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ILevel Installs for Mr. Brainwash & It’s A Thing

Poster for ItsAThing

We had the pleasure of working with friend of ILevel Nicola Stephenson recently on her collaboration with Los Angeles based street artist Mr. Brainwash. Nic created It’s A Thing, a new organization focused on changing perceptions and raising funds for head and neck cancer. 60,000 people are diagnosed with head and neck cancer each year, yet many Americans have little to no knowledge of this disease.

The inaugural event for It’s A Thing was a visual art experience of Mr. Brainwash’s work that took over 10,000 square feet of the iconic Starrett-Lehigh building.

All of the art in the exhibit pays homage to the vital functions made possible by the head and neck. Walking through the galleries you’ll see sculptures of headless angels, neon lights with positive messages like “Keep Smiling,” over-sized, multi-colored gumballs, and typewriters inviting viewers to sit down and tap away. ILevel installed many pieces in the exhibit, including the gallery wall seen below.

ILevel installs gallery wall

Net proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. “Since my fight with head and neck cancer just two and a half years ago, I have been eager to give back to the incredible specialists at MSK that supported me throughout my journey,” Stephenson explains. To donate, or bid and buy Mr. Brainwash’s work and merchandise, visit itsathing.org.


Art on Leather-Paneled Walls

We’ve always loved wood-paneled walls for the warm and stately quality they bring to a space. But a recent install in a Manhattan home better acquainted us with leather-paneled walls, which are like an elevated, more refined take on wood paneled walls … and officially usurped our love for wood paneling. 

Even better than a room framed by leather walls was the art collection that was to be hung on them. A collection of brightly, rabbit eared paintings mounted in mismatched antique frames. In other words, a fun and playful arrangement that would perfectly balance out the gravitas and sophisticated of a room shrouded in rich walnut and leather.

leather wall art gallery

hanging art on leather-paneled walls

The process for hanging art on leather walls was more straightforward than you might think. After first arranging the art on the floor to get the placement just right, our team used nails and picture hangings hardware to secure each piece to the wall. 

Have an atypical wall you’d like to hang art on? We’ve hung fine art, gallery walls, and family photos from windows, mirrored walls, brick and more. Get in touch with us to discuss your project!


Decorating a Poised Taupe Wall

September marks the start of what we call “color season.” From early fall through the end of the year, the color authorities that be begin to release their colors of the year, or the hues they believe will be the hottest for the upcoming year. Among the first to announce their top pick is paint manufacturer Sherwin Williams. This year, they announced Poised Taupe as their top pick. It’s a pale, earthy, mink-like shade of taupe that Sherwin Williams deems “classic” and “modern” at once. While the pick may seem safe (not unlike Benjamin Moore’s designated hue last year, Simple White), it’s actually a bit of a departure from recent neutral paint trends, which have largely revolved around cool-toned gray. It’s a change we’re happy to see, after years spent hanging art on walls painted in variations of colors like”charcoal,” “smoke,” “cloud,” and “silver.” While taupe can still read gray in certain light, it’s definitely a warmed-up take that’s heading back in a brown, earth-tone direction.

Being that it’s a neutral shade, Poised Taupe will go with many styles and colors of wall art, but not everything. According to Sherwin Williams, cornflower hues, nature-inspired palettes, vintage-y pastels, shades of wine red, and contrasting brights like yellow are the most complementary.

We perused Pinterest for the best examples of wall art done right on Poised Taupe walls (or at least shades that are similar), and here’s what we found.

Keeping the wall art neutral, but high-contrast creates a bold but polished look in this living room.


Image via Traditional Home

We love how the gold warms up the color.

rosa-beltran-poised taupe wall

Image via Rosa Beltran Design

Poised Taupe makes a lovely backdrop for a collection of vintage-style art and prints.


Image via pahmah.com

Here, a bright shade of blue is a beautiful complement.


Image via Decoist

How lovely does a greige shade look against bright white? The yellow in the abstract painting below adds just the right amount of color.


Image via Elizabeth Biller

Another example of a neutral palette, this time made with antique plates.


Image via Driven by Decor

We love the variations of beige, brown and white found in the beautiful impressionist style painting hanging over this mantle.


Image via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

A gorgeous collection of artwork in muted hues feels like a natural choice.


Image via The Paris Apartment

And finally, a simple white arrangement has French-county appeal.


Image via Adventures in Decorating

Which is your favorite version of the look?