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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. 


Why We Still Love Gallery Walls

Gallery walls are the home decor trend that keeps on giving. While we’ve been hanging art gallery-style since we opened ILevel, it became a major trend six or seven years ago and a good portion of our work became installing arrangements of 5-10 smaller pieces instead of hanging a singular large piece or a diptych or triptych. Since then, the popularity of gallery walls hasn’t waned a bit, and that’s OK with us. Here’s why we still love gallery walls (illustrated with photos of gallery walls we’ve hung just in the last few weeks!). 

gallery wall - ilevel art installation new york city

They’re personal. 

While a singular piece of art can certainly be personal, a gallery wall can almost become a collage of stories. Maybe there’s a piece you found on a trip to Paris hanging next to a flea-market find and a doodle drawn by your kids. Or maybe you collect black and white photography and can display your entire collection together at once. Plus, besides just the art you choose, you can also tailor the layout itself to your style, whether it’s classic and symmetrical, or abstract and eclectic. 

gallery wall - ilevel art installation new york city

They’re dynamic. 

With a gallery wall, you have the option to change out your art as you feel like it. If a certain piece no longer speaks to you, you can simply swap it out for something you like more. You can also add to it as you bring new works into your collection. 

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They’re easy. 

If you have an expanse of wall that needs some art, no matter how small or large or narrow, you can almost certainly find a gallery wall arrangement that will work for it, and pretty easily at that. The search for a singular, large piece of art to perfectly fit that same space, however, might takes months (or longer) to track down. 

gallery wall - ilevel art installation new york city

Have a gallery wall to install? Get in touch with ILevel at info@ilevel.biz





A Whimsical Girl’s Room Design

Children’s rooms are places of comfort and rest, but also of imagination and play. While it can be tough to decorate a space that perfectly encapsulates and promotes each of these uses, we recently worked on a bedroom design that did just that. This beautiful girl’s room design was soft and light, fun and restful all at once. 

girl's room wall art - ILevel NYC

The foundation for the design was the beautiful mural of clouds and doves on the ceiling — the colors and sense of whimsy drove the feel for the rest of the space including the palette, textiles and decor. The remainder of the room was kept fairly neutral, with pastel accent hues, and a focus on texture instead of pattern, in order let the ceiling shine. 

The wall art, which we installed above a daybed, added to the youthful feeling of the room. It was a mixture of all of the things the lucky occupant loved: books, and places, and animals, but it was all tied together with a common pastel color palette and suite of white-on-white gallery frames. The variety in frame size and the imperfect borders of the arrangement create a gallery that’s fun, not formal.

For more art ideas for children’s rooms, check out:

Creative Ways to Display Kids Art