Decorative frames are so decorative these days you might not even notice the pictures inside them. Here's a sampling of some of the most unusual and ornate from area stores (pictured clockwise):
Wood and iron vertical triple frame ($28). Fetco International. At the Baltimore Museum of Art gift shop.
Filigreed musical instrument frame ($52) made from a nickel and silver mix. David Howell & Co. At Bertaux Gallery & Framing Place, area locations.
Frame for a child's picture interwoven with ribbon in pink, blue, yellow or green ($22). Amerigo. At Growing Up Shoppe, area locations.
Sculpted pewter-colored metal frame ($38). Charpente. At The Pleasure of Your Company, Green Spring Station.
Miniature frame handcrafted from recycled rubber ($16) by Mark Poulin. At Tomlinson Craft Collection, Rotunda and Towson Commons.
Wood frame painted black with gilt leaves ($129). Roma. At Valley Framing, Cockeysville.
If none of these appeals, you can make your own with help from two books, "Fabulous Frames" (Crown Publishing Group, $20) by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell and "Making & Decorating Fantastic Frames" (Sterling, $14.95) by Thom Boswell, both available at The Pleasure of Your Company and area bookstores.
The Pleasure of Your Company also has clear, hollow acrylic frames that you can personalize by filling them with anything from sand and small shells to dried flowers. Kits range in price from $12 to $17.
Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278, or fax to (410) 783-2519.
Pub Date: 8/25/96