Why choose us

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Whether you are bringing in a damaged painting or art for framing, you can be assured that you will receive nothing less than the finest in quality, design, and service.  Our talented framers and conservators will provide you with expert advice and help to make your experience pleasant and fun.

Custom framing is an investment in your home and happiness, and our frames are designed to last a lifetime.  We live and work in Stuart, serving the Treasure Coast, and we appreciate your business.


Our framing process

We aren’t here to sell you anything.  Rather, our approach is to help you make the best possible decision based on your style, décor, and budget.  We begin by asking you a series of questions designed to pare down the thousands of options you have to three or four.

Once you make your selection we take responsibility for your artwork.  It will remain in our store where it is safe and well protected.  Then our artisans take great care in the crafting of your mat, the assembly of your frame, and the final fitting.

Throughout the assembly and fitting process we inspect and inspect again to make sure everything is just right.  We have very high expectations for our work, as do you, and we guarantee your complete satisfaction.


Our conservation process

The techniques and methods of art conservation and restoration go hand in hand. Our conservation practice adheres to the principle of reversibility, which dictates that treatments should not permanently alter the work of art.

Our restoration process begins with a careful examination to determine the nature of and the methodology used in creating the piece, as well as the causes of its deterioration or damage. We carefully document the condition of the art before, during, and after treatment, and outline the treatment methods and materials used.

Often, the colors of older paintings have a brown or yellow tint caused by an organic varnish that has yellowed over time. Tints such as these can become so cloudy that the true colors or the depth of the background is invisible. Our process eliminates this damage, brightening colors and restoring depth and life to the artwork.

During restoration, we use preventive conservation techniques, such as the application of removable UV varnish that protects the painting from dust, ultraviolet rays and other environmental elements.