3.28.2013

House Beautiful, Client Updates, and 6 Wilson pillows

I've got plenty to say today, so stick with me!  I save the best section of the post for last, so if you're in a hurry just scroll down.

You know what makes a designer freak out in the best way possible?  Any type of mention by an incredible shelter magazine...like House Beautiful!

You can just imagine my surprise (and possible hyperventilating) when A Delightful Design was listed by House Beautiful as one of the Top 5 Blog Posts of the Week.  It is such an honor to be noticed.  Just the knowledge that they know I exist was very exciting to me.
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Client Updates
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Lately I've been doing more color consultations.  Essentially the client hires me for one hour and they can use that however they choose.  This works both for local and e-design clients.  Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Jessica at her 50's ranch.  

We made many decisions on how to move forward, and yesterday I received the sweetest e-mail from her.   

I'm super excited to get this project started. Thank you for all your help! I am never doing another thing without hiring you first! I can't believe how quickly you were able to assess the space and decide what to do with it! I have lived here for four years and I couldn't do that! Can't wait till it's all done. Thanks again!
--Jessica H., One Hour Consultation

I share this shameless plug for my business to show you that hiring a designer doesn't need to be something for the rich and famous.  You spend so much time in your home, and if you're not loving it, there could be a simple-for-a-designer fix.  You'd be surprised what can be done in an hour--especially if you have specific questions or design dilemmas.  

I spent yesterday with the talented Tracy.  We are gutting her kitchen & dining room, taking down the wall, and putting in a 12 foot island and tons of new cabinetry.  It takes quite a few people to make this happen!  This project is huge and involves tons of details.  I love that.  I used to be content just to decorate, but now that's not enough.  I really enjoy designing the space.  I want a say in where the lights will be installed, and every detail beyond that.  I'm so happy I get to work with Tracy.  
 We're removing all of the cabinets where you see that empty wall space, even the cabinet that's still there, and adding open shelving while taking the new backsplash up to the ceiling.  There are too many other changes to even mention here. ;-)  But stay tuned.

When I first started my business I used to give my clients what they asked for.  So if my client asked me for a new paint color for their bathroom (like below) then I'd do just that.  But now I have more confidence to say what I would really recommend.  So for this bathroom we are going to frame the mirror, add lighting over sink,  remove the dated vent on the ceiling and change out the fixture, wallpaper the walls and ceiling plus add crown molding.

The best part of this renovation is that it's getting done fast.  So have no fear, you will get to see "after" shots soon!

This client is very special to me, for reasons I won't mention here, but I wanted to share the custom cabinets from this kitchen renovation I've been working on.  I've lovingly named this kitchen #kitchenfancy.  It's going to be one of the most beautiful kitchens I have ever done.  
The red walls have been painted Puritan Gray by Benjamin Moore.

And the most beautiful hardware has been added.  You can't tell by this photo, but the handles have a slight patina/worn look to them.  So pretty in person.
Now we just wait for pesky things like appliances, granite, and a backsplash. I am so blessed to work with amazing clients.  Really.  I pinch myself every day.

I'm also working on a master suite in Bloomfied Hills.  This is an e-design client that I've worked with before.  You can see their nursery design here.  Yesterday I had a chance to visit my personal tile heaven, also known as Virginia Tile, and selected these for their Master Bathroom.

 There is also progress with The Cottage Project!  Her new rug was installed in the living room and it's a dream.  It's a neutral mix of beige and gray with hits of deep teal.  I can't wait to share the whole room when it's complete!
Phew!  Thanks for reading that.  Just a lot of different projects in the works and I wanted to give you a glimpse into what I'm up to.

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6 Wilson
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Heads up!  Your time to use your discount code at 6 Wilson is running out.  She has recently added new inventory and there are great pieces for spring!

Clarke & Clarke hot pink 
Aqua & Cream leopard luxe velvet

Deep Peacock blue velvet

vintage Schumacher emerald & cream linen

fuchsia, pink, & orange, embroidered pillow

deep pink, crisp weave

So click here to shop 6 Wilson and use the discount code (ABBY10) at check out.  Order yourself a designer pillow for Easter, for Mother's Day, or because your living room and bedroom will thank you.  Honestly, beautiful pillows are the secret to a stunning room.  There's just no getting around it.

I really appreciate all of you who read my blog and follow on Facebook and Instagram.  You're the best!  Special shout out to the ladies at PNC! ;-)

If you are interested in working together to create a home you truly love,
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8 comments:

  1. I am so crazy about everything you have going on!! Congratulations on House Beautiful. You should be so elated because you totally deserve to be recognized. You are doing such great stuff!! I love that bathroom with the rustic vanity. Hello! And thanks so much for such a huge shout out on my 6 Wilson pillows!! I am overwhelmed. I hope your readers take advantage of the discount :) Have a Happy Easter Weekend.

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  2. yay! so excited for you and love seeing all the updates!! Before you know it that House Beautiful mention will turn into full magazine spreads!

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  3. Congratulations on the HB mention - that's so exciting! And, I love seeing all the updates of your client progress. You have some seriously fantastic projects in the works and I can't wait to see how they turn out! :)

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  4. Good stuff! Love that chair in the "cottage project" sneak peek - can't wait to see it all.

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  5. All of this is just so amazing to me and I just love watching you follow your dreams and get recognized for all your hard work and talent (c: It's so fun to get to see it all come together, too! You definitely have the best job *ever*!

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  6. YOU ARE SO TALENTED!!! Of course, you are a color expert. I was really happy when one of my posts made it to the HB top 5 posts...they are so smart to be engaging us bloggers...it's all reciprocal!

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  7. You are creating beauty all over the place! Congrats on your recognition!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  8. I am inspired to use you for an e-consultation for our bathrooms - they need some updating. After showing my husband this blog post he is in agreement! Yay! Really enjoy your posts and helpfulness.

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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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