Hi there, my name is Sam and I am the owner, designer, and self-proclaimed problem solver behind worthington grey. worthington grey began as a love child when I was looking for a creative outlet and we were trying to figure out how we fit into our own home. My plan is to share the designs for our home, home tricks, and ideas for working in smaller and older homes. Eventually I hope to grow so that I can assist you in your home using e-design services.
As anyone in an older home understands, sometimes it is about working with what is already there.
My significant other and I have a small house built in 1935 in coastal North Carolina. One of the most attractive features for us was the small footprint and huge yard (for a city anyway!) The property was owned by one family for a majority of its life and the woman who lived here until she was elderly had amazing gardens, flowers, and trees. Although the yard was allowed to become overgrown with huge vines for about a decade, our mission has been to bring it back to life. We have uncovered a pear tree, fig tree, and we have a magnolia tree that is over 100 years old.
We fancy ourselves mini urban homesteaders and are slowly growing our vegetable garden. We hope to add some chicks and a green house in the near future (and will take you along for the ups and downs).
We were lucky in that our house had a “soft flip” before we bought it so the heavy lifting in the bathroom and kitchen were done [bless]. But this house still has a long way to go. Some plans we have: adding fencing around the whole property (expensive), creating two rooms from one large room (shocking, I know), solidifying a plan for the awkward room between our kitchen and living room, adding built-ins to our kitchen nook, adding a big pantry, adding a back porch, and my ABSOLUTE FAVE: redoing the laundry room (hint at the fun times ahead—it used to be a back porch).
I have a background in law and that comes in handy because I can research very dense topics (law books on Constitutional law are 4 inches thick y’all) and boil it down into easy to digest pieces.
One of my absolute favorite skills is problem solving. Older and smaller houses need weird storage, sometimes dual spaces, and extra creativity sometimes. If you need help with something specific, shoot me an email or drop a comment, I love helping people think of answers to their home problems.