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.


One Room Challenge -- Week 2

Welcome back! 
The days are clicking along quickly and I'm starting to feel the pressure of the One Room Challenge.
If you missed week one, click here

This was the week of making decisions.  
I have a specific budget to work within, (don't we all) and so first step is setting priorities.  While the decorator part of me wants to make everything pretty, the designer in me wants the room to actually FUNCTION for my clients.  Once we've decided on the furniture and lighting, then I'll know how much cash I have left for the ultimate fun--faaaaaaabbbbbrrriiiic.
But I digress...back to the furniture.

They *need* new nightstands.  I was looking for something a bit modern, and visually light.  I found one piece I liked, but it didn't have legs and wasn't the perfect height. 
I thought she might have perfect nightstands in stock, because her basement/warehouse of vintage furniture is a magical place.  Instead, she put together a custom piece; exactly what I needed. 
 LOVE her.
Imagine these glossy white with brass knobs.

They'll go up against their gray bed.  Oh, and did you notice the walls got painted? ;-) 

If you missed it, the walls and bed used to look like this:

Imagine all of this gone! 
New, wider upholstered bed, fresher nightstands, new walls, and all new bedding.
Oh, and can we talk about the windows for a minute?  Do you see how the one shade is hanging down while the other is up?  Yeah, they're going.  Broken.  Gone.  New solution!
More on that later...it's in the works.

Are you still with me?  There are many changes happening here.  Hang on. 
Let's switch to the opposite wall.  The TV wall.
Now that the walls are painted (below) it's time to address this huge wall.
First, the TV stand needs to be a more appropriate width and height.  They really can't see the television as it is.  Thankfully they've agreed to mount it on the wall instead and a new TV stand is in the works.

Before we began this master bedroom, my client bought sawhorse legs, sprayed them gold, and was planning to add a glass top.

Glass would be pretty, but in the back of my mind, throughout the whole scheming of this plan, I'm thinking three words. 
 Custom.  Luxe. Unique.  
So marble, obviously. ;-)
I twisted my client's arm and she agreed to a custom marble top for their table.
Cue the dancing and margaritas! 

I sketched up this design for the table and my marble guys are making it now!
This was inspired by Greek key pattern and will have a beveled edge.

It's being delivered in a couple weeks and I can hardly stand the wait!

Oh, and yes, this beauty is on it's way to the master bedroom.  I've heard it's a beast to put together, but we're nothing if not determined.

Are you seeing the room come together?  Am I throwing too much random information at you?
I hope you can see the vision.  We've got the necessities figured out annd now I can move on to textiles and linens.  If you want true sneak peeks of this project be sure to be friends with me on Instagram.

I asked my clients a couple questions for this week.  Because as I mentioned in week one, it's all about the process.  I think part of the reason the ORC is so popular (thank Linda for putting this all together!) is because the readers want the inside scoop of how a room really gets done in six weeks.  

Q: What's the most challenging part of working with a designer?
A: Going outside my comfort zone and trusting your vision.  Since we have worked together before and I trust you completly, this has also become the most exciting and fun part about with a designer.

Q: What's the most fun?
A: See above.  I am horrible at making decisions and often second-guess myself.  Having a designer I trust has taken this component out of the design process!

Q: Are you happy you agreed to the ORC or is it more intense than you bargained for?
A: I am estatic to be part of the ORC.  It is a great and fun distraction from everyday life.  I'm thrilled that this room will come together quickly.
Thanks C.!  It definitely helps that we've worked together before. 
I'm excited to see the room finished.  

Have you seen the other 19 ORC projects in the works?  I'm pretty pumped for all of them and already have favorites.  Don't forget about the additional linking participants.  Their second post goes live tomorrow.  

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Thanks for reading today!  Now it's back to work while reading through everyone's post.  This is so fun! What do you think so far?  

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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