Pat Baur, Framing Concepts Designer

PAT
BAUR

Chesterton Designer

More About Pat

Framing Since:

2001

Childhood Ambition:

To make it this far

Interior Identity:

Cottage Casual

Soundtrack:

James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, Harry Chapin…

Hobbies:

Scrapbooking, playing with grandchildren

Wildest Dream:

A day at a really good spa

Biggest Challenge:

Raising two children

Perfect Day:

Sleep until I wake up on my own

Top Movies:

Any romantic comedy – the Thin Man series

Top Books:

Great Expectations, The Birth Order Book, biographies

Inspiration:

People – I believe I can learn something from anybody

Who She’d Like to Meet:

Warren Buffet

Favorite Art on the Wall:

“Don Quixote” because the frame looks like the artist painted it to match the picture.

Don-Quiotte

BRIAN
BOEDEKER

Production Manager

More About Brian

Framing Since:

1999

Childhood Ambition:

To be a bachelor

Interior Identity:

Luxe Lodge

Soundtrack:

ESPN Radio am 1000

Hobbies:

Golf, basketball, kids (not necessarily in that order)

Wildest Dream:

To be on the PGA tour

Biggest Challenge:

Golf, Getting through the holiday season in production

Perfect Day:

Play 36 holes of golf and the kids sleeping in

Top Movies:

Ace Ventura, Wayne’s World, Anchorman

Top Books:

Books?

Inspiration:

My wife and children

Who He’d Like to Meet:

Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan

Favorite Art on the Wall:

Signed Cubs Sweatshirt because it says “If it takes forever..”- Go Cubs!

CubsSweatshirt

ERIN
BLUHM

Crown Point Designer

More About Erin

Framing Since:

2010

Childhood Ambition:

Be the first female MLB umpire

Interior Identity:

Cottage Casual

Soundtrack:

Indie Rock & Folk

Hobbies:

Photography, Baseball, Traveling

Wildest Dream:

Visit all 7 continents

Biggest Challenge:

Losing both of my parents

Perfect Day:

Any day where I get to make art is pretty perfect

Top Movies:

Any romantic comedy – the Thin Man series

Top Books:

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Breakfast Club, Interview With A Vampire, Dirty Dancing, The Hunger Games Trilogy

Inspiration:

Nature

Who She’d Like to Meet:

The band members of Mumford & Sons

Favorite Art on the Wall:

Stone Steps by Pete Doherty – “It’s a unique view of Chicago that is not often seen.”

peted

Kristina Knowski of Framing Concepts

KRISTINA
KNOWSKI

Chesterton Designer

More About Kristina

Framing Since:

2011

Childhood Ambition:

To be an Artist

Interior Identity:

Global Origins

Soundtrack:

Natural Sounds: Naturescapes & Thundestorms

Hobbies:

Birding, Painting, Hiking, Biking

Wildest Dream:

To see an Ivory Billed Woodpecker

Biggest Challenge:

Saying “No” to going to a bookstore

Perfect Day:

Spending a whole day hiking & biking at Starved Rock State Park

Top Movies:

The Lord of the Rings, Alien, Wall-E

Top Books:

The Lord of the Flies, The Grapes of Wrath

Inspiration:

Nature

Who She’d Like to Meet:

Deborah Butterfield, Robert Bateman, Kurt Jackson and other artists she admires

Favorite Art on the Wall:

Ammonites – “I like it because it is something that is designed as unique in framing as it is in nature.”

KEN & PAT BAUR

Owners of Framing Concepts

Ken and Pat have over 25 years experience in owning and operating successful retail businesses. They created Framing Concepts with the goal of offering a stimulating environment that demonstrated the beauty of art and proper framing. The business has evolved into a decor resource reaching far beyond framing and art, and now includes two showrooms, a Corporate division operated by Pat, and various framing services for professional photographers and designers throughout the region.

Ken also operates a framing consulting business called KB Consulting. He helps other framers navigate tomorrow's changing art & frame industry by offering innovative marketing strategies and profitable pricing programs customized for framers.