One Room Challenge -- Week 1 #swankycolonialproject

I am so glad you're here.
It's Christmas morning in blog land!  Today marks the first week of the One Room Challenge, started by Linda of Calling it Home.  Every Wednesday morning the invited group of us have six weeks to complete a room and share the entire process with you.  This is no small task.  Last Spring was my first time participating and I am thrilled to take part again! I dare say I never would have finished off our main bathroom without this challenge. 
Thank you, Linda!

Although I would LOVE to be doing a certain, unmentioned room in my own home for the ORC, one of my favorite clients has graciously agreed to allow us into their home instead.  You may recognize their dining and living room in the photos below.  I affectionately refer to this home as the #swankycolonialproject.  If you follow me on Instagram, this is not new to you.  (Instagram is my favorite...we should be friends.)  And now we are starting on the upstairs of their home.  Because it's fair to say that it doesn't match the main floor...and they are ready. 
Lucky us!

As you can see below, they are neutral lovers, but not afraid to go bold with me.

This couple is married with children.  They're both attorneys in town, and they are ready to make their whole house reflect their style.  

I'm designing their Master Bedroom for the One Room Challenge!  
Very excited.  The ORC is an intense process, and since we have already worked together, trust each other, and have even become friends, this is a special project to me.  I know how vulnerable my clients are when I put their unfinished homes on the world wide web.  But man oh man, when we're done, it's so fun.  I think they call that a designer's high.  AmIRight?!?
Want to know a secret?  Not only is there the challenge of the time limit, but challenge of going all neutral.  I love to use color.  But this bedroom is going to be a mix of black, white, beige, and gray.  So I'll be looking for other ways to make the room gorgeous besides color.

Let's get right to it!  This is a judge free zone...just take a look at the before photos of my bathroom from the last ORC. I am so thankful she took these shots before she ever knew we would do this, because it will make our after shots much more dramatic. You know how it is.  

-King upholstered bed ordered
-window treatments

-update dressers.  New hardware?
-new carpet is already installed.  woo hoo!

-Seating area 
-Redo floorplan

-New tv stand that better fits the space and their style

I asked my clients a couple questions to share with you.  I'm hoping to make this a regular part of my ORC posts, because it's all about the process.  
And don't you want to know what the clients are thinking as we go?  I do. ;-)

Q: How would you like your bedroom to feel and/or look?
A: We'd like a room that feels relaxing, calm, and comfortable.  Elegant/Classy...not sure the word I'm looking for.  Sophisticated. (him)

Q:Any must haves?  Anything making you nervous?  
A: Must haves- pillows.  I love lots of pillow!  I have always had a bedroom where all the furniture matched exactly.  So I am a little nervous how it will look with different pieces, but nervous in a good way!  Maybe a little nervous about the crane fabric- but I love the cranes in the dining room, so I know I'll love them in my bedroom! (her)

 Can you relate to my clients?  I'm sure it's so hard to pass the planning over to a designer.  But I always say it's not about me.  It's about helping my clients live in the best version of their own style.  I think I can make that happen in this bedroom.  
(brushes hands together and gets to work)

My clients had already ordered this beautiful, grown-up bed before we got started.  I adore it. In fact, it's being delivered today!

And because I love you, here is a glance, truly just a glance at where the bedroom is headed for the moment.  Normally I wouldn't share my plans for the room with my clients until I had the whole scheme put together, but the ORC is special.  So I'll share as I go! 
My personal goals for this room are to make it special, rich, and unique to my clients.  
All in six weeks.
I'm sure it will be no problem.
Please come back and check on our progress! ;-)

Linda has really outdone herself with the group this season.  
Two words: heavy hitters.
I'm not nervous at all. (cough)

If you would like to participate, anyone can join in as a Linking Participant on Thursdays. 
 Click here for details on how to link up.  But plan on visiting our group every Wednesday!

You will want to click through to every blog to see what they're working on, because dang, there are talented ladies here.  And a special shout out to Jana Bek who is a fellow Michigan designer.  So happy that our state is represented well!  Best wishes to all of us.  xx

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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.


Ohio New Build: going traditional

I have clients from many different states, and for special occasions, I will even travel to meet my clients.  Yesterday was one of those days.  This very special couple is building their dream home.  I'm not sure you can tell by the photo, but it's an incredible home with tons of space and two master master suites.  Yes, two.  That sounds like a dream to me!

Yesterday our goal was to work through exterior selections.  We had to decide on colors for wood siding, shingles, pillars (not built yet), doors, trim, shutters and gutters.  The lower portion of the house will be covered in stone, which has already begun install.  They also selected the windows before I was pulled into the project, so my choices were based on the window color, roof, and stone.  

She gave us a tour of their home.  Oh my word...the sun room straight back from my view, is where I would live.  They were smart with this house and included plenty of pocket doors and an open floor plan.

I mean, this view out the back of the house.  Yes, please.

I am honored they would trust me with their dream home and I can't wait to see the finished exterior!  It will be done in the next couple weeks and hopefully they'll share.

Funny, not-so-funny story.
After the five hour drive to their house it was time to get gas.  Magically, I had a faulty pump and gasoline went all over my shoes and legs.  1) Thankfully I was wearing shoes from Target and promptly threw them in the trash.  2) Thankfully I was wearing a dress, and could wash the gasoline off my legs.  Only problem was we had a five hour drive ahead of us and I didn't have any shoes!  My dear friend Stephanie ran into a local Walmart and bought me a sweet pair of flats for the rest of our trip.  Thanks, Steph!

I have to confess, one of the best parts of our day was stopping at Whole Foods on the way home and snagging the.most.amazing.carmels.EVER.  I'm afraid they'll be gone soon.  
Have you tried these?!

I also have to mention the sky God painted for us while we headed home.  The clouds looked like a brushstrokes across the changing blue.  It felt like a present. 

Unrelated, (because it's my blog and sometimes I'm going to talk food) I had to share this pizza I made this week.  I cooked a huge batch of black beans over the weekend.  I put them with cheese in my son's thermos for lunch, serve with pulled pork tacos, and made Pioneer Woman's "taco pizza."  This was a huge hit with the kids.  I buy our fresh pizza dough from Marco's on Cascade...the rest is simple to throw together on a week night.  
You can find the step by step recipe here, but the photo is my own.

Have you made exterior decisions on your home?  How did it go?
Tomorrow I get to me a new client in Nunica, Michigan.  She lives in a farm house and I'm super excited. ;-)  Thanks for reading!  

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.  I am currently accepting new clients for the fall.


updates to my Home Tour

Hi there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  My youngest son and I went to the MSU game and watched them score touchdown after touchdown.  So fun!  I also made these muffins (addicted) and this mac-n-cheese.  After church, Sundays have become my day for spending all my time in the kitchen stocking up for the week.  Anyone else do the same?

Have you had a chance to click over to my Home Tour page?  I've added some updated living room shots from Ashley Avila Photography.   I hope you like them!

To see the rest of our home, just 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.  I am currently accepting new clients for the fall.


back with an *announcement*

Hello lovelies!
I know, I've basically left you for the entire summer.  I feel a bit guilty but not.  There are seasons where my family needs me more than you need me, but now I'm back with plenty to share and I'm excited to get going!
{photo credit: Tracy Anne Photography}

I was still working on a few projects, so humor me and let's take a quick peek.

There were more details added to these rooms, but you'll have to wait until I have the space professionally shot to see the true end results.  ;-)

I pulled some pillows together for a favorite client in Chicago.

I worked on a master bedroom design for different Chicago clients.

Then a master bedroom for local clients. Bonus on this one is that she has incredible style and is making the room gorgeous!  I can't wait to see the finished look.

Here's one photo from her instagram of what she has done so far.
If you really want to stay connected, Instagram is the best way to know the latest and greatest! 

FINALLY, it's time to share such a fun announcement.

Linda has invited me back to participate in the One Room Challenge!  Isn't the new logo beautiful?  Linda does an amazing job organizing what has become quite an event in the blogging world and I'm beyond thrilled to join the group.  This starts October 1st, so be sure to come back every Wednesday to see what room I'm working on and click through to the other participants.  I will give you a hint: this space will be completely different than my last ORC.  
There are some very heavy hitters in this years group--you won't want to miss!  
If you haven't seen my One Room Challenge from the spring, please click here to check it out.  

We'll be posting under the hashtag #oneroomchallenge and even you can play along as a linking participant !  That begins October 2nd.

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.  I am currently accepting new clients for the fall.


top 20 under $100--Lulu & Georgia Giveaway

I really love my new lamps, and as many of you mentioned on instagram,
the trim on the shades really makes them sing.

The best news?
Lulu & Georgia is giving one of you a $100 gift card!
And because I love you, I put together a list of my top 20 favorites from Lulu & Georgia.
The winner will be announced next Wednesday.  I can't wait to see what you pick.
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