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Meet Misty Gray of Grayscale Design in Somerville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Misty Gray.

Misty , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from the New England School of Art & Design in 2007.

Immediately after graduation, I found a home at the well established Dietz & Associates in JP – where I continued my interior education under the tutelage of Ken Dietz. In seven years at the firm, I experienced every possible role a designer could tackle, from schematic design development to space planning and client presentations. Managing multiple projects at once, I worked closely with many trades, including high end General Contractors, installers and custom millwork fabricators.

Eventually, the itch to create and cultivate a studio of my own grew too strong to resist and in 2014, I opened Grayscale Design, a residential interiors firm. Since it’s inception, Grayscale’s portfolio has featured full gut renovations of 6,000+ square feet homes in Chestnut Hill, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Seattle and more. As well as brownstones in the South End, gorgeous condos and even a boutique hotel just a few spaces outside of historic Newport, Rhode Island. My studio is proudly powered by women, currently with three employees and growing. I have been featured on NBC Boston, the 31%, and our most recent project was just featured in the Boston Globe Magazine this February.

When I am not designing, I stay busy as a wife and new mother, travel to tropical locales and even spent a few years as a competitive Golden Gloves Boxer.

Has it been a smooth road?
Overall, I have been blessed with amazing clients, projects and a stellar supporting cast – but there have certainly been a few growing pains.

By far, the biggest challenge was taking the leap of faith to leave my former full time design position and open Grayscale. Sitting my boss down to have ‘the’ conversation was so incredibly difficult, he had become so much more than an employer to me. He was an amazing mentor + friend, and luckily to this day he is still considered family.

About a year after Grayscale was open and gaining speed, my rock star assistant sat me down to have an oh so familiar chat. She was moving out west and leaving her post at Grayscale. For the first time, I really understood how it felt to be on the other side of the table.

There were a few rocky weeks to follow when the hours got longer and my to-do list felt never-ending. But things fell into place and we have been growing ever since.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Grayscale Design specializes in full service Interior Design for residential clients. Our projects range from new build/full gut renovations to cosmetic transformations. We are skilled in all aspects of design from space planning to finish specifications.

However, in this industry, where there are many talented designers in Boston, we are built on relationships. Working with people in their homes can be an incredibly intimate process. Our personal design philosophy is grounded in the client’s vision. It is always our goal to create a place that reflects their own personal style and a space that feels like home.

On top of interior design, we also offers an event styling service for our clients – bridging the gap between interior + event design. Grayscale Design Event Styling has collaborated with various clients for political events, non-profit fundraisers and a multitude of affairs attracting the best of the Boston socialite scene. Which organically aligns with the philosophy of the company, as Grayscale strongly believes in giving back through such organizations as Cradles to Crayons, She Gives and more.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
The Boston design industry is well saturated, but there is enough to go around.

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Tamara Flanagan

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