I am so excited tis hare how you can transform your builder spec home into a stunning neutral home that is anything but cookie cutter. My client Stacey, her husband Tom and their two children live in a builder spec 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!

Fabulous Foyer Ideas

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 we add removable chevron wallpaper to the stair risers, 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 spray 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. Stacey loves black and white and topiaries. The whimsical casual elements of this neutral home is carried throughout 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 home has a splash 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 paint. She later added 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.  Three classic black framed botanical prints hang  over the sleigh bed. 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!


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    Kathy furtado

    January 28, 2015

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

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      January 28, 2015

      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

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    May 18, 2016

    Is the family room also neutral ground
    Sherwin Williams?

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      May 19, 2016

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

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    October 18, 2016

    is the master bedroom also neutral ground?

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      October 18, 2016

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

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    December 29, 2017

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

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      December 29, 2017

      Hi It was several years ago form Pottery Barn. Here is a link to a black one but not sleigh. https://amzn.to/2CiJxSG Also, Here is another sleigh option… https://amzn.to/2lnbBtS . Good luck. Im sorry that Pottery Barn doesn’t carry it anymore!

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    Gail Damon

    May 14, 2018

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

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      May 15, 2018

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

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Amie Freling

"Life's too short for white walls .." Amie Freling-Brown, a Rochester, NY-based designer and artist who transforms ho-hum spaces into works of art. Her creative designs can be found in many fine homes, restaurants and businesses. Her work has been featured in national magazines, on HGTV and has been sold through retailers nationwide from True Value Hardware to Nordstroms. She proudly offers such professional services as design, staging, color consultations and fine art.


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