Archive | February, 2015

Gallery Style

Gallery Walls

I am trying a new method of exposing my girls to great art – all art – the classics (their dads’ fav), as well as contemporary/modern (anyone want to donate a Wassily Kadinsky, Jackson Pollock or Cy Twombly , I’m your girl…..) . My technique is quite simple – I read them a children’s story book on the relevant artist and then show them the art by means of art books, or online. The local library has been great and we’ve managed to tick Georgia O-Keeffe, Degas and Benjamin West off the list. We were reading the story of Degas the past week and which sparked the inspiration for this post. 

The Salon, beginning in 1725 was the official art exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Between 1748 and 1890 it was the greatest annual or biannual art event in the Western world. . The Salon’s original focus was the display of the work of recent graduates of the École des Beaux-Arts. Exhibition at the Salon de Paris was essential for any artist to achieve success in France for at least the next 200 years. Exhibition in the Salon marked a sign of royal favor.

Exhibition at the Salon de Paris was essential for any artist to achieve success in France for at least the next 200 years

Apparently Degas was keen to present his work at the annual art fair held in Paris each year, which served as THE place to connect with a potential patron, or future customers. Now one can just imagine, the amount of art being displayed, all clambering for a tiny bit of wall space. Thus the paintings being hung close to one another, travelling all the way up & down the wall. The most desired wall real estate was of course the place at eye level, with the newbies having to settle for the parking bay bordering the ceiling…..The Impressionist painters, whose works were usually rejected, normally ended up here. Degas was not happy with his work being hung right up there, so along with his other Impressionists friends, started to sell their art in groups, from their relevant studios. And the rest is history.

What I’m actually getting to, is the ‘Salon Style’ hanging of the art – something I’ve always loved. I’ve rounded up the best ones for you, along with a few ways that you could possibly pull-off yourself on a shoestring budget…….some with even no art required.  Happy hanging!

Oh, and here is a list of books to help getting the kids introduced to great art!

          Imagination Soup

          No time for Flash Cards

           Ratedart

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GAllery Walls

Gallery Walls

How beautiful are these galleries  – black and white, drenched from all colour, always makes my heart sing.

GAllery Walls

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Gallery Walls

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Gallery Walls

Gallery Walls  

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Another way, if you don’t feel like spending an afternoon hitting nails into the wall, is to put of some shallow shelving – perfect for informal picture arrangements and also makes it super easy to change your collage on a regular basis.  And of course, this one below being the dining room of style maven India Hicks (who can’t do anything wrong, style wise, in my eyes). Remember, I featured her island abode earlier?

Gallery Walls

Gallery Walls

Gallery Walls  

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Gallery Walls

Another great way is to frame your children’s art – inexpensive and what could be more personal? 

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Gallery Walls

Gallery Walls

Gallery Walls

 What about those old travel city maps lying somewhere in a drawer? Well, frame them! Now you can look at them every day and remember your swell holiday!

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No art, no kids? No problem! You want that gallery wall,  go and frame some mirrors! Or collect some antique and vintage ones and hang them salon style.

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Gallery Walls  

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Halfway There

Half Painted Walls

I guess the heading of todays’ post sums up my life currently – halfway there! With all of the changes, blogging fell a bit by the wayside, but these pics hopefully will get me back on track. We’ re in a rental (again) and the normal frustrations are out and proud to get to me – which I could just move/replace/paint this cupboard or wall, or change the light fittings….. But at least I’ve got the blog to help me live out any wild fantasy interior dream I might have – and trust me, paint is right at the top of the list. I wonder if the landlord would mind me colour-up just half of the wall?? Anyway – for now, this would have to do! Hope they inspire you, as much as it did me – even if its just to look at!!!!

Half painted walls

Mrs. O’Brien, a Lady’s Maid, and Thomas, the First Footman, scheming (as they always seem to be doing) in a stairwell.  The hallways of the staff quarters and back stairs all have this clever tri-tone pattern of yellow, green, and brown.  It’s a bit like wainscoting but without the expense and installation headaches.

half painted walls

Half painted walls

half painted walls

Half Painted walls

Half Painted walls

Half painted walls

half painted walls

half painted walls

half painted walls

half painted walls

half painted walls

half painted walls

half painted walls

Half painted walls

half painted walls

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