Master Update–A Ketubah and Mirrors

We did a little bit of updating in our mini-ish master around these parts;

And it all started with a love story.

This year is my six year anniversary of marriage, but it took me this long to finally have our ketubah framed. A ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract, and for ours, I wanted a piece of art. We chose a hamsa as the focal point, which is a Jewish symbol of a hand of protection.

Once it was framed, I was blown away by it’s beauty and wanted to hang it as the centerpiece as our gallery wall opposite our bed. It is a wall I see so much of, as I look at it as I am gabbing on the phone or typing on the computer, and I am so happy to now have such an important piece (both symbolically and aesthetically).

But once the ketubah was framed (by the way, I had it framed at Michael’s using a 65% off coupon, which means I was able to afford to double mat it and put it in a beautiful gold metal frame) I did not want it to be a part of the rest of my gallery wall; the other pieces felt insignificant in a way, or like they took away from the beauty of the precious work of art.

photo 3-13

But I had a lot of wall to fill.

And a lot of holes to cover.

And so I decided to cover them with mirrors. All different mirrors.

photo 1-19

If you look closely, you’ll spy a certain baby of mine in one of the mirrors. He was kind enough to chill on the bed while I snapped crappy iPhone pics. And so you know, I shattered this phone, so I will be getting a new one, so YOU will be treated to MUCH better quality photos very soon. photo 2-20

So now the room feels completely different, and will be perfect in my fantasy future bedroom.

And I’m kind of glad it took me six years to frame this piece of art, because I’ve grown into myself, into my style,

we’ve grown into ourselves, into our love

and now it feels




Custom Framing

The purpose of this site (and also my new-found favorite activity) is to show how to decorate using creativity and a limited budget. Custom framing is costly, and though it makes photos or paintings or cherished pieces of art very special, it can be exorbitant.

In doing custom jobs for my house, I have had great success with the framing department at Michael’s. I have had them custom frame, I have had them assemble, I have had them cut mountings, all in an effort to save costs while adding special pieces to my home collection. I’ve written about this before, but really put on my big girl framing pants today when I went for two projects that are both sentimental and could have been extremely pricey.

First, I wanted to have my Ketubah framed. FINALLY. I got married six years ago.

My plan is to hang it as the new focal point on the gallery wall opposite my bed in my master bedroom. I worked with a framing specialist today and decided to have it double mounted and chose a metal frame that is sturdy enough to handle the large piece and also modern enough to transition to my future master bedroom (and to go with my leopard rugs).

The framing specialist worked with me to pick a bold navy border with a gold matting underneath. When she first quoted me the price of $1,100 my heart sank. That was way above my budget. I asked her to trim the fat. So by selecting a different kind of glass and with an exceptional 60% + another 20% coupon I got my framing project down to $180. Pretty incredible, I do say.

photo 1  photo 2   The next project is also quite dear to me; a t-shirt my daughter painted in her fantastic art class this summer; I say class, but it was really private lessons and it was really amazing.

In her class, she made this phenomenal t-shirt, and I wanted to see if we could have it framed. Again, the initial sticker price was $400 but I asked her how we could “trim the fat” and got it down to $109. It is still not cheap for a piece for a child’s bedroom, but this is something important, and will be framed in a shadow box and matted with fabric silver matting in a decorative white frame.

photo 3My last great Michael’s find came in the clearance bin, where I stumbled upon leather letters, all in different neon colors, all 40% off and each one the initial of on of our names: A, K, R and A. They came out to be $1.80 each. I kid you not. And I’m not sure where I’ll put them (I’m thinking about hanging them somewhere?) they were too good to pass up.

photo 4I do love letters.

photo 5

So, there you have it. Custom framing on a budget. This is the before and I cannot wait to see the after. Just give me (and Michael’s framing department) about two weeks.