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ILevel at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2017

Each year we look forward to the Kips Bay Decorator show house for a number of reasons. First, of course, because it brings together some of the world’s foremost interior design talent to show off their skills under one roof, and all for the worthy cause of supporting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. On a more personal level, we also love the show because it also gives us a chance to meet and work with some of these incredible designers and architects, sometimes for the first time. We’ve been helping designers hang artwork in their room designs for years now, and because the roster of Kips Bay Designers is different each year, so too are the people we work with. 

For 2017, we had the honor of lending a hand in the rooms of Dineen Architecture and Design and Richard Mishaan. 

Dineen was responsible for one of the bedrooms in the home, which featured a number of fun twists (like the draped curtains around the headboard and the swing between the windows) despited its sophisticated scheme. One of our favorite elements of the space: the round concave mirror we hung from Bernd Goeckler Antiques in Manhattan.  

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Image by Peter Rymwid for Dineen Architecture. 

Image by Peter Rymwid for Dineen Architecture.

Image by Peter Rymwid for Dineen Architecture.

Richard Mishaan created a stunning Turkish-inspired room that was unlike anything we’d ever seen. We loved his decision to layer artwork over the intricate, custom-made wallpaper, which underscored the collected look the designer was going for. 

kips bay show house 2017

Image via Architectural Digest

The show takes place at 125 East 65th Street (Between Park & Lexington Avenues) and runs through Thursday, June 1st, 2017. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Kips Bay Show House website or at the door. 

Can’t make it in person? To see more photos from the show, take a look at the Architectural Digest slideshow, here, or follow along on social media with the hashtags #kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse and #kipsbayshowhouse17.


Now Trending: African Mud Cloth Wall Art

Every few years or so a major wall art trend emerges, and suddenly we find ourselves hanging dozens of typography-inspired prints, or ink-blot art, or marquee signs around New York. Recently, we’re seen an explosion in art made from African Mud cloth, and we’re calling it the next big wall art trend.

Tribal-inspired style has been a big trend for a while now, so it was only a matter of time before these beautiful ethnic textiles, also known as Bògòlanfini caught on like wildfire. The fabrics are traditionally made in Mali, Africa with inks from dyed mud, hence their name. They’ve been used widely in homes and fashion around the world, but are having a major moment in decor right now.  If you’re an interiors enthusiast, you’ve probably seen mud-cloth throw pillows, and textiles inspired by the prints, but we love the turn toward using the cloth as wall art. The majority of the pieces we’ve seen are simply framed and mounted on the wall. 

Here are a few photos of the style we love:

african mud cloth wall art

Image via Sway Studio, San Fransisco

African Mud Cloth Wall Art

Image via Pinterest (original source unknown, let us know if you know where this photo came from!)

mud cloth wall art

Image via ISuwanee

mud cloth wall art

Image via loomology

Image via Sway Studio, San Fransisco

Image via Sway Studio, San Fransisco

What do you think of this trend? 

For more on wall art trends, check out: 

Why we Still Love Gallery Walls

Now Trending: Ink Blot Wall Art



ILevel in the News: Brooke Shields’s Art Collection in her NYC Townhome

We get to work with some pretty incredible clients and equally impressive art in our line of work. While we try not to play favorites, it’d be hard for us to deny how much we loved installing Brooke Shields’s art collection in her beautiful Manhattan townhome. 

brooke shields art collection

Image via The New York Times

Not only is Ms. Shields a lovely person herself, her art collection is both interesting and unlike anything we’ve ever seen. This is largely due to the fact that, as a recent piece in the New York Times describes, she often received artwork as gifts directly from the prominent artists who were her friends in her modeling days during the 1980s. This is how she ended up with original work by Andy Warhol, Ron Gallela and personally signed pieces from Keith Haring (like the one above her fireplace in the photo above). 

Besides the gifted art, Shields also has a collection of more personal pieces, like the commissioned paintings of her daughters by Will Cotton, which flank the Haring on either side of her fireplace. 

We’re honored to call her a client. 

Read the full feature on Brooke Shields’s art collections in the New York Times here

Need help hanging your own art collection? Get in touch with ILevel at info@ilevel.biz, or stop by our East Village studio at 37 E 7th St, New York.