A Dining Room Makeover for Gray Malin

A Dining Room Makeover for Gray Malin

A Dining Room Makeover for Gray Malin


Gray Malin, photographer


West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria has worked many times with renowned photographer Gray Malin. Returning to his LA home again, the two took on a dining room revamp.

Photos by Nicholas Scarpinato.

I met Gray Malin a few years ago when we worked on his living room and outdoor space. He and his husband Jeff were a joy to work with, so I was excited when they called me up to re-imagine their dining room, which they’d never been stoked about. Previously, it was filled with furniture they had from their previous homes. As is often the case when adjusting old furnishings to a new space, the pieces in the room didn’t feel quite cohesive. The size, finish, and style of their furniture didn’t match with the traditional East Coast design of the rest of the house.


We brought in a new dining table, chairs, and console tables along with a bunch of accessories and new lighting. The result was a much more refined dining space where Gray and Jeff can host fancy dinner parties but still feel comfortable simply having breakfast for just the two of them. The makeover gave them a space that feels so much more aligned with their personalities and styles than the previous look.

As many of you probably know, Gray is a renowned photographer (in fact, we use his work quite often in Homepolish projects). It was only obvious, then, that we based our inspiration for the dining room off of some of his beautiful work, which features gorgeous aerial shots of the California coast. Partnering with Williams-Sonoma for the furnishings, the room took on a noticeable nautical theme with navies, stripes, and unfinished wood. For a contrast to the beachy vibes, we added a modern chandelier at the end. My only hope is that Gray and Jeff have me over for drinks often, so I can appreciate this room over and over again.

For more, check out the slideshow and see the feature on Architectural Digest.

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