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Gray Malin’s Breathtaking Master Suite Redesign, featuring Wisteria

When you’re Gray Malin, U.S. fine art photographer and New York Times bestselling author, your house needs to be photoshoot-worthy, and the master suite is no exception. When he purchased a new Los Angeles home several months ago, he knew the space needed to be special. So he teamed up with interior design company Homepolish and found the perfect designer for the project – Shana Wardle of Sloane & Studio Interiors.

“Gray is a storyteller, so before even meeting him, my goal was to create a room that felt warm, inviting and full of micro-moments,” Shana says. “Thus, I was so excited to hear him say - patterns please! He knew he wanted to juxtapose various patterns from a similar color-family, and the room had blue written all over it in my mind.”

“Considering it was the master bedroom and a place where I spend a considerable amount of time, I decided to go all out on this project,” he says. And that he did, carefully selecting luxury pieces that worked with the space and theme, including two Wisteria bestsellers.

Over the next six months, Gray and Shana worked to bring their vision to life: universal coastal vibe, inspired by Gray’s love of the beach, the primary subject of his photography. Shana brought a light and airy, blue and white ambiance to life via patterns, textures, a cool color palette and, of course, Gray’s own photography.


Featured prominently on either side of the bed is Wisteria’s own Pagoda Mirror in white, which is reminiscent of traditional Chippendale design and Asian-inspired architecture.

Just to the right of the entrance, take a peek inside the walk-in closet and you’ll catch a glimpse of our three Happiness Pots, beautiful representations of traditional Chinese blue and white pottery. Here, they are artistically grouped and bursting with bright and colorful flora.

Two of the three pots are also used in the bedroom, decorating a white shelf and matching perfectly with our Hand-Painted Chinese Cache Pot, an exquisite vessel for lively green palm plants nearby.


Gray notes that pieces from Wisteria and a few other select companies are “represented in other rooms in the house, which I feel brings a continuous flow throughout our home’s overall design.”

While this was the largest personal design project he’d ever taken on, Gray says, “I can wholeheartedly say that the effort that was put into each and every inch of this room was 100% worth it.” We couldn’t agree more.

For more details, visit Gray Malin's Blog

Photos taken by Homepolish

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Introducing: 4 NEW Christmas Themes, from Us to You

Every holiday season is a chance to reinvent what Christmas looks like for you. This year, our Home for the Holidays collection includes decorative items in four beautiful themes, from more traditional looks to something a bit more modern. So put on some Christmas music, grab a hot cocoa, and get ready for some major inspiration.

Sprays of berries, polka dot stockings, and Santa himself come to life in this timeless color palette. Red and white decor brings back memories of poinsettias and bright red bows, of candy canes and cranberry dishes. Updated but classic, these pieces are nostalgic in all the right ways.

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Smell the salt air and hear the waves crashing against the rocks with this oceanside-inspired decor. From sand dollars and seashells to jellyfish and mermaids, the underwater world is chic and charming on stockings, tree trimmings, and even ol’ Saint Nick. Let your imagination set sail!

Shop Coastal Cyan & Sand


Explore the ancient traditions of blue and white pottery, which originated in the Middle East and grew in popularity in China and Europe. Intricately painted designs stand vibrantly against clean white backgrounds on everything from vases and urns to ornaments and cocktail napkins. It’s the perfectly cool color palette for the winter season.

Shop Old World Blue & White


Forest creatures, rustic pines, and earthy tones create a cozy, nature-inspired Christmas. Invite wooden reindeer and painted mountain scenes inside, while displaying a Santa ready to traverse a snowy, winter path. Greens, browns, and whites take centerstage in this remote cabin wonderland.

Shop Woodland Green & White

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Color Trend: Warm Tones

As summer turns to fall, it’s only fitting that your home should reflect the changing seasons. The colors we decorate with influence our mood and affect how we interact with our space. Warm tones, such as reds, oranges, yellows and gold, evoke a sense of liveliness and intimacy. They give spaces more energy and make them more inviting, which is perfect as we enter the holiday season.

To prepare for the dropping temperatures, here are 4 easy ways to add touches of warmth throughout your home.

1. Switch Out Pillows & Throws

Add soft touches of warmth, in both color and texture. Pillows are an unexpected addition to your dining room, and every living room needs a cozy throw blanket for when temperatures drop. It’s the simplest way to change up a room.

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2. Lay Down a New Rug

Start from the ground up and incorporate warm tones underfoot. Rugs are an easy way to change the color palette and tone of a room. Choose something durable for high-traffic areas and something a little plusher for relaxing spaces.

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3. Place Purposeful Decor

Golden-hued accents brighten a room and echo the hues of leaves outside. A gold lamp warmly reflects light, while a brass serving tray is the ideal piece for displaying pinecones or seasonal trinkets.

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4. Create a New Personal Gallery

Choose a collection of wall art that brings in warm tones and holiday colors. Think golden brown, pumpkin orange or cranberry red. And remember – framing is important, too. Choose brass or gold for the ultimate autumnal aesthetic.

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Q&A with Designer Beth Webb

We spoke with Atlanta-based home interior designer Beth Webb about what inspires her every day, the “sensory-driven” design process she writes about in her new book An Eye For Beauty: Rooms That Speak to the Senses, and the best advice she’s ever received.

Q.

You started as an art dealer and eventually moved into interior design. What motivated that shift?

A.

I had been dealing art privately and using our house to show the artists I was representing at the time. We were hosting a dinner party one night and one of our friends attending was vice-president of the Lyndhurst Foundation (Coca- Cola Bottling). He announced they were purchasing an 1892 house for their new offices and were looking for a designer to make the house look more like a home than a corporate entity. I asked whom they were considering, and he turned to me and said, “I think you should do it.” To which I replied, “But I’m not an interior designer.” His retort was, “No, but you should be.” The rest is history.

I continued to do both art and interiors for a while until eventually, I found I was doing much more with interiors than art. With decorating, you are always able, and must, incorporate art. So even though I no longer represented artists, I was still, in the end, buying art for my clients – the very best of both worlds.

Q.

What inspires you every day?

 

A.

As designers or creative people, we are all seeking inspiration daily, aren’t we? One word – wanderlust – I think says it all. Travel, above all else, is forever my number one answer as far as inspiration goes. When I reflect on my life thus far, all of it has revolved around travel, including my career trajectories. It’s all been one big excuse to fuel that passion. I share that with all of you at Wisteria as I often travel vicariously and virtually through you and many others on Instagram. I call it “going down the rabbit hole.” I’ve found the most amazing people, places and things through all I follow and those that follow me. I could wander aimlessly from one feed to another on a quiet Sunday afternoon, couldn’t you? It’s truly become a global world – the modern day National Geographic or Town & Country Travel. Oh the places you’ll go.

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You’re known for “sensory-driven” design. Can you speak about how you incorporate the five senses in your work? 

A.

When you embark on writing a book, you spend quite a lot of time dissecting the why’s and what’s of your work. The idea of home to me is a multi-sensory experience, and it’s every bit an altogether visceral encounter. We recently put our house on the market, and as I was getting it ready to show, I could not stop thinking about the overall perception that the complete stranger would have stepping through the front door.

So I proceeded to go through all of their senses in my own mind, one by one. What is the first thing you see? Is it a beautiful floral arrangement on the foyer table? Are there roses in the vase paired with tuberose for scent? Are the lamps on in every room with sunlight streaming through the windows? Are the linens on the bed starched and ironed and the pillows fluffed? Is there Sinatra playing in the background? More importantly, does this home welcome you on every level and invite you to stay?

Q.

What trends do you see coming this fall?

A.

Well I’m not particularly interested in that word, and it’s actually somewhat of a four-letter word for me. I think the globalization of social media has everything all over the place. I love the word catawampus, and that’s how it all feels at the moment. Interiors, fashion, art, everything. However, shoulder pads seem to be making a comeback – hello, ‘80s. Everything old is new again!

Q.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

A.

My grandfather used to say, “Honey, everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.” He was a gentleman and a scholar, a man of great integrity. What he meant by that was, we are all just people doing our best every day to get through life – no better, no worse than the other guy.

Images // @bethwebb

Join us on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a book signing and presentation by Beth Webb at our Wisteria Dallas store.

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5 Ways to Create a Wall Art Gallery

You’ve picked out the perfect furniture and even found a few accent pieces to bring it all together, but something’s still missing. Your eyes look up, and you see it: an empty wall, begging for artwork. You know you should fill the space, but you might be wondering where to begin when creating your own gallery wall. At Wisteria, we believe the best place to start is with inspiration. Here are five design ideas to spark your creativity.

1. Hang High with Frames Flush

One gallery wall trick to make a space feel taller is to hang your wall art a little higher than eye level. It draws the gaze up, giving the illusion of higher ceilings. And for a contemporary design element, let frames sit flush against one another. A collection of four matching pieces works well for this.

TIP: Choose vertical pieces with similar colors that are part of the same collection.

2. Scatter on a Coffered Wall

Art doesn’t have to hang on flat walls anymore. A new trend we love is incorporating a coffered wall or even bookcases or built-in cabinetry as the backdrop to your wall art gallery.

TIP: Scatter pieces of various sizes and subjects at different heights, but keep things in harmony with a matching color palette.

3. Curate a Mix of Themes & Sizes

Tell your guests a little about yourself with an assortment of pieces featured as a collection. The goal here is to take what inspires you and display it for all to see.

TIP: Mix subjects, orientation (vertical and horizontal), and mediums, while balancing the look with matching frames or by sticking to one color palette.

4. Add Dimension with a Mirror

If you like a more minimalistic look, a monochromatic collection of the same subject and medium is cool and contemporary for your wall art gallery. Make sure, however, to bring in some dimension. An easy way to achieve this is a split grouping with a mirror in the middle.

TIP: Hang pieces symmetrically for a clean design. Also, remember your monochromatic theme when choosing a mirror – this ensures the mirror is part of the ensemble.

5. Choose Neutrals for Large Spaces

To cover an especially large wall space, you’ll need quite a few pieces. To prevent overwhelming the eye, choose a collection with the same subject matter in neutral colors. This allows you to sufficiently adorn the space without being too obtrusive.

TIP: Arrange these pieces in a grid or symmetrically to keep the collection understated and allow other design elements nearby to stand out.

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