7.25.2011

when you already have a great space...

...can a decorator still help?
I say yes!

Have you heard people say that only people who aren't good at design should hire a designer?  
That's not always true.
Take a look at one of my newer clients, that hired me for an overall consultation of her fabulous house, and then for a few hours of work on her living room.  She has a great eye and the most bubbly, friendly personality you will ever encounter!  

Here is the room she is the most happy with:


Isn't it such a cheerful space?  I think she did a great job.  We did a bit of tweaking and planned a few changes for her to make.

Here's the room we are making the most changes to:




We rearranged the furniture, moved some art around, and made plans for the piano area.  Even if you have a great eye for design, hiring a professional can give you fresh eyes for your space!  Now I'm sourcing fabric for her windows and new pillows for her fabulous white sofas.  She's very whimsical and contemporary with a bit of cottage thrown in.  I can't wait to see the end results!


18 comments:

  1. I love those green walls :)
    I think it's always great to get another eye to view your space, especially when it comes to furniture placement which is often the trickiest part.

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  2. I like the energy of her space. It's nice to see people embrace the color that makes them happy.

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  3. Can you tell me what the fabric you used in the curtains? I love it!

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  4. I love when you can make an already good room become better...and another reason I love reading your posts. Can't wait to see what you have in store...

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  5. love the couch. can you tell me where it's from?
    thanks!

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  6. I can't take credit for anything you see in these pictures. These are the before shots my client sent me before I ever arrived at her home. Maybe she will comment and share some sources! Thanks!

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  7. Just think of the time, and costly mistakes you can save your client, along with the fresh perspective you bring to the project. Sort of like putting the icing on the cake! Great fun!

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  8. Great pics! I love the wall color and the furniture!

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  9. It just so happens that I am looking for that EXACT shade of green for the nursery. I don't suppose she remembers the name of the color...?

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  10. I actually think clients with good taste benefit MOST for a decorator/designer because they can envision the ideas we are proposing. I have the hardest time with clients who have no idea what they are doing
    Stacy

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  11. The White couches are from Talsma's (Byron Center MI) a Broyhill Brand. The brown couch and lime chair and orange ottoman are from Stones Throw- Grand Rapids MI. One of the greatest local non-traditional furniture stores. LOVE THE STORE!!! The Paint color is called Green Gold and it's a Graham Ceramic Paint from Seven's in Grand Rapids MI. Thanks for all the nice comments!!! Hope I answered your questions. Wendi

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  12. Forgot one more answer to your questions..... The fabric in the curtains is
    Mingei Breeze/Linen purchased from Housefabric.com

    Wendi

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  13. wonderful pictures! love it so much

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  14. Have fun with her house! Very good point that those with an eye for design sometimes need a designer! Maybe more-so: if a person is very in touch with design and her space then she'll feel something is "off" more than a person who doesn't connect with design and really needs it!

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  15. Great design is about collaboration, sounds like that's exactly what you and your client have going on. Can't wait to see how you "tweak" the space Abby!
    Cathy

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  16. What a great post, Abby. I agree with every word. Sometimes we look at our own things so much its impossible to see options. What a great way to give yourself a gift-- hire a professional to tweak things like your client did!

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  17. I agree! I think that a fresh pair of eyes from someone that shares the same design sense is always helpful even for us professionals!!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  18. This is a great post, because I've often wondered about that!

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Abby M. 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 M. Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com

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