client progress & shopping

Hi friends!  Welcome to the new year!  It feels good to be back to blogging and I hope you're ready to play catch-up with me while I share some updates.

If I'm lucky, my e-design clients will send me photos of the finished room.  Today I'm sharing Colleen and Rick's Master Bedroom.  You may remember that I've already helped them get started on their living room and basement.  They're a newlywed couple that is trying to find their style and stay on budget.  This bedroom is not finished, but they've come so far that I had to share.  Thanks, guys!  I LOVE getting pictures.

Here is what the room looked like when we started.  

The investment piece of the room was this stunning bed.  

Her mom sewed the pillows from the fabric I suggested, and the walls were painted Ocean Air 2123-50 by Benjamin Moore.

The window wall before...
My plan for the window wall.  (minus the crazy lamps sticking out of the drapes) 

Widening the drapes make the window feel much bigger, and the white roman shade helps give them some privacy.  They are still planning to add the lantern to the ceiling and spray the dresser hardware chrome.

I love this little nook!

Here is the inset wall before.

My vision:

I'm hoping they are still planning to buy the art, or something similar. But this is a great improvement!  When they paint the hardware it will help to add more sparkle to the dark dressers.

There are still changes to be made but this is a beautiful start.  I wish our bedroom had as much progress as this one!  That's the beauty of e-design.  I provide the plan and you can implement as it works for you.

The Cottage Project has made so much progress, especially in the dining room. 
 The dining room built-ins are painted.  The vintage chandelier I found at Blue Door Antiques was installed and has been lowered since this picture was taken. The window treatments are to come!

Finally, her island counter was installed.  It's just lovely. I love the warmth of the wood paired with the granite. We are still in the beginning stages of actual decorating because we've been busy with design.  So I have not styled anything, yet.  

Her entry and powder room (which are right next to each other) are ready for furniture.  I found this black metal-based table at a local antique shop.  It's beautiful against her khaki walls.  The black and white, wool rug will be in front of the table, and this graphic floral wallpaper will be in the adjoining powder room.  

In other shopping-for-clients news...I picked up this amazing cabinet for a client in the Detroit area.  He's planning to use it as storage.  The metal is a gorgeous hunter green and made from a furniture maker in West Michigan.  
Here are a few other treasures I've recently spotted.  You never know what you'll find in Grand Rapids!
She had two of these lights.  Makes me want a bigger kitchen so I can hang these pendants over my imaginary island.  

What is there to say about this?  It's glorious.  They've had it in stock for a long time and just aren't budging on price.  

This would be beautiful hanging over a nightstand, in a master bedroom closet, or even in a powder room!

This chandelier screams little girl nursery.  Any takers?  I could design a whole room around this!

These handles make great towel hooks for a kids' bath.

This industrial table top would make a perfect island.  Like I said, these stores make me want to pretend we are building a house.  Thank goodness for clients! ;-)

Antlers make great objects for your coffee table or bookshelf.  Their form and texture are beautiful!

Anyone still reading? :-)  I've been busy working and just haven't felt drawn to blog, but there are some really exciting client projects on the horizon.  I can't wait to dive in and share them with you.

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  1. They've done a beautiful job so far and I love all the lights you've spotted Abby! I feel you're pain about shopping - we are so lucky to have clients to live through sometimes :) xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  2. Seriously great job on that bedroom. I especially love what you did with the wider window treatment -- great illusion and warmth for the space. And, hello, that whole thing with the table, black and white rug and then wallpaper opposite? True love. Come do my house.

  3. I love it all! The bedroom looks amazing - love the fabrics you selected. And every.single.one.of.those.lights. Just wow!

  4. The bedroom looks so stylish, love the bedhead it totally sets the tone for the room. Looks like you've been keeping busy, keep it coming!

  5. It's so fun getting to see your projects come to life, Abby. I love following along. I hope you snagged a handful of those great handles...too cool!

  6. Abby, great job on the bedroom and the cottage project. The wide drapes make such a difference. Love that chandy you used in the cottage project dinging room.

  7. Love the wall color in the bedroom. Great finds too.

    Good stuff on the first Monday back to school in 2013.

  8. Dont you love see your e-designs come to life! so fun!!! and love love the clients new chandelier -its perfect!

  9. You have been busy, and it all looks so good! Loving those lighting fixtures - I have a thing for cool lighting you know...


  10. good grief, lady! Busy much?! Everything looks awesome. That green light...shut up!

  11. You *have* been super busy!!! That e design is turning out absolutely lovely...not to mention the cottage...gah, I absolutely *adore* that kitchen!!! And dang that store for not letting you take home that green chandy, it's *glorious*!

  12. Abby, happy new year!
    Now, where do I start...love the bedroom, especially the mirrored nightstands. Also, it's amazing what a difference the substantial bed frame makes on the overall space.

    Also love that card catalog cabinet you picked up. So fun!

  13. happy new year abby! so many fun tidbits here...i especially love the lumbar pillow and the entire bedroom is shaping up great! the wood island countertop is beautiful. and this is so funny...in my post today i included one of the very same chandeliers, spotted while in GR over the holidays! i actually wondered if i might run into you (aren't those fulton st. shops fun?!). this trip was packed with family, but next time i'd love to connect!

  14. Wow what a beautiful site! you have great visions and a very classy taste!

    i just joined your site and am so excited to see what you post next! I hope you stop and join my little site too so we can stay in touch!

    happy blogging! cheers xoxo

  15. Do you mind sharing where that adorable painted kitchen island was from? I'm from the GR area and I love it- so many great finds!

    1. Hi Sarah-
      I wasn't able to reply via e-mail, so I hope you check here! :-). The table is from Blue Door Antiques on Fulton. All the pieces on this post are found on Fulton street. Good luck! Let me know if you decide to buy it.
      xx, Abby

  16. such an amazing blog
    congratulations honey!!!

  17. Thanks so much, Abby! I am going to go check it out tomorrow- crossing my fingers its still there. :)

  18. that is a really nice bed!:D

  19. As a professional Interior Designer I reference the National Kitchen and Bath Association website...NKBA.org. They have the best of the best kitchens posted in their gallery and they are NOT all white.
    Great Post and Great Read!

  20. What is the name of the fabric used for the pillows on the bed? I love it! I also love that I live in Kalamazoo and the stores you reference I can actually visit. Most of the awesome blogs I stumble upon are no where near my area. Blue Door Antiques will definitely be on my list the next time I visit GR!

  21. Where is this bed from it is amazing!!!!!

  22. Great design! Where did you find the mirrored nightstands?


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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