Gray Malin's Lake Michigan Renovation

California-based photographer Gray Malin recently teamed up with interior designer Kate Lester to give his Lake Michigan home a laid-back, California cool vibe. Get inspired and shop the lighting looks that revived the 104-year-old home!


"I love how bright and airy the kitchen feels—both thanks to the crisp white paint and the natural light flooding in. To us, the kitchen is one of the main focal points of the house because people tend to congregate there when they come over, so we wanted it to feel very inviting. Painting the island navy was definitely a bold choice, but I love how it pops against the otherwise white kitchen and makes the navy detailing in our bar stools really stand out. The light fixtures above the island help incorporate the dark tone into the rest of the space and the brass detailing ties in with the brass hardware used throughout the room. Love is in the details, right?"

- Gray Malin

Dining Room

"It was important for us to have lots of space for entertaining. Something unique about our dining room table is that it has two leaves so it can open up to seat 14 people. Perfect for when we want to host a summer bbq with our friends and family. And isn’t that chandelier from Circa Lighting a show stopper? I love how unique the shape is and although it’s pretty minimalistic in its design it still really makes an impact."

- Gray Malin


"If you notice, our bar doesn't have any bottles displayed on it. This was possible because of the extra deep drawers we designed to store the bottles standing up below the bar. It’s nice because it keeps everything looking clean and tidy. We also used the same hardware on our bar as we used in our kitchen to create a feeling of consistency and to coordinate with our light fixtures."

- Gray Malin

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