Go 4th! Here’s to the red, white and blue.

•June 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Diana and I moved to the US from Australia just a few years ago. We still see stars in our eyes when it comes to the Fourth of July and celebrating America’s independence. As young entrepreneurs we like to think we embody the American spirit :). Given this month’s t heme of patriotism, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the idea of offering a patriotic line of art in our Art to Go gallery. We think Americana will always be on trend and the images we found have that timeless style that works for all kinds of decor. Here are a few of our favorites:

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You can check out the Americana Collection in our Art to Go gallery. There’s a great selection so go 4th show your spirit, American Style.

HAVE A SAFE, HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Racing into Spring!

•March 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Tulips and daffodils are popping up everywhere

and it seems the perfect time to…

be moving offices, starting new projects and just reveling in the gorgeous warm weather. We’ve been sooo busy filling mounting orders amidst getting our new production space up and running AND finding time to gear up for the new drag race season. (For those of who who aren’t aware of it, Dee and I are also drag race drivers.) We follow in the footsteps of our Dad, and racing has always been a family passion. In fact, we’ve been mounting some great racing images for some of racing fans and we’ll be sharing pics soon. Something about the dimensionality of Stya Mount really gives sports photography the power to pop like it should. Guys like the clean finished look to. Mountings shows off their autographed sports pics without a fussy (AKA “girly” frame :

To share our excitement with Spring, we’re also giving a special treat to our trade customers: the chance to wake up their spring sales and customers’ walls with great savings: 15% off when you order online! Here’s the deal – happy savings and happy Sprinnnnng!

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Celebrate spring with these colorful new images

from our online Art-to-Go Gallery

Bounce into Spring  with 15% off!

Warm up their shelves and walls with Styla*Mount’s special March/April offer. Get 15% off when ordering online. It’s good for Mount it Now and Art to Go trade customers and you can use it for Added Value packages too! Use the Promo code FBBounce2Spring when checking out. Offer valid until midnight April 23, 2010 so hop to it!



Ready, set, Art-to-Go!

•March 14, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Whooo-hoo! Our Art-to-Go Gallery is live and chock full of fabulous images.

Somehow, we managed to pull it off amidst moving office/production space (so not fun) and the start of Dad’s racing season. Pheww! Dee and I are so excited to announce that our Art-to-Go gallery is up, live and brimming with mounted beautiful art and photography at Stylamount.com.

We have even more images han ever, and just in time for the spring retail season.  Before we stocked our gallery, we talked to our retailer customers to find out what’s hot this year: gorgeous florals, landscapes and abstract prints that complement a broad range of decor — traditional, transitional, contemporary … you name it; we’ve got it!

All of our art and photography is available pre-mounted in the StylaMount edging that suits it beautifully. Or, you can customize as you like. So ready, set, Art-to-Go!

Oh, and hey, you will get FREE SHIPPING on your first wholesale or retail order!

So many hats, so little time!

•February 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Wow, what a whirlwind week. Dee and I are in the midst of finding bigger space for our growing Stylamount business while keeping the plates spinning. As we’re talking to our customers on the phone about mounting their art and photography, we realize how many of you are just like us: entrepreneurs with one heck of a hat rack! In the course of 24-hours, I realize I am an: office manager, sales person, customer service rep, production manager, art buyer, accountant, delivery person, marketing director and…dragster driver. Ha! There’s a semblance of personal life too, of course (sandwiched in there during er, “free time”) as daughter, sister and girlfriend. I am SO lucky to have such amazing, supportive people in my life!

When it gets crazy with orders you’ll find all of us in our mounting room. My mom, boyfriend, Dad, sister — they all jump in to help fulfill orders, mount art, print out the images sent by our photographers just in time for a show– whatever it takes. Did I say I was lucky 🙂

But I know it’s the same for so, so many of you. I was talking to one of my photography customers and we were laughing about how people always say, “Wow, that must be fun, taking pictures all day.” If they only knew how many other “jobs” a photographer or artist has to manage, run and market a creative business!

This weekend, I’m off to watch dad race in Florida, an awesome break from the cold. Have an amazing weekend and don’t forget — you look GREAT in all those hats!

🙂 Kate

McGreevy-Squier Photography Styla-Mounts images for Show Booth Display

•February 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Here at Stylamount, we spend our days mounting some pretty fabulous stuff. In addition to mounting family photos wedding photos, we have the privilege of showcasing the work of photographers and artists, so our days in “production” expose us to some amazing talent. In fact, mounting photography for professional wedding and commercial photographers has become one of the fastest growing parts of business!

Michelle Squire of McGreevy-Squires Photography showcases her "movie poster" creations with mounted images displayed on easels. "It's about value," says Michelle. "Stylamount is an expensive way to make our images jump out in limited display space."

This week, we’d like to show you some of McGreevy-Squires’ Photography work and how she uses StylaMount to give her images more impact at the shows.  and her husband Jerry work out of San Antonio and shoot weddings, portraiture and commercial. We absolutely adore the creative movie posters she creates from her client shoots!

Michelle chose StylaMount because it puts the focus on the image, rather than fussy frames and it’s so much less expensive. Like a lot of photographers, Michelle chose StylaMount because it looks just as great — if not better than — framing or canvas wrap and she doesn’t have to shell out the hundreds of dollars it would have cost to frame each 24 x 36 photo and create a show-stopping booth display.

We’d love to show our friends how you use StylaMount to showcase your art and photography. Send your pics to kate@stylamount.com!

Outside the Frame is our blog about art, style and our journey. Welcome!

•January 14, 2010 • 2 Comments

Hi, I’m Kate Harker. I run the StylaMount business with my twin sister Diana. Since we started StylaMount last July, we’ve had an amazing and creative journey! We came to the US from Australia with our family a few years ago (we’re 26) and just kind of fell into the business of mounted art and photography. My twin sister Diana is an award-winning photographer.

In Australia, the wide format and the crisp look of mounted art are extremely popular and we mounted a lot of work for her clients. In Australia there is also lot of resources for inexpensive, great-looking mounting.

My sister Diana is an award-winning photographer. In Australia, clients loved the look of mounted photography. It’s so modern and fresh: mounting puts the focus on the photo — there’s no distracting picture frame.

When we moved to the US, we were surprised to see how expensive mounting art and photography was and how few companies offered the resource. Hey, a business was born!

So here we are, starting our first new year in business and we love it (even if we are beyond busy – gulp!). Believe it or not, Di and I are also professional NHRA  drag racing drivers! As the Harkertwins, we thrive on life in the fast lane as young women competing in a man’s world. But I’ve got to say, the art and the amazing photography talent we get to experience through StylaMount is equally an adrenaline rush. Through this blog, we’ll share the amazing artistry that crosses our path through StylaMount.

We have about 50 professional photographers on board so far, and find that mounting their work is an ongoing feast of creative talent. The many ways shooters’ and artists, interior designers and home décor retailers bring creative work to life with StylaMount NEVER ceases to dazzle us.

Each week we’ll post images of the great work that we have the honor of showcasing with mounting and along with other unique ways the world of art and photography thinks “outside the frame” with creative style.

Thanks for visiting. We welcome your comments and feedback. Have a great week and think outside the frame!