I am so thrilled to bring my love of art, fashion and interiors together as Art & Design Director of Style Fashion Week Global! Look for great things at all the Style Fashion Week events around the world! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @kenngrayhome for the latest updates and to follow me du by the process of creating magic!
I love being a part of such a visionary publication! So much inspiration comes from flipping through the pages of Luxe Magazine! What inspires you?
Places you go can mean a lot of different things depending on your intention.
My trip to London to attend the interior design blog awards gala was nothing less than inspiring.
I arrived feeling trepidacious about the experience but left feeling a longing to stay.
London was more than I ever dreamed it would be.
Being nominated for this prestigious award and attending as a top 5 finalist out of over 700 of my peers was almost more than I could have imagined. A true testimony to working hard and having a clear vision of intent.
A lot happened during my trip but mostly I gained an appreciation for the immense history and grandiure nature that London embodies. A true experience at the highest level. The people. The visual eye candy. The whole thing. Perfect.
Do yourself a favor and travel to london. As often and as much as you can. Embrace the culture as I did and change your view.
Thank you to everyone who made my experience one of the best of my life.
Xo - Kenn
I am so excited to announce that I will be curating the art marketplace for Style Fashion Week here in Palm Spings on November 9-13!
This will be an exceptional opportunity to see and buy from some of the valleys most sought after artists! AND a portion will go to charity!!! What is better than that?!?
I will be Listing all of the artists soon but let me tell you, it is a long and impressive list!
i love he idea of a creative fusion between art and fashion. You have heard me talk about that a lot and now it will be right in front of you at this fashion week! Get your tickets www.bit.ly.com/SwingSFW and use code SWINGPOINT for a discount!
Wow! Thank you all so much!
Out of 750 blogs nominated and over 40,000 votes cast, this is the email I woke up to this morning! Amazing!
I appreciate you all so much for your support and love! Xoxo
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Fashion and fabulous collide in Hollywood last night at Americas Next Top Model, Ava Capra's birthday event at The Argyle. Kennn Dolls unite! Rob Grace was there donning a very industrious fox while acclaimed model and influencer, Brandon Cole Bailey shared the spotlight with bestie Ava Capra and long time friend Kenn Gray.
Justin Jedlica, the human Kenn Doll makes as effervescent an appearance as usual with Kenn Gray.
Nathalia Castellon, influencer, model and Brand Snob, poses with friend and associate, Kenn Gray before dancing and of course taking more selfies for social media. ;)
Interviews and good times were had by all! The kids of Hollywood know how to throw down and Kenn Gray, being no stranger to the red carpet, was no exception! He spoke about his new show, 'The Gray Area', which is in pre-production, as well as the fashion looks of the night.
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Sitting here by my pool in Palm Springs California, looking at these majestic mountains, tends to start my day perfectly...with inspiration and gratitude.
I have always been inspired by nature and the desert landscape certainly has been an invigorating call to action!
Many of my new clients are not sure how they can create their living spaces to be aligned with either the architecture of their home or even what is outside.
I often try to bring the outside in. Using stone or other natural resources and neutral colour palettes is one way to do this. Being creative isn't a gift, it's only a matter of looking and thinking.
Designing your life starts with you. Then it ends with a perfect melding of all the wonder around you.
Look, listen, and create!
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xo - Kenn
I am so honored to be nominated for the Interior Desogn Blog Awards! Please go to www.interiorblogawards.com/vote/Kenn-gray-home/ and VOTE! Also, please share to your Facebook page! I promise a wonderful blog series coming to you about everything design as this all unfolds! Thanks so much!
Looking for a quick way to add some charm and décor to your home without spending thousands of dollars in the process? Accent chairs are perfect when it comes to adding that little something extra to a room to take it from looking boring and functional to looking like a comfortable, charming place you would like to spend lots of time in. The key to using accent chairs is to find out the perfect way to fit them into the current theme of your room.
Accents chairs are great for adding that extra something to a room but one of the first things you need to do when choosing a chair is to make sure you choose one that compliments the style of your room. There are lots of different types of accents chairs available in all styles and colors. So, take some time, stand back and look, and take inventory of your room. What elements does the room possess and what are you attempting to bring to the room. For example, if you want to add a bit of elegance to the room, you might want to consider choosing a chaise lounge as the perfect accent chair. Or if you want to make a room more homey and up the level of comfort, you might think of going with a soft oversized accent chair. Once again, the perfect accent chair for your room depends on many things, but most important of these is style!
Another thing you want to consider when choosing an accent chair for your room is what type of fabric will be right for your chair. You want to make sure the chair is equipped to function in its needed capacity for your home. For example, if you need a chair that’s stylish yet comfortable you might want to consider a leather accent chair. On the other hand, if you looking for a chair that offers flexibility you might want a chair made of a wonderful hearty fabric. If excellent attention to detail and craftsmanship is on your must-have list you may look for a specially carved wooden chair.
One very important thing to consider when choosing the perfect accent chair is what would be the right color? You want to make sure the chair you choose adds to the room in a charming, stylish way. Try choosing neutral colors when you want to add to the warmth of a room. Or, you may want to choose a bolder color if you want it to be the focus of the room.
Another consideration when choosing an accent chair for your room is deciding the best place to put the chair in the room. Almost every designer will tell you, placement is very important when it comes to your accent chair because you want to create a sense of ambiance in the room. You want the chair to make the room look more inviting and not more cluttered. An excellent use for an accent chair in the bedroom is to use it to create the perfect sitting area. Create a separate seating or lounging area, and make the placement look like it has a purpose.
In the world of interior design, there may be trends but if you look hard enough you will find a trend that suits you. That's because, in today's more open society, we are much more in tune with people's ideas of personal expression. The only thing holding you back from a great interior design is your own imagination. You need to feel more confident about your own instincts and just go with what you like.
We have so many more choices these days when it comes to dressing our interiors. Fabrics come in a multitude of materials, colors stretch across the spectrum for just about every season and furniture and curtains, blinds and floor coverings all come in such a wide choice it can be difficult to choose sometimes.
To simplify the decoration of a room think of what purpose the room serves and what time of day it will be mostly used. Think about how light will play its part in the room – whether it will be predominantly daylight or will the room be used mostly at night where artificial light will be the main source. All these factors will have an influence over what you decide to put in your room.
Start with one of your favorite colors. This could be something as daring as red or deep blue, or even orange. But if you're going to make a statement, you need to not be afraid. Picking a strong color and using it profusely in a room can work as long as you apply a few simple rules:
Don't be over-fussy with patterns. Choose fabrics that contain a pattern the same color as the background fabric, where the grain lays a different way - such as damask. The fabric is a great place to start with color but if you're going for the indulgent look, don't skimp on great fabric.
So you see, a room can be dramatic and romantic, opulent, indulgent yet still simple enough to be practical. Don't be afraid to go bold and don't be afraid to use strong colors. Just remember not to overdo different patterns and to play around with lighting, maybe trying different lamps etc, until you find the look you love. Designing the perfect home is a challenge, but should really come from your heart and creativity. Stepping outside your box or comfort zone can be a great way to start…even if you end up reigning yourself back to your more comfortable place.
Hopefully, you found these tips to be of help, but, as always, if you get stuck or just need some help, I am only a phone call or email away!
Hanging artwork baffles many people. How high should a picture be hung on the wall, what color should the matting be, and how can you decide what goes where?
In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. While this won't be possible in every situation, it's a good guideline to keep in mind.
Another technique to remember is that a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit. Test an arrangement of pictures by laying everything out on a large table (or on the floor), playing with combinations until you hit upon one that works. Laying them out on paper is even better since you'll be able to trace around each object and determine where picture hangers should be installed. Tape the paper up on the wall as a template for picture hangers and you'll be done in no time.
You can also lay out pieces of scrap molding (or tape) onto the floor to form the "outside" boundaries of a picture grouping -- the measurements within which the smaller pieces of art will be set. This is useful when a particular wall has certain boundaries that must be observed (such as a chair rail, windows, heating vents, and the like) and helps keep your arrangement the proper size.
Evaluate the artwork in your own home. You may find ways to accomplish an "art makeover" to better showcase your artwork.
These are some tips that might help get the process started…or at least inspire you!
Relate art to Wall Size
Choose smaller pictures for narrow walls and larger works for big wall spaces.
Relate art to Furniture Size
In general, when choosing art for over a piece of furniture it should not be longer than the width of the furniture.
Light art Well
Illuminating artwork gives it importance. A well-lit piece of artwork gives the room a designed feel and offers additional indirect lighting to the space.
Vibrant colors bring excitement to a room while neutral colors are more calming. Color can be added with selecting the perfect matting option that correlates with the room color.
Bigger is often Better
One large painting makes a statement and keeps things simple. It can also call attention to a focal point in the room such as a fireplace or a bed.
- Horizontal Lines
Strong horizontal lines in artwork, or in the way artwork is framed or hung, tend to be calming and can give the illusion of width in a narrow room.
- Vertical Lines
Strong vertical lines – in a picture, in a frame, or in the arrangement on the wall – add to the feeling of height in a room. This can also add to the drama of a space.
- Symmetrical Arrangements
Symmetry adds balance and formality to an arrangement and is generally pleasing and calming to the observer.
- Asymmetrical Arrangements
Do something unexpected by hanging pictures in an asymmetrical arrangement.
- Make a Box
Two horizontally framed pictures can easily be hung with two vertically framed pictures by offsetting each style.
- Collect Themes
A group of pictures framed alike and hung together can have big impact. Use this random technique for hanging a collection in a contemporary space. In your own home you might also consider more traditional collections of items such as movie posters, Ansel Adams prints, or Georgia O'Keefe florals.
- Matt Colors
Pictures will have greater impact if matted in a contrasting color to the wall. Choose a dark mat for a light wall and vice versa.
Hopefully you found these tips to be of help, but, as always, if you get stuck, or just need some help, I am only a phone call away!
Everyone enjoys having home décor accessories to help enhance the overall look of a room but not everyone knows how to arrange them correctly. This is actually a big problem for many people. When it's done incorrectly it takes away from the décor instead of adding to it. One of the most important things that you need to learn about home décor accessories is how to arrange them properly.
You need to start by finding a balance. In other words, you don't want your accessories to be dull and boring but you don't want to over-do-it either. Having too many things in one place can make the area appear cluttered and messy, which is probably not the statement you're trying to make. Size is also important. The items need to be in proportion with the size of the area where they will be displayed.
Arrange your accessories with harmony and contrast in mind. Harmony is placing items together that have something in common such as their color or style. Contrast is just the opposite. It is created by placing things that are different together such as, rough items being placed beside of something that's smooth. Every arrangement of accessories should have both harmony and contrast to give off the perfect balance and create the effect you're trying to achieve.
In order to receive the maximum effect, you need to layer your objects. It's recommended that you have a defining piece. This item needs to be taller and larger than some of the others in the arrangement and it should be placed a little off center. The back layer should be taller than the defining piece, followed by a middle layer of medium size objects and finished off with the smallest items up front. This type of arrangement keeps the eye moving and the accessories interesting.
There are so many choices in today’s market in terms of accessories also. Just be sure to choose wisely. Making a statement can sometimes be done in a simple way.
And as always, you can always give me a call and I will come help you!
If peace and mindfulness are something you strive for...
If the warm hues of spring leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed...
Then, the PANTONE Colors of the Year, Serenity and Rose Quartz, are perfect for you.
When joined together, the two colors create a beautiful balance between warm and cool tones.
Serenity is a soft, tranquil blue.
Rose Quartz is a gorgeous, cozy pink.
The complementing colors are equally fabulous on their own or used together against crisp, bright white.
Let's work together to make these elegant, peaceful colors apart of your space!
Interior Design…remodeling your space…changing the color of your walls…just trying to figure out what style is REALLY you…it all can be a daunting task for even a seasoned professional!
So, all you folks out there with a fear of getting it wrong…fear no more! I have the answer. (or answers, as it were)
One way to alleviate some of the stress is to seek the advice of a professional. You will save valuable time and energy in the long run and be happier with the outcome using the design prowess and knowledge of an interior designer.
Whether you take on the task on your own or cohort with a design guru, the easiest and, in my opinion, the best approach to take is to start with one great piece. It could be an amazing chair, a lamp that just spoke to you, or even a piece of artwork. The point is that starting with one great piece gives the room and your project some focus and stability to base the complete design around. It gives you direction and inspiration to start choosing colors and fabrics and textures for the rest of the space. Before you know it, your room is taking shape, making sense and, most of all, getting you excited!
Then, of course, the adjoining room will need tending to! Then it’s on to the next one and then the next one. If you are anything like me it just never ends!
A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they need to choose the color of the walls in a room first. That is certainly an option, but doesn’t it make more sense to inspire yourself AND the wall color with something you find that just makes you smile like a great rug or even the world’s coolest light fixture!
While looking for inspiration for a home I recently remodeled I ran across the most wonderful wallpaper. I immediately knew it had to go onto the ceiling of the entrance, so I ordered two rolls and off to the races I went… choosing the wall color and the table and lamps for this soon to be fab foyer! Easy Peasy! Just an example of what a great, random find can do to get the ball rolling on a project!
The other advantage to taking this approach is that you don’t have to do the entire space all at once, a great piece can be lived with indefinitely and enjoyed while you work out all the rest!