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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. 

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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.


8 Gorgeous Gallery Walls From Our Recent Clients

A few months ago, we talked about how we still haven’t gotten sick of the gallery wall. How, every time we hang one if one of our client’s homes, office spaces, or shops, it has a unique and personal look. It’s one of the things we love most about this photo arranging style and why we don’t think we’ll ever tire of it (or stop getting requests for it).

Further proof of just how diverse and beautiful gallery walls can be? These are some of the arrangements we’ve done for clients in the last few weeks alone.

This chic display reflects the contemporary feel of the client’s Manhattan apartment. Note the asymmetrical arrangement, which adds to the modern feel. 

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On the opposite end of the style spectrum sits this perfectly arranged assortment of Playbills. 

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Here, the variety of art included in this gallery wall is tied together by white frames and mats. 

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This next photo mixes styles of art, frames, and media, proving one of the best things about gallery walls: there are no rules.

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One of our all-time favorite types of project: The family photo wall. 

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We love how these photos pop against a jet-black wall. 

Here, a simple arrangement mixes a series of drawings in with the rest of the homeowner’s art collection. 

Finally, another example of a family photo wall, this time done in color with all-white gallery frames and mats. 

Have a gallery wall to hang in your home or business? Get in touch with ILevel to discuss your project at info@ilevel.biz


Unexpected Ideas for Arranging Wall Art

Arranging wall art can be daunting, which you know if you’ve ever spent 15 minutes staring at a blank wall trying to figure out which piece should go where, and then scrapping the entire project altogether because you simply can’t decide. Or, perhaps you’ve hung you art, only to move it around again 10 more times over the course of a year. 

Our best piece of advice: find an arrangement you love, then copy it. You might not have the exact pieces, or frames in the same sizes, but finding an inspiration image and letting it guide your own art arrangement can not only be the easiest approach, it can also be the one that yields the best results. Here are a few of our recent picture hanging arrangements that are worthy of copying. 

If you have a set of four frames, your mind likely automatically goes to hanging two on top, two on the bottom, or perhaps in a neat row. But an arrangement that is slightly askew is more interesting, and if you have frames of different sizes, will actually feel more balanced.

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Even if all of your frames are the same size, that doesn’t mean you should arrange them in a way that’s equally as tidy. Using white space (or in this case, yellow space) strategically makes the wall become part of the art. 

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Here’s another example of a same-sized collection of frames arranged in an unexpected way. The key to getting this seemingly random look right is actually a precise measurement. Each frame is separated on at least one edge by exactly two inches. 

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This tall, narrow arrangement of small frames was hung with flow in mind: it’s designed to naturally draw your eye from one photo to the next, and from the top of the wall to the bottom. 

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This final example shows off one of our favorite unique picture hanging techniques: using the windows as wall space. It works best in bright rooms that have natural light to spare.

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Happy hanging!