trend in interior design. A recent Kickstarter campaign shows that, in framing, sometimes less is more.

We’ve talked a lot about frame collages in the past, and the great statement they can make when assembled in a tasteful manner. We’ve seen many of our customers take great advantage of this technique, from Bachelor winners to our tasteful twitter followers…

 


In recent news, however, we’ve found a great example of forward-thinking design for framing mobile photography. (Instagram lovers, this is for you!)

Meet the Fotobit: a modular framing system by Alan Yeung. This product allows you to place the frame on the wall using a single nail, balance the frame with a built-in leveler,  and attach the frame to other units to create an assmblage of frames. The concept is very modern and well-received–in fact, the Kickstarter has raised over $4,000 above the expected amount! With this trend in frame collage design on the rise, it’s obvious that this style of design is here to stay.

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You can find the creator’s Kickstarter page here.

What are your thoughts on this new product? Let us know if you’re a fan of this modular-style frame, or what you’ve done to mimic this look! (We personally thing that our Architect series could handle the challenge!)