Stonehenge Framing

By on 17 May, 2017 in Art, City Living, Kate and Stephen with 1 Comment

A recently framed souvenir

There was a point in my life when I decided to stop hanging things on the wall with push pins and Blu-Tack. This happened sometime after college. More precisely, I decided that whatever went on my walls from that point forward would be in a frame. There’s something about framed art that communicates adulthood, sure, but it’s also a way to preserve and display what you love. Personalizing a home has much to do with what’s on your walls. It’s not just about communicating your taste to others; it’s also about filling your home with pieces of art that bring you joy. And they don’t all have to be so-called “fine art.” Art is, after all, largely what you make it.

A few years ago we discovered a love for World War II propaganda posters. We discovered an enormous and beautiful one up in Birmingham’s emporium What’s On 2nd? and knew it would be just the thing to hang in our remodeled bathroom. It needed some extra care, as it had some folds and a small tear up at the top. So, for the first time, we took something to Stonehenge Framing over on Cloverdale Road. The friendly staff took their time with the piece, suggesting a simple black frame to complement the aesthetic of the piece. It’s been a unique bathroom centerpiece in our Cloverdale-Idlewild home ever since.

The collection expanded slowly. We’d see one in a junk shop or find one on Ebay (turns out that you can set fairly specific searches that email you about new listings … very dangerous for the household budget). Each time, we’d take it to Stonehenge. Each time, we used the same frame. Sometimes they’d suggest just the right matting to offset the color of the poster, but most times we decided to let the art speak for itself.

One particularly special find was the WPA project sign we wrote about here a few years ago. Fred at Stonehenge had the ingenious idea to mat the sign with burlap, giving the piece a very special and old-timey feel. When we got tickets to Antiques Roadshow in Birmingham, we wanted to take the sign, so the Stonehenge folks even took it out of the frame so that it could be inspected and properly appraised. After the appraisal, we sure were glad we’d invested in good framing.

Because framing is an investment in something you love. It dresses up even the most humble postcard or advertisement, making it look like a piece of art instead of a random bit of clutter. And we’re lucky to have such knowledgeable and affordable framers in the neighborhood. It’s professional, but also a kind of a small town feeling – they even wave when we drive by and the dog is hanging her head out of the car.

A home is what you make of it, and well-curated art thoughtfully displayed always makes a place feel cozier. We’re glad to call Fred and the crew our neighbors, and thankful to them for making our art beautiful.

Kate and Stephen are Midtown residents with two cats, a dog, 18 fish, a garden, an old house and a sense of adventure. They write about life in Midtown here and about life in Montgomery at their blog Lost in Montgomery.

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  1. Sandra says:

    Love Fred and love Stonehenge.

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