There's no doubt Gray Malin has an eye for detail and composition—his iconic aerial photographs of the coast are a testament to his skill—but when it came to redecorating his kitchen and dining space, the artist was at a loss. Malin called on Homepolish West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria for some expert advice, and the results are absolutely stunning.
While most of Malin's West Hollywood home is picture perfect, he admits that he and husband Jess Richardson left the kitchen and dining area to last after expending their funds on other parts of the house. "To me, a house is like a great cake: It takes many layers of time-intensive preparation to present a beautiful final result that feels warm, inviting, and, most importantly, a reflection of your personal style," he told Architectural Digest.
With a mere matter of months until Malin hosts his family for Thanksgiving, he turned to Soria to update the area and make it guest-ready. Take a look at the before and after images, and find out how to re-create his sophisticated nautical style at home.
A key issue with Malin's former kitchen and dining space was the lighting. "The ceiling in our kitchen is not quite symmetrical, so when Orlando saw the fixtures that I had picked out, he was quick to suggest an alternative," he says. Instead, he swapped it out for a Williams-Sonoma woven leather chandelier to balance the space.
The finished space is sophisticated, nautical, and light-drenched, thanks to some carefully chosen accents. Soria replaced the dining table and bright red chairs for coastal-inspired pieces, including an ash wood–and-steel round table and blue-and-white striped cushions. The jute rug was swapped out for a large navy rug to create depth and a tie-in with the nautical theme.