Gray Loves Color

If you're interested in design at all, then it's really hard to miss the work of Gray Malin. Seriously, he's everywhere. I'm a subscriber to his newsletter because he periodically sends out cute wallpapers for your phone, but in last week's email, there was also a link to see the inside of his home, and damn is it fun!

Symmetry meets perfect asymmetry in the living room.

Navy base cabinetry is so charming with the navy & white awning stripe valences.

My obsession with these twin beds is way to real.

The master bedroom has such a simple, yet impactful design.

Gray's photography is so fun and positive, and his personality shines through as much in his work as in his home! Check out more of his photography here. See my personal favorite here.

 Images // Gray Malin / Nicole LaMotte

A California Dream

Visiting California in 2016 was one of the absolute best moments of last year. There was something about the sun, the air, and the ocean that made every moment seem radiant somehow. I kept thinking to myself, I wonder what it would be like to wake up here every morning, with the sound of the waves crashing, and the sea air always present? I'd look at the beautiful homes overlooking the cliffs from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes and dream of my enviable future beach house. 

Well, if Ryan Murphy would like to hand me the keys to his Laguna Beach compound, I'd be willing to move a little further south than I would have originally planned. Profiled in the February issue of AD, this home hit me like a ton of bricks. It's more modern than I typically care for, and more masculine, but damn if I don't want it anyway!

The compound is a visual dream, originally two homes renovated into one by Mark Singer, with interior design by Cliff Fong and Ryan Murphy, and landscape design by Bridget Hedison. Every detail of the home has been selected to create the ultimate retreat. Murphy describes the space to AD as the embodiment of his fantasy of California. 

A "NOW" text sculpture by (California artist) Doug Aitken hangs proudly in the living room. 

A clean, industrial influenced kitchen is softened by marble countertops and open shelving.

A serene bedroom benefits from sparse design, to let the view framed by floor to ceiling windows shine through. 

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The outdoor spaces scream for you to spend the entire day outside, swimming in the pool and basking in the sun. Multiple outdoor seating areas practically beg you to day drink

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Such a luxury to be able to open your home and really live indoor/outdoor. It's a luxury that I think is best executed in California. What do you think? Could you make the move? Which beach would you pick?

 Images // Architectural Digest

The limit does not exist

My coworkers and I have been discussing our goals for this year, and each of us has come up with a word that we would like to define and drive our year. It took me a little time to figure out what my word should be, but I've finally landed on the decision that 2017 will be about moving F O R W A R D.

I've also decided that I'm not putting specific parameters on what that means...but what I'm hoping is that I'll look back on this year and see gains - professionally, financially, and personally. One aspect of personal growth that I think is important, is actually taking time to unwind. 

When you're refreshed and relaxed, you have the capacity to see clearly what your next action should be. That's why my favorite place in my home is my bedroom. I could spend all day in there. However, if I had to choose a new place to lay my head, it would be this showhouse bedroom designed by Atlanta designer Robert Brown. I am seriously obsessed. See why?

Robert Brown's interiors have this amazing balance. They dance between traditional and modern, soft and strong, masculine and feminine. 

Oh, to have a bedroom with room for a bed, full seating area, and a desk. Talk about goals.

I love this large scale gallery wall, and this skirted club chair...and white couches...and Scalamandré pillows. Really all of it.

Can you picture yourself waking up in this space? I picture myself waking up, spending all day, and then going right back to sleep here. If you love this as much as I do, I highly encourage you to check out Robert Brown's portfolio. Also, if you're in the Atlanta area, definitely make your way to his space Townhouse in Peachtree Hills for tons of gorgeous product and inspiration.

 Images // Robert Brown Interior Design

P.S. What is your 2017 word?