before & after: our green velvet sofa

Hello lovelies!  I'm thrilled to say our sofa is back from the upholsterer, and looks beautiful in an outdoor green velvet.  Seriously, I love it so much I don't even know what to say.  Because it's so durable it can handle my two little boys and was incredibly less expensive than buying a new sofa.  I hope you love it!
YIKES!  I know.  But I wanted you to get the full affect. The picture below was taken after we had added the new lighting to the living room, but hadn't done anything else except move in.  We've come a long way. ;-)

Never underestimate the power of lighting, paint, and fabric selections.
Please forgive me for not really styling our coffee table.  When I have real photographs taken of the space, I'll be sure to step my game up. :-)
Our piano wall has come a looooooooong way from when we bought the house.   Here's the LR photo from the listing.  I'm not bashing their style but I'm using it just to show you how the same house can look so different without construction!

What a little paint, striped hallway, and new lighting can do.  As you can see, our piano wall was a little bare, we still had our cheap Target TV stand, and the overall yeah-we-just-moved-in look.

Our piano wall today:

The day I found the brass etagere at Goodwill really propelled the look of this entire wall.  That was a lucky find!  Maybe I should call this our Goodwill wall because the teal chair was also from Goodwill.  I added an original painting and this GORGEOUS pillow from Pillotopia.  I love how modern and different than my normal style this pillow looks in the room.  Hollie is so talented!

If you look closely, you may be able to tell that I went a little crazy with my gold Krylon pen.  I added a faux frame to the edge of my painting, and I added a gold rim to my painted pot.  Design is in the details, people!

See?  Love the gold trim.

Thanks for taking a little tour around our living room today.  It's not done yet!  But it pays to be patient and let your home evolve.  

Would you consider adding more velvet to your home?  

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  1. Love the green velvet! And man, you know how to score an awesome goodwill find!! There's never anything that fab at the second hand stores here haha

  2. Your green velvet sofa is to die for! Looks to pretty to sit on! Ain't it grand it is durable. You are so talented--everything looks amazing. Love the gold pen accents. The painting over the chair and pillow...Perfect!

  3. Love, LOVE the sofa. Love. I ordered some velvet samples to redo my couch but think I am going with an off-white. Still...yours has me even more excited!

  4. I love the sofa!! The bright green looks so fab with the blue coffee table!! The whole room looks gorgeous. It was fun to see how it has evolved. You have done a fabulous job with it!

  5. Oh, Abby, that turned out awesome! The green immediately drew my eye to your painting over the mantle. It's been fun watching this room evolve. You're rockin' it, friend!

  6. It's looking so incredible! I adore the new green sofa, even more because it's *kid friendly*!!! And I completely agree about the details thing, that little pot is so adorable with the gold trim!!

  7. Gorgeous! This reminds me I need to change out my chandelier over my dinning room table.

  8. The green and blue compliment one another beautifully. I have the same shade of green rug in my living room and it really does give the room a lift. Thanks for the tour it is coming along nicely :)

  9. LOVE the sofa and the brass shelving! Looks SO good!

  10. The couch looks amazing in the new color and fabric! Definitely brightens up the room! :)

  11. I am a huge fan of velvet. Really loving this green! Your room has come a long way - looks fantastic.

  12. I think my favorite part of the room is the drapery panels over the sliding door. That is how you hang panels and make those doors look even bigger than they are. It is so nice to see you put your personal touch on your home.

  13. This room looks amazing and so 'you!' I have been following your blog for a while, and I can definitely tell this space has your style stamp! The colors are beautiful and that green sofa makes the room! :)

  14. That sofa looks so amazing!! And yes, I love a good gold leaf...and in a pen is just dangerous!!

  15. Abby,
    Your living room is beautiful, I love the piano wall with the gold shelving, everything plays so well off one another. I am so happy you like the pillow and it is perfect for your space! The green velvet is amazing and what a difference some paint on the brick fireplace makes.
    I look forward to another tour.


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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