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.


One Room Challenge -- Week 3

Week three, baby.  Let's dive in.

If you're new to the One Room Challenge, click below.  

I'm working on a client's master bedroom and we have six short weeks to makeover the room, sharing the process with you every Wednesday. Big thanks to Linda to inviting me back to the group this season!  I am breaking out in hives having a blast!

I found the image of the bowls this week and immediately saw the ORC bedroom.   Soft.  Neutral.  Relaxed.  We decided exactly what we're doing with the winter crane fabric.  Carol from 6Wilson is making incredible pillows for us, then blush pillows will sit in front of them.  She does the most gorgeous work and I can't wait for you to see the details she's adding to this crane fabric!

We'll finish the bed off with a custom monogrammed pillow from Keatonandco.  You'll have to wait to see which fabric and monogram we chose.

Lighting plan?  I think it's solved.  We may or may not use the sconces...I haven't decided yet.  But the Pineapple Lamps with black shades already arrived and they are beautiful!  Thanks LampsPlus.  My client, Carrie, fell hard for Jana Bek's brushstroke lamps, and we went with her blush version.  Jana painted it this week and I can't wait to see it!  

The huge wall of emptiness, as I lovingly refer to it, needs not only a new TV stand
 but plenty of art.  See?

Minted to the rescue.  Have you shopped their Art Marketplace? I feel like everyone knows Minted has fantastic stationery and Christmas cards, but they also have a huge selection of limited edition prints.  What I love about shopping there is how you can search by "type", "color" and really narrow down your selection.  For example, I knew I wanted a mix of photography, and paintings.  Easy.

Here's what we ordered: I put the list together and Carrie approved!  Whew!
I did ask Carrie ahead of time to share with me their favorite vacation spots, hobbies, memories I should know...just so I could at least try to make the art a bit more personal.  For example, butterflies remind her of her mother, so I made sure to include a butterfly piece that fit our aesthetic.  I may need to add a few more pieces to this mix to get my desired affect on the wall... but so far I'm thrilled with the art.  Thanks Minted!  (They're a sponsor of the ORC, & totally worth checking out.) 

Last night around 8:30 p.m. when I finally sat down to put together this post, wondering what questions might be great to ask my clients for our weekly One Room Challenge Q & A, I was stumped.  No ideas.
But because my client is brilliant, she suggested that
I'm game!  I hope you find it helpful.
The One Room Challenge is all about sharing the process of design and giving you the inside scoop.  

Carrie: For the last ORC, you redesigned a space in your own home ( a gorgeous bathroom).  Has it been more challenging doing the ORC for a client or your own home?

Abby: I've actually been thinking about this quite a bit.  There was so much DIY I had to do for our bathroom makeover.  Really.  So much.  Blood, sweat, and tears went into that room.  In that sense, this ORC is significantly easier.  If I had difficult clients (which I don't) that needed plenty of convincing on my ideas, it would make the challenge more difficult, but this has really been fun!!  Per usual, the weeks and days are starting to go faster so now I'm in list mode.  I don't want to forget anything!   When it's my own house I'm less concerned about the practical, but since this room is a space that must function for years to come for clients?  I'm even more detailed.

Carrie: What has been the biggest challenge of the ORC so far?

Abby: Honestly, you have made it so easy and fun!  I'd say just being very conscious of budget.  You've provided plenty of money to work with, especially when paired with the One Room Challenge sponsors, but at the end of the day I want to honor my client's budget while still getting amazing photos for the reveal.  So I'm always balancing budget and design, pushing against each other in my head, scheming ways to get the biggest impact for your dollar.

Carrie: What is your favorite part of this round of the ORC?

Abby: The best part of this round is seeing you (my clients) excited!  I know you're being stretched, design wise, but it will be so fun to see what you think in the end.  (Dear God let them love it.) 

These are not ORC-related, but I'll take a stab at them...

Carrie: What is the most difficult room to design on a budget?

Abby:  Every client has a budget.  I won't get started until they give me one.  But by far, the answer is bedrooms.  Everyone expects a living room to be expensive.  But for some reason when it comes to the bedroom, myself included, we think we'll get some new bedding, a few pillows, and be done!  We tend to not realize how expensive pieces like side tables and beautiful fabrics will cost.  For a bedroom to have a finished look I think it needs layers, which all equal up to more costs.  Bedrooms also come with a lot of moving parts that can get pricey.  Drapes alone--expensive.  It just adds up.  But take heart!  A good designer can help you decide where to spend your money for the biggest bang for your buck.  

Carrie: What do couples disagree about most often during the design process?  (Crane fabric?  Labor intensive chandlers? Just kidding!)

Abby:  Ha!  I'm guessing I don't know all the disagreements in the background, but what I see the most is that couples disagree on who the decision maker is in the family. 

That's it for this week!  Be sure to check out the other 19 challengers!  There are some amazing rooms happening.  

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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.


Bedroom Design Board for the #modernfarmhousemi

Hello loves!  I'm swamped right now working on the One Room Challenge and headed out for finishing pieces.  Can't wait to reveal them to you!

As promised, today I'm sharing the master bedroom design plan for my Modern Farmhouse clients.
If you remember, I based the design on her painting.  
She's a talented artist so this was the obvious direction to go.  

They are keeping their greige upholstered headboard, so just imagine that in the background. ;-)

They are excited about the plan and we're moving forward.  Woo hoo! In fact, I learned this morning that AC (my client) had returned their original lamps for this room because she was hoping for these exact lamps that I selected! Fun stuff, this job. 
 If you missed my original post on this home, 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.


Boho-Modern Farmhouse: local client master bedroom

Hi all!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share one of my latest new clients and a few plans.  It all started when I was on the Q & A panel for The Bloom Workshop.  See, I love to talk and have plenty of opinions and therefore I'm super chatty for any question and answer session.  A couple days later I received an email from A., asking to set up a consultation. I wish you could have seen my face when I pulled in her driveway.  No joke...this is my dream home.  But it's not mine, it's theirs! ;-) 

She's an artist, and they are the most adorable southern couple that somehow ended up in Michigan building their dream home.  Here's the interesting part...
The home is on the cover of a local magazine this month because it's a parade home, but what you see in the photos didn't stay.  I get the true privilege of working with this fantastic family to make it their forever home.  Woo Hoo!  

Before I really break it down, just take a look at her talent.  She creates gorgeous paintings.  Obviously I want one.  

Click here to see more of her paintings!  She just started an instagram account sharing her work and I don't miss a post.

Back to her home. 
My Challenge?  
Combine Boho-Farmhouse-California Casual-Southern Traditional.
No problem.

 I know you want to see the entire house, but we have to start somewhere and the first room we're doing together is the master bedroom.  The house has great bones.  Lucky me!

One show-stopper piece in their bedroom is this huge mirror from the capitol building in Lansing that she found at a store in Cascade.  It's a perfect fit on this wall, and I love the architecture.  

 Here's where I get to help...
The bed and bedding will stay, along with the dresser.  
-more art
-place for kids to lounge

This is the wall opposite the bed with a beautiful fireplace.  The candles will go and be replaced with stacked family photos.  Think layers and height.

Similar to this. 

Here are a few photos she loves and is inspired by...

Most of the home is neutral now, and she's ready to add inspiration through color.
But she also asked for a bit of masculine for her husband.  Let's start with 
those pieces.

This dresser has a rich masculine vibe but still plenty of style.

A leather ottoman on a farm? Yes.  Easy for the kiddos to lounge, good texture, and a 
nod to the masculine.

This lamp reads boho-masculine to me.  Am I right?!

Now for the color and love...
This photograph paired with her gorgeous abstract.
A juju hat is boho, feminine, and at this point, a classic if you ask me.  You can't beat it's beauty, softness and visual texture.

And PATTERN...please.

I think besides a monogram, every southerner needs a little buffalo check in their life.

This fabric is a possibility for a piece of furniture.  We'll see.

Knit and sequins?  It just seems right.

Want to see what it all looks like put together? 
You'll have to come back tomorrow. ;-) 

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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