Living in Place with GRAY | WALTER Interior Design

Are you living with things from decades ago? Does this lovingly assembled collection of artwork, antiques & other ephemera have your head spinning?

Below is an excerpt from a recent article written by Kenneth Walter of GRAY | WALTER Interior Design, centered around the concept of “Living in Place.” When you experience life changes – expected or unexpected – it can be difficult to know how to adapt your environment. Kenneth can help you determine what to keep and how to incorporate it into your home design.

Read the full article on Living in Place on his blog here.

63e1b796-4fa7-4422-831e-f6762ef88696-300x225The concept of Living in Place transformed my interior design/architecture practice to a new dimension. Yes, we still do interior design, of course, we’re solving problems by creating new ways of living for our clients. My younger clients often inherit items their loved ones have cherished for years. Many times the benefactor sees these things as a burden and wants to get rid of them. Not everything is a treasure even though it’s been lovingly kept for decades. I’m sentimental about my things too so I get it.

“Sometimes a renovation is exactly what the doctor ordered.”


We advise our clients on these important decisions: what can be given to loved ones, sold at auction, put in the “estate sale”, put on e-Bay or donated to charity. Some clients have one house, others are consolidating multiple homes full of furnishings to a single address. It’s a lot of work but our team lets you sit back and relax.

We’ve been doing this for years and know what we’re doing. We’ll help you keep the best and most meaningful things. Sometimes that means we go through storage containers with you, some of our clients can’t do it so we will. There will be some tears of course, but you’ll be happy when the cherished items go to someone who appreciates them. I cannot begin to tell you how pleased my clients are once they’ve parted with things that no longer matter to them.


Are you remaining in your home, trying to figure out what to keep? Do you need to relocate or downsize to something that makes more sense? Oftentimes it’s a combination of two or more of these things. Now that you’ve made the important decision to change your life we’re here for you. Experts at reusing what you already own. Your things will be integrated into your home whether new or reimagined. Perhaps you want a new place to hang your hat or renovate your existing digs. It could mean a new kitchen, bathrooms or renovating the existing spaces so they now fit your lifestyle.

I hope I’ve inspired you to make the changes you’ve dreamed of. The possibilities are endless. We’ll help you in ways never imagined. Don’t you worry about a thing, all it takes is a phone call.

Here’s to new beginnings~

About GRAY | WALTER Interior Design: GRAY | WALTER is a studio based in Chicago founded over two decades ago. The firm’s scope of work extends from ground-up construction and renovation to interior architecture, design and decoration for hotels, restaurants, private clubs, residential, corporate and other commercial spaces. Their aesthetic is characterized by diversity and unified by an essential clarity. Design evolves out of intimate dialogue: between the client and the designer, between the designer and the site.

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