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November 29, 2012

Boutiquing: Gray Living

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram captured my recent tour of the Aidan Gray showroom, Gray Living. I've been admiring the brand's look for a while and was thrilled to discover that they are not only based in Dallas, they have a boutique not far from my home. Nearby McKinney has a lovely shop on the town square called Gray Living... and I hopped in my ride and set out to explore.

For the uninitiated, Aidan Gray offers elegant weathered French accents and furniture. Similar to Eloquence, Bliss Studio and others, Aidan Gray celebrates a look of relaxed glamour with European flair. Think aged finishes on French chests, upholstered beds and distressed wood. What distinguishes this brand from the others mentioned is that Aidan Gray seems to be selling more of a comprehensive lifestyle than just products. The boutique does a fantastic job of communicating that goal. Think: easy elegance and layers of interesting details.

From incredible occasional pieces (note the laurel rope detail on the apron of the side table above) to authentically French-inspired upholstery, I'm smitten with this overall aesthetic.

Naturally I raided their fragrance center first. They offer Archipelago (a personal favorite) and a host of other high end home fragrance brands. Their holiday decor was just beautiful. Mercury glass pinecones, delicate ornaments were everywhere. If you're hunting big game, as I always seem to be, large scale mirrors and oversized statement accessories & art peppered this two story showroom.

Some have asked what makes this different from Restoration Hardware. My answer to that would be that these pieces seem a bit more curated and more closely resemble European antiques. I am a huge fan of Restoration Hardware, but Aidan Gray (being a smaller line) is more tightly edited and offers a more unique point of view. For those of us who aren't crossing the pond on a regular basis to plunder French flea markets, this is our avenue to acquiring pieces that look as though we do.

This history of the company offers further depth on this perspective:

The Aidan Gray line represents Randal’s love for interiors, design and authentic products that exude “European Grandeur.” The founding partners’ desire for products made by hand and with authentic materials such as solid wood, rustic metals, antique mirror, old painted finishes and silk appointments drives product development. Seven years after its founding, Randal continues to streamline the look and feel of the company with an ever expanding line. The company has become known for exceptional quality, detail oriented products and unparallel customer service.

Fellow trade professionals will want to contact a nearby dealer. I'm proud to share that this is a Texas-based company. If you're simply looking to browse and pop into a pretty boutique to shop, visit Gray Living in McKinney, Texas. I promise it's worth the trip!

What the beautiful people are saying...


Andi, youd love this shop. Its like a dreamy little Parisian shop. And its only about 15 minutes away! Its nice knowing I can run out and grab my Archipelago candles there and browse the other goodies.

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