Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Lean Times

No, I am not talking about the economy. For houses like ours where the art inventory tends to ebb and flow (or maybe it is because we are too lazy to get out the hammer), leaning pieces against the wall makes for a novel and contemporary display.

A Carolyn Carr print stands out in the pack of layered art in designer Keith Arnold's apartment in this month's Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles.(Photography by Erica George Dines).

I know these ledges are kind of "Pottery Barn '98" but this gallery hall still works for me (from Elle Decor, May 2008 via The Framing Fashionista).

In addition to the buffet of art, there is a lot I love about this room. Photo by Simon Upton for Domino Magazine, June 2006.

Not only does the lean and layered method allow one to keep more art on display at once, it also appeals to the commitment phobic. (It takes one to know one).

In case you are in the market for a new piece to hang or not hang, I suggest checking out the wonderful contemporary collection at the recently opened Emily Amy Gallery in Atlanta.

Oil on canvas by Sarah Hinkley, available through the Emily Amy Gallery.

19 comments:

Alicia B Blogs said...

I love that painting at the bottom. Very Rothko-esque.

Things That Inspire said...

This morning, I was contemplating all of the art that I have 'leaning' in my bedroom. Well, some of it is not art; our undergrad/grad diplomas came down for a painting job, and never made it back up, and other pieces have been rotated in and out.

Did not know about the new gallery, it looks great. Does your husband show his work there (hint)?

Brilliant Asylum said...

No, but he should have his new website up soon. I will have to find a stealthy way of linking to it.
; )

bayou contessa said...

Love the Simon Upton photo from Domino, the white "enviornment" is the perfect backdrop for the plentiful array of art pieces. Love the painted white floor!

Style Court said...

Millie -- when I saw the Carolyn Carr in the Arnold home, I thought of you instantly.

Brilliant Asylum said...

Glad to be associated with great art!

Maya said...

I'm all for leaning, don't like to hang pictures on the wall. I use ledges -they give you such great flexibility- and I have a huge framed painting leaning on the wall in our guest room and I think it works really well.

Laura said...

Finally, a new gallery. Did all the Bennett Street Modern folks jump ship?

Fifi Flowers said...

One can never have enough art! LOVE IT!

ALL THE BEST said...

Great post. Love the photos. I am also tagging you for a quirky game of tag. You can get the details on my blog.
Best,
Ronda

vicki archer said...

I think hanging pictures is the most difficult thing to do well. I am a great 'leaner', then I never have to really decide.

Visual Vamp said...

I love to lean and to hang.
Nice selection of photos.
xo xo xo

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

I really like the prints with the big white matte - I just discover your blog today I have to say that I also love your blog logo - stunning!

marci said...

Just learned a new trick from someone who ran out of wall space -hang over closed plantation shutters. I promise, it looks good.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

I lean a lot, especially before deciding to put a nail in the plaster... Now if I'd only learn to measure. Behind each framed piece is a shotgun blast of nailholes.

I really want to add picture rail molding and hang all the art. I think it's a very good middle ground (and will spare my walls further mistreatment.)

Michelle said...

“In light of the uncertain residential housing market and slowing commercial construction and design projects, redesign and rehabilitation rather than new construction in both the commercial and residential sectors is likely to receive renewed focus. In blending economy with performance, interior designers will need to focus on creative solutions and cost-effective ways to meet clients’ goals in these challenging economic times,” said ASID Executive Director Michael Alin.


http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/asid-weighs-value-design-tough/story.aspx?guid=%7BF3959918-3BA5-4376-9A36-5889F33ECF81%7D&dist=hppr

Coco of Cococozy said...

The room from Domino is a perfect mixture between old and new. Love the way the Panton chairs are thrown in. What a good idea to lean art instead of hanging...looks great.

The Lil Bee said...

I absolutely adore that painting. And I agree with Alicia B up above there. My first impression was that it looked like a Rothko.

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