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Salon walls:
t h at t e l l s a s t o ry
In this photo provided
by ILevel Inc, vintage
medicine bottles are
shown as wall art.—AP
hose beautiful summer vacation photos are in
a cardboard box. Somewhere. The souvenirs
you picked up on that overseas trip years ago
are jumbled in a drawer. Your collection of (fill
in the blank) is in the kitchen cupboard. Why not showcase these personal treasures and create great art at the
same time? One clever way to do it is to mount shelves
or frames on a wall and fill them with whatever pleases
you. Decorators call it a salon wall, and it has origins in
17th century Paris, when the Royal Academy held exhibitions, or “salons,” to showcase student work. Their art
would be mounted in a closely knit configuration.
A visually balanced arrangement is what you’re after,
says New York interior designer Elaine Griffin.“It’s the eclecticism – photos with found objects, for example – that
makes it beautiful and stylish,” she says. “Every element
should speak to you or tell you a story.”To create a salon
wall, plan carefully. Lay out the arrangement on the floor first, and then transfer it from the floor to the wall, piece by piece. “Start at the center of the composition and
work your way outward, a little bit in each direction, left,
right, up, down,” Griffin says.
Spacing doesn’t need to be the same around all objects, but it can look better when it’s equal around an individual element. Use a geometric shape – square, circle, triangle or diamond – as a loose basis for your arrangement. Create an axis in the center of the wall, a focal
point from which all the elements radiate, Griffin advises. Laying the idea out on a template – a piece of art paper on which you draw the shapes – will help consolidate the finished look.
“It’s nice if you have the entire collection for a wall ready to hang at once, but you don’t have to – you can install as you collect,”Griffin says. David Kassel, a collage artist in New York City, creates salon walls for designers like
Bunny Williams, Jamie Drake and Jeffrey Bilhuber. Through his company, ILevel, he’ll put up anything a client gives him, but also offers his own collections: exotic turt-
le shells, vintage medicine bottles, colorful plates, even a framed set
of 1940s Rorschach
ink blots.
“ Fo r s m a l l o b jects you can use shadow boxes. Sconces are
a wonderful way to display
bottles, vases, rocks or any three
dimensional objects. You can choose from simple contemporary wall wedges
or more traditional options like carved, gold-leaf sconces,” Kassel says.
If you want to turn your wall into a photo gallery, hanging the pictures without frames creates a clean look that
lets the pictures pop, says Jeff Southard, a spokesman for, which helps clients create photo walls.
Avoid hanging several versions of the same picture, he
says; instead, use a variety of close-ups, action shots, etc.
“Given the choice between a perfect bland photo and
a flawed, energetic one, go for the lively one,” Southard
says. “Don’t be afraid to exhibit your passion. Cars, kids,
architecture – even good food. When guests come over,
you can talk about something you love.”
San Francisco photographer Jason Rodman, for
example, mounted a series of black-and-white images of
the city on his wall. In Seattle, Sara Shrader’s pride in her
two baseball-loving sons led her to take photos of their
various team caps over the years. She created a collage
wall that included pictures of the boys in action. A company like provides templates for rectangular and stairway displays, and sends a kit that includes wood frames and acid-free mats. You just drop in
your photos. Kassel says such displays should continue
to evolve. “Families grow, important events continue to
happen, collections change over time,” he says. “A great
salon wall is never finished.”—AP
In this photo provided by
ILevel Inc, vintage plates
are shown as wall art.
In this photo provided by ILevel Inc tortoise shells are shown as
wall art.
A photo shows a collagewall display designed
and photographed by Jason Rodman in a bedroom.
In this photo Jason Rodman installs a
collagewall display that he designed and
photographed in a bedroom in San Francisco.
In this photo provided by CollageWall Inc, Seattle mom
Sara Schrader photographed all of her sons’ team hats
and included some action shots to create a collage wall
showcasing the boys’ baseball careers.
This photo shows
director, sitting
left, front row, with
dog Super Smiley,
far right, and other
puppies from the
Canine Companions
for Independence
pose for a photo.
Photo shows members and volunteers
from Guide Dogs for
the Blind (GDB) take a K9 flight class,
as they experience
airport distractions
during a simulated
airport security check
in at the K9 school
in Los Angeles.—AP
Hollywood studio teaches dogs
or $349, your dog can learn to fly. One
Hollywood film studio now prepares dogs for
a safe and calm flight. The Air Hollywood class
includes a real fuselage on a sound stage with a simulator that mimics takeoff, turbulence and landing. Hollywood extras create crowds and the chaos
that come with airport terminals. Talaat Captan, president and CEO of Air Hollywood, the world’s largest aviation-themed film studio, had the idea after noticing a
dog owner having a rough time getting the dog through airport security.
“The owner was stressed out, and the dog was
freaking out,” Captan said. “I figured, �Why don’t I train
how to fly on planes
those people?’” He hired his friend and former actress,
Megan Blake, to write a program and teach the class
with three other instructors and her dog Super Smiley.
An animal trainer and lifestyle coach, Blake also has a
psychology degree. With more dogs on planes these
days, it makes sense to take obedience school to a new
level, said Heidi Heubner, who directs volunteers, including airport therapy dogs, at Los Angeles World Airport.
Dogs have become essential parts of a growing number of families, and traveling with is becoming more
common, said Kim Cunningham, a spokesman for the
International Pet and Animal Transportation Association in Texas. It will vary by airline, but there’s always a fee
for pets in the cabin. Working dogs or trained service
animals fly free, but owners must give the airline documentation and advance notice. The animals sit at their
owner’s feet during flights. The class doesn’t address cargo pets. The class is using the same studio where parts of
“Bridesmaids,”“Kill Bill” and 500 other movies were made. Last year, Air Hollywood conducted a test class with
60 puppies from Guide Dogs for the Blind.
“Some of the handlers were more nervous than the
dogs because they don’t like to fly,”said Rick Wilcox, who
oversees puppy-training in Southern California. “It was
amazing how realistic it was.”Captan opened his studio
about six months before the Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks
on the US On Sept 12, the phone started ringing because airports were locked down and movie and television
studios couldn’t shoot scenes they needed. The studio
has grown to include everything from a private jet to a
747, as well as props and supplies. The dogs sit at their
handlers’ feet in the cabin during the simulated flight,
which came with engine sounds, the captain speaking,
cabin lights being dimmed, overhead bins being shut
and warm up vibrations, Wilcox said..—AP
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