Discovered: Gray Malin

Discovered is a series capturing new to me findings in fashion, food, beauty, and the fun things of life. They may be new, or they may just be new to me (and maybe you.)

Art really is the finishing touch to any room, in particular hanging wall art. While I love adding strange trinkets to our home (like a paper mache deer head) I’m pretty particular about photos, paintings, or prints that adorn our walls. I think this was instilled in me by my parents who have always decorated their home with art that was purchased on a trip, or that captures a special place, etc. It’s a practice that I’ve tried to keep in our home as well. This doesn’t mean they have to be ridiculously expensive or gut wrenchingly emotional. Rather I’ve found that a photo that evokes a great day on the beach, a beautiful walk, or the art fair where you had the most delicious chicken satay simply brings more joy when you catch it out of the corner of your eye than a random flower purchased at the mall.

I recently discovered Gray Malin’s work through Erin’s blog, and I immediately felt this sense of connection. Firstly, the beach is without a doubt my happy place. Add to that the fact that Gray captures specific beaches that I happen to love and have great memories of, and it’s a match made in stunningly colorful heaven.

I particularly love the people dotted images like this one of Manly Beach (very near where we spent four years in Sydney.)

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Cinque Terre is jaw droppingly gorgeous, and we had a pretty hilarious vacation here during our time in Europe.

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These lounge chairs in Santorini would take me back to our honeymoon in a heartbeat.

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P.S I love when people are flat out over the moon about their success, so I loved this Instagram – Congratulations Gray!

Interior Update

I’ve often heard the saying, “You know you’re an adult when you replace one light fixture with a better one.” Apparently, it’s an example of maturity, or nesting, when you choose to spend money and effort on non-required home updates. The perfect example, had we replaced it, would be the light in our last kitchen, which created the warm ambiance of a dental office. I think a similar statement can be made regarding throw pillows.

I love throw pillows for their color and comfort, but rarely switch them out. I’ve even heard of people doing this seasonally! When I do log into Wayfair, or wander into the decor section to hunt down some new pillows, the desire for new shoes over new throw pillows always wins. However, this week maturity won, and our couch officially got some flashy new summer ready throw pillows. Plus, thanks to a day of DIY determination, the shoes didn’t have to lose.

Our last set of throw pillows for the couch were maroon and approximately three years old. While they were perfectly fine, I was ready for an update and a new dose of color to our living room. I casually mentioned this when I was home a few weeks ago, and my mom just as casually resonded, “You can make them.” She opened up a wardrobe (in my room!) which held a fabric supply store worth of fabric, and sent me home with the potential for a graphic new update.

It really was a very simple project. I have a sewing machine, which made the process much faster (except for the fact that I forgot some sewing basics. This tutorial was incredibly helpful when my machine refused to stay threaded.) First, I spread the length of fabric across the floor and laid the first pillow on top. I cut around the pillow leaving about 2 inches of excess on either side.

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I then placed this square directly on top of the next area of fabric, and cut the second side of the pillow.

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I placed these two pieces together, with the print facing inward. After sewing three edges together I flipped the entire thing inside out, and attached the final edges together. Seeing as I’m switching these out so frequently, I didn’t feel the need to splurge on a zipper.

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The boy described these as being quite Jonathan Adler-esque, and I’m quite happy with the new update.

Finished

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