I’ve been trying to take a peak into the homes of artists to see how they decorate their interiors and, of course, hang art on the walls. Hunt Slonem, a painter based in New York City and Louisiana, has such a flair with clutter (I’m not being derisive here—that’s what he calls it). And I’m very inspired by his talent for its placement. Just look at all of those paintings, and candlesticks and brocade panels in his dining room. There are many more paintings on that one wall than you would find in many homes, and it works really well.
He calls this room the Lincoln Room—several of the portraits are of Abe, and Slonem painted them. The chair also came from the hotel where Lincoln was taken after he was shot. Again, the canvases creep across the wall—there isn’t just one solitary piece over the sofa. And look at the collection of green glassware on the sidetable, which matches the gorgeous wall paint so beautifully. The vibrant orange curtains set off any danger of matchy matchy.
And the Rabbit Room! Apparently Mr. Slonem loves to paint rabbits as much as they like to, well, you know. The placement of many rabbit paintings certainly suggests that trait. He paints them quite beautifully.
You can see in this gorgeous, riotous painting of orchids how the colors of the surroundings Hunt Slonem has created for himself inspires his artwork. What’s on your wall that inspires you?