We’re officially in love with framed & matted. They took an essential design need- custom framing- and with a hearty dose of innovation, made it affordable and approachable. Thanks to their lower-than-low prices, extremely high quality, and stylish options- gone are the days of picking up a generic frame at the craft store and hoping your prints or photographs fit. Has creating your dream gallery wall ever been easier? We think not. We’ve been so impressed with the business model, we just had to take 5 Minutes With with framed & matted cofounder, Chrissy Droessler. We think you’ll be just as inspired as we are:

MY LIGHTBULB MOMENT:
When I splurged on a nice print and getting it framed cost three times as much as the artwork.  Even though I knew nothing about framing, I just knew I could make this whole process better.

I CAN’T START MY DAY UNTIL:
Walk my dog Buddy – sometimes I think I need the walk more than he does.

SUCCESS IS:
Working because you love what you are doing, not because you have to.

YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME WITHOUT:
My Mansur Gavriel tote, I love the blue interior.

MY DREAM COLLABORATION:
Lily Pulitzer – the colors and patterns could be so fun.

THE ONLY PLACE BETTER THAN SAN FRANCISCO:
NYC. I lived there in my early 20s, met my husband there, and my best friends still live there. I will always love NYC.

WHEN I FEEL UNINSPIRED:
Real Housewives of ANYWHERE or basically anything on Bravo.

ADVICE I WISH I HAD 5 YEARS AGO:
Don’t put off what you really want to do.  As soon as you have that one idea you can’t get out of your mind, it’s time to start making it a reality.

IN 5 YEARS FIND ME:
Right here, but 5 years older (and hopefully wiser with a bit more time for vacations).

ABOVE ALL ELSE:
It always comes back to family.

To learn more about framed & matted, or to get started on custom framing of your own, click here.