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White-on-Gray-on-White by Kelly Deck

By 11/21/2009January 27th, 201738 Comments

One of my colour theory students, Natalie Ochmanek, recently toured a local Millionaire Lottery House designed by Kelly Deck Design. She generously shared her photographs with the class so I thought I’d post them so you could have the tour as well!

This is a close-up of the drapery fabric in the living room, I don’t know who makes it but I thought it was a good first photo to show the gray-on-gray palette in this house. It’s also a continuation of my recent ‘What everyone should know about Gray’ post. Do you see the blue and gray green combination?

I like how the drapes have been installed directly underneath the molding.

Notice the light, wide plank hardwood flooring. No chocolate brown in this house!

I thought this little owl–sitting on a book–was adorable. If it was placed there without the book acting as a pedestal (as I described in this post) it would not be nearly as effective! Quick, take that one-off object on your end table and just find a matching book (to the colours in your living room) table transformed!

Love the white-on-white kitchen with the mosaic backsplash to bring in some texture!

The wallpaper at the end looks very cool and festive! The gray theme has been continued here with the cabinet colour. Which undertone is it? And what about the undertone of the tile floor? Who wants to guess?

Here the books have been wrapped with kraft paper to give them a uniformed and neutral theme, it is a show house after all.

Love the floral fabric on this upholstered chair!

The Chesterfield sofa! One of my favourite styles (and in one of my favourite colours!), so great in a library or media room!

Look at these book cut-outs for an inexpensive and creative way to give dimension to the walls!

Okay, I would love to know if this is some kind of paper, or if an artist wrote it on the wall. And what does it say?

Great tufted sofa with the black and white artwork!

And every show house needs a nursery!

And a serious ‘bling bling’ mosaic backsplash. This is one of my favourite ways to use mosaics, go big or go home, I say!

Love this light fixture (from Target)!


Hope you enjoyed the tour! Have a great weekend!

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  • The Blasphemous Fiendess says:

    Gorgeous. Although grey and white would not work for me, it is beautifully done. I love the drapery fabric-I'd just want a little more of the blue/green in it. I love the couch under the stairs. Underneath the stairs is a fantastic place to get creative. The plank floors are BEAUTIFUL and I really mean that in all upper case letters. We have 4" wide planks in our house, locally grown and milled fir. We left it's colour natural and it ages to as beautiful butterscotch colour. I do like medium stained floors but my husband is a wood purist-it should always be natural.

  • Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says:

    REALLY Lovely. The nook under the stairs…the splash of great upholstery on a chair in a fairly neutral room… The warmth and coolness of Grey.


  • Color4Charlotte says:

    There was an episode on HGTV that had similar wall graphics. They're a great application for slanted walls or just for a cool accent feature – not sure where you can get them. Would be great for a teenagers room too!


    There is something quaint, a bit old fashioned, about the grey and white. Refreshing from the blast of color I always work with – pretty though.

  • Debra Phillips says:

    bestill my heart, those books mounted on the wall! wonderful texture, contrast and shadows…amazing. enjoyed, thank you!

  • Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury says:

    Very pretty! Love the scale of this house… well-designed and very comfortable even thought the spaces are modest. And while I do appreciate all the grey on grey, my favorite space is probably the room with the gold sofa… love the floral chair in there too.

  • Terri Conrad says:

    subtle, serene & sophisticated while remaining warm & inviting. This could be anywhere, in any time . . .very esthetically pleasing. The books installment and the handwriting on the wall are my favs (I want to know what it says too!) thanks for sharing.

    Terri Conrad

  • Red Door Home says:

    Great house. I purchased the same light fixture several months ago and have it hanging in my office.

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    I love the drapery fabric! It looks like the same fabric is used on the office chair. This is a bit light for my personal taste, but I do like the way everything was brought together. Love the tile backsplash in the kitchen and that light fixture is amazing.

  • Design Wanna-be says:

    There are reallysome unique elements in this house. The writing on the wall is quite intriguing.

  • Alison says:

    This house is so inspiring to me, it sounds odd, but grey is my favorite "color", and seeing it used WELL is fantastic

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this home! Re: the words on wall. Seems to be something written by author P.K. Page.

  • Atticmag says:

    Please thank Natalie for the beautiful photography. Saving the office photo for reference as it is the type of set up I was hoping to use in my home. The chair fabric is a wonderful compliment to the cabinetry.
    Jane T.

  • Karena says:

    Beautifully done. Very soft and serene. It works very well!

  • DesignTies says:

    Brian and I made a point of visiting this lottery house and really loved it! Well… most of it anyway (not crazy about the dining room chandi, but you didn't show that). The tiles throughout the house were fantastic, the floors were beautiful, the soft creams and greys were actually warm and welcoming. We have our ticket!!! You'll have to come for a visit, Maria, when we win! 😉

    FYI: The sofa that you mention is under the stairs… it's actually in the master bedroom under a slanted roof… books on the wall, that's the family room in the basement… that fabulous gold sofa is in the living room of a two-bedroom rental suite in the basement. It was a really great space too!!

    Victoria @ DesignTies

  • marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says:

    What a gorgeous house. I love all the soft subdued colors. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

  • Pam Kersting says:

    Loved a tour through this home with you, Maria. What a beautiful and well put-together home! Very impressive.

    Also, I have to ask … when will we be seeing a BOOK from you! It's high time you put your blog collection into a book — it would FLY off of the shelves!

  • Linda/"Mom" says:

    * There are few things more pleasing to the eye (at least MINE!) these days (decorating-wise, anyway!) than the soft, subtle look & feel of muted creams, grays, taupes, etc… sooooooo calming, so reassuring… They make me feel safe & sheltered, Maria, which is one of the things a home SHOULD do, right?

    Lovely! Thanks for posting this! Enjoy a lovely Sunday!

    Linda in AZ *

  • LaurenH says:

    Thanks for all of your tips on gray! Thanks to your posts my husband and I want to repaint our living room a light gray.

    We're thinking Behr Silver Drop right now. I'm terrible with the undertone thing though, so hopefully it will work with the terra-cotta oranges and cranberry reds we already have in the room and our Brazilian Walnut floors.

    Keep up the fabulous work!

  • Ivy Lane says:

    Never thought I would like grey and white.. but here…in this post are some really wonderful spaces… I LOVE the "bling bling" of the mosaic tile surround in the bath… LOVE!

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    When I saw that home in the ads on t.v. I thought: there's all they grey Maria was talking about in her post! Looking at that wall of mosaic tile in the bathroom all I could think of is: cleaning it would be a bitch – all that grout to keep clean. I have issues . . .

  • Lauren says:

    so pretty… love the pendants in the kitchen especially and of course the gorgeous fabric. I would LOVE a nice clean (kitcheny-feeling) laundry room. I need to attack my dungeon of a laundry room asap!!! (hopefully before baby comes because i'll be in there A LOT when he/ she does arrive!)


    ps- the craft-paper book niche with the pale aqua was espceially gorgeous!!

  • chanteusevca says:

    Love, love, love! Just gorgeous. I love so many ideas in these spaces. White floors? I love them here and think they would be wonderful. But I tend to like high contrast and some drama, so not sure they would work for me in my redecorating plans for where I am now. But if I had another house I would love to try them. They sure wouldn't show dust like darker flooring. Love so many intersting ideas here — the books, the bling bling in the bath — something I'm trying to achieve in our baths. Thanks for showing us more wonderful spaces to go along with your gray (or is it grey?) post. I need to check out your favorite gray paint colors!

  • Eliana Tomás says:

    i'm not a whitish space person, but i must say this house is very well balanced. there are detail to die for: the text on the ceiling (uau), the light (last shot), the bathroom mosaic, books on the wall (probably my #1 fav), and those birds? flying out by the door in the hall (probably #2 fav). i love when i'm amazed by a space which doesn't fullfil my colour expectation. fantastic!

  • Eliana Tomás says:

    forgot to say: i love when a space is in constant movement, when we can feel life in it, and this one is indeed alive.

  • Jenn Calling Home says:

    Beautiful! I especially like the birds painted in the entryway.

  • Shelby says:

    Love these neutrals especially with that pop of yellow on the couch. And I LOVE the sparkly shower. Serious love.

  • Laura Trevey says:

    I am in love with the writing on the wall… How cool is that? I have never seen anything so original!!

    xoxo Laura

  • A Gift Wrapped Life says:

    Love the bling mosaic and the wall writing…..maybe a favorite book chapter? I like this idea, lots.

  • Jane says:

    I HATE wrapped books..obviously done by someone who doesn't read. Books are my friends and I want to be able to find the one I am looking for…not guessing by their shape.

  • Kara says:

    Wow – love this entire house. Just beautiful.

  • rhon says:

    I have just discovered your blog, and I love it. I love design and especially color. I've always been intrigued by color. I'm not a designer (rather a Spanish teacher), but my brother did major in fine art, so maybe I inherited some artistic gene. I have just spent an hour reading old posts, and I am late in getting supper cooked! I'll definitely be keeping up with you from now on.

  • Annie@A View On Design says:

    I can't believe they wrapped all their books on the shelf to make them match – such dedication to their appearance, yet not really providing their intended function – to find easily!!! amazing!

  • Maria Killam says:

    May I remind all my lovely readers that this actually is a show house! So it doesn't matter that the books are wrapped and you can't see what they are 🙂

  • Annie says:

    This is a gorgeous show house! I loved every room! The yellow sofa was definitely my favorite!

  • Soma says:

    What a brilliant home! I love the books on the wall as well as the text. And I have been lusting after that lotus fixture for so long! Glad to see it finally made it down to a price point for the not-so-quite-rich and famous!

  • Distinctive Chesterfields says:

    Nice chesterfield sofa that. interesting how the arms lean forwards… but seriously, mustard coloured? 🙂

    Distinctive Chesterfields

  • Lazy Gardens says:

    The text on the wall was probably done by a sign maker. They can print a photo onto the sort of cloth used for banners, and you glue it up like wallpaper.

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