The Jenison Eclectic Trad: my latest client work

Hi all! I've been busy wrapping up projects for the summer, and I'm learning to say no to new projects when I know in my gut I really don't have the space in my schedule. But that's another post that I'm actually crafting now.

Today I want to share a home in Jenison, Michigan that I had the privilege to work on with the sweetest family.  I think all kids are cute--because, kids. But their toddler son is SO adorable I could hardly stand it. He had a contagious joyful spirit. Gotta love that!

Here is a glimpse of their master bedroom and their daughter's nursery. I still plan to hire a professional to take "real" photos of their home, but for now, enjoy!

T H E  B E F O R E


T H E  B E F O R E

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favorites from the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

I must share a few of my favorite shots from today's 
reveal day.  So many beautiful rooms, so little time.

What I really love about the one room challenge is there are so many styles, that you're bound to find a room or designer that really rings true for you.  So although these photos may be a few that I happen to love...rest assured there are favorites for everyone!  

(These are not in any particular order, they just happened to be the way I saved each photo to my computer and how they uploaded to the blog.)


 Let's start with the ping-pong table dining room. Genius.  She took a room they were barely using and transformed it into a fun and functional space. I've never seen it before--love.

I just really appreciated this bathroom makeover.  She took a totally basic builder bathroom and made it into an interesting and gorgeous space with no construction. Purely cosmetic.  AND the wallpaper reminds me of the cement tile we're seeing everywhere without the actual tile. Plus, the subtle hints of blush in the space just put me over the edge with love.

 If you follow me on instagram (@abbyminteriors) you'll know that I'm being drawn more and more to a neutral pallet.  Not necessarily the shabby chic style with an over-cluttered space (you know the one) but just subtle, layers, neutrals, and texture.  Voila! Like the room above.  There are modern, clean lines but all tone-on-tone that make the space visually interesting but relaxing. 

 This kitchen stopped my heart.  Please, for the love, click over and view the whole kitchen.
She uses the basics that we have all seen before: white cabinets, stone counter, and white subway tile. But somehow the kitchen looks like a breathe of fresh air. THE STOOLS!  I mean...stool heaven. It's a kitchen that's really gorgeous without trying too hard.  
Happy.  Approachable. And completely stunning.

This bedroom was for a client living in a tight space.  Click over and be sure to actually read what she did here.  Beautifully done. She thought of everything. I especially love the art, not pictured here.

How adorable is Jane? Another tiny space with big impact.  That print is everything, and I think this was a fantastic example of how to make a child's bedroom simple yet stylish.  Be sure to check it out.

To view every beautiful room in the challenge, click through this list. You'll be happy you did!

Trademarked by Calling it Home


One Room Challenge: Week Two

Friends, this is week two of the One Room Challenge!  That means I have a total of six posts to redesign a room from start to finish, sharing the gritty details with you every step of the way.  Of course this is the genius of Linda from Calling It Home.  She is hosting the invited group of 20 participants on Wednesdays, and then Thursdays are the days we get to join in.

If you missed my first post, sharing our GUEST ROOM TO OFFICE, be sure to read that here.

If you were so kind to leave a comment on that post, please be sure to scroll down to read my reply.  
I tried to respond to everyone.

I'm going to keep my words short, and my photos large for this post. ;-)

The light I have now was never intended to stay there this long.  Hence-- hoping for a wavy, vintage, acrylic light, similar to this.

I found this bamboo desk on CL.  I believe it's a Thomasville desk.  That's getting painted!

 Can you see my friend Julie from Simple Redesign?  She's so cute.  I spotted this hutch in her workroom long before I ever knew it would be mine.  It was love at first sight!  I actually like the wood finish as is, but it won't work in my office that way, so she's getting a paint job 
-- Simple Redesign style.

This canned and chrome chair is exactly what I wanted for my desk chair.  I found it on Etsy for a steal.  A STEAL.

This is fabric that started it all.  Isn't that funny?  You never where inspiration will strike.  This zebra fabric is a creation of Mari Robeson, and I fell hard for those sweet zebras.  You can find it here.

And then, last minute, I found this wallpaper and new I *needed* it.  Some way. Some how. There is a plate rail (trim) about six feet up from the floor, and the wallpaper will go under the molding.

 Oh, and did I mention I'm going to rip up the carpet and paint the floor blue?
Should be no problem...right?

I know it all looks and sounds quite crazy right now-- but I'm hoping it will all come together like pieces of the imaginary design puzzle in my head.

Can you see where I'm headed?  What's your favorite element?
Be sure to take a moment (or 100) to check out all the other linking participants here.

Click Through this list to visit the 20 invited participants and see their progress. 

Trademarked by Calling it Home

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


Abby M. Interiors Client Kitchen: Phase Two

Hi all!

Thank you.  Genuine thanks for your response to my last post.  I wasn't originally intending to get so personal, but I thought it best to just be honest and share what has been going on 
in the last few months.  

Changing gears...let's talk kitchens!  This client is one of my favorites!  We've made many changes to her home, but the biggest change was in the kitchen.

You may remember this kitchen from July of 2013.


We made many changes! But the cabinets stayed as is.  
After the transformation, you may remember it looked like this.  
(photos by Tracy Anne Photography)

Then, more recently, Lori called me and said she was ready to have her cabinets painted.  Woo hoo!  I was happy to see her again and we decided on the cabinet color quickly.  The fixed finishes (backsplash and granite) were staying, so I chose a creamy white that paired well 
without looking yellow.

Lori was gracious enough to take pictures of her light and bright kitchen.  She told me she's very happy with it and can't believe they waited so long. 

What do you think?  I know I am inspired to bite the bullet and get our cabinets painted.  But which do you prefer? 

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


One Room Challenge: guest bedroom to office

Hello blog land!  How are you?  It has been a while since my last post, but thanks to Linda's One Room Challenge, I just had to jump in.  This season, I'm a linking participant, which takes a bit of the pressure off, but not much. ;-)  To see my past ORC rooms (one bathroom and one bedroom) click here.

Let's start at the beginning, with this cute room for a little boy.  This is the image of the room when we walked through the house, before purchasing.  Then, it quickly changed into a guest room to fit our needs.

I've changed the guest room around a million times.  First, I painted all the walls white, but see that plate rail near the top of the ceiling?  I decided to paint the wall above the trim coral and take it all the way up the ceiling.  It looked very cool with the pillows, but in photographs, casts a pink hue on everything.  Shocker.

Now to get a bit personal, probably more than you care to know...
In January I had our second miscarriage at eleven weeks. Heartache. I told myself that if this room was not destined to be a nursery, then I'm going to turn it into my office!  God makes all things new, even our crappy guest room.  HE has given me abilities to see how to make something from nothing, and I hope to do that here.  Add a little Easter (new life) and Spring (new life) to the equation and I've romanticized this office to no end. My poor husband doesn't really know what he's gotten into, even after 13 years of marriage.

I know, I know, try to hold back from pinning all these before images. HA!  

NOTE: the ceilings are not blood red in person.  It's nearly impossible to get a decent photo of the room, but you'll get the idea.  It's a white and coral box with a 
sweet non-functioning intercom from the 1970s. 

I have plenty of work to do!  

I did find a desk on Craig's List.  WOO HOO!  It's vintage, bamboo, and needs a paint job.  It looks tiny in scale, here, but it's actually a good size.  Lighting will be changed!

To Do List:
*paint the ceiling white
*paint desk
*change hardware
*rip out the disgusting carpet
*prep and paint the sub floor to make it fabulous
*add functional yet gorgeous storage
*desk chair
*window treatments
*add overall awesomeness
*don't forget the pretty

I have plans, lots of plans, many of which can be seen on instagram, my media of choice.  Follow me there at @abbyminteriors.  Otherwise, you'll need to come back and visit next Thursday and I hope you do!  There are almost 100 linking participants this round so be sure to visit Calling It Home to be inspired by all!

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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