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Before & After: From Gloomy Gray to Bright and Colorful

Remember Slugger from this Before & After in Mt. Juliet, TN? As if you could forget his lovable face. 😉

As it so happens, Slugger’s parents have another wonderful family member, their adult daughter, Jordan, who recently purchased her first ever home!

Jordan is an occupational therapist and found a new-build townhouse that was perfect for her. The only downer? The ENTIRE place was painted in agreeable gray…

…and it wasn’t so agreeable.

The gray didn’t work well with the undertone of the carpeting. There was just too much of it everywhere in the space. And Jordan found herself feeling gloomy when she came home each day.

Let’s get this girl some COLOR!!


before: what happens when there’s too much gray in a space


here’s what it looks like when there’s too much gray in a space. In fact, it’s not even a terrible gray on its own. It’s fairly light and inoffensive, but when it’s everywhere, well, you can see the effect…


after: color-corrected, decorated & full of life!


Jordan LOVES color — she even has a collection of colorful Fiestaware we couldn’t wait to put on display. The space didn’t need any renovation, so we made a plan to solely repaint and decorate.


  • brighten. it. up.
  • color-correct the space
  • add decor that matched the fixed elements of the home (like the crown molding)
  • bring Jordan’s personality (and her grandmother’s china cabinet) into the space

Let’s see how it turned out!


That’s better! Love, love, love how this painting brings our palette together.

Mmm, color…

I spy Fiestaware and a beautiful china cabinet!

Good food comes from a happy kitchen. 🙂

New palette feels fresh, lively, and uplifting.

Drapery, soft colors, and touches of white wood bring that ahhh feeling into the space.

Even the guest bedroom needs some color!

Home sweet home. 🙂

It was exactly what Jordan hoped for the space, and now she gets to come home with a lightness in her heart!

We couldn’t be more grateful and honored to bring her first Home Sweet Home to life. We wish you many happy years here, Jordan! <3

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By |2019-11-01T09:58:07-05:00January 22nd, 2019|color, design, guest room|


  1. Such a pretty transformation, Elizabeth! What an improvement – everything looks so much better!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs January 22, 2019 at 3:59 pm - Reply

      thank you!
      It’s amazing how color can affect your mood, huh? My client was actually feeling like she was down each time she came home…and her home was brand new!!!

  2. Sheri Bruneau January 23, 2019 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Elizabeth, this is just wonderful. This house now looks like a home! Wonderful transformation!

  3. Leslie Carothers January 26, 2019 at 8:01 am - Reply


    It truly is amazing how much just a little bit of a happy color took this space from grey and gloomy to bright and looking so much more roomy!

    Great job and I bet your client is super pleased! I know I would be!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs January 26, 2019 at 9:49 am - Reply

      thanks Leslie!
      paint can solve a multitude of problems, right?? lol
      the trick is knowing what color and where to use it!
      thanks for stopping by!

  4. Lisa Peck January 26, 2019 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Love seeing the before and after. It can be hard to imagine what paint color can do! This post really underlines it!

  5. Claire January 26, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Beautiful Elizabeth! Love the way you’ve made it more happy and colourful. Blies and greens are my jame, your clients must be thrilled!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs January 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      oh I love that you used the word “happy,” Claire!
      that’s exactly what I wanted to achieve for my sweet client in this space 🙂
      thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. Janet Lorusso January 26, 2019 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Such a wonderful transformation , Elizabeth! With paint and beautifully coordinated details, you turned a nice but generic house into an inviting and personal home!

  7. Peggy Hudson February 1, 2019 at 5:50 am - Reply

    This transformation is brilliant! It’s amazing how your foresight regarding color and decor makes this space come alive! A perfectly beautiful job! Well done (as always), my girl!

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