Picture This: Reclaimed Wood Photo Frames from Olive & Myrtle

Reclaimed Wood Frames from Olive & Myrtle

Anyone who has children and access to a digital camera knows that most little ones love face time in front of the lens. My daughter loves taking pictures, and she loves being behind the camera too. I’m not quite as excited about having my picture taken, but I love being surrounded by photos of my family. We have literally hundreds of print-quality photos that have never escaped the confines of the hard drive I use for photo storage. My vision is to have all the best ones printed in black and white or sepia and hung on the wall in beautiful custom framing. These beautiful reclaimed wood frames from brand new eco store Olive & Myrtle have renewed my desire to sort through all the images for the ones that will eventually make it onto the walls.

It can be tough finding eco-friendly frames made of anything other than bamboo. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that these frames, by the appropriately-named Green House Framing, are made of reclaimed Douglas fir and available in a variety of finishes, including charcoal and oak. They are also available in a wide array of sizes, as large as a 16 x 20 opening for some of the single-photo frames. I personally love the multi-photo options. They make me want to take close-up shots of the same person or object from a variety of angles to create a beautiful series.

They are a little on the pricey side, but not unreasonable for quality, handmade frames. I think I may have to pull out my old non-digital SLR camera from my days of taking photography classes. I’m feeling inspired!

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade in Portland, OR (where I’d love to live 🙂 )
  • Made from salvaged lumber
  • Finished only with non-toxic natural oil stains and varnishes

Price: $38-110

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Chris
    January 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Love these! I am going to torture my kids (once I have some, that is) with my camera. I already torment my pets, and I can’t seem to stop. These frames look lovely, and I really like them with b & w pix, too.

    Chriss last blog post..The latest victim of the cup and card method

  • Peter Chee
    February 1, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I like the look and the idea. I’m not so sure about the price. I have a bunch of “museum collection” style frames inside my house, but at $100/each, this seems a bit expensive. I recognize that reclaimed wood in itself is probably a more expensive route than purchasing new materials, but I like to see green products that are just as affordable as the non-green stuff.

    Peter Chees last blog post..Flexible office space is a great option in a tough economy

  • Aaron Porvaznik
    February 2, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I would like to respond to Peter’s comment above. I completely understand and appreciate his concern over the price of the frames featured in the post as well as the price of green products in general. Unfortunately, the industry is still at a point where there are premiums attached to products that are sustainable. The reality is many of the materials and processes that go into creating sustainable products simply cost more. I do believe that as demand for sustainable products becomes higher, and more processes are put in place help create and distribute the products sustainably, the industry will eventually see a decrease in price. In the case of the frames featured in the post, each one is created by hand by artists in Portland OR. The craftsmanship is outstanding and each finished frame is truly a work of art. As anyone who has ever gone to a respected framing shop to have a photograph or piece of art framed, they can attest it is not typically an inexpensive endeavor, but well worth the price after seeing the finished piece. In my opinion, these artisan-crafted frames are definitely worth the premium for someone wanting to invest in creating a beautiful and sustainable work of art with a gallery-quality frame. We always appreciate feedback, positive or negative, so thank you very much to Peter, for sharing your comments and concerns.

    Aaron Porvaznik
    President and Founder
    Olive & Myrtle

  • jennae
    February 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    @ Peter Thanks for weighing in. I can certainly appreciate your position on that, but just remember that when looking at green products, there’s more to it than just the price. Companies have been known to jack up the prices of “green” products just because they can, but I don’t think this is a case of price abuse.

    @ Aaron Thank you for taking the time to weigh in and offer some insight that we would not have had otherwise. I am a firm believer that as demand for sustainably-made products increases, the prices will decrease over time. Eventually, sustainability will become the exception rather than the rule. I know that lots of aspiring green shoppers wish that time were now, but once we keep speaking to market with our wallets and letting retailers and manufacturers know that TRULY green products are important to us, the market will change to reflect that.

  • Lorrie @ My Design Secrets
    February 3, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I see both sides of this. This weekend while driving on the highway my husband and I were talking about the Prius. The press will tell you that it takes 5 years to make the extra $5,000 price tag worth the gas savings but how do we factor in the environmental savings? I guess people are just feeling the pinch right now so they are a little torn. I am going to make the sustainable choice whenever possible but I have to admit not always:-)

  • Chris Budai
    February 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I need to add my opinion here. I think what people have to consider is quality. A lot of “higher” priced green items are made with such incredible quality and craftsmanship that you generally will be making the purchase only once. Purchasing mass-marketed items of a lesser quality will mean you have to replace them more frequently. So really, what makes more financial sense in the long run? Buy one high quality eco-friendly item that may last you a lifetime or buy one cheaply priced, cheaply made item that you may have to replace more than once. Seems clear to me what would have a greater impact on both your wallet and the planet.


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