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Map madness we all love a little adventure and even if we can’t travel somewhere exotic, at least we can create an escape right in our own home or office.

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Maps are the perfect way to create your own little travel inspired oasis.  Designers are using large-scale wall murals to add WOW, and product designers creating home decor collections based on travel and vintage map designs.  We’re even seeing maps in fashion-like adorable shoes, ties, and of course handbags.  From vintage and antique themed posters and typography.  We have gathered a few examples that easily fit into almost any style room.

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The Art of Perfume

A “scents” of happiness…
A fragrance, or scent can create an atmosphere that can conjure up a fond memory.

Can you still remember the cologne or perfume that your spouse wore on your first date?

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When you smell warm cookies or that special pie your mom used to make, does it take you back to you childhood?

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Does the scent of freshly washed sheets calm your mind and help your drift away to dreamland?

 

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Our sense of smell is about 10,000 times more sensitive than any of our other senses, and as such, play a big part in how we think and feel.

Research conducted on our olfactory senses, has concluded that our smell receptors are directly connected to the part of our brain that is thought to be the source of our emotions. When a smell is relayed to our brain, a cognitive recognition occurs, which triggers the emotional “home” in our brains. Essentially, by the time we recognize a smell, an emotional response is already beginning to occur.

Our newest line of home and personal fragrances from Vera Bradley will evoke pleasant emotional responses through our sense of smell. Take, for example, this month’s featured scent, Appleberry Champagne. “Crisp, juicy green apples dangling from tree branches. Bright red strawberries bobbing in glasses of effervescent champagne.” Let the visions of picking apples from the orchard in days past, or the smell from the glass of bubbly on your first romantic getaway take you back in time.

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Photo courtesy of verabradley.com

Other feel-good aromas like Cotton Flower, Macaroon Rose and Vanilla Sea Salt are also available to experience in the store. From Eau de Toilette, to body lotion, to candles, Gallows has your olfactory senses and fond memories covered.

Wait, There’s Another Option Besides Custom Framing Your Artwork?

By Corinne Sabel

Yes! Yes there is. Here at Gallows, we have a different option for those who want a more modern look, and want to be able to change out the artwork in their frame often.

How is this possible? Well, with Wallscapes by Wexel.

There are two different options, single panel frames or double panel frames. Single panel frames use magnets to keep the art work in place instead of having to use tape or anything that could potentially damage the piece. The double panel frames hold the artwork in place by pressing the piece between two panels of acrylic. This keeps the artwork safe and secure. Wexel 1The installation process is quick and easy! All you need is a pencil, screwdriver, level, and drill if you are going to install anchors. Click on the video below for a quick tutorial.

Now I know what you’re thinking. Wallscapes by Wexel probably only come in standard sizes… which doesn’t help when I need a custom frame.

Don’t worry! We can still order in custom sizes! Here in the shop we have some standard sizes you can pick up and take home today, but we can always order in a custom size.

Here are just a few of the many great examples for why this might be the best option for you.

  1. To display your child’s art work in a sleek and impressive way, while being able to change it out often as they create more work.     Wexel 2
  2. Displaying your family photos from your recent trips in a collage sort of way. Wexel 3
  3. Do you own a business where you need to display your menu, list of services, or even a map of your property? A Wexel wall display might just be the perfect way to do that. Here at Gallows we are using Wexel frames for display in our Brighton area. They’re great for businesses!   Wexel 4
  4. Displaying your employees corporate headshots should always look professional. Using this framing system, the wallscape will look clean, fresh, and the photos will be easy to switch out often.  Wexel 6

See how modern and fresh this wallscape looks with all of the different shaped wall displays working together to create a master piece on your wall.Wexel 5

How to Style Your Coffee Table

The focus of any living or family room lies in its two predominant pieces of furniture: the sofa and the coffee table, the latter of which usually ends up as a stand-in dining table or a respite for remote controls. These two items are usually the first people seek to purchase when they have their first place and are commonly the first to be upgraded from garage sale finds to more costly, investment pieces. Whether your coffee table is a DIY thrift store find, a pair of seven dollar Ikea end tables, or the statement piece you splurged on, it’s worth taking the time to decorate and style it like you would any other area of your home. After all, it’s frequently the centerpiece of many homes, especially if you live in a smaller house or apartment.

To make styling a coffee table an easy task, keep these five items in mind:
1. Natural elements to add color and bring the outdoors in (especially you, city dwellers). Flowers (fresh or dried), shells and scented, artificial pine boughs are just a few ideas.

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2. Candlelight to add ambiance and possibly a fresh scent to the room. Gallows has Lampe Berger Paris that would be the perfect decor piece and also make the room smell fresh. Lampe Berger purifies and cleans the air to get rid of the bad smells, it doesn’t just mask the smell.

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3. Books or photo albums to entertain visitors. Here in the store we have adorable books with motivational quotes that just make you feel good. They would be perfect for entertaining your guests.

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4. Decorative accents to spark conversation among guests and add interest

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5. A tray to organize the above items.

Picture taken from PinterstJust like with styling any area in your home, don’t rush this process. Find the pieces you love, the books you’ll read time and time again, and the scented candle you’ll find yourself lighting night after night.

The Gallows has so many great pieces that would be a great addition to your coffee table. Come in and see all of our great ideas.

All pictures have been taken from Pinterest.

Choosing glass for your custom framing project

So, let’s say you’ve found a great painting at the Pocatello Farmers Market. You’ve brought it in to us here at Gallows and we worked together to choose the perfect frame material (molding) and matting. You’re done, right? Well… not quite.

There are several choices available when it comes to the type of glass, also known as “glazing”, or “facing,” that can be used. First, let’s talk about WHY glass is a customary piece of the custom framing puzzle.

Perhaps the most obvious reason is to protect the art from dust and scratches. Most ready-made frames come with what we call basic glass or styrene, which is an acrylic and is popular for it’s light weight,  affordability, and resistance to shattering. The problem with basic glass and styrene is that they offer no protection from the most ruthless killer of artwork and photographs – UV light.

UV light is the second, and most important reason that glass is used to cover most artwork. So what’s the big deal with UV light?

Laura Stirton Aust, of ARTcare, adds, “Light is an unavoidable hazard to art materials, especially paper.  Light causes weakening and discoloration of paper fibers.  It also causes many dyes and pigments to fade or change in color.  The damage from light is not reversible.  Faded pigments can not be put back and light burn will unevenly stain paper.  Therefore decreasing exposure to all light, especially ultraviolet (UV) is a significant concern in protecting artwork. ”

Thanks to advances in technology, plain ol’ glass has come a long way. There are three main options you can choose from:

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Conservation Clear® picture framing glass offers the highest level of UV protection available in the industry.  This glass effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to protect against fading and help keep framed pieces brighter, longer. The UV blocking coating is baked into the glass substrate, resulting in a permanently bonded coating.

Conservation Reflection Control® glass has a matte-like finish that scatters light to minimize unwanted glare.  Like Conservation Clear®, it effectively blocks up to 99% of UV light rays to help protect from fading and deterioration. Unfortunately, many matte-finish products seem to dull colors. But this product achieves over 97% light transmission to enhance colors, brightness and contrast levels. No dull artwork here! It’s ideal for art that will be placed under lights or near windows, or anywhere that there is potential for reflection issues.

Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass is the best of the best. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer. It also reduces reflection by over 85% (to less than 1% of total light),which is the lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection.

Keep in mind that not all artwork should be covered in glass. Acrylic and oil paintings, or any canvas should not be glassed in.

For everything else, we have all three options available and can even show you how a piece of artwork looks behind all of them. Come see us!

What is the purpose of matting?

by Joydean Sorensen

These days, most people think of mats as purely decorative accents to the custom framing, since mats come in so many colors, patterns and textures. They’re often used to match colors in the art and to coordinate with the room decor.

Believe it or not, mats were originally invented for two functional purposes. The first was to provide an area of visual relief so art could be viewed without distraction from nearby surroundings. The second was to serve as a spacer, or protective layer, to keep the glass from touching the artwork.

There are dozens of ways to mat artwork, but below we’ll explore some of the most common.

Single Mat
When mats were first introduced, they were all a single layer. Today, single mats are used most often on high end art where the frame designs are simple and classic, or on vintage or antique pieces to enhance the authenticity of the look.

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Double and Triple Mats
A second mat is usually added to incorporate an accent color to help draw attention deeper into the art by outlining it. However, a double mat can be made using two of the same color for a more subtle look. When using three layers, you can add more accent colors, sandwich one color between two of the same color, or use all the same color again to add depth.

Photo  courtesty Larson Juhl
Photo courtesy Larson Juhl

Mat with Spacers
Speaking of depth, placing spacers between mat layers create just that. The spacers can bring out inherent depth in the art, such as a landscape with perspective. Or, it can also add actual depth to accommodate an object or dimensional art.

Framed by Scoot Gardner, Gallows
Framed by Scott Gardner, Gallows

Custom Openings
The most common mat openings are square or rectangular, however, any shape is possible to enhance irregular art shapes. Special cuts are functional, too. For example, angled corners can hide dented or broken corners on the art, etc.

Photo courtesy of Larson Juhl
Photo courtesy of Larson Juhl

Multiple Openings
Mats can be cut with more than one window opening and doing so really expands your options when you have more than one item frame. This works especially well with things such as family or vacation photos, stamp collections, certifications, or memorials.

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Framed by Scott Gardner, Gallows

Fabric, Patterned, and Textured Mats
Fabric covered mats are a unique way to add richness to custom framed artwork. In addition to photos and paintings, fabric mats are nearly always used when framing objects, such as family heirlooms. In addition to fabric, mats are available with printed patterns or embossed textures. Remember that less is more and be sure to avoid mats that distract from the item you are framing.

Photo courtesy of Larson Juhl
Photo courtesy of Larson Juhl

Matting isn’t just a pretty accent to your custom framed piece; it is an essential part of the preservation process. Luckily, there are so many ways to incorporate a mat into the art piece, that it’s often as fun to choose as the frame! Bring your artwork in today and our staff will be happy to show you any combination of color, texture, and layer options for your priceless piece.

Mirror Mirror, On the Wall (or floor)

Mirrors are a decorative item that never gets enough fanfare. Efficiently placed mirrors can transform a room from small to roomy in an instant, can represent any décor style, work in any room, and can also channel energy in a Feng shui design! What other design element gives you such versatility? Try these tips in your home, and reflect on the results in our comments section below!

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Create additional “faux” square footage:
In small rooms and especially apartments, mirrors offer an inexpensive way to give the illusion of space. Place mirrors on a wall opposite of a window to create an illusion of expansive space. You can also use a mirror in a small kitchen as a backsplash and suddenly you will enjoy cooking and spending more time in your kitchen!

Enhance existing decor:
For most homes, the fireplace is already the focal point of the room in which it resides. By adding a reflective surface above the mantle with a beautifully framed mirror, the candlesticks, seasonal décor, photos and anything else on your mantle take on a whole new grandeur.

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Add interest to a long hallway:mirror hallway
Long hallways are an opportunity to place mirror vignettes or ‘puzzle’ piece mirrors on the side walls. This distracts the eye when walking down the hallway and offsets the darkness of the long corridor, as well.   Feng shui tip: Don’t place mirrors at the end of a hallway– it will create a place for energy to stop flowing.

Give guests a bright welcome:
Mirrors placed in a foyer or entryway are a welcomed sight for guests. In addition to adding light in a dark entry mirrors give a place for guests to ‘check’ themselves while entering your home. In a larger foyer, place a small table, flower arrangement, lamp and mirror on the wall to expand the area into this welcoming space. Try adding a mirrored table to an adjacent room to encourage a seamless flow into the rest of the home.

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Class it up:
In addition to adding light to a traditionally darker room and enhancing the existing decor, mirrored buffets or dining tables lend a sophisticated feel to any dining room. Feng shui tip: Mirrors placed next to your dining table are believed to bring fortune and wealth.

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Make a statement:
Full length mirrors can be a simple framed piece on a wall, or a bold statement as a piece of furniture. Oversized (7′ or taller) mirrors sitting on the floor are a beautiful way to add emphasis to an empty corner of a bedroom. For a practical yet unique dressing room effect, use multiple frameless mirrors on a wall for instant visual interest.

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Feel free to try using mirrors in varying sizes and colored frames to give this versatile decor several different aesthetic uses throughout your home. Gallows has a handful of existing framed mirrors, but our custom framing materials can really capture your style. Come see us today and let us help you transform a mirror into a piece of art!