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I’ll never forget the day I bought my first house; what a rewarding feeling to become a homeowner! Like most, I was completely out of my mind with excitement and fear of the unknown.
Thankfully, however, the fun of shopping to furnish the place was a great distraction! I couldn’t wait to start decorating. I had ideas swarm my mind the day I toured the house and it’s like they say, when you know, you know and I knew. It was home.
Here’s what I didn’t know......
First, it adds up! Yes, pillows ARE that much lol.
Second, it takes time, a long time!! Even after a couple of years of living there I was still staring at blank walls. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” isn’t just a saying. It’s hard to visualize the finished result, let alone get your hands on everything the day after closing! Be patient.
Third, be open minded you! I can’t even begin to discuss the amount of pieces I collected that ended up working so well. Pieces I would have easily overlooked if not for being open to the possibilities of blending styles.
Finally, it was quite a surprise when I realized I was pretty good at this interior decorating stuff. In fact, decorating sparked a passion in me that I didn’t even know I had. The only way I can describe it is that feeling you get when you walk into a room you've never been and it feels familiar and safe. What's it called? Deja Vu?
The process of turning my “house into a home” came with several realizations. I became more than excited and passionate about decorating but also proud of what I was creating. So much so that I began sharing those moments online and with anyone who was interested.
That pride quickly turned into something a bit more daunting. It created this very loud and persisting voice I could not ignore. Every day it would ask,
“How can I turn this into a something more?”
“I love doing this more than my day job, but I need my job don't I?..”
"I didn't study interior design and have no real experience, can I really pursue a career in this?"
And so, I didn’t. I continued to decorate my house to fill the void of not being able to spontaneously switch careers, start over and pursue interior design full time.
At this point you may be wondering how we got here or how Grayscale Homes (GH) came to be. I’d like to say GH came out of a burst of motivated determination but that just would not be true. It was early April 2020, during the devastating worldwide pandemic (you all know which one). I know what you’re thinking, “Oh you were bored out of your mind like the rest of us and decided to start your business!” Was I bored? YES! Is that why things got started? No..
I was faced with the same, unbelievable reality, that many were faced with and lost my job. After several days of crying, praying and applying EVERYWHERE, it was time to stop crying and confront myself,“What’s next for you?” It hit me like a ton of bricks (how cliche lol) this is it, this is the time! Just like that, the voice, the passion, the want, turned into a reality and GH was born. Not overnight of course - it took months of research, major learning curves and sleepless nights to get the wheels on the bus on and moving. I was amazed that after just six short, but very long months, our e-commerce was officially operational and three months after that we had interior design clients. I was blown away but most importantly fulfilled and thrilled that I was doing something that made me happy in a way nothing ever had.
I chose to take what initially felt like a devastating situation and let it move me in ways I didn't know I could. I spent HOURS a day working on GH, and when I say hours I mean 10+ hours! I was obsessed with making the most of quarantine and the time we were all forced to take. I gave myself rigid deadlines and worked the building blocks of GH like a job with overtime! In hindsight I KNOW I would have not pursued my dreams if not for the illusion of job security being taken away. Like they say, “everything happens for a reason”. I believe I lost that job at the right time. I know to some it may sound unreasonable to say losing my job during a global pandemic that caused a financial crisis is the right time but it was.
There is something incredibly motivating and humbling when you’re faced with decisions during a time you feel vulnerable and out of control, at least it was for me. The pandemic was bigger than all of us and while the world seemed to be at a standstill, I chose to not stand still at all. The only thing I had control over were my choices and my mindset and those are two very powerful things if prioritized and aligned appropriately.
GH is more than a business that offers interior design services and sells beautiful home, it was/is a light during a dark time, founded on realized passion and necessary determination . I hope my story, our story, speaks to others who may be facing something they did not choose and decide to take their power back.
Finally, my hope for this business is to spark your creativity, inspire your spaces and maybe even motivate you to pursue a life long dream.
"Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it." - Joyce Meyer
With love and appreciation,
Owner and Founder -