One Room Challenge -- Week #5

Party people!  It's week five of the One Room Challenge! 

I'm part super relaxed about this  whole "let's design, finish a room, and have it photographed in six weeks" and part freaking out on the inside.  I'm going to keep it short and sweet today.  Let's jump right into the good stuff: WINDOWS!

Isn't Instagram wild?  Instagram has helped me connect with so with talented business women, artists, photographers, and fellow designers. I'm addicted.  I've been following @drawncompany for a while now...since before they even had their name!  As a fabric junkie, I'm always attracted to beautiful work, especially when it comes to windows.  Julie & Jen, of Drawn clearly create beautiful custom window treatments.  And I'm thrilled to use their roman shades in my client's master bedroom.  

Yes, these are grainy cell phone photos, but that will make the real photos next week just that much better!  I promise we will take some gorgeous shots of these shades.  Hopefully you can see what a big impact they have on the room.  I love the finishing details, like the piping across the top and the lining. 

The Real Story
Background on the windows...before we started making changes to the room they had blinds and a pleated valance.  I was planning to keep the blinds, remove the valances, and add drapes.  Originally the winter crane fabric was going to be the drapes.  Then a couple weeks in I realized that the shade on the right didn't work properly.  My clients have lived with it broken for so long, that she forgot to tell me.  We ALL know how it goes when you get used to something and don't even see it anymore.  This wouldn't work, but we're on a deadline.  
I contacted Drawn in a panic.  HELP PLEASE!
 Julie, one of the owners, was a gem to speak with and was able to help us in time for the photo shoot.
Thank you!

I have a long way to go before the room is finished.  
*nightstands need to be styled
*bed needs to be dressed
*add piece over the headboard
*install gallery wall and sconces
*style the two dressers and TV table
*finish upholstering the new vintage chairs for the end of the bed

I'll be posting many updates on Instagram, you can be sure.  
Until then, let's refill our coffee and check out the other challengers!

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Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


#shoppingwithAbbyM: World Market Favorites

Work days filled with shopping?  This is what everyone imagines is the life of an interior designer and some days this is true!  Just know it's not the gritty every day. ;-)

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that occasionally I do a blast of #shoppingwithAbbyM posts, about what I'm loving at a particular store that day.  It's a way for us to shop together virtually.  I found great pieces at World Market yesterday and saved most of them for this post instead of just on Instagram.  

If the items are available online, I link to them.
  Otherwise you'll just have to search your local store. ;-)

Basically I want to design a room around this rug.  It's mostly grays and blues with just the tiniest hints of pink.  YES.  

Navy.  Herringbone.  Wanted everything about these X-base stools.  Use two under a console table.  Place two at the end of your bend.  Flank you buffet in the dining room with them.  Use two as coffee table.  Options are endless.

This chandi is perfect for a swanky dining room or would be interesting over a kitchen island. Looks like it's out of stock online, but you can search your zip code for available store. 

Loved this carved wooden mirror.  They had two on clearance and I would put them next to eachother in a girls bathroom with double sinks.  I think they're unexpected.  You could also put two over a long dresser in a bedroom.

 Someone needs to buy this brass pendant.  Just imagine the cool shadows it would cast in the room!  Only $100.

 Liked the colors in this abstract.  Not quite as vivid in person.

Great looking floor lamps are tricky to find, unless they're a fortune. I thought this white floor lamp was good looking and interesting. 

By the way, can you believe tomorrow is the last One Room Challenge post before the reveal?  I was there today to take some photos and snapped this picture of their family room that we did over a year ago.  Still love it.
Can't wait!  I hope you come back tomorrow to see what we've been up to on their master bedroom.

See any finds on our shopping trip?  Be sure to let me know if you use of these pieces in your own home.  I'd love to see! xx

Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


Modern Farmhouse : Orange & Teal Guestroom Design

Happy Monday my friends!  
I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was full of Michigan State football and beating the Wolverines.  :-)

My #modernfarmhousemi clients and I are slowly working our way through the whole house.  Today I'm sharing our plans for the guest bedroom.

It all started with this fabric.  My friend Julie is using it in her home, and when I saw yards and yards of it, I thought it would be perfect for my clients, because they love color.  Please ignore the reflection of the window on the fabric! 

 I want to bring out the orange, teal, and pink from the pattern.  This would be the euro shams on the bed, and then I'd add coral-orange velvet piping as the trim.

I've been waiting for the perfect place to use Leland gal fabric,  I love the pattern on this pillow and it has my orange and teal colors to perfection!  

Plus a little boho--because they've got boho style, and it adds a fun texture to the room.

Julie from Simple Redesign (You're going to be hearing her name often because we work closely together and she's awesome.) posted this desk on Facebook and I was first to pounce on it.  I love the shape of the legs!  It was a dresser but the drawers were in poor condition, so Julie removed them and is selling it as a desk.  I would like to see it lacquered in white, but add the color on the underside: either coral or teal.
A clear stool would get pushed under the desk to allow the color to show through.  Plus, I like the the juxtaposition of a farmhouse and the modern look of the ghost stool.

Can you even handle this pair of nightstands I found?  They are so unique and the drawers slide like butter.  Sadly there is no furniture company stamp on them. Trust me, I looked.  So I have no idea who made them, but I can't wait to see them in the room.  I'm so thankful my clients loved them as much as I did.  Julie will lacquer them glossy white and paint the inside of the drawers coral--sneaky color.  Design is in the details!

What do you think?  I like to take more risks, especially with color in a guest room, because people are only staying in the space for a short time so why not make a statement?!

To see the plans for the farmhouse master bedroom click here.

Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


One Room Challenge -- Week #4

Good morning!  Welcome to week four of the One Room Challenge!  If this is your first time here, there are 20 of us that have six weeks to finish a room and share the entire process with you.  The good.  The bad.  And the ugly.  

This is where we started... 

The new king size bed and new carpet made a huge improvement!  But the nightstands had to go.  They're too small and didn't fit the overall vibe we were going for.

I went to see Julie, to see if she had anything perfect in stock.  She didn't, but mentioned a carpenter she knew.  So we talked and I drew for her what I wanted.  Then, after I went to Carrie's house and measured again (measure twice, cut once) I realized I wanted them wider than I originally thought.  Julie drew an updated, more precise version for the builder.  And we were on our way to nightstand heaven!

It's difficult to imagine them finished from this photo, but I knew once Julie lacquered them (she does not spray paint them) and finished them off, they would be amazing!

They are perfect! Thank you to Julie for gifting us the vintage brass pulls. 

They look large in these photos, right? These were taken in Julie's workroom.  But once I got them installed in Carrie's master bedroom, they were ideal!  They are the perfect height --equal with the mattress.  And the width doesn't get swallowed up by the heavy bed or large room.  

This is Carrie and me after the nightstands were installed and the glass tops were added...

Frolicking with joy.  
I'm pretty sure a chorus broke out from heaven.  
 I even got an impromptu hug and a "I can't believe these are my nightstands."  Who knew a nightstand could be so rewarding?  Obviously now I want to make more...

If you're looking for unique, vintage pieces, or just in need of giving an old piece a new look, contact Julie at Simple Redesign.  She has both painted furniture and unfinished pieces to choose from.  For example, this is my client's dining room.  Same house as the master bedroom for the ORC.  We picked the mid-century modern buffet, unfinished, and Julie lacquered it for us.  Then the chairs were a Craig's List find of mine, and I had Julie spray them white and my upholsterer add black faux ostrich to the seats.  

Onto the Q & A portion of this series.  If you're just jumping in now, every week I've been asking my clients a few questions to pull them into the process and help give you the inside scoop.  Last week they switched the questions on me!

You're going to think I paid her for these answers.  I didn't.  But she sure is generous. ;-)

1.  What has been the biggest surprise/unexpected aspect of this One Room Challenge process?
I have been thinking about this one for awhile and the truth is, I am not sure anything has surprised me.  (At least not yet!)  You created a design plan that exceeded my expectations - no surprise there!  You managed to find the perfect pieces and those extra elements that will make the finished room unique.  Again, I am not surprised!  When you could not find nightstands that fit our needs, you went see Julie at Simple Redesign and the two of you created the perfect nightstands for my room. No surprise!  You have worked quickly and efficiently to make sure the room is complete in six weeks.  Most importantly, you have made this process fun and exciting, eliminating any of the usual stress I feel when making big decisions.  I think you have really outdone yourself with this ORC, but again, I am not surprised!!

2.  At this point we've worked together designing most of your home.  What is one thing you would tell someone who is considering working with a designer?
My advice is to keep an open mind and allow yourself to consider design elements that may be outside your comfort zone.  I think many people can design "safely," but I personally hired a designer to push me beyond that safe zone.  Some of the design elements I had reservations about initially, are now my favorite components the spaces Abby designed.

Thanks, Carrie!  This has been so much fun and I think it's just going to get better from here!
-Chandelier is installed
-Custom window treatments arrive this week
-Monogrammed pillow on its way
-Art for gallery wall arrives tomorrow

Install day will be here before we know it!

Now grab more coffee and be sure to check out the other challengers!  

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Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


Basement Refresh : East GR clients

Oh, friends.  There is so much going on behind the scenes.  Such a treat for me.  But today I'm keeping it short and sweet with a little basement refresh for a repeat client.  

This is technically a finished basement, but not finished in the way that she'd like.  For example, the floor is concrete.  But it's a great casual seating and entertaining area, and she wants to spruce it up with a rug, drapes, and pillows.  

She has two navy sofas, so I started with that.

 I selected this rug because it's multicolored, textured, and has an interesting feel to it.  I think it's welcoming for what can be a cold basement.  The colors also warm it up!

Then the pillows...
I pulled the colors from the rug, but was sure to mix patterns and textures against her leather blue sofas.  The room has a nice big window, but overall, the room has a heavy feel to it.  I chose these lighter and brighter colors to soften and brighten the space; a bit less serious than the upstairs rooms would be.

We've got tweed...

Cotton knit...




What do you think?  
Is this a basement scheme you could enjoy?

Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


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