Ok, where to begin? Let’s catch up a little here. You know that we moved a couple weeks ago and since then, things have just been a mess. Honestly, we moved at a pretty inopportune time. Brandon was in the middle of studying for his Professional Engineer board exams and took his exam one week after we moved. So, our whole moving process was really put on pause for the first week while he stayed at work until 9 and 10pm studying. We got everything inside and I unpacked the essentials, but that was about the extent of our progress.

Meanwhile, we didn’t have much going on on the furniture side of things because before we moved, I sold our dining room table and living room furniture on Craigslist. We were ready for a change and (I) figured it would be best to go ahead and get rid of them then because it would be that many things fewer to move. So the first order of business was shopping for living room, dining room, and eat-in-kitchen furniture. All fun stuff, but woah, talk about a hurting on the wallet after getting all of that at once!

I had a very clear idea of what I wanted—a white slipcovered sofa and loveseat. Before, we always had a sofa and two chairs, which looked lovely but wasn’t the most convenient set when we had guests because seating was limited. Brandon, apparently the more stylish out of the two of us, said he didn’t want slipcovered furniture (boo!) or a loveseat… he wanted to stick with the sofa and chairs option because of how put together it looks. But I was afraid to get a light colored sofa that wasn’t slipcovered. That just seemed like a disaster waiting to happen since we have a furry gray cat and will have babies in our future. 

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Long story short… we shopped around at GDC Home, an amazing store here in Charleston, and quickly found a light greige sofa that has a thicker texture to it. It isn’t white, but it’s still light and because of it’s thicker textured fabric, it seems easy take care of. Boom! Easy enough. Then we found these amazing chairs in a linen fabric and you’d never know it by looking at them, but they recline! So it’s great for having guests or for when Brandon and I don’t want to sit on the sofa together while watching a movie. We found a great compromise and now have beauty and comfort, which is key for me.


Now I just need to shop for great pillows and take the
pieces of double sided tape off the sofa, which I stuck on there to make
sure Winston didn’t want to pick at it. Luckily, he hasn’t tried. (The
tape is called Sticky Paws, by the way.) 

Ah. I love that it’s on casters.


Pay no attention to the random stuff all laying around. We definitely have not gotten to any styling yet, but look …they recline!

We also scored a great dining room set off of Craigslist. I originally wanted a large farmhouse table with white, upholstered chairs, but once we got in this house, I completely changed my mind. Since we have a formal dining room, I really want to give it a traditional look with a modern take. So I scratched the farmhouse table idea and we got this one pictured below. The best part is this table came with two 12′ leaves
we can add in and two additional chairs, so we will have plenty of room for hosting
friends and family. She’s not in all her glory right now, but once I finish the look I have visualized, I really feel like it’s going to be the perfect vibe for what I want. I’ve already ordered a large sisal rug for under the table and I’m thinking about long, white linen drapes, gold framed art, white accents all over, a new chandelier and as I’ve mentioned before, a light gray paint color. I’d also love to recover the cushions on the seats, but that probably won’t happen too soon from now.

I paired the two additional chairs with our eat-in kitchen table and I kind of love the mismatched look. Eventually, I want to get bamboo chippendale chairs, white upholstered chairs, or even lucite chairs, but this totally works for now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry…

…like painting. The whole. entire. house.

We tested Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 75% strength, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, Benjamin Moore White Wisp, Sherwin Williams Passive, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray 70% strength, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter 50% strength, and Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray 75% strength.

I know it doesn’t help that the walls are currently a golden hue, but all of these supposed “warm grays” look so cool to me! Well, except for Edgecomb Gray. That’s the first one that actually appears to be warm to me. In just looking at the swatches, I just knew Repose Gray was going to be the winner. 

See it here? Repose Gray looks like a nice, warm gray.

But it looks like cement on our walls. It’s so blue! Again, it’s probably due to the contrast between the golden beige walls and the gray swatches, but still. You’d think the warm paint underneath would warm up the gray. Not happening.

We are now going on our fifth trip to the store to get samples and I’m determined to pick a winner. The photo below shows the same paint colors swatched upstairs in our master bedroom.

Classic Gray was my other “I know this will be it” color, but it looks so much cooler on the walls than on the swatch and in photos I’ve seen online. It’s still tied with Edgecomb Gray, as of now, as the winner. We used to have Revere Pewter on our walls in the condo we rented (remember?), but it looks so much cooler on these walls. We are going to paint the entire house, except for the bedrooms, bathrooms, and my office, whichever gray color we choose. The half bath and guest room/bath are being painted right now, so I will share those before/afters with you next time!

Shew. I am such an “I-need-instant-satisfaction” type of person, so this whole process is such a test of patience for me. We have great plans for this house, but I’m learning that it’s going to take a great deal of time. Once we get it painted, get window treatments done, pictures on the wall, and at least a little styling done, I will breathe a little sigh of relief. Until the next project, that is.

Oh, some of you asked me about whether Winston is used to being outside or if this is a new thing. He has been playing outside (while I’m watching him) since he was a little kitten. He loves playing outside and in fact, he sits by the door after he eats his breakfast until I let him out. He’ll usually go outside for about ten minutes everyday—sometimes more—but just in the fenced in back yard!



  1. November 3, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    We have SW agreeable gray in the entry way and den of our house and it is really the perfect warm gray. I am obsessed with it.

  2. November 3, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    LOVE the Edgecomb!! Can't go wrong with it… We use it a lot in the homes we design.

  3. November 3, 2014 / 5:32 pm

    Love the Edgecomb… cant go wrong with it! We use this color a lot with designing homes.

  4. November 3, 2014 / 5:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, gray is the HARDEST paint color to pick!! We just painted our nursery gray and it was the same situation, the walls were a warm taupe before and we actually a wanted a more cool gray instead…we went with a very "true" gray that wasn't really warm or cool and just painted, and I swear every time I go in that room it looks blueish purple to me…ha! Granted in some lights it looks like the perfect color, but other times it just looks way too cool…but I think had we gone with another color it would have looked too green or too brown or too something, so I've just had to accept it and move on 🙂 But your house is looking great so far!!

  5. November 4, 2014 / 1:26 am

    That repose gray looks similar to what I painted our living and kitchen. I love grays. Looks like it's starting to come together and I just love those reclining chairs!

  6. November 4, 2014 / 2:15 am

    We used BM Valley Forge Tan – a greige, and BM Pale Oak throughout the common areas in our home. The Pale Oak may be lighter than what you're looking for but it is gorg and gets so many compliments! The Edgecomb Gray is also great, it was one of our top choices! I agree with above poster – grays are hard!!

  7. November 4, 2014 / 2:20 am

    Your house looks fabulous!! Did you find the reclining chairs at GDC Home?

  8. November 4, 2014 / 2:57 am

    Love those reclining chairs! Getting the perfect paint color is SUCH a process. xo

  9. November 4, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Great find for your craigslist dining room table and chairs. They are really traditional looking right now, but you are so great at stying it just takes the right place setting choices and it will be perfect. I can't wait to see what you do with it because I am constantly looking for inspiration on how to update my own traditional Craigslist dining room. Keep us posted!

  10. November 4, 2014 / 5:58 pm

    It is coming together nicely! Can't wait to see everything finished — it is going to be so gorgeous!
    xo Southern Style

  11. November 5, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Your home is beautiful! Loving the gray's..I think Classic Gray is my favorite. I have never heard of Sticky Paws but I am going to order ASAP. We are getting a new couch and the one thing I worried about was the cat claws. Can't wait to see more progress on the house – thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. November 5, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with gray paints. I finally picked one that I thought was a true gray to paint most of our living space in our home, and well it definitely looks blue/purple to me all the time. I'm living with it, but I was so disappointed! Can't wait to see what you end up with. As for those chairs, they are gorgeous!!! Did you say where you got them? We have two chairs that we added to our living space that are tufted and I love the look, but I think the reclining chairs would have made my husband a lot happier. Great find!!

  13. November 5, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Oh I just saw that you responded to another comment where you found the chairs. Thanks!!

  14. November 7, 2014 / 10:03 pm

    Where did you find your sisal rug?

  15. November 8, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    Love the house! We live in Charleston as well. What did your hubby think of the PE? My husband takes it next year 🙂

    • November 9, 2014 / 4:16 pm

      Hi Bri! He has mixed feelings about it, honestly. He felt confident about the questions he answered, but just didn't have enough time to answer them all, so that's where his concern is. There's a big chance he will find out if he passed on Christmas Eve. That just seems so wrong!

  16. November 9, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    Hi there! Choosing a paint color is the HARDEST thing to do…next to finding a new hairstylist! Have you looked at Sherwin Williams Anew Grey? It's definitely a warm grey, and does not have any blue tint to it. I'd say it has a bit of a taupey hue. I used it in the kitchen and hallways in a house I designed during college, and LOVED how it came out. You can see it here: http://www.juliannerodriguez.com/linnell. Good luck! 🙂

    • Sara Furness
      October 3, 2018 / 1:07 am

      Can you tell me what countertops you used in this house you designed?

  17. November 12, 2014 / 3:44 pm

    The paint colors look great so far- much better than the beige/golden color. I am like you in the sense that I like INSTANT gratification, but it took us forever to paint our house here because it's so open (Charleston Single style house) and I could not decide on a color scheme.
    I also love your living room furniture- all of our furniture reclines and it's great- comfy but not taking up any extra floor space to have a place to put your feet up. The fabrics are great on your furniture! I really want to reupholster our living room chairs- we bought them when we moved down here and then my tastes changed a bit. Love the chairs but would love a lighter, more neutral upholstery like yours. That instant gratification will have to wait! 😉

  18. July 2, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    Who are your chairs made by? Is there a brand associated with them? I'm looking for chairs like that for my husbands office and I love the ones you have and the fact that they recline! Thanks!

  19. July 2, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    Who are your chairs made by? Is there a brand associated with them? I'm looking for chairs like that for my husbands office and I love the way yours look and the fact that they recline! Thanks!

  20. February 10, 2016 / 5:53 am

    I love your wall colors! What color did you guys use for your trim and ceilings?

    • February 10, 2016 / 6:49 am

      Thanks! I wish I knew. We didn't touch the trim and ceilings – it's just the builders white paint and was in such great shape still. We've since moved to a new house and so I can't check, but I want to say there was an extra can of trim paint left for us and it was from Sherwin Williams, but I know that is little to no help!

    • February 14, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Haha that's okay I think I've figured out what white I'm going to go with Benjamin Moore Simply White – thanks for the quick response!

  21. November 30, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    We have been going through this same struggle – finding a grey that isn't going to go blue/purple. I went through 8-12 different colors and variations, and had to paint large strips from floor to ceiling and in many different rooms because greys look so different, even on the same wall. We have an East facing living room and kitchen (the part of the house where we live)- and it casts SO MUCH blue light into our house, that I had to go with Agreeable Grey in the end to have it look nice in EVERY room. On the exact same wall greys can go grey in the middle, greenish on the top and blue on the bottom. With Agreeable grey, it goes slightly green at the top, a solid grey in the middle, and a livable grey at the bottom (very slightly blue/purple). (It doesn't look at all like the taupe sample on top of the can when i take it outside or at the paint store.) Only where it gets morning light does it look taupe-ish. It's also amazing how even a color like Westhighland White from SW is still way too yellow with greys of any kind. Greys need a stark solid white! I had them add just a hint of color so it was dimensional and not super stark (bluish white). But I still had to paint all the baseboards and window trim in the whole house for this color to look good. I was so surprised to learn that greys will not go with yellowish baseboards – even if they're only slightly creamy. Best of luck to you!

  22. Dusty Butler
    August 5, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I am painting my brother’s 1950 renovated cape cod with Edgecomb Gray and believe it will be the right color.

    Can you tell me what you did on the stairway treads? It looks like you used vinyl plank flooring to handle the wear and tear of the steps? Whatever it is, it looks awesome so please do share what you did.


  23. Alisha
    June 18, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    What color and brand are your floors in the picture with the staircase? I am having a hard time with the flooring to match my repose grey walls and love that look.

    Thank you,

  24. Evelyn Rodriguez
    October 16, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Holy City Chic can you please post finish pictures? Love the look!!!

  25. Jack
    January 25, 2019 / 10:43 am

    Your big toe on your right foot is monstrously huge. I liked the colors but when I got to the end of the article I was so distracted by the length of your toe that I have forgotten all about what shade I liked. I mean it’s like two inches longer than the big toe on your left foot.

  26. Charlene Rush
    February 10, 2019 / 4:47 pm

    What type of gray for a kitchen? Have painted twice and looks blue. Thanks.

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