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 abbyminteriors@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 abbyminteriors@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.


What I'm Working On : Big Whitefish Lake Cottage

Hello friends!  I've missed you.  I've just been swamped with work since the new year and I'm so thankful.  Right now I'm focused on a client who recently purchased a second home "cottage" on a beautiful lake north of Rockford.  If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already seen previews of these plans, but I had to share here as well.

They asked for their cottage to feel totally different than their home in Grand Rapids.  They wanted fun and relaxing, with a mix of high and low, but comfortable for their kids and guests.

I don't have time to break every room down, but my personal goal was to make the whole house cohesive, giving them the ability to move everything around from room to room as they see fit.  Total flexibility for change, depending on their needs for the weekend.

I could die over these pillows and I'm so glad they splurged on them.  

 Their three daughters will be sharing one room.  I kept it light and fun with a splash of modern.

We went with a different table than this, in a warmer honey color, but you get the general idea.  They also went for my recommendation of ordering these vintage dining chairs from Etsy.  They arrive this week!  We'll have them sprayed white and recover the chair pads in a better fabric.  

This huge pendant is going to make a great statement on their vaulted ceiling and will allow you to see right through to the lake.

We went with a very long, bench cushion, slipcovered sofa.  I can't wait.  

Every room has a few fabrics from Leland Gal.  Her brand was a perfect fit and we got a firsthand preview to her 2015 collection that has me swooning.  I always love her fresh style and patterns.  

Thank you, as always, for reading!  I hope you're enjoying the new start to 2015. 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.



Hi all!  Welcome to my table!  
This may sound crazy, but setting the table is my favorite.  Whether it's for a party or for the holidays, I adore developing a scheme for my table (always decided on by color) and playing around with different elements to see what I create.  It's never the same, but I keep key pieces.

Today's table is part two of my #holidaysizzle2014 series with my gorgeous food blogging friend Liz!  If you're not already following her, you must.  The girl has skills! 
No, I have no idea what I'm doing with my wrist. Fashion blogger I am not, although you can't see my wine colored velvet pants in this shot. But don't you love Liz's dress?!

This week is Hanukkah, and although I'm not Jewish, I have many friends and clients who are.  I thought it would be fun to create a Hanukkah table setting that could easily be swapped out for a Christmas table.  Simply replace the menorah with your own candlesticks and you're golden.  I personally love these color-blocked candles on the menorah. So beautiful!

1) Pick your colors.  For obvious reasons I chose blue and white with hits of gold for this Hanukkah table.  And because I love non-traditional holiday colors, these work for a Christmas table too.

I started with the blue and white china I found at a resale shop.  They were $2.50 a plate and I adore them.  So sad they only had four.  I purposely use white everyday china so that when it comes to special occasions they always look good.  Plus, white dishes make your food look more appetizing.  It's a fact. :-)  Here is a set of white plates for a great price, especially when you're serving plenty of people!

2) Add fresh flowers or greenery sticking with your colors.  I realize many of us aren't keeping fresh flowers on the table daily, but here are tips to make your floral budget look more high end.
-Stick with one color!  For this table I used all white flowers in tight bunches.  They look soft but intentional and were only $5 a bunch.  They also lasted two weeks after this photo shoot!  
-If you can spend a bit more, then still keep your color variation to a minimum but vary your flowers.  For example, use all white flowers but maybe three different types with different textures and styles.  -OR, if you're feeling even more brave, pick three different shades of the same color and use those flowers.  

Keep your arrangements low enough that your guests can still see each other easily over the flowers.  Here are glass vases I love that are simple enough yet pretty. 

3) Add layers.  I knew I wanted a tablecloth that would allow for the blue and white scheme without fighting with my turquoise walls.  Solution?  I went to JoAnn fabrics, found this fabric on major sale and purchased enough yards to cover my table.  Instant tablecloth. Plus, it's cotton so I believe it's washable and would be simple enough to add a hem around the edge.  I keep gold chargers stocked in my buffet and bring them out for the holidays.  That's just another layer to help create 
a more finished table.

Thank you to Tracy Anne Photography for taking all of these gorgeous photos!  

Liz made the most incredible Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce to top your potato pancakes!  I'm here to testify to how delish this was.  Especially with a dab of yogurt!  
Click over to her site for the full recipe here.

Overall, what I hope you remember while setting your holiday table is that anytime the people you love gather, it's worth getting out the good stuff from your wedding or your grandmother's china.  Use those crystal glasses you let get dusty throughout the year.  
Life is short.  Live with beauty! 

Be sure to join us for the final installment of the #holidaysizzle series on December 30th!

What do you think of this blue and white table?  

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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