40, Fabulous and a Fresh: Decorating a Neutral Home!

Last night I was lucky enough to celebrate one of my best friends husband’s 40th birthday! Stacey, her husband Tom and their two children lives in a builder home built in the 70’s but it is anything but ordinary. Stacey has a wonderful ability to transform the mundane into the magnificant. Her neutral decor can translate into so many tastes. By adding paint, gorgeous furnishings and a few DIY projects they have made this home a showcase in my eyes. Even though the holidays have passed, she kept up her tasteful decorations for the party and I couldn’t resist sharing how beautiful her home was!

The Fabulous Foyer

Stacey likes basics and with two young children clutter at its minimum. Here is her foyer painted in Sherwin Williams Neutral Ground SW7568. To add interest to the stairs she bought removable chevron contact paper from Target, added a matching chevron rug, mercury glass lamp, a sequined joy pillow and other accessories from Homegoods. A vintage chair gets a fresh coat of white gloss paint and new fabric.

Sutter Foyer

The Living Room

To the right of the foyer is her formal living room with two custom made paintings that I painted for her previous home. The large cathedral ceiling is perfect for the scale of the 5 foot tall paintings. She loves black and white and topiaries. The whimsical casual element is carried thruought the house along with her love of all things mercury glass.

Topiary painting Topiary painting

The Family Room

To the left of the foyer is the family room. The two walls are filled with windows and the light floods the room with sunshine! Neutral decor with a bit of shimmer and family friendly furnishing that look fabulous. The coffee table is black distressed which make it worry free for games, crafting and snacking.


The opening from the kitchen into the family room was enlarged for a more open floor plan  living. Neutral granite counters, square gray tiles set in a brick pattern and all white furniture make it bright and fresh. How cute is the homemade chalkboard banner that the kids made with words describing their father?

Sutter kitchen and familyroom

The Bedrooms

A quick tour of the upstairs with Tucker’s navy blue sleigh bed, big boy furnishings and bedding from Pottery Barn Kids. Sadie’s pink room reveals the cutest ever homemade armoire for her American Girl Dolls. Stacey purchased a melamine white cabinet from Target and gave it a facelift with scrapbook paper from Michael’s contact paper and and some paint. I painted her some custom pink, black and white Hob Knobs.

Tucker's room

IMG_7751 The large master bedroom suite is a neutral retreat with lush white bedding from Pottery Barn, artwork from Homegoods and a fabulous antique trunk holding extra blankets. The room is filled with light and the robin egg blue accents are a perfect touch! 

Master Bedroom

The Master Bath Master bathroomForty never looked so fabulous!



10 Comments on 40, Fabulous and a Fresh: Decorating a Neutral Home!

  1. Kathy furtado
    January 28, 2015 at 4:16 am (5 years ago)

    Love this color! SW 7568? Is this a good warm neutral?

    • memehillstudio
      January 28, 2015 at 10:45 pm (5 years ago)

      Hi yes Kathy. Very soothing and warm but not dark at all. If you have any reservations about the color you can go to your local Sherwin Williams and get a quart of the color to go for just $6.! Thanks for stopping by the blog. Amie

  2. Mary
    May 18, 2016 at 12:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Is the family room also neutral ground
    Sherwin Williams?

    • memehillstudio
      May 19, 2016 at 12:17 pm (3 years ago)

      HI Mary- Yes it is. ITs a great neutral color that in different lights looks like different colors. Goes with most decor too.

  3. Kris
    October 18, 2016 at 12:05 am (3 years ago)

    is the master bedroom also neutral ground?

    • memehillstudio
      October 18, 2016 at 2:45 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Kris- Yes it is. Thanks for stoping by!

  4. Dricka
    December 29, 2017 at 12:05 am (2 years ago)

    Hi do u kno the name of the black sleigh bed ?

  5. Gail Damon
    May 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Amie. Do you recall where you got the rug under the master bed from? Thank you!

    • memehillstudio
      May 15, 2018 at 4:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Gail! I believe it is from Pottery Barn but its been a few years back….


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