[Moulding samples on the left and below are from Roma.]
Home Depot that's probably old news to everyone but me: small, affordable, zinc-plated magnetic sheet metal that makes creating a custom fabric-covered inspiration board really easy.
For a while now I've been wanting to do something with my last scrap of Lisa Fine's Malula linen and the material happened to be just long enough to stretch over a 12" by 18" sheet of metal -- a pint-sized board that cost about $7. Currently, duct tape is holding the fabric in place, but I do plan to frame it. One of Ralph Lauren's fall ad campaigns has me in the mood to look for old mouldings (antique gilded frames are propped in several shots).
[Ralph Lauren Blue Label fall 2010.]
If all the mouldings I like prove to be too costly for this project, I think I'll buy modestly priced wood trim at Home Depot and stain or paint it. By the way, High Street Market is always worth a look for one of a kind tack boards made with vintage frames and remnants of beautiful to-the-trade fabric.
I opted for the lightweight, easily portable magnetic board because I wanted to be able to play around with thick swatches and trims without pinning them. Word of caution: the corners of the sheet metal are extremely sharp, so it might be wise to keep it away from kids until the edges are buffered by fabric or a frame.
[Exhibition catalog image via Michael Shamansky Bookseller Inc.]
Related links of interest: the V & A's short video about historic methods of water-gilding and The Art Newspaper's coverage of a past Munich exhibition that delved into the history of frames. The Art of the Frame: Exploring the Holdings of the Alte Pinakothek was on view at Alte Pinakothek, January 28 through April 18, 2010.
FYI: Copper Clad chest on the inspiration board is from Anthro's September catalog.