Homestead Entryway Reveal

Today we have a fun, little reveal for you. You may remember the living room and office transformation from Homestead? Today, we're revealing the Homestead entryway. Our design focused on one wall within the entryway - you could say it was more of a refresh. Speaking of refresh, head to our Instagram or Facebook accounts later today to learn who won the Spring Refresh Giveaway!!!

Okay, back to the reveal. If you follow us on social media, you may have see this video way back in December (eek, can't believe that was 3 months ago!). 

This is from the Homestead entryway and it's our favorite method for creating a gallery wall. We cut pieces of paper in the size of each frame/mirror/decor and hang everything in place with painter's tape before we starting nailing. It's one thing to look at your gallery on the floor and another to look at it on the wall. This method also helps when it comes to hanging everything up. We mark where the nail should go on the paper. We've found this method to be easier and more accurate than measuring. 

Here is what the space...really the wall...looked like before. 


And here's what it looks like now.

Entryway Transformation - Gallery wall and Console Table

Our tried and true entryway formula is texture + mirror + storage = success. And, yes, of course we applied it here. We painted the walls, changed the light fixture, created a gallery wall and replaced the bench with a console table (you may recognize this console table from our Pilgrim Project), making sure to incorporate texture, a mirror (in this case 3) and storage.

Painting the walls had a huge impact. This color is November Rain by Benjamin Moore. It's a really soft, subtle gray that works well with beige tones. 

Gray Oak Studio Homestead Entryway - Gallery Wall

The gallery wall was a fun puzzle, as all gallery walls are. The gorgeous oil paintings in their vintage gold frames are owned by our client. She let us go through her collection and pick the few we wanted to include. We love how the set of round brass mirrors contrast the shape of the frames and their style - the frames are ornate and vintage, the mirrors are simple and modern.

{Design Tip}: We love using Command Velcro Strips to hang unusual wall decor. These round mirrors don't have hardware on the back to hang them. No prob. We slapped on some velcro strips and problem solved. Be sure to check the weight of the item you're hanging and the weight limit of the strip you're using. 

Like the gallery wall, the color palette is also both vintage and modern. Nothing like black, white and gold. 

Gray Oak Studio Homestead Entryway - Gallery Wall closeup

We added texture with faux flowers, which can be replaced with fresh flowers or different seasonal stems.

Gray Oak Studio Homestead Entryway - White vases and flowers

The baskets on the bottom shelf of the console table add more texture and more hidden storage. Double whammy. 

Gray Oak Studio Homestead Entryway - Gallery Wall and Console Storage

And here's a side-by-side Before and After shot.



Little space, big transformation.

Next week we have another interview with a BIG TIME designer. Happy Monday and have a great week.

- Leah, Sonia & Michele


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Predictions for What's Hot This Year

With February almost upon us, it's now or never to make some predictions for what is gonna be HOT this year. But before we dive into our thoughts on what should be on everyone's radar, we asked a few of our fellow designers to share their worthy opinions. Like...


You read that extra large print correctly - Shea McGee of Studio McGee! We asked Shea if she would share her 2018 predictions with us, and she was kind enough to give us her thoughts on what interior design trends to pay attention to in the coming months. So, get out a pen, pencil, crayon, sharpie,'s what she had to say: 

"This year, I'm hoping that we'll continue to see more refined rustic aesthetic coming in finishes, furnishings, and even accessories. I love the warmth that raw textures brings. Also, whether it's in wood form or painted, I love the dimension that vertical paneling gives a space." - Shea McGee

You know how much we love texture and we totally agree that natural and raw finishes are a current, yet timeless way to bring them into your home. Here are a couple visuals to demonstrate Shea's insight (they both come from Studio McGee's Park City Canyons Remodel). The raw wood stools and floating shelves are giving that "refined rustic aesthetic" and the skinny, vertical, black paneling is a fresh twist on all that horizontal shiplap we've been seening for the past few years.


We were also lucky enough to get some predictions from CC and Mike Creative. You may have read the awesome interview they gave us last month (click here to read it). CC also gave us her predictions for 2018 trends, we just saved this wise nugget until now:

"I am in love with the green tones and recently painted our dining room Benjamin Moore’s Dark Harbor and couldn’t be more pleased with the results. I also painted our pool bathroom Benjamin Moore Newburg green. I think the navy and jewel tone trends will continue into 2018. I also predict that we will continue to see more and more return to natural wood cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms. I love the return to natural wood, especially paired with patterned tile floors!" - Carissa of CC and Mike Creative

Well, you know how much we LOVE green these days, so we were so pleased to hear that CC is on board with our current obsession. Also really interesting to hear similar thoughts to Shea McGee when it comes to natural wood. 

This is CC's dining room in Dark Harbor. Completely and utterly stunning.



And the fun continues with a prediction from the insanely talented Bria Hammel of Bria Hammel Interiors. Here is what she told us about the 2018 trends she's predicting (and loving): 

"We are so excited for the new shift towards traditional styles. I never really got on the mid-century bandwagon but so happy to see more brands and designers embracing this updated traditional look coming on. Finally people aren’t afraid to use pink and florals, but in a really fresh cool way. We have never had so many male clients open to us adding a soft feminine color to their rooms as they are now! Bring on the classic pinstripe fabrics and floral wallpaper!" - Bria Hammel

We couldn't agree more. While we do love mid-century furnishings and stylings, nothing is more timeless than traditional. And if there's anyone who hasn't gotten on board with pink yet, even after the millennial pink craze, it's officially time.  


This gorgeous living room is from Bria Hammel Interior's Mendota Heights Townhome project. You can see where she's going with this pink, floral, traditional prediction - subtle and soft and completely inviting. PS - keep your eye out for a full blown interview with Bria next month. She had so much design wisdom to share with us and we are excited to pay it forward!


And, last but not least, us. What are OUR design predictions for this glorious new year? We think cozy is the name of the game this year.

Everyone wants to live in a space that is beautiful, but, more than anything, feels like home. Hence the absolute rage of modern farmhouse style (Thanks Chip and JoJo, we all owe you). While we don't think modern farmhouse is going away just yet, but we do think that it's taking a more streamlined turn. A little more minimalist, a little more traditional. We think neutral palettes will rule, and not just gray, but all neutrals. From white to beige to taupe to tan to...alright, fine, gray.

Natural wood and natural fibers are part of this neutral trend. Like Shea and CC, we think that raw woods are just at the beginning of their climb to HOT HOT HOT. And with that, we'll see a lot of mixing of wood tones. You don't have to buy everything in "walnut stain" anymore. Just like you can mix and match throw pillows, you can mix and match wood finishes, you just need to find the right balance. Finally, pops of deeply saturated color (black, caliente red, blue and, of course, green) will provide the whimsy and fun that every space needs to give it some personality and interest.

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And there you have it. Documented predictions ready to be affirmed...or WAY OFF (Swim? Swammi? Slippy? Slappy? Swenson? Swanson?)

- Leah, Michele & Sonia


One Mantle Two Ways

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you saw a teaser for this post on last Friday. We didn't want to keep you waiting...too here we go.

We went a little Target crazy. Remember Supermarket Sweep? Contestants charging through grocery store aisles and slamming cans of tuna in their cars? Or, really it was the huge hams because they were worth the most. Anyway, we were those contestants, but in Target instead of a grocery store and (gently) slamming glittery ceramic trees into our carriage instead of hams. 

We thought it would be fun to show you a couple different, low cost ways to style your mantle this holiday season. You don't have to head to Pottery Barn and drop $500 to bring the season into your home. Both stylings cost a fraction of that...especially when you take advantage of upcoming Black Friday sales...

First up is a whimsical styling.


We brought in a pop of literally every color in felt pompom garlands, festive pillows and a bright ceramic tree. The color is balanced by some modern, white ceramic trees and the coolest white and gold reindeer.


If you wanted to layer more (and spend a bit more), we would recommend more of these fabulous pompom garlands strung across the mantle and even one draped around the mini tree. They're so fun.


Next up is a rustic styling.


We left out the color in this version, with the exception of green - which doesn't really feel like a color. It's nature! Even as a bottle brush tree...


Keeping the decor to wood, gray and white is so soothing and so beautiful. 


So different, but equally festive.


And now, where to find all this fun stuff! Most of what we used is from Target, some is from the old holiday decor stash, and some is from around the around house (like the handled basket). We pulled together exact or similar sources for you. 

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1. Wood deer  2. Felt leaf garland  3. Faux mohair throw blanket  4. White ceramic tree  5. Wood nesting houses  6. Snowflake garland  7. Ivory cable blanket  8. Bottle brush tree  9. Mini tree

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- Leah