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Original or Giclée? Both a Great Choice.

​In making the decision for purchasing an original vs a giclée, the decision is completely unique to each individual. It is important to note that originals can be on paper or on canvas, just as giclées can be on paper or on canvas. Trusting the art professional, whether the artist or his/her representative, is of […]

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Matting Makes a Difference

When considering framing a valuable piece of artwork—or even just scrapbooking—you may have run across the term ‘acid-free’ when it comes to matboard and papers.  It’s hard to imagine that something that looks like cardboard could be damaging to your piece. In actuality, matboard is made from two basic types of pulp: wood pulp and […]

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Holiday Open House Event

This year’s Holiday Open House features a wonderful seasonal shopping experience, with local artists Cathy Mills and Deborah Decuir in store. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet these artists, get the inside scoop on their creative process, and view their latest work.  Plus, we’ll have wine, hors d’oeuvres as you shop . . . […]

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French Matting + Proper Framing

We recently reframed a lovely piece of art for a client, and wanted to share both the French matting process, and the importance of using proper framing materials. Here is the original artwork, with fading French matting. Improper materials, such as a paper mat, can cause damage to artwork.  Notice the acid burn from original […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Window Treatments

Top picks from Architectural Digest for blinds, shades, curtains, and more (pictures by Barnel’s). “Why choose?” asks Jonathan Adler in response to whether he prefers shades or drapes. “I like to layer window treatments for dimension and texture.” There are, he says, also practical reasons to spring for multiple window treatments—such as greater control over […]

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Give Your Art (and home!) a Spring Makeover

With the unseasonably warm weather heralding an early spring, many of us begin to plan for a good spring-cleaning and décor refresh. This includes the standard changing out of winter accessories, putting away the heavy throw blankets and pillows, and bringing in bright pops of color, of course, but consider these additional options: 1. Add […]

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Holiday Artist Reunion Open House

This year’s Open House is a special reunion featuring seven of our favorite artists:  Lauren Sibley Brasseaux, Tanya Dischler, Garnet LeMaire, Linda Moncla, Agnes St. Amand, Barry Sons and Dailey Thibeaux. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet these local artists, get the inside scoop on their creative process, and view their latest work.  Plus, […]

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Six Tips for Choosing a Frame

1. More than style Selecting a frame should certainly take into account color and a material . . . but also where the work will be displayed. Though we highly recommend framing to the style of the piece, and not the room, it is helpful if we have an understanding of the other works of […]

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floater frame

Floater Frames Add the Finish

Many times, clients will come by with a dilemma . . . they love their art, but it doesn’t seem to work in their home.  The reason is usually because a gallery-wrapped canvas is hanging without any framing around it. A floater frame creates the illusion that the artwork is ‘floating’ within the frame instead […]

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Masters shadowbox

Inspiring Shadowbox Ideas

What do you get a loved one who has everything for Christmas?   A shadowbox of personal memories makes an incredibly thoughtful and original gift . . . and we make the process easy at Barnel’s. Not sure where to start?  We always tell our clients to bring in ‘more than enough’ items based on a […]

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