The Story Behind Gray Apple

Dec 19

I’ve been writing and rewriting this blog post in my head for months. Do I want to keep it short and strictly business? Do I want to be emotional and personal? How much do people actually care about this little business of mine and do they really just want to see pretty pictures of pillows and find out where I bought that tray? You know what, it’s no exaggeration when I say so much has happened in the past year, and I think when I dove into this interior design/home décor journey exactly one year ago, my life was no longer just mine. Starting a blog means making a lot of your life an open book. In my case, one that people actually read and responded to fairly quickly. It seems like everywhere I went in my hometown I had people asking me to help them with their homes. I threw around the idea of starting my own business, took steps to move in that direction, but needed the acceptance and support to follow through. So this is where the post gets personal, and I’ve decided that not only my followers, who thanks to YOU gave me the confidence to keep this thing going, but many others in my life might like to hear about it.

I began to focus more and more on interior design and decorating. It was a creative outlet for me, my passion and my happy place. When I finally stopped trying to shape my life to my own plan and let God guide me, I realized He had it all figured out. And for the first time in my life I began to feel peace and contentment.


Meet Jeff. The guy who took my passion and made it an LLC. I used to think I was creative and then I met this man. Jeff has designed the most beautiful, unique spaces both indoors and out. An entrepreneur by nature, him and his brother own a few companies including real estate and construction. Every single day he amazes me with his leadership and ambition. His ideas for my business and how dedicated he is to making my dream come true is  something I’ll be forever grateful for. But, what I love most about him is his love for Jesus Christ. The way he leads us daily in a direction that follows Him. Because He is the reason all of this is possible.

Right away Jeff spotted my talent and I’ll never forget his words, “There’s no reason why you shouldn’t start your own business.” It was so refreshing and so opposite of what I was used to hearing. I don’t like to take all of the credit, because Gray Apple really is ours together. He continues to support me and offer advice on a daily basis and together, we make a pretty cool team.


I can’t end the mush without mentioning this sweet girl that rules the playroom you’ve seen pop up in a lot of my posts. Jozlyn is Jeff’s daughter and just like him, she has impacted my life in such a positive way. I’ve been learning real fast how to be a mix of a mom and a friend to a five year old with all of the creativity and energy that she gets from her dad. If you met her, you’d hear her talking about Gray Apple more than anyone. She loves helping me decorate and coming up with new ideas of items to sell in the shop. After all, she’s the one who came up with the name while eating an apple and talking about my favorite colors. 😉


I’m so grateful for the friends and family who have not only given me so much support and encouragement, but patience during this major life change and at a time where I am busier than ever. They will always have my love and our support in return.


So here we are! I’m thrilled that I get to wake up every day and make life more beautiful for people through their home; whether it’s designing, decorating, or offering an awesome variety of décor in the shop. I hope you enjoy following along!

  1. Mindy Baker

    January 4th, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I love hearing this story and how you have allowed God to lead you to where you are today! (Prov 3:5-6) I am so excited for you and this new venture! Can’t wait to see the shop in person!

  2. Sarah Zinn

    January 4th, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks Min! I am in such a great place. I can’t wait for you to visit the shop in the spring!

  3. Julie Smith

    January 5th, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I am so happy that you are following your passion! Doing what you love everyday makes all the difference! So proud of you Sarah!

  4. Sarah Zinn

    January 6th, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Thank you Julie! It really does! 🙂

  5. Casey Brenner

    January 6th, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Great Job Jeff! I am happy for you!

  6. Michelle Walker

    January 6th, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    This blog had me smiling the whole time I was reading it. So proud of the person you are and the great things you will continue to do.

  7. Sarah Zinn

    January 6th, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Awe! Thanks so much Chelle. That means so much.

  8. borvest inkral

    February 19th, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great style.

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