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07-21-2017

A Real Hunt Slonem Bunny Wall

If you’re a design enthusiast (or even simply follow any sort of interior design media on Instagram), there’s a good chance you’ve seen Hunt Slonem’s work. The New York City-based expressionist has always had a large following, especially for his animal-themed works. But recently, his paintings of one animal in particular have thrown him into a more mainstream consciousness: Bunnies. Hunt Slonem’s “Bunnies” series includes simple bunny outlines done in oil paint in myriad pastels and black-and-white, usually mounted in antique frames. 

Collecting these paintings and turning them into a themed gallery-wall is now officially a design trend, sparked in part by Slonem’s partnership with Groundworks, which created a “Bunny Wall” paper out of his prints. We recently had the pleasure of installing an actual Bunny gallery wall at a client’s home in New York City.  The contrast between the colorful prints and the wood-and-leather walls made a striking statement. 

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Here are a few other examples of beautiful “Bunny” walls we’ve spotted recently. 

A Bunny wall in the Wall Street Journal. 

Prefer a simpler look? We love the restraint look of this singular black and white Bunny in a room in California. 

Image via Madison Gallery

Original works don’t come cheap (each “Bunny” print starts at around $5,000), but you can also get the Bunny Wall look on a budget with the Groundworks paper (priced at around $200-$300 per roll), as seen in these rooms by Donna Mondi (top) and Jamie House Design.

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Love Hunt Slonem’s Bunnies? Here are a few places we’ve found them available:

1stDibs: Hunt Slonem

And shop the wallpaper here:

Decorator’s Best

Mahone’s Wallpaper Shop

 

07-12-2017

The Most Original Wall Art We’ve Ever Hung

We’ve hung thousands of works of art over the years, but some works and arrangements have stuck with us because of their originality, beauty, or just plain strangeness. If you’re looking for inspiration for what to put up on your walls, take a creative cue from this list of the most original wall art we’ve ever hung.

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Three-dimensional wall art always adds an extra-special element of interest to a room, but this swirling, life-size piece is one of the best examples we’ve seen.

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In this home, we meticulously hung rings that resembled Life Savers candies in neat rows to create a graphic, and indisputably original wall art arrangement. 

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It can be hard to find a different way to express a decor theme that’s as ubiquitous as “nautical,” but these ships’ wheels strung from a ceiling is one way to do it. 

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This space, designed by Eric Cohler, was one of the grandest and most beautiful we’ve worked in, only partially attributed to the wall art hung in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows. 

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While the wall art itself isn’t entirely one-of-a-kind, it’s the juxtaposition against bold floral wallpaper here that makes this art arrangement so special. 

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Who says you have to have all four corners of your wall art on the wall? This perpendicular arrangement adds depth and interest to simple pieces. 

 

06-30-2017

How to Hang Instruments on a Wall

Hanging instruments on the wall can be a practical storage solution, a unique take on wall art, or both at once. There are a number of ways to hang instruments on a wall depending on their purpose. Here’s an overview of the most common solutions, from ILevel’s expert staff.

Before you hang your instruments on the wall, it’s wise to first ask yourself these questions:

  • Do they need to be accessible for use?
  • Are they valuable collectibles?
  • Are they primarily decorative?

If your instruments need to be accessible, then the layout needs to look good, but also allow you to easily remove one or more instruments at the same time without affecting the others. Valuable instruments or collectibles means that the hardware shouldn’t be able to damage the surface or integrity of the instrument.

How to Hang Instruments on a Wall When They’re for Playing

Guitars are probably the most common instrument our clients ask us to hang, as many guitarists have multiple guitars for different sounds and need them all to be easily accessible. In these cases, the best option is to hang guitars with commercially available guitar brackets like the ones pictured below. They are available with padded, flexible arms that can be adjusted to different shaped instruments. This type of bracket is also available for brass instruments, string instruments, etc.

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Hanging Collectible Instruments on a Wall

Collectible instruments (not for playing) are often framed before hanging, which protect them from damage and reduces the need for cleaning, like the autographed Coldplay guitar below.

For oddly shaped antique instruments, tribal instruments, and the like, custom wall-mount armatures or tabletop display stands can be made, or they can also be framed, or displayed in an acrylic pedestal vitrine as they would in a museum.

For both methods of hanging instruments on the wall, the tools required are fairly standard.

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Blue tape
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Paint markers or wall paint to change the color of any unsightly hardware

For more help with hanging instruments or any other sort of art or objects, get in touch with us at info@ilevel.biz. 

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