Surrounding Memories

Custom picture framing, home decor, art gallery…all in one, self-contained, stunning space that’s easy to lose yourself in!

Michelle Bedel initially stumbled onto the idea of opening a custom picture framing shop just after moving to Carleton Place in 2004. A local gallery owner expressed the Town’s need for a custom picture framer, since at the time, framing was being shipped to Ottawa and back.

Well, no problem. As an artist with experience in many art forms, Michelle fell naturally into a role that was clearly her calling. Measuring, sawing, cutting, and drilling was nothing new to this military mom who was already quite the handy-person around the house.

Michelle decided to go “all-in” and obtained her framing certificate from the International Picture Framers School in Kingston, Ontario. In 2005, Michelle decided to open Surrounding Memories. Her keen interest in picture framing and a specific vision would carry her towards the business we all know and love today.

Have a special piece that needs the perfect custom frame? A collection of items that you feel should be beautifully displayed? Michelle’s shadow boxes will certainly be a conversation starter. Stop into the shop to see some stunning samples. A photo you would like to have added tribute? That special trophy? You name it, Michelle will frame it…with love, care and attention.

For Michelle, it seemed like a natural fit to also showcase some of our incredibly talented local artists. Surrounding Memories offers intriguing and original works by artisans, expressed in a variety of ways. Pottery, wall art, artifacts, and other unexpected finds are here for you. Think of it as discovering that treasure that everyone else somehow missed.

Although Surrounding Memories started out as custom picture framing, they expanded in 2010 to include home decor and giftware. You won’t have to look hard to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. All in all, Surrounding Memories offers a charming browse for art lovers and home decor enthusiasts alike.

As someone who’s constantly working with her hands, you might also find it interesting that Michelle carries the Canadian beauty product line: Barefoot Venus but it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. This botanical bath and body line from Kelowna, BC includes products with no Parabens, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, or synthetic colours!

That said, let’s not forget the furniture renewal products. Have an old piece that needs new love? Be sure to consult with Michelle on techniques for restoring and renewing. Shop from her collection of Canadian made paints or sign up for an in-store furniture painting class.

There’s a comfort in surrounding yourself with the precious and meaningful moments of your life. It is no wonder that Surrounding Memories is such a popular destination that is best experienced firsthand.

Michelle Bedel

77 Bridge Street
Carleton Place, ON K7C 2V4