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Project Spotlight: A Family Photo Gallery Wall in a New York Townhome

Creating family photo gallery walls is one of our signature services at ILevel. We love walking our clients through the process of choosing the best images from their archives (or even the photos on their phone), having the photos printed and/or framed, and arranging the gallery in a way that it not only a beautiful addition to their home but tells a story of their family.

This next project is probably among the largest family photo walls we’ve ever created (and represents only a fraction of the photos the client had to choose from). We ended up going through a few iterations of the photo selection before we settled on the final number based on the available space on the wall, a long hallway. To add variety to the arrangement, we also went through the photos and chose a size for each one, then had everything framed accordingly. 

Here’s a look at how the photos came in from the framer. It was quite an unpacking job. 


After we unwrapped all of the photos, we began laying them out on the floor in order to find the best arrangement. 


And then started hanging them on the wall. While we didn’t want the gallery wall to be perfectly symmetrical, we did want it to feel balanced, something we find is best achieved if you start at the middle of the wall. 


In the foreground, you can see our most crucial piece of equipment for gallery wall projects: The level. 


Finally, a finished look at the wall, which contained nearly 50 framed family pictures.


So much better than a simple photo album, right? 

Get in touch with ILevel to discuss you family photo gallery wall project at info@ilevel.biz, or stop by our downtown studio at 37 E. 7th Street, New York. 


ILevel Art Installations at this Year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House

A few weeks back we posted the details about one of our favorite events of the year, The Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Now that the event is underway, we wanted to share one of the reasons we love it so much: It gives us a chance to work with some of the nation’s top interior designers. Each year, ILevel art installation works with a handful of talented decorators to outfit the walls of their stunning rooms throughout the house. Last year, that included the home’s piece de resistance, the center spiral stairwell.

But this year, we got to work with one of our largest groups of designers yet, including David Kleinberg Design Associates, Drake/Anderson, Eve Robinson Associates, Kati Curtis Design, Sawyer Berson, Victoria Hagan. Here’s a look at some of the stunning rooms we helped install.

Victoria Hagan’s Grand American Salon living room featured a fireplace lacquered in a brilliant red. In it, you can see reflected another of the room’s focal points, a blown-up version of one of Hagan’s own Instagram photos, with the word “Dream” printed on the front.

victoria hagan kips bay decorator show house - philip ennis productions

We loved the custom gold velvet sofa in the salon space by Sawyer/Benson almost as much as the creative, subtle take on masculine design.

Sawyer benson kips bay

The bedroom by Drake/Anderson was pure sophistication, and pure opulence. One of the loveliest details: the wallpaper print that enveloped the room, covering the crown moldings and repeated on the window treatments.

Drake Anderson - Kips bay show house

Among the most unique spaces in the home were the main staircases by Kati Curtis Design. Her muse: The Path to Enlightenment.

Kati Curtis Design

Another stunning fireplace, seen in the library designed by David Kleinberg Design Associates.

David Kleinberg Design Associates - kips bay show house

We love how the bold, graphic wall art in this room by Eve Robinson contrasts the ethereal, abstract wallpaper on the ceiling, which depicts images of Mars.

Eve Robinson - Kips bay Show House

All images by Phillip Ennis Productions, via The Washington Post.

Still haven’t stopped by the show house? There’s still time! It runs through June 9, 2016. More information can be found here.