1.20.21

My Favorite Place for Custom Framing

Hi, friends! It’s been on my list for a while to give you an update on the projects I want to do around my apartment, but since we have such little daylight these days, it’s hard to snap photos since my day job fills up most of the sunny hours of the day.

I did, however, take some pictures a few weekends ago when my new art print, Emma in Blush, by Josh Young returned from Framebridge in the Marquette frame—so I thought I’d pop in with a quick post on why they’re my favorite place for custom framing. I also think it will be a while before this apartment is “done,” so I want to do a better job of taking you on the journey—one piece at a time.

(Since I shot these photos I have hung them up above my desk and am looking for a third piece to complete this mini gallery wall. I think I have an idea of what I want, but will keep you posted on what I decide!)

Before I dive into my thoughts on Framebridge, you can read all about my desk in another post here. It’s the Ballard Designs Margaret Desk, my green velvet chair is from HomeThreads—and yes, it’s comfortable!, the pineapple lamp is from Target, and the Britt Bass art print is from Artfully Walls. I also recently added Beautiful and More Beautiful by Mark D. Sikes to my desk as a way to give some height to the lamp. (And, no, during the workday, my desk is *not* this clean!)

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Ok, so if you’ve been reading here for a long time, you’ll remember I worked with Framebridge on a post way back in the day. Since then, I’ve spent hundreds of dollars of my own money framing things up with Framebridge, and always have had a great experience. I recently found a piece of art to hang over my couch—more on that soon—and decided that instead of going with my tried and true, I’d mix it up and have it quoted out at Michael’s. Turns out, even with their “half off sale,” it was going to be $167 more to frame it at Michael’s than it was going to be at Framebridge! So while custom framing is never as affordable as buying a standard size frame, I really do think Framebridge provides a great value and unbeatable prices.

Additionally, I’ve found Framebridge has beautiful frames that feel high end and are more unique than what I see at other retailers. But the best part? They make it so easy to frame things. They’ll send you an envelope or tube to mail your item in, frame it up, and ship it back to you with the hardware to hang it—for free! Or, if you live in a market that has a Framebridge store, you can make an appointment for a design consultation or to drop your piece off. I have dropped off art at the 14th Street location here in DC multiple times—and the store is SUPER cute, too! (I’ve never done it, but they’ll also frame a print of a digital photo/file—you just upload it to their website. So easy!)

I will note that a few times, I have had some minor issues with the pieces I’ve gotten back from Framebridge (e.g. part of the frame was chipped or the mat wasn’t properly aligned), but they’ve always fixed it on my first request, profusely apologized, and often offer a coupon code or giftcard for my next purchase. As such, I trust them fully because I know whatever I send to them for framing will be done right!

I wanted to share a few other things I’ve had framed from Framebridge over the years—happy to answer any questions!

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The Five Best Things I Bought in 2020

Is it just me, or does 2020 already feel like it was five years ago? I saw a meme on Twitter the other day that said 2021 is just the sequel to 2020—I really related to that! I hope you’re all finding ways to take care of yourself during these cold, dark winter days. I’ve never consciously been excited for Spring Forward—but y’all, I definitely am this year. More sunlight in a day? SIGN ME UP!

I was brainstorming post ideas over my “adult winter break” and really wanted to share some of my best buys of 2020. (I shared my best buy of 2018 here2017 here, 2016 here, and, if I had written a similar post in 2015, it’d be about this. I accidentally let this series lag in 2019!) I love hearing about what others bought for this stay-at-home lifestyle we’ve all found ourselves in, and it’s something my coworkers and I are constantly chatting about on our “water cooler” Slack channel.

This year, I had a really hard time picking one item to crown as my best buy of 2020, so I decided to share my top five instead. One thing I do want to caveat is that none of the things below are necessary at all—I am not sharing any of these products to pressure you into buying them. I just wanted to share in case they’re helpful and you’re in the market for something similar. I know so many people are suffering in all sorts of ways, including financially, and I hope we’re all on the other side of this soon. Read more “The Five Best Things I Bought in 2020”

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My 2021 Goals

I love dreaming and planning for the future—and I think that’s one thing that made 2020 such a mental challenge for me. During a pandemic, the future, even just days or weeks away, is very uncertain. In fairness, life was always that uncertain, but my experience over the last year just brought that to light in an entirely new way.

If you’re a long-time reader (thank you so much!), you know that each year I write a blogpost sharing my goals for the year—you can see my past goals here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

This year, however, is different. While I am optimistic about where the year could go, I am not setting any goals for 2021. Instead, I am going to focus on taking things day-by-day. There is still so much uncertainty, and if you’re anything like me, some days, you’re ready to go-go-go, and other days, you just need to sit and do nothing. As such, it feels unfair to myself to add any extra pressure during a time that provides more than enough pressure on its own. I’m still going to keep moving forward when I can. I’m going to focus on making the best of each day. And I am going to focus on celebrating the little things. There will be other years for the big things.

Since I did set goals for 2020, I wanted to recap how I did on them—but I am giving myself a ton of grace because I didn’t know that 2020 would become ~2020~ when I wrote these goals last January. Ah, simpler times! Read more “My 2021 Goals”