The Gray Oak Studio Story
As interior designers, we want you to truly LOVE your home and we're excited to get you there.
We're Leah and Sonia, aka Gray Oak Studio! As interior designers, we believe beautiful, functional homes are attainable for everyone. Your home should be a true reflection of your style and it should cater to the way your unique family lives. We know how to create this mystical combination of beauty and function, and we’re (a little too) excited to make it happen for you.
Every house has potential...seriously. Sometimes realizing that potential means knocking down walls and sometimes it just means finding (at long, long last) the right 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 skill we are here to make those difficult decisions so 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 different professional backgrounds, we found our way to design on different paths and we favor 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 special and feels like you.
We are based in Lynnfield, Massachusetts 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 modern farmhouse, industrial and bohemian elements. "WOW! pieces", like an amazing light fixture or one-of-a-kind flea market find, bring focus to a room and provide inspiration for the space as a whole. I prioritize unique, personal accessories. I want you to smile every time you walk into a room we’ve designed and you see something that has true meaning. Combining new and vintage elements is key to creating visual balance. If I had to choose a favorite color it would be green, but my sweet spot is a neutral palette with layers of texture.