A Playroom Transformation Plan

Welcome to Abby Manchesky Interiors!
Inspiration via Studio McGee

A playroom can either be a luxury or a headache, depending on how tidy your children are (are children tidy?) and where it is located in your home. My clients' playroom is the first room you see when you walk in the door. It was built as a dining room but they were using it as a play room.

They knew it was time to feature their 
beautiful blue piano, and contacted me to help.

Here are the 'before' photos she sent.

-Clear the room of everything but the piano. Move toy storage to basement.
-Move piano to be the focal point.
-Add soft seating for a relaxing space.
-Include smart storage for stray toys and blankets.
-Finish the room with styling and art.

I knew I wanted the four chair layout, and pulled some inspiration.
Lauren Liess

Rita Chan Interiors

Holly Mathis Interiors

Dana Lynch Design

Here's the plan!

In real life there will be four chairs, but you get the idea.

The first order of business was to get rid of the boob light and replace it with a beautiful chandelier.

 I kept it free of glass, and open feeling so that it would be easy to clean.

The leather ottoman is kid friendly and opens for toy storage.

The tall baskets underneath the clear console also add smart, concealed storage.

The rug is actually an indoor/outdoor rug. I LOVE the colors. They ground the very light and neutral room and hide any dog hair. We also added drapes for softness and finishing off the space.

The pillows are a palest aqua circle cut velvet, which is a nice contrast against the
 linen slip-covered chairs.

I gave them a fun option for the future--adding faux olive trees to flank the piano. It adds another texture and organic vibe to the space. The art was chosen for its water-y and light qualities.

console | baskets | ottoman | rug | chair | art | chandelier available via abbyminteriors@gmail.com

There you have it! They asked for a relaxing, fresh, space that features their piano and it's coming together very quickly. I hope to share 'after' photos with you by the end of the month! 

Do you have a piano in your home? How do you style it?


Master Bedroom Before & After

Welcome to Abby Manchesky Interiors!

Don't you love a good before and after? Today I'm sharing a client's master bedroom makeover.

Remember my friend and fellow creative entrepreneur, Michelle? I shared our plans for her master bedroom earlier this month. She is an incredible photographer at Michelle Corinne Photography, specializing in newborns--oh my word she takes amazing photos. She even did our family pics this year! 

Michelle sent me a handful of photos of her room. As you can see below, the room was quite dark, even though this photo was taken during the day. They weren't happy with their room but she didn't know where to start. To read more about our goals for this project click here.

I moved the bed in front of the window. The room was painted the softest pale blue: Sea Foam by Benjamin Moore.

We removed her old drapes and hung the new drapes high and wide. The inside edge of your drapes should come to the window, not cover the window. You'd never know this huge window was behind her old panels. I also added a flatweave rug. She really disliked her carpet and contrary to popular belief, you can layer a flatweave rug over carpeting.
It's difficult to tell from the photos, but the rug made a huge impact!

We moved the narrow dresser that used to hold the TV to this wall, and now the TV in on their long dresser opposite the headboard.

Details finish the room. I arrived with a handful of accessories and Michelle was left with a fully finished space. She told me she's never leaving!

There you have it! 
A quick bedroom makeover on a budget. 
This project was a delight to work on and I'm so grateful to help them love their home.

Thank you for reading! If you'd like to see more Before & After posts click here. I hope Michelle and her husband are able to enjoy this room for years to come. 

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