Lean your art

July 31, 2012

Before I jump into my post for today (which I’m pretty excited about) – I wanted to say THANK YOU for such an overwhelmingly positive, thoughtful, and loving responses to my first Toast Talk post yesterday… I read each and every comment and honestly, thank you really doesn’t even being to cover it.  I’m really looking forward to sharing more with you all and I hope we can continue to connect on real terms.  kisses for real NOW – I touched on my love for leaned art work when I pulled together my “top 10” for the D Home Blog’s Thursday Tastemaker…

Before I jump into my post for today (which I’m pretty excited about) – I wanted to say THANK YOU for such an overwhelmingly positive, thoughtful, and loving responses to my first Toast Talk post yesterday… I read each and every comment and honestly, thank you really doesn’t even being to cover it.  I’m really looking forward to sharing more with you all and I hope we can continue to connect on real terms.  kisses for real

NOW – I touched on my love for leaned art work when I pulled together my “top 10” for the D Home Blog’s Thursday Tastemaker feature a while back… I told them, “I got over the idea of a gallery wall pretty much as soon as the fad started but I die for the idea of having a bunch of artwork overlapping and leaning on one another. Whether along the baseboards, on shelves or atop a dresser or desk, the look is disheveled and effortless – and makes switching things around easy.”

I still die for this look.  But I hope I didn’t offend any gallery lovers – because really, leaning artwork in groupings is basically a deconstructed gallery wall.  The concept might seem messy or lazy, but I love the look and how it can work in both contemporary, rustic, and more traditional settings.  And like a gallery wall, you can do a mix of photography prints, abstracts, and typographic art…  If the thought of accumulating enough framed pieces to pull off the look scares you, just take it one piece at a time (like the last photo), start out symmetrically (like the first photo) and work your way ledges and large groupings (all the photos in between!).  It’s laid-back chic.

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  1. I love the leaned-art look and it allows me to indulge in tons of beautiful prints to layer over one another. Another perk — great for those of us who are renting and don't want to have to caulk nail holes when we leave!

  2. I love the "lean". I actually did this with a piece on top of Vivienne's shelf in her room. We also did it on our mantle in our living room 🙂

  3. STUNNING photos in this post. i'm still a fan of the gallery wall above a headboard or a desk, but some leaning art/b&w photos/typography on mantle or in a hallway would be really nice.

  4. Duh. I'm all about this! I have a few pieces that could maybe read as a bit cheesy if hung…but somehow, when on the floor and leaned against the wall, they're instantly cool. Plus, it makes moving in to a new place so much easier. 😉

  5. I think I first saw the leaned-art look when I saw a photo of Anna Wintour's office, which I love. I have something similar going on with frames and a mirror above my bookcases and in a long, rectangular windowsill in my room. I like how easy it is to change and rearrange without committing to holes in the walls!

  6. I love this look too. I actually saw it for the first time like 20 years ago at a friend's of parents and thought to myself how odd that these beautiful portraits are not hung on the wall and just kind of set aside. It was so odd to me that even though I was very young I remember this vividly. Then when I was older my mom had my high school, college and master's diploma's beautifully framed for me as a gift. But I felt it would be totally obnoxious of me to hang them up so I leaned them on the floor against the floor on my office covering some cables with another little piece and voila….I like it….I feel its a very self-assured look. xx

  7. love this! my ex's grandparents were art collectors, and used to have work leaning all over the place. they had a bookshelf full of smaller framed prints that you could pull out like books and rearrange. it was the best!

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