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May 6, 2014

Sites to Behold: May

Happy May, everyone!

Here’s the second installment of my “Sites to Behold” series. So if the warmer weather has inspired you to liven up your lodging, you might come across the perfect find at one of these links:

Gray Malin Photography

Gray Malin, a fellow Emerson College alum, is a young, dashing photographer whose work is exuberant, escapist, and happy. While you can buy directly from his website, some of his pieces are often available at One Kings Lane at a great price. And if you just want to live vicariously through his travels and fabulous life, follow his Instagram feed (tagline: “Make everyday a getaway”).

Last year for our guest room, I bought Gray Malin’s “Bondi Swimmers” and “St.Tropez Tahiti Club” from One Kings Lane. I love how the people and objects in these aerial shots “become patterns creating repetition.” They are a “visual celebration of color, light, shape and summer bliss.” My only regret is that neither photograph is signed, a detail that I later pointed out to the One Kings Lane folks.

Unison Home

Based in Chicago, Unison sells fun and modern textiles. Their hand-printed throw pillows and table linens are top quality and made in America. I can attest that their pillow covers and organic cotton blankets come out of the wash looking vibrant and new. It gets even better—Unison is currently having a phenomenal sale.

In this photo of our living room from 2012, you can see the tops of two Unison pillows. The fuchsia-colored one is now on sale for $16!

I’m still thrilled with Unison’s Stitch Black + White Shower Curtain ($58) in our recently remodeled master bath.

Creel and Gow

Although I’ve never ordered anything from this cabinet of curiosities shop in New York City, I’m definitely intrigued. Creel’s website feels dated and anachronistic, but then again, so is their eclectic collection. Think taxidermy, rock crystal candle holders, coral specimens, insects in glass boxes…

Cool texture but those ridges would undoubtedly become a dust magnet: black and white laser-cut card skull, $85.

Tempting treat? Gilded ceramic apple with painted pewter stem and leaf, $400.

Not for cereal: amethyst bowl, $1,500.

Huset Shop

This is another site I’ve been browsing without actually buying. Huset is a Scandinavian design store in Santa Monica, CA, selling everything from coffee cups to clothes. The biggest draw, in my opinion, is their selection of products by the Danish brand HAY. I keep wishing that one day, Huset will stock HAY’s stunning Strike Matchboxes but until then, maybe I’ll “settle” for these:

Geometric-patterned cotton tea towels by HAY.

P.S. What’s next on my nesting list? Replacing our sad patio furniture with a new bistro table and colorful chairs. Pronto.

Update on Sept. 12, 2014: the inspiring blog SF Girl by Bay just posted photos of the HUSET store. Check ’em out here.