To transform Gray Malin’s West Hollywood bedroom, designer Shana Wardle combines fresh, timeless, and cool elements in a way that evokes the photographer's signature sense of escapism.
Photos by Lauren Pressey
Gray Malin’s has spent much of his prolific photography career zeroing in on sun-drenched locales—and he can now count his own bedroom among them. The fine art photographer recently worked with Homepolish designerto create a fresh, bold, yet timeless escape in his West Hollywood home.
“Working with Gray was an absolute dream,” Shana gushes. “It’s always so much fun to work with a client with such good taste, and I wanted to create a moving, breathing gallery for his art to live in.”
The two set out to create a destination all its own in Gray’s master bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in closet, complete with inspiration from some of the world’s most exclusive destinations—from the Hamptons to Lyford Cay (a private gated community in the Bahamas) to the Italian fishing village of Portofino.
“Naturally I pulled inspiration from Harbour Island, but I also wanted to flirt with the Hamptons and Amagansett-like accents that fall throughout the room, almost inviting you to walk barefoot along the wide-planked wood floors,” Shana says.
To evoke a destination feel, they selected a predominantly beige palette with pops of blue, inspired by the beachy locales featured in Gray’s own wanderlust-inducing art.
“As my travels are so intertwined with the creation of my photography, they constantly inspire my approach to interior design,” Gray shares. “I wanted the master bedroom to have an urban coastal feel with traditional style.”
It should come as no surprise that Gray has an affinity for interior design. His mother, a former interior design editor at Mademoiselle, instilled in him a keen sense of what he likes. His number one request? Plenty of patterns, but embraced in a way that beautifully clash.
One of Gray’s favorite patterned moments is the custom upholstered canopy bed—a dramatic focal point of the room that nods to another time, bringing a timeless element into the space. Shana also incorporated the fabric from the canopy in the bedding and bathroom to create cohesion throughout the space. She offset these more traditional moments with modern shapes, wordly antiques, seagrass, and blue lacquered chests.
To further anchor the space in blue, Shana and Gray chose a hague blue for the fireplace, which ties back to the dark blue chests, as well as the coffee table and chairs in the seating area.
“From each furniture piece to each decorative accessory, every single object was decided on with care,” Gray says. “I really appreciate that, especially when it comes to where I start and end my day.”
For the art, Shana and Gray opted for two of his favorite photography series—La Dolce Vita and À la Plage—which standout against the room’s warm, textured grasscloth wallpaper. Shana also made sure that one space wasn’t overlooked during the redesign.
“A design tip? Never let a closet space go to waste,” Shana advises. “Regardless of the size. Take time to merchandise your clothes, color coordinate, or add miscellaneous decor elements. Even a small two-by-three rug and a good spritz of Le Labo can help transport you.”
Shana also applied an element of escapism to the bathroom.
“Gray kept saying, ‘This bathroom can be everything if we make it everything.’ So naturally, I did,” Shana recalls.
To elevate the space, she swathed the walls—from the entryway to the interior panels—in bamboo wallpaper, then selected furnishings and accessories in complementary tones, including lacquered pieces and a light blue chandelier and side table. She also incorporated natural elements, like a jute rug, to tie back to the coastal theme.
“I wanted the room to transport you, much like Gray’s art does the moment you cross paths with it,” Shana explains.
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