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Thursday 8 August 2013

Maison Gray: Sun, Sea & Snaps

Since moving house earlier this year, I've become steadily more obsessed with anything and everything home interiors related. As I've blogged before, a major job has been filling my big, blank, white walls with pretty things - a task still being undertaken given my general lack of hammer and nail skills... Hanging is the final hurdle though, I have somehow managed to be decisive and organised enough to choose and have framed all my favourite artwork and prints. There're a couple of Rob Ryan papercuts, a handful of David Downton fashion illustrations, some reproduction vintage Vogue covers and my collection of YSL Love Postcards. But my absolute favourite pieces of the bunch, are my Slim Aarons prints.

If you aren't familiar with his work, Slim Aarons is an American photographer whose most famous photography captures the rich and beautiful during the late fifties, sixties and seventies. From waterskiing in the South of France to pool parties in California, Slim Aaarons' images capture sun-dappled slices of soceity life through a vintage lens. Aarons is most definitely one of my all time favourite photographers. 

Images by Slim Aaarons via:

But this week I stumbled across a photographer who may just rival my affection for Aaron's work... Gray Malin. With a portfolio stuffed full of gorgeous shots of beaches and pools in stunning locations around the world, as soon as I saw Malin's work, I couldn't stop drawing comparisons with Aarons' photography.

But while both share a love of luxe, beachy destinations, Malin focuses less on the beautiful people sprawled on the sand, and more on the beaches themsleves. Some of my favourite pieces are those shot from a bird's eye view perspective, apparently snapped while hanging out of a helicopter... 

I'm also totally in love with Malin's La Dolce Vita collection which seems more influenced by Aarons' work and which Malin himself describes as being "inspired by the glamorous Italian Riviera lifestyle that mesmerized the world during the 1950s and '60s".

Images by Gray Malin via

Prints of Malin's work can be snapped up over at the Maison Gray e-Shop, where a dash of a perpetual summer for your home costs less than a weekend on the beach... 

And luckily, I think there's definitely room for just one more piece on my big, blank, white walls...!

Maison Gray
Instagram & Twitter: @graymalin

From now until midnight on Sunday 5th August, Gray Malin is running a competition on Instagram to win a signed image from his La Dolce Vita Collection, hop on over and follow him on Instagram for all the details.

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