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I’ll never forget the day we bought our first house; what a rewarding feeling to become homeowners! Like most, we were completely out of our minds with excitement and fear of the unknown.
Thankfully, however, the fun in shopping to furnish the place was a great distraction! I couldn’t wait to start decorating. I had ideas swarm my mind the day we 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!! It's been a couple years and I'm 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! I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of pieces in my house that 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.
The process of turning our “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?”
“I love this more than my day job, but I need my job don't I?..”
And so, I didn’t. I continued to decorate our 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 a job that I truly enjoyed, at the time. 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. 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 retrospect I KNOW I would have never pursued my dreams because if not for the illusion of job security being taken away from me. 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 nuts 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 sells beautiful interior decor and offers interior design, 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 -