I’m so excited to share this new website with you — framed & matted. The founders, Chrissy and Matt Droessler, were unhappy with the options for finding custom frames on the market and took it upon themselves to change it. Damn I love entrepreneurs. I’ve actually had the same problem over the years so I am really excited for their new venture. I will probably be purchasing frames from them for the rest of my life.
The framed & matted philosophy alone will make you want to order from them:
framed & matted was conceived with the belief that high quality custom framing should be affordable and approachable. Using only the highest quality materials coupled with a simple and intuitive ordering process, framed & matted has rethought online custom framing from the ground up.
Offering a curated selection of classic frames and mats, framed & matted simplifies the custom framing experience to help our customers find the perfect frame at an exceptional value.
I can vouch for the quality. I received my order so quickly, and they were more than willing to answer my “how white is the ice white mat” questions. Something surprising — the frames are so light! I ordered mostly the Landon frame, and being light makes it easier for me to deal with. We have plaster walls, so nails don’t go in very far and I’m always worried things are going to fall!
I ordered nine frames so as soon as they arrived, I got right to work putting my artwork in them. It does take a little time so you’ll want to plan for that.
First I put a blanket or towel down on your table so I didn’t scratch the frame or the table. Then I picked my first frame and took it apart. I used my painting palette knife to get the little metal things up because well, I like my manicure.
Then I got my artwork out and see if it measured up to the mat or the frame. If not, I gave it a quick trim on my cutting mat with my exacto knife. This ruler has cork on the back so it won’t scratch your artwork.
I suggest getting everything ready before you peel the protective paper off the acrylic so you can minimize the dust that sticks to it.
Then put it all together! There are instructions that come with it so you won’t be confused. I also love frames that have a wire on the back and not just one bracket. Wires are so much easier to work with! They also provide the perfect wall nail and hook, and even rubber bumpers for the back of your frame so it won’t scratch your walls. They really thought of everything and I was thoroughly impressed with the entire experience!
Once I had all of the work in frames, I mapped it out on the wall with some blue washi tape (an eyeball version of Megan’s How To Hang A Gallery Wall advice). I hold it up where I think I want it, stick some tape around the edges, and continued doing that with all of my artwork.
Then, get to hanging! Finished gallery wall photos from my home will be coming out in the next month or so!
In this photo: pillow, chair, silver frame is from CB2, both black frames from framed & matted, well read photography print by leigh viner, the pink painting is a boob painting by me. And if you don’t know what the boob paintings are, just ignore that…
Frames provided by framed & matted. All opinions are my own.