One of my biggest passions is interior design, and last year, I had the extreme pleasure of decorating our new house from the bottom to the top. To help introduce myself as well as what the Gray Malin brand is all about, nothing felt quite as perfect as inviting you all in for a tour of my own home. Let's begin...
Typically when I design a room, I begin with the artwork selection then build the room out with the furniture and texture decisions. For the Living Room, though I went off script and began with the most central piece of furniture for the room, a custom Edlyn Sectional Sofa in rosewater velvet. I never have had a big sofa before, but I knew that I needed a sectional for this space, as it’s quite ample.
By establishing the pale pink color, I was able to build out the rest of the room in my mind. To complement the furniture and overall glamorous vibe, I knew right away that I wanted to use prints from my pop-culture inspired series, Bon Voyage. I particularly like to hang this series in multiples to mimic the feeling you are aboard the first class cabin of an airplane. The hand in each airplane window is a portrait of a famous cultural icon—can you guess who is who?
To round out the artwork selection, I added two prints from my series Gray Malin at the Coral Casino, which really complements the pink shade of the sofa. Above the bar cart, we went with a large framed print of Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club above the bar cart, then to see the second as well as everything else, head to the Living Room Reveal post.
The kitchen is quite large in scale as well as plays a pivotal role in the first level of our home. Much to my excitement, it came with one stunning element already in place. I’m referring, of course, to the beautiful marble countertops and backsplash along the walls.
I knew right away that I wanted to complement its rich texture with a collection of accessories, specifically the Asian motif, chinoiserie.
Another design element that I love is the wheel pulldown faucet from Waterstone. Isn’t it gorg? Haha! Yes, it really is the little things that make us the happiest. In fact, this nook in the kitchen is a favorite for me. A bright window seal accented with handpainted bud vases and fresh flowers will always put a smile on my face.
Did someone say it was 5:00? It is somewhere, at least. To see more of my kitchen and get all of the details on everything you're seeing, I suggest you head to The Kitchen Reveal.
With panoramic views, including the Hollywood Sign, downtown skyscrapers and plenty of palm trees for as far as the eye can see, I knew right away that I was going to turn this hidden gem into a fantastic entertaining space.
For the roof deck, I participated in something called The One Room Challenge and documented the process over the course of 6 weeks. My inspiration was to merge the East Coast and West Coast mentalities when it comes to raised outdoor spaces.
To elaborate a bit, having a roof deck is something you see a lot of on the east coast, especially in urban areas like New York City and Boston. It tends to be a city dweller’s primary way to incorporate a bit of the outside into their lifestyle. Whereas, on the West Coast the motivation behind the coastal-inspired roof deck is simple - maximize that ocean view. I may not be in eyeshot of the ocean from my LA home, but it's never out of mind. In fact, every night seagulls pass by our rooftop heading back to the ocean. To see more, including how I incorporated my artwork into an outdoor space, head to The Big Reveal post.
Thank you so much for coming by! I hope this glimpse inside my home and learning more about how I've decorated three of my favorite spaces in it. To see all of the room reveals as well as learn about my Lake Michigan Renovation project, I invite you all to take a look at Gray's Home and to see more of my work, including my home decor products, head to The Gray Malin Shop.