Designer Spotlight: Kristin Paton

An Interview with Renowned Boston Interior Designer Kristin Paton of Kristin Paton Interiors by Jeff Cadey of A Street Frames Q – How did you discover A Street Frames? I discovered A Street Frames over 20 years ago when I was first living in Boston and working for Reid Canavan, the then “IT” Boston Designer!…

Metal Frames for Canvas

Special Custom Welded Steel Step Profile for a New York City Frameshop

Metal frames for canvas have come a long way in the past five or ten years. Over here in Boston, we at A Street frame in both steel and aluminum. What are the pros and cons of each? Steel frames give an industrial look, while aluminum frames give the metal look of steel but in a much smaller, lighter package.

Industrial Finish with the Welded Bead

Double-Sided Framing

Double-Sided Frames from A Street Frames: Inside Channel Close-Up
One area where A Street Frames does brisk business is double-sided frames. Many customers have work that cries out to be viewed from the front and the back so we have developed moldings and techniques to make that possible. When you think of framed artwork, the first image that comes to mind is probably something straightforward—say, a little watercolor with a nice mat in a charming wooden frame. But after you spend just a little time in this business, you learn that surprisingly few pieces are so simple. 

Best Types of Wood for Picture Frames

What are the best types of wood for picture frames? Currently there are 12 different species of wood that are used across the industry. Of course, some wood species work better than others when it comes to choosing a particular finish, so it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the properties of the different wood species that we here at A Street offer.
Poplar – Grows across most of the eastern U.S.; softest of the hardwoods we offer, also the least expensive; easy to work with; works very well with veneers; yellowish-white in color

MapleMaple – Grows throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada; extremely popular for its beautiful, smooth grain and blond color; very hard, heavy and strong; resistant to abrasion; sands beautifully, takes stain well; best choice for use with one of our opaque lacquers or a clear natural finish