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New Home Tour: Susan Tynan Started A Multi-Million Dollar Framing Business – Here’s How She Hangs Art In Her Home

There are few things we love more than a new home tour served with a side of actionable design tips. Today’s home tour is home of Framebrigde’s CEO Susan Tynan, who commissioned Washington DC-based designer Zoe Feldman to refresh her home. If you read this blog, I guarantee you know Framebridge. You’ve seen their frames in Emily’s home and we’ve sung their praises again and again because what they do is make framing and hanging art EASY (something I thought I’d never say). They do custom framing, digital photo framing, and will even help you choose a layout for a gallery wall. So, when Susan shared her home with us, we knew we had to ask her all about her framing philosophies. Where and how does a framing expert like to hang art and what does she deem frame-able? You are about to find out while we tour her colorful, modern traditional home that is dripping with charm and personality.

Wren Black Frame | Heathrow Black Frame | Palermo White Frame | Monterey White Frame

If you’ve ever visited the Framebridge site or store, you know they are up to frame anything from flags, to jerseys, to souvenirs. They really emphasize personal artifacts as art and that is a principle we wholeheartedly support (we love all things budget-friendly and personal). On what Susan deems frame-worthy, kid’s art is up there, as you can see in the gallery wall above her breakfast nook. Going the kid art route means less creative control plus bright colors and shapes, which is very fun and brings so much personality to a space. That said, the frames play a huge part in making the gallery wall feel intentional. “To keep some semblance of order, it’s all framed in thin white and black gallery frames“, Susan says.

Now, if you are anything like me you want all of the gallery wall hanging advice you can get. Susan’s advice is to always take the frame dimensions into account: “If you’re planning a gallery wall with unframed pieces, don’t forget to check the final framing dimensions – the matte and frame add a lot of area to the final art size. The good news is that you get a lot of visual bang for your buck.”

Hanging art isn’t the only way she plays with color in her home as you will see. Paint color plays a huge role, even here in her mostly white kitchen. The sliver of blue paint makes a huge impact by visually breaking up the white surfaces.

While we are on the topic of color we must talk about the barstools. They are, goes without saying, FANTASTIC. Who knew dark walnut and schoolbus yellow would go together so well?? Excuse me while I examine my own apartment to figure out how I can implement bright yellow all around me!!

Speaking of making an impact, the cane cabinet fronts with leather pulls bring in a beautiful mix of textures that add a layer of warmth to the space.

The entryway and staircase are painted Georgia Peach by Benjamin Moore and became the perfect canvas for another gallery wall. One question we get a lot is how to mix and match frame styles and colors in a gallery wall. Susan’s expert point of view is, “there are no rules, only guidance.” Each of the pieces here, Susan explains, are full of personal significance which influenced her choice to mix and match the frames: “All of the items have personal meaning to me and were collected over the years, so I used a huge range of frame styles – woods and metallics and bamboos. It is layered and a little crazy – intentionally. I hung it all at once, but I wanted it to look collected over time”.

When you hang items with a personal story behind them, it makes your home feel even more special and unique to you. One item Susan pointed out is the yellow poster in the center of this gallery wall that has a long history behind it. “I have a Corita Kent poster that was in my childhood bedroom that I reframed, of course. I remembered it as a dated, burnt orange print and when I saw it again, I absolutely fell in love with it. Corita Kent is exceptionally cool – she was a nun, a pop artist, and a civil rights activist” she says.

The Little Gift 7×9: Burl Wood | Mandalay: Gold Bamboo Frame | Palmer: Matte Black Scallop Patterned Frame | Bali Black Bamboo Frame | Mercer Slim Clean Black Frame | Olympia Gold FrameMonterey: Whitewashed Frame 

Isaac Portrait | Paloma Portrait

In her formal dining room, color and art play an important role in making it feel both regal and playful. The dark navy paint color, wallpaper, and curtains bring a level of sophistication and the Josh Young Design House portraits really emphasize the modern traditional style with a hint of sass. The same goes for the pendant light which has a traditional shape and a playful, colorful pattern to top it off.

Again, bright yellow makes another surprising appearance in her built-in shelves. Anyone else utterly obsessed with this color combination??

In the living room, natural light plays a huge role making the space feel warm and inviting. For a calming effect, the color palette is mostly neutral with pops of color and pattern sprinkled throughout to keep the playful theme going.

Cabinet Paint Color

Unexpected places to hang art is always a hot topic around here, so I had to ask Susan where she likes to play with hanging her art. Besides hanging art to be seen in her Zoom background, she also loves to display art on bookshelves. “I love to hang frames over a bookshelf. It looks so English country reading room to me.” she says.

If you thought I’d breeze over the leopard print rug, well then, you don’t know me at all! I am obsessed. As someone who grew up in a “Cheetah Girls” themed bedroom, I’ll always have a special fondness for animal print. The execution here is perfect and on par with Susan’s style: modern, playful, colorful, with a hint of traditional charm.

Leaning art is another beloved EHD styling trick, and one Susan also loves to apply in her home for its ease and simplicity. The larger print is of falling water that she took on her iPhone and the little sketch of a woman she downloaded from Juniper Print Shop, which just goes to show the impact the right frame can make.

When I saw this shot, I was immediately intrigued and had to ask Susan how they executed the piece above the fireplace mantel. It appears to be art layered over another larger piece of art so I had to investigate. Susan explained, “we hung an antique mirror over the fireplace and cut a small circle out of it so we could hang a picture hook in the middle and hang a frame over the mirror, in the center, over the fireplace. It’s awesome and I definitely wouldn’t have gone there without my friend & designer Zoe Feldman.” She is right, it’s awesome and so innovative.

Wallpaper | Mandalay Gold Frame

We love a bold wallpaper moment and this powder room does not disappoint. Wallpaper as animated and playful as this one is perfect for a powder room, because it’s a great place to take risks. This is also a room Susan advocates for playful art. “I always love a fun art print framed in a powder room. You really have free rein in a powder room! If you love something, but you’re a little scared of it, you can always put it in the powder room!” she says.

In the bedroom, paint color plays a role once again but in an understated, calming way which is perfect for a bedroom. The soft blue is gentle on the eyes and is complimented with neutral tones and organic textures. Now, back on the art of framing, Susan says “for art or photos that I’m hanging alone as the focal point of the wall, that’s when I really think about the frame.” For this black and white print, she went with the Lawrence, which is a skinny medium burl wood frame. It contrasts beautifully with the black and white photo to really make the piece pop.

If you learn anything from this post, let it be that you already have more frame-able things than you may think. What I love about Susan’s philosophy is that almost anything sentimental can be art. In fact, when asked what her favorite thing she’s framed is, she answered: “I scanned a few of my parent’s wedding photos and framed them for a few family members. They’re black and white photos from 1968 and I love them. I also have a newspaper front page from Cleveland in 2014 when LeBron James returned to the city. I grew up in Cleveland and it meant a lot that LeBron, a superstar, felt duty-bound to return home. It’s framed in Georgetown, which is a fluted gold frame and I love that it’s a modern sports megastar framed in this pretty little classic frame.” So next time you are struggling to find affordable art (we’ve all been there) look around your home, and take inventory of what’s sentimental to you. Truly, the right piece with the right frame can make all the difference.

I hope you enjoyed touring Susan’s home as much as I did, and take away some helpful art hanging tips. Huge thanks to Susan for sharing her home with us and letting me pick her brain! Now, if you have any questions or comments, please fire away down below. xx

*Design by Zoe Feldman
**Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldber
***Home of Susan Tynan

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Sarah
4 months ago

Wow…I’m obsessed! The wall of windows in the living room is my favorite. The bathroom also stands out! Love this home with its eclectic pops and classic foundation. Gorgeous!!!!!

love that entryway wall color. also, all the frames look great. my sister has gifted us with framebridge framed photos a few times and they always look great. i wish that the furniture pieces had been linked as well in the photos. i am wondering about where the skinny white hammered metal pedestal table in the living room and the powder room sink are from.

Kj
4 months ago

Looks like the Made Goods Hester table https://www.madegoods.com/hester.html and the Noodco Pill Basin https://noodco.co/products/pill-basin-surface-mount-mint.

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

#you.are.so.good.at.this!

Reply to  Kj

Omg! KJ, you rock!!

Kj
4 months ago

It takes zero skill, just time: Point GoogleLens at desired item and hit enter.

Karyn Meadows
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

KJ, any idea where the coffee table in the living room came from?

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Karyn Meadows

Maybe the Newbury in burl wood by Worlds Away? Available at various sites retail. https://www.worlds-away.com/newbury-bw/

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

Oops, looks like it is also available in “dark burl wood”. That’s probably the correct finish: https://www.worlds-away.com/newbury-dbw/

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

Aaargh!, Here’s a screenshot from a video. It’s definitely the lighter burl wood. It’s so hard to tell with the magazine/fancy photos because they mess with the colors so much with the photo editing!

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Reply to  Kj

Wow, the video shot looks COMPLETELY different than the photographs.

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

I use it too, but you’re SO on the ball with it!
I’m impressed with your generous spirit.🤗

Sunny
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

KJ do you have any idea of what brand the slipcovered sofa might be? I tried google lens but there are too many pillows, blankets to do an effective search.

Kara
4 months ago
Reply to  Sunny

I went on Zoe Feldman’s Instagram and found out it’s the Clad Home Sherwood sofa!
https://www.instagram.com/zoefeldmandesign/?hl=en

Kj
4 months ago
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🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

You could start a side hustle finding stuff for people!! 👍🤗

LouAnn
4 months ago

FYI, the portrait artist’s name is JOSH Young not “John” as you have it here.

Vera
4 months ago

Susan thank you for sharing your GORGEOUS home with us! This was a real treat!

K
4 months ago

Wow, I love her home and her approach to art! What would you call this style that’s both traditional but fun? I never know how to describe what I like, but this is it!

Lisa
4 months ago
Reply to  K

To me the colors/textures/treatments are so individual that the only style we might apply is Artistic Individual:) When a lot of antiques/thrift pieces are used, perhaps Historic Artistic Individual…

Lisa
4 months ago

I can’t TELL you how much I love this house. The color! The textures! The calm humor! And my siblings and I have recently inherited some family portraits from the 1800s. One of them we love. The other three, well, maybe we should try that Josh Young Design House treatment. Particularly on the family who enslaved 60 people?

Shannon
4 months ago

Gorgeous home! Love everything Zoe Feldman does! Also wanted to share these amazing frames I used to create a gallery wall of my kids’ art. They are amazing because they easily open from the front and can store up to 50 pages so updating with your kids’ latest creations is a breeze AND they solve the storage problem. Frame ridge may have similar, not sure, but the concept is genius. https://www.dynamicframes.com/

Shannon
4 months ago
Reply to  Shannon

*Framebridge!

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Shannon

Yessss!! They’re great. A friend of mine uses them to honour her kids’ art and make it “fancy” instead of just magnets on the fridge or washy tape.

emily c
4 months ago

amazing, i want EVERYTHING here!! such impeccable taste and styling. would LOVe to know where some of the furniture is from though… chandelier in dining room, bar stools!

Shannon
4 months ago
Reply to  emily c

Try a google image search, my secret weapon for sourcing

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  emily c

The bar stools are the Public from Industry West https://www.industrywest.com/public-bar-stool-5236.html and the dining chandelier is the Wagasa Ceiling Pendant Lamp by Studio Servomuto. Here’s one of many sites that carry it: https://www.monologuelondon.com/products/wagasa-pendant

Pip
4 months ago
Reply to  emily c

I loved the chandelier too, and found a dupe that in considering trying to liven up with my own paint colors: https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Creative-Double-Story-Chandelier-Handmade/dp/B09J3CR741?th=1

Gretchen
4 months ago

FLW fan – the photo Susan took and framed is from Fallingwater 🙂

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago

Wow!!!🤗 Now this home is my jam, and I could move in.💓

The pink paint, leopard (?) print rug and the weird-to-me dark patterned walls aren’t my thing, but the rest? Aaaaahhhhhh! Luverly! 💞

I especially love the bar stools and the built-in cupboard surprise, plus all the walnut veneer furniture – it really ties it together. The kids’ art in the breakfast nook is fabulous!

If you wanted to imitate the mirror with the art hung over it, you could easily use fine gauge fishing line (virtually invisible) and over-hang a frame that way, without wrecking a mirror by cutting a hole in it!!! 👍😁

StephanieZ
4 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

I was thinking about how that poor mirror was wrecked too. I also think you could prob do a command hook sticking it to the mirror. Honestly I don’t really love the mirror with art over it. I would like it better if the frame was propped up next to the mirror on one side.

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  StephanieZ

Good idea! Command hooks can be ridiculously expensive in Australia, dunno why?!🤔

Irene
4 months ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Maybe Australian Command hooks work better than American ones? I’ve never hung one single thing on a Command hook that stayed stuck on the wall more than 4 or 5 days.

I love your fishing line idea, though – might try it! Thanks, Rusty.

anon
4 months ago
Reply to  Irene

Some things just won’t stick to the command strip. My biggest challenge was with porous things.

I use a lot of command hooks. The most important thing is to make sure the surface is absolutely clean and dry. I use isopropyl alcohol to clean both surface and hook. Press firmly once you put the strip on the hook/wall. Then make sure you give enough time for the adhesive to set before using it. Wait longer than the minimum the package directs. If I have a hook failure, I will give up to 24 or 48 hours to let it set.

The hook for my broom keeps falling off and the next hook over stays fine. If I try again, I will move the hook a few inches. There might be some flaw in the paint or wall surface that keeps the adhesive from working.

Good luck if you try again!

Irene
4 months ago
Reply to  anon

Thank you, anon! The problem might be my old plasterboard walls, indeed. But I’ll try again and wait 48 hours.

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Irene

That’s how we hung thingsin my mentee’s Safe House room makeover, because we weren’t allowed to drill holes and had no money for command hooks.

Reply to  🥰 Rusty

Oh yea! I forgot about the kid art. I love how that’s all mounted/framed!

Amanda
4 months ago

Obsessed with the burlwood frames! I think you could execute the “art over mirror” look with a command strip too! Less permanent

Kj
4 months ago

Video tour of this home here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=Phv–o8HO50

Sona
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

thanks for the video link. It was fun to watch her explain the choices she made for the home.

4 months ago

Amazing color harmony. Each photos are beautiful thanks!

Paula
4 months ago

Color!!! So great to see so much of it. The dragon wallpaper is super. The decor, however, is very much same-old same-old. Looks like so many others.

Jess
4 months ago

The only thing I like is the dining room table and no one is talking about it! Where is it from? Anyone know?

Reply to  Jess

Yes, that shot is my favorite because it f that table! Gorgeous!

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Jess

Tagged on a photo so possibly vintage from https://midcenturywarehouse.com/?

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Jess

Found it! Milo Baughman Style Lane Mid Century Burlwood Dining Table⁠ https://www.instagram.com/p/CFKHf8Nnpei/

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

Bingo!💥

Marisa
4 months ago

I am truly *obsessed* with everything that Zoe Feldman has does!!!!!

Amy
4 months ago

What a gorgeous home. I love how the entry way is moody and colorful but the living room is bright and sunny. Can someone help me source the pedestal coffee table in the living room and the rug in the bedroom?

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Amy

CB@ was tagged on Instagram so maybe it was their Justice oak table (same shape but the finish looks different) https://www.cb2.com/justice-oak-coffee-table/s393709

Kj
4 months ago
Reply to  Amy

Looks like the rug is the Zehra from Lulu & Georgia: https://www.luluandgeorgia.com/products/zehra-rug

🥰 Rusty
4 months ago
Reply to  Kj

K….now you’re cracking me up! Whoo hoo!

Emily
4 months ago

Anyone know the source for the dining room wallpaper– love it!

Kj
4 months ago
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