I'll do anything for my clients...even paint

Do you remember this orange and blue living room board I created?  
Here's the room before they made any changes.  I suggested moving this mirror to one of their bathrooms and they loved that!  This room is drastically different now, but not quite done. As soon as the new window panels have been sewn Amy said I could take "after" pictures!

The reason I'm showing you this room again is because I want to be honest with you about the process.  We had a really hard time finding a painting for over their fireplace that we both liked AND was in their price range.  Original artwork can get pricey!  

This year has been all about taking risks for me-- trying something new.  I used to worry more about failing.  But now (after a year of blogging and starting my own design business) I find myself willing to fail.  That takes more courage than doing nothing.

All that being said, I decided to try painting a piece for them.  I told them that I had found a painting 
by a local artist that they might like.  

They were skeptical from the phone pic but when I brought it over to their house--they loved it!  I realize this is rare, and I'm not trying to "toot my horn".  My hope is that you will be more willing to put yourself out there after reading this.  If I can do it so can you!  

Once they decided they to buy it, I told them that I was the artist.  I don't want you thinking I lied to them...I just didn't want me being the painter to sway their decision either way.  
I was on cloud nine when I left!  Even better news is that they are having it framed!
I can't wait to see it in the finished space.

This was an affordable solution for my clients and worked out great for both of us!  I'll do almost anything to keep my clients happy.  Even try something new. ;-)

 I was on a painting high I decided to paint another one for myself.
I'll save that for a different post!  

Have you tried something new this year?!  
If not, what's holding you back?


  1. Abby, What a creative problem-solver you are!! You're painting turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oops, spelled your wrong the first time. What a goofball!

  3. What a great example of how we can incorporate our own artwork into our home's design scheme. Great artwork can be expensive, and this is a great personalized and unique alternative.
    Have a lovely day, Abby!
    ~ Wendi ~

  4. Abby this was brilliant and yes, risky! But it all turned out and the piece is perfect and beautifully done, kudos!


  5. You are awesome. Love how you just dive right into these projects! OK... now you have me totally inspired to paint something too! You have to show us a photo of your painting once it is all framed up!

  6. I'm so excited for you and your clients!! How fabulous! And I must say I like how it is sitting right now on the fireplace. I think you may have inspired me to try painting something for our own home as well. I have some leftover paints from class and I might as well use them up. Now I just need to go buy a canvas. I'll report back if I'm successful. Oh I'm excited to see the after photos of this room too.

  7. Great work, Abby! I'll bet you had a ton of fun doing it, as well!

    Now, maybe you can convince them to paint out the fireplace mantel. Wouldnt that look great?

  8. Oh Barbara, it's a long story but I tried. I really pushed to have the fireplace painted but the husband would not budge.

  9. My friend & I were saying the other day how much fun it would be to try to make our own paintings. We both agreed that originals are too expensive for our budgets. Yours turned out great. I think we are just going to have to do one ourselves.
    And regarding the unpainted mantel...maybe you could photoshop it as white & convince the husband. Most men have a hard time visualizing.

  10. Wow, Abby, you are a ROCK STAR! What a great idea and solution, and I love the painting.

  11. Abby,

    This is beautiful...it's amazing what we can do and accomplish when we are willing to take risks. I have wanted to take painting classes for years...my daughter saw the art set in the Restoration Hardware catalog this weekend and said we should get you that, mom...seeing this makes me think...not a bad idea. Your work is so inspiring!


  12. Looks so great Abby! I would buy it too. Makes me think I ought to fulfill that need to try painting. Taking risks is exhilarating and I need to do more of it. Thank you for inspiring me. I hope you signed it! That way it's value will grow as you become famous. :)

  13. Amazing, Abby! Great for you! I agree with you that it's risky, but so rewarding to take risks. For 2 recent e-designs I put together, the client's favorite pieces were the ones I was most afraid of recommending. I was trying to think outside the box and go for it, and it paid off! :)

  14. That's amazing that you put yourself out there and sold this painting! It's gorgeous and you're very talented - such an inspiring story :)

  15. You are SO david bromstad! :)

    I'm going to do an upcoming post on how to get cheap original art. Not quite as pretty as yours, but good for those who aren't naturally art-inclined.

  16. Abby well done!! Way to Be Brave and take risks creatively, really love the piece. XO

  17. Hi Abby...as an artist myself, I can say your piece came out looking quite nice! Well done!


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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