Grey Days

Jeffrey reflects on the loads of grey in this episode and the La Jolla remodel.

Was I the only person who noticed that every room in this weeks episode was grey? I think not! Talk about trends: Mary’s grey Gracie wall paper, Martyn’s hall of mirrors and silver leaf everywhere. We have grey overload! I wish you could have seen the gift-wrapping room we designed for the La Jolla project, it was a riot of color.

I’m happy the little girls' bedroom made the show. All the pink was a breath of fresh air after all that grey. I used all of Kathryn Ireland's fabrics and her wallpaper, and it injected some joy into the house. I think the pops of pink in the living room and the colorful art in the dining room, as well as the turquoise chairs, help to enliven the scheme. I like a simple color palette, but you always need a jolt of color somewhere, or the room ends up being a monotone snooze. 

So much more happened on the install that I wish you could see: a house of that size is full of little treasures, but sadly the show is only an hour long and we had to see Stacey Dash’s silver leaf ceiling!

I could not believe that the rugs didn’t show up first for the installation. It's the first rule of an install, and on this one it didn’t work out as planned. You can see why it's my first rule: it throws the whole sequence off and makes for a stressful and unpleasant day. None the less, the rugs showed up and they turned out beautifully, and even the Granny chairs are pretty stylish in the room. The whole space is so polished and shiny, that little moment of old fashioned nostalgia makes the room feel like real people actually live in this huge house.

Most importantly the client loves the house so much that she spends much more time there than she intended. Her family use every inch of it and its filled with joy and laughter, so my work there is done! Although maybe I could add some silver leaf?

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