Pilgrim Project Reveal - Office

Today's reveal is really special to us. This project began last August!!! Yes, 2017. Yes, 9 months ago. Like a baby, this beautiful space needed lots of love and patience to come to completion.

Here's the story: we began working with our client last August to design a mudroom and office/homework space. The plan required the removal of walls, the construction of built-ins and lots of details in between. We finalized the design shortly thereafter and...as is sometimes the case with contractors...the project got bumped. This is not to say the contractor (Capano Construction) was anything short of fantastic, the timing just didn't line up. The original plan was for completion before Thanksgiving. The revised plan was for start after Christmas. Our amazing client made lemonade out of lemons and we designed her dining room while we waited (click here for part 1 and and here for part 2 of the dining room reveal). When the new year hit we were off to the races! 

Today we're revealing the office/homework space and we'll be back with the mudroom in a separate post. 

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office buit-in desk
 

Where to start?! Okay - this amazing, custom, two person desk is the centerpiece of this room and it's truly a stunner. The combination of drawers and cabinets creates a ton of diverse storage. We love some fun containers and trays on top of a desk to coral frequently used stuff, but a truly functional office has hidden storage. And this office has it in abundance.

We had so much fun imagining our client's kiddos sitting side-by-side practicing their multiplication tables...or doodling super heroes.

 
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We always consider the home itself in our designs. As we mentioned in the dining room reveal, this home was built in the 1920s and retains much of its traditional New England character. With the bones of the home in mind, we chose traditional Windsor chairs in an updated, modern blue for the desk chairs. 

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office - Blue modern windsor desk chair
 

The pop of blue against the otherwise neutral color palette - black, white and wood tones - is the perfect amount of fun. It brings whimsy to the space that will make homework a less of a downer.  

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgraim Project Reveal
 

Like the desk chairs, the hardware for the drawers and cabinets are also a mix of traditional and modern. 

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office - hardware
 

On the wall opposite of the desk is a large closet with custom, bypassing, barn doors made of reclaimed wood (built by Capano Construction). 

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office custom barn doors
 

The hardware is recessed to allow the bypassing feature and, bonus, it's beautiful. The imperfection of the reclaimed wood - the mixed stains, the cracks, the knots and the marks - add so much character.

Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office barn door hardware
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A series of large windows flood the narrow room with natural light at the center of the desk. On the right side of the windows we added some floating wood shelves to showcase some colorful, special art from our client's children. Even stealing that awesome framed black and white monster from a different room and relocating it here. The mat is a perfect match for pencil yellow.

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office - decor and details
 

To the right side of the windows we wall mounted a dry erase calendar for function and letter board for humor. Hints of brass (in the lamp and letter board) played well with the schoolhouse yellow.

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office Letterboard and calendar
 

As with any space that will be used by kids, we had so much fun with the details. There's nothing better than a crayons and crayons and more crayons. And puffy, green flowers that look like they've come out of a Dr. Seuss book are always welcome.

Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office Homework room
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office Homework Room
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office Homework Room

This was an incredibly fun project and we couldn't be more thrilled with the end result. 

 
Gray Oak Studio Pilgrim Project Office and Homework Room
 

Have a fantastic week! We'll be back next Monday (Memorial Day!) with another post.

- Leah, Sonia & Michele

Design Trend - Mint Green

We have a quick post for you today - a round up of some mint green home decor. Back in January (can you even believe we're halfway through May?!?) when we shared 2018 design trend predictions from Studio McGee, Bria Hammel Interiors, and CC and Mike Creative - Bria Hammel talked about the return of pastels to the interior design palette. Well, we're pretty sure she nailed it. 

Mint green is popping up everywhere and we love it. 

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White dot pillowUtility caddy / Mini trash can / Industrial dining chair / Hello welcome mat / dust pan and broom / Ice cream bowls (set of 4) / Canvas bin / Plates (set of 4) / Frame

Have a great week. 

- Leah, Sonia & Michele

 

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Interview with Cynthia Harper

Happy Monday everyone! We're taking a break from our Pearl Street Project reveal to share a truly awesome interview we did with Cynthia Harper. This is a bit different from previous interviews we've shared because Cynthia isn't an interior designer. She's a stylist...amongst other things.

A stylist (versus an interior designer or interior decorator) is someone who specializes in curating the decor of a space - the pillows, art, coffee table books, sculptures, plants...you get the idea. The person who handles all the details that make a space not just gorgeous but also livable. And Cynthia Harper is an incredible stylist.

 
Gray Oak Studio Interview with Cynthia Harper
 

You can follow her on for a daily dose of beauty, which we highly recommend you do. Or, check out her brand new website. Not only will you find gorgeous, inspirational home design ideas and images, but also heartwarming tidbits of her personal life and some universal words of encouragement. She's a true talent and GEM.

And now, the interview.

Gray Oak Studio - What is your "job title"? Silly question, but hear us out: you do SO MANY things! You're a stylist, you have an Etsy shop (Harper and Arrow Marketplace), you're an Instagram Influencer (71k followers as we write these questions), you mentor Instagram newbies interested in growing their following...what are we missing? You're a busy lady. 

Cynthia Harper - That's a great question, and one I've wondered myself, lol. Though to be honest, I've never been one who feels the need for titles or labels. I love being creative and helping others, and as opportunities have arisen to follow my dreams and implement new ideas, I have embraced them. That being said, I consider myself a product stylist and educator, with my primary goal being to encourage and equip others to live their lives with authenticity and joy.

Gray Oak Studio - Of all that you do, what is your favorite?

Cynthia Harper - My favorite job of all is actually one that wasn't mentioned above, and that is being a mom! That is a lifelong dream that I've been fortunate to see fulfilled. I've often told people that the only 2 "followers" I have that will ever matter are my 2 children. Outside of that, the rest of this is empty. 

Gray Oak Studio - We can't tell you how many times we've been searching Pinterest for some personal or professional inspiration and landed on "the perfect image"...of your home. You style is so clean and bright, yet comfortable and approachable. How did you land on a style that felt right for you? 

Cynthia Harper - It took several years for me to really determine what my true style was. And it started to happen when I began to listen to my own inner voice that told me if I truly liked something or not. I don't think about if it's trending or if my best friend will like it. The question is "Do I like it?" When I stopped designing my home for what I thought it 'should' be and instead started designing it for what sparked joy in me, that's when I really began to hit stride stylistically. For example, people in my real life told me that subway tile to the ceiling in a kitchen was crazy and that I was planning far too much white in my kitchen. Imagine if I had listened to them, instead of my own desires. I would be missing out on a kitchen that I love, and which is coincidentally also appreciated by many people on social media too.  

 
Gray Oak Studio interview with Cynthia Harper
 

Gray Oak Studio - And when you're shopping for that perfect piece and you find something, how do you know it will work not only functional wise but within the context of your style?

Cynthia Harper - I gravitate toward neutrals with lots of texture because it's so important to use texture to keep a space from falling flat. And when I'm shopping, I always ask myself 2 questions before I buy something: "1) Are there are least 3 places in my home that I could put this? and 2) Would I still consider buying this if I had to pay twice as much for it?" If I can answer yes to both those questions, then I know it will work within the context of my style because I know it will be a versatile piece that will work in many rooms, and I know that I'm not just tempted to buy it because it's a cheap impulse purchase. 

Gray Oak Studio - Who inspires you? What Instagram feeds are you most excited to see pop up on your feed?

Cynthia Harper - There are so many! That's a tough one to narrow down. I'm inspired by big design firms like @studiomcgee, and by other interior stylists & mamas like @brepurposed, @arrowsandbow and @thehouseonbeachroad, to name a few!  I'm also inspired by the insightful humor and wisdom of my friend @thefestivefarmhouse. There's just so many who inspire me on instagram!

 
Gray Oak Studio interview with Cynthia Harper
 

Gray Oak Studio - Your home featured white walls long before they became the rage. What draws you to white walls? And, if you don't mind sharing, what are your favorite white paint colors?

Cynthia Harper - I love the clean calm simplicity of white walls, and I love that they are the perfect blank canvas for creating any space I can imagine!    I love White Dove by Benjamin Moore and Snowbank by Olympic (the perfect crisp white). 

Gray Oak Studio - What is your dream project?

Cynthia Harper - I have 2 dream projects!  One would be to one day renovate an RV and spend the summer traveling in it with my family.  The idea of creating a vehicle for us to go explore new places as a family is exciting!  And then while we aren't traveling in it, we could rent it out as an airbnb or something.  That would be fun!   Also, I'd love to one day have a studio space that can be utilized by creatives and small shop owners for photo shoots, or hosting markets, or events.  A place to build community and creativity while empowering and equipping entrepreneurs and creatives...that would be a dream come true!  

 
Gray Oak Studio interview with Cynthia Harper
 

We are so grateful to Cynthia. Her thoughtful, wise words were a joy for us to read and we hope you feel the same. Have a wonderful week! 

- Leah, Sonia & Michele

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