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Home Design with Kevin Sharkey

SoHo Shopping Trip: Part I

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First stop, Brentano's.

1 First stop, Brentano's.

Here I am discussing my options with Joseph Brentano.

2 Here I am discussing my options with Joseph Brentano.

The choices seem to be endless - I'm so happy that I had an expert there to help me navigate.

3 The choices seem to be endless - I'm so happy that I had an expert there to help me navigate.

Brentano's has a lovely selection of traditional frames.

4 Brentano's has a lovely selection of traditional frames.

As well as more sleek and modern frames, which appeal to me as I search for frames to use in my apartment.

5 As well as more sleek and modern frames, which appeal to me as I search for frames to use in my apartment.

Here we have a simple white frame next to a photograph I took of the wall in my hallway -- I taped out twelve frames for the Albers prints I want to frame and mount.

6 Here we have a simple white frame next to a photograph I took of the wall in my hallway -- I taped out twelve frames for the Albers prints I want to frame and mount.

I also like this darker option.

7 I also like this darker option.

This is very close to the style of frame I would like to put around the artwork above my bed, but I'm not sure which finish I should go with.

8 This is very close to the style of frame I would like to put around the artwork above my bed, but I'm not sure which finish I should go with.

Meet today's expert: Joseph Brentano, proprietor of Brentanos in Manhattan's Soho (121 Crosby to be exact).

Joe's knowledge of framing and the skill and artistry surrounding it amazes me, as he has been in the business for more than 30 years. So, it was no surprise on one of my trips downtown, I would stop by and see what he thinks I should do with the Albers images that are going to fill my hallway wall and the large-scale piece above my bed.

While the shop specializes in Sgraffito frames (scratching paint away to create a design), Brentano's has an enormous display of traditional and modern frames. We talked about the thickness of the frame (a thicker one for above the bed as a showstopper and thinner ones for the Albers so they almost disappear) as well as matte size and shade and glass options. It can be overwhelming but we narrowed it down. Sorry, you'll have to wait and see what I chose at the final reveals.

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Comments (2)

  • Hi Kevin, this is a very interesting and exciting project. I remember when I was choosing my frames for our home in Kuwait it was so exciting most of the frames I chose are gold antique style, but for our apt here in London we have modern framed paintings to match our modern funiture. Can't wait to see what you chose.
    Bonne chance!

  • The only way I could ever frame everything I have is by actually working at the frame shop. Any suggestions for the DIY framer (I currently use American Frame online).

    Off subject. This looks pretty nice (the lilacs and planters)...

    http://aestheteslament.blogspot.com/2009/11/well-said-pauline-de-rothschild.html

    Any thoughts about plantings above terra firma?

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