The Gray Oak Studio Story
As interior designers, we want you to love the home you're in and we're excited to get you there.
We're Sonia, Michele and Leah, aka Gray Oak Studio! We are an interior design team who firmly believes that beautiful, functional homes are attainable for all spaces and that your home should be a true reflection of your style and personality. Every house has potential...seriously...it's just a matter of finding the right mix of practical and lovely. Sometimes realizing that potential means knocking down walls and sometimes it just means finding (at long, long last) the perfect shade of greige. Whether it's relocating a wall or finding the perfect paint color, we take the often overwhelming, sometimes confusing and generally exhausting process and make it easy. Even fun. The MANY decisions involved in renovating, remodeling or building your home can be daunting, and with our experience and expertise we are here to make those difficult decisions for you so that you can get to the final, beautiful space with more efficiency and confidence.
Part of what makes us, and our designs, unique is our diversity. We come from three different professional backgrounds, we each found our way to design on three different paths and we each favor three different styles (more on that below). We believe this maximizes the range of our designs. It also helps us discover and ultimately interpret your style. Because that's the goal - creating a gorgeous, practical home that feels uniquely yours.
We are based in Lynnfield and work throughout the North Shore of Boston (and in Boston proper), but we're totally open to projects in Hawaii and the Caribbean...
Sonia - From my New England roots to the years I lived in Northern California, my style combines traditional and coastal elements. I love to layer natural wood, geometric patterns and warm textiles to create comfortable and approachable spaces. I'm not afraid of color, personality or pattern, and I find inspiration in everyday objects. A bright pillow, unusual piece of art or bold wall covering can be inspiration for an entire room - it's a matter of identifying that special object or color that encapsulates how you want to feel in your home. As a natural problem solver, I enjoy finding the optimal use of space to promote functionality, which is a key to comfort and often missing in traditional New England homes that can lack storage options.
Leah - I've lived in homes of all sizes and shapes, from a 475 sq. ft. Brooklyn brownstone apartment to a classic 50's ranch in the Boston suburbs. While the spaces ranged dramatically, my goal remained the same - create a home that feels calm, cozy and happy. Because, above all, your home should make you happy. My baseline style is scandinavian and I find inspiration in farmhouse, industrial and bohemian elements. "WOW! pieces", like an amazing light fixture or one-of-a-kind flea market find, are my design besties. I prioritize unique and personal decor that makes a house feel like a home and I believe beautiful design is attainable for everyone and every space.
Michele - I was raised on Eastern Long Island, surrounded by beautiful beaches and miles of farm country. There I cultivated a joy for yard sale treasure hunts and furniture rehab. Years later, in NYC, I was introduced to sophisticated, modern styles and quickly learned to make efficient use of small spaces. My love of travel has exposed me to beautiful colors, textures and global aesthetics that I incorporate in my design. Nowadays, I live in Massachusetts and find myself, of course, influenced by that classic New England style. I believe your home should reflect your personality and taste, not just the hottest trend. And, most importantly, I believe your home should be your favorite place to be with your favorite people.