honesty and clients: e-design family room

The family room..A place we all know and love.
And if we have kids and we are honest, most of the time it looks like this.
In fact, with my tornado of a toddler mine usually looks worse!
This is the family room of one of my clients.  {I still can't believe I get to say that word: clients.}
If you knew her, you would love her as much as I do.  She lives in Kentucky, but I just know from our emails that we would be fast friends.  That's another advantage of blogging about design!  I believe that the people who are drawn to hire you would more than likely be drawn to you in real life.  That's why it's so important to be yourself in blogging!  

Back to the family room...

I had given M. a few different options for central fabrics and she fell hard for this suzani print.
Isn't it lovely?

I made this board of coordinating fabrics and paint selections:
But this is why I LOVE my clients: 
She loved the board, but when she saw it all together she realized these were the same 
colors she's used before and wanted to branch out. 
It's so important to me that my clients are crazy happy about their space.  
The only way this can happen is with honest interactions.  

Stay tuned to see the real version of how this family rooms turns out!

Finally, did you watch Million Dollar Decorators last night?  Yuck.  
Click here to read what I really thought, said so well by Erin Gates!

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  1. I love that she looked at it and wanted to be bold and different (c: That suzani is absolutely GORGEOUS! No wonder she fell hard for it! I'm pretty sure any room designed around that lovely fabric is going to be *INSANELY* great!

    BTW, I ended up not being able to watch the show last night and I'm *dying* to hear what everyone thought!

  2. Actually, we are trashing the suzani all together! Starting from scratch. It's the colors, not the fabrics, that she didn't want to use again.

    Can't wait to here what you thought if the show!

  3. Yes - living room + small children = tornado. And I'm just in the beginning stages of this with my daughter.

    Can't wait to see the new color palette that is decided on. I saw a preview for that show but did not get a chance to catch it - I'll have to try to catch over the weekend.

  4. Look forward to seeing what you go with. Wonder if she will gravitate back to her comfort zone once she sees new options? Love your blog!

  5. nice fabric.. too bad the mood board didn't work out for this project.. but would def keep it on hand for maybe another.. :)
    couldn't agree w/ you & Erin more about the new show. i also linked to her post.. she did a great job of spelling it out for those who missed it.

  6. Excited to see the new direction- loved that Suzani print- I'm sure whatever you do will be gorgeous. And sadly, I missed it- not sure if it's on here- need to look into that:)

  7. Beautiful board! I love how you speak so honestly about sometimes, going for another option. And I love how you mention being yourself, because you will attract client/ friends that way! Well put! I know it will be beautiful when it's all done!!

  8. Found your blog through Red Door Home. Looking forward to following along!

  9. Hi Abby. I just found your blog and I absolutely love that suzani fabric. I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog and to follow along.

  10. Love that board. Too bad it's not the one! The show? Please. What a bunch of divas. But I'll admit I'll continue to watch and hope it gets better.

  11. I LOVE seeing photos of messy rooms! I wish there were more! So speaking of honesty.... I like all the fabrics, except the blue suzani! There. I said it. Just like going out on a limb with my tile post - and your comment! Love it!

  12. You are so real, Abby - that's what we love about you! x

  13. These fabrics look fabulous together!! I think it will pull everything in nicely!

  14. That's a great board...excited to see what she ends up going with! Love how you share the whole process! I haven't seen the show yet, but friends that have seen it have had a similar reaction!

  15. and I missed Million Dollar decorators - it was awful? Gotta check out that link... i'm addicted to auction hunters...think it's on at the same time, lol!

  16. Can't wait to see how it all turns out! That print is just amazing, but what's more amazing is that you have a client that trusts you and I just know you'll come out with a spectacular design for her! :)

  17. I hope you all weren't frightened to your core at the sight of our MESSY (that'd be a mild word for it) living room. I guess it's probably good that these are the photos I shared with Abby because it truly depicts what we do there...we LIVE. She's right....her honesty and "real self" is what drew me to her (not to mention her incredible style and designs). She makes it a pleasure to work with her and....to be honest about the process. The project has been a complete JOY so far and I can't wait for you all to hear what she has up her sleeve for round 2 design boards :)
    Thanks Abby!!! You're the BEST!

  18. Great fabrics! What is the natural/yellow fabric in the bottom right hand corner? That is exactly what I have been looking for to use in my bathroom. Gorgeous!

  19. Here is the link to the yellow fabric:
    You can click on the board to see a list of all fabric sources!

    Maria- Thank you for such a generous comment!

  20. I always say honestly and openness is the most important thing in the designer/client relationship! You designed a great first board and I have no doubt that the second one will also rock and be a great new direction for them.


Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400


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