Let’s Hear It For Gray

Let’s get this week started, shall we? Today’s home tour is something very special, different than the homes I usually write about. For one, it is a rental that puts all of us renters to shame. Second, it is entirely monochromatic-every room is painted the same gray color!!!!

Newlyweds Jill Sharp Weeks and Ray Weeks moved into this 1740s rental in historic downtown Charleston for a merely 16 months while their own home project is being completed. Famous for her creative direction in national ad campaigns, editorial styling and residential interior design, it is no surprise that Ms. Weeks got to work right away with the interiors. Using gallons of paint (Sherwin-Williams Pussy Willow) and a tonal approach that included black & white and textured neutrals, she transformed the interiors of this rental into a dream home. I would have a really hard time moving out! Lol


The house belongs to an architect which explains the beauty of its interiors but since Weeks’ style is somewhat more modern, she toned down the traditional detailing by painting walls, trim and moulding the same unifying gray.


Once the canvas was ready, color comes in with flowers, artwork and fabric. I’m totally obsessing over this home office space bellow-can’t help falling for a great zebra print!


In addition to re-painting the walls, Weeks corrected the home’s lighting plan by installing new fixtures where needed. Those pendants above the island are incredible!


An avid collector of tribal beads and ethnic jewelry – and a book in the works on the subject – Weeks’ dining room features blown up photographs of some of her favorite pieces. Purple clearly loves the gray.


The petite size of the rooms didn’t stop Weeks from styling them to perfection.




One of the bedrooms was transformed into a walk-in closed, with enough place to display the designer’s ample collection of ethnic jewelry.


The styling work extended to the outdoor spaces as well. Replanting the garden beds,  adding string lights and patio furniture transformed the neglected outdoors into a charming entertaining spot that extends the footprint of the first floor.


Asked about her reasons to bother with such ample decorating for such a short term residence, Weeks answered:

¨Why not bother? Every day matters! I can’t imagine living in a space that doesn’t give me great enjoyment. You have no idea what’s going to happen tomorrow. Why not live with extreme beauty today?¨

Amen to that.



P.S: All images are from House Beautiful. Full story here.