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"Picture frames can be ridiculously expensive," Kathryn Ireland says. "But look at these, $6.99 to $12.99. And the large gray one is probably resin but looks like hand-carved wood and has that Axel Vervoordt Belgian look that's so popular now." Her strategy for framing is juxtaposition: Put intricate, colorful artwork in plain frames, and use simple photographs in more ornate ones. "Nothing makes a kid's drawing or black and white snapshot look as good as a gilt frame," she says.
When arranging them, Ireland goes for what she calls "a mishmash — various sizes, various finishes, and mix the inexpensive frames in with your nicer ones."