When the husband and I first got married there was not too much we wanted to hang on to from our past apartments (we lived separately), so we decided to start with a clean slate when it came to decorating our first home. As much time as it takes to decorate a home (I don’t think we will ever be done), we really enjoyed picking out pieces that we both ‘approved’ of and loved together. If I have learned anything from the entire process is that it takes forever and patience is a virtue.
Out of anything that we have gotten along the way for our house, I will say the one thing that has made our house into a home is what is hanging on our walls. Over the years we have been following and collecting pieces from a few artists and one of our favorite photographers, Gray Malin.
Almost exactly 3 years ago to the day the husband and I were doing bit a of shopping and we came across one of Grays pieces in a Dallas favorite spot. We asked who did the piece and the sweet girl in the shop explained that it was a photographer from Dallas who now lives in L.A. and that we HAD to get one of his pieces. After leaving the shop, we went home and I immedielty got online and did a little more research.
I felt like a kid in a (online) candy shop when I landed on his site. I scrolled through page after page, image after image and I literally wanted everything. Everything was so beautiful, striking and like nothing I had ever seen before. After scouring his site for hours, we decided on a piece from the Prada Marfa series. We both felt that it would be a great focal point for our home and a wonderful conversation piece. We ended up getting it for our first ‘married’ christmas and it has been one of my favorites ever since.
As a long time fan of Gray Malins work, I cannot tell you how excited I was when Gray reached out and asked if I would like to be apart of his Inspiration Spotlight series.Trust me when I say there is nothing more flattering than a photographer whom you are a huge fan of and have collected his pieces for years wants to feature you on his blog. (enter: happy dance)
Gray Malin is one of those guys that have been so fun to watch. From his incredible photography, surfboards, wallpaper, phone covers, and even now wrapping paper; he never ceases to amaze me. Fast forward 3 years and we just got our 4th photograph from the oh so talented Mr. Malin but I assure you that will not be our last!
photos by Jay Briggs Photography
Happy Friday! I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the next two days because I am exhausted! This week has been jam packed with more work than I can handle (I will be posting about hiring an intern in the next week) and so many meetings. It’s funny how everything seems to be going on at once!
If you are reading this post this morning (Friday) and you live in Dallas, you should come to Neiman Marcus CUSP at NorthPark center from 12-2PM today for a fall fashion show & trend event that myself & my bestie, Krystal Schlegel, are hosting! There will be so many pretty clothes, lots of snacks and of course champagne! We went through final walk through of all the looks that the models will be wearing in the fashion show yesterday and they are adorable!
Hoping to keep the weekend pretty low key. We have dinner plans tonight (still not sure where we are going) and then ZERO plans the rest of the weekend. I hope to just rest because I am SUPER tired. Did I mention that I’m tired? haha. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. xx
Best Weekend Sales
- Nordstrom: Per usual, the Nordstrom sales are too good to pass up. I have my eyes on so many things but these are a few of my favorites…this fit and flare dress would be so flattering on everyone, this black pleated skirt is a great basic to have to wear throughout the season and HELLO Rag & Bone booties in black..YES please!
- Neiman Marcus: Still obsessed with this keyhole dress, this blouse would be perfect to wear now and throughout the fall (perfect for layering) and these Stuart Weiztman tie front shoes are gorgeous.
- Shopbop: This would be a great blouse to have in your closet & would go with everything, these are the black jeans that I wear all the time & I am without a doubt ordering these slip on sneakers!
For those of you who don’t know about Neiman Marcus CUSP, it is the cool contemporary department that is housed inside of Neiman Marcus. Basically, if I ever need ANYTHING when it comes to my closet or wardrobe
needs wants, CUSP is the first place I go. Every fall NM CUSP has The CUSP event to kick off the fall shopping season. No kick off is complete without a party and I am so excited to be hosting (along with my bestie, Krystal Schlegel) The CUSP Event Fashion Chat this Friday. See below for details!
- Date: Friday, September 19th, 2014
- Where: CUSP, Level Two, Neiman Marcus NorthPark
- Time: 12 to 2PM
- Details: 12:30 Runway Show, Fashion Chat with myself & Krystal Schlegel discussing NM Fall Trends through CUSP Designers.
We hope to see you all THIS Friday at Neiman Marcus CUSP (level 2) where you can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, sips & sweets while myself & Krystal present the 2014 Fall Trends!
Shop my Favorite Fall Pieces from NM CUSP