filming for House Hunters is complete

Yesterday my clients wrapped up their five days of filming for HGTV's House Hunters.
This is the design board I shared with you earlier for their new living room.

Here's is a shot of half of the room before they moved in.
What to notice:
paneled walls
worn carpet
baseboards and trim
 This is the other half of the room that leads to the patio/back yard.
 This was where the kitchen floor met the living room carpet. Yikes!

I see this mustard yellow color used often again this wood.  It's not my favorite combination.  It feels too close to the cabinet color and to me, it just looks muddy.  No thanks.
These small contemporary lights were not my client's style.  They couldn't wait to see them go.
We made a plan based on the fixed pieces like the granite counters and cabinetry.  You can see the sofa fabric in this shot as well.  Take a look at it, because you WON'T be seeing this fabric in the shots when you scroll down... :0(
Thankfully, they have a talented brother in-law and a sister that is willing to loan him out!  He was the contractor on this project, although that's not his day job.  The ceiling, walls, and floors were removed.
He added lighting, wired for sound and television.  HEL-LOOO new walls and ceiling!

The walls were painted in Gray Owl and the new wider baseboards in Chantilly Lace.  Colleen and Rick were skeptical about this style of carpeting but now they love it.  I wanted them to have the option of layering a rug on top.

I found this sweet side table at Rebel.reclaimed.!  If you've been reading my blog for more than one day you know that I'm a huge fan of the store.
Even though they were e-design clients, (they aren't local for me) I was able to find this on Craig's List and they picked it up with no problems.  Just needed a couple coats of paint.
So here's the deal.  We only had four weeks from the time they found out they were going to be on the show until the final taping.  Have you ordered a sofa before?  This can take some time!  They've made some crazy amazing progress on the house but this is not the final product.  Let's take a look.

The walls were painted the same color as the living room--it's really all one room.  It's difficult to tell from this picture but the color is really a great fit with the counters and cabinets.  Eventually they'll get new hardware.
Here's the view from the kitchen:
What you should know:
-the sofa was delivered with the wrong fabric so they are waiting for the real sofa to arrive
-the art never came so the shelves are not as they should be
-still waiting on the pillows
-tufted teal ottoman that makes the room takes 6-10 weeks 

Just a few set-backs, but what's really important is how they will live in the room for years to come, not how it looks on HGTV.  And if you ask me, this is a massive improvement!

Here's cutie Colleen showing off the painted fireplace.  A thick rustic mantle is in the works, along with a large abstract photograph of her bouquet from their upcoming wedding.  Finally, the dark tile on the hearth will be replaced with Carrera marble tiles.  I'm still pushing for them to paint the slider white, but the jury is out. ;-)  Can you see the white chaise peeking out from the corner?  There is a PB pendant that was ordered to hang above it, but was of course back-ordered.  Do I sound like I'm whining?  I'm not!  
Just sharing the realities of the business.   
Did you notice those old lights are gone?  These Ikea pendants were a great solution.  Colleen has plans to spray paint the stools a stainless finish and we found a fabulous fabric to cover the cushions.
I know they're relieved to be done and it sounded like a great time!  The episode should air sometime in January or February.  I'll let you know.  By then I should be able to share the real after photos.  Thanks Colleen and Rick for letting me share your fun adventure!

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  1. A great improvement! Nice job Abby! I can't wait to see it with all the accessories! Years ago I looked into that show and was amazed that the home owner only gets $500 for a whole week. Still true? I hope your name was mentioned a lot!

  2. Woohoo! Can't wait to see your work on TV :) Will be anxiously awaiting.

  3. The space looks wonderful, Abby! I'm disappointed for you that the lights, artwork, sofa and ottoman you'd selected weren't in place for the taping. I'm sure you'd have preferred the room complete with all of your added design elements. It still looks fabulous, however, and congratulations on a job well done!
    ~ Wendi ~

  4. What an improvement! I would have been losing my mind over the stuff that didn't arrive on time! You have to show us more pics when it's finished. Either way it's a great transformation!

  5. It looks so different....great job! I especially like the painted fireplace.

  6. Abby- What a great experience you just completed! I'm so happy for you. You're readers know that the final "after" will be amazing. You go girl!

  7. Do you know the color of their granite? Mine looks similar but I can't figure it out.

  8. Wonderful! Inspired! You have such a gift, I love seeing that you're putting it to use. Well done, Abby! XO

  9. Such a transformation already and I know those finishing touches you mentioned will make it all even more gorgeous- such a fun project!!!

  10. You/They did a great job! I'll be sure to watch for it! You must be so excited!

  11. Wow, what a HUGE makeover Abby - the new look is really beautiful. I can see your touch in it. I really love all of the new lighting - that makes such a huge difference. That light fixture in the living room before photo was EEK! ;) It really looks great - I'm excited to see all of the touches installed - including that tufted ottoman. I think that was my favorite piece too. GReat great work!

  12. So cool! I really am excited for you and your fabulous eye. keep up the great work and I can't wait to see you (your room) on HGTV.

  13. What a great transformation! It's so much fresher now. Too bad about not having everything in time but it will look even better when it's all in place :)

  14. Looks great! I can't wait to see the show!

  15. Wow Abby, what a transformation! I love your design board and can't wait to see the TV episode! You are so talented!

  16. Wow- how exciting! The changes are dramtic and beautiful. Great job! Congrats to you and the family!! How exciting. :)

  17. How exciting! Congratulations on all your hard work! Cannot wait to see it on TV.

  18. Looking fantastic Abby!! Can't wait to see the final reveal!! and the show!!
    You are uber talented!!

  19. Great job! And what fun! I love the darling side tables!

  20. Great job! Even though all of the things you ordered are not there it looks great. I can't wait to see you room on HGTV! You must be jumping with joy, what an accomplishement!

    Oh, and I love the color you have chosen for the living room.


  21. sooo very cool! love what you've done so far, and can't wait to see the rest!

  22. This is so much brighter and fresher. Great job, Abby!!! It's a grand improvement just the way it is....they are lucky they hired you.

  23. Really, This is the great information. You are doing great job with your house. I like your choice. You choose a great color combination. This is look amazing. This is the look cool after renovation. Yellow color with the lighting very impressive choice. Thanks for nice posting.
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  25. How cool! Loved reading this. Once that teal ottoman is in it's going to change the whole story.

  26. Wow! What a major transformation, the space looks great so far. This is super exciting! Can't wait to see the finished project on TV!



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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