3.06.2013

the corner I never show you + chair makeover

Any long time readers out there remember when we moved into our new house, and this side of the room looked like this? Soon after we moved in we inherited this chair, desk, and desk chair from my husband's grandparents.  I had loved the lines of this chair when we visited, and once they moved out of their condo they generously passed them onto us.  I always knew I would make changes to them.

Here is another shot from across the room.  We had installed lights at this point, but that was it.  Sometimes it's good for me to look back at these photos, especially when I feel like we're not moving fast enough on the changes, to see how far we've come.

Here is the closest picture I have to this same angle.  Notice how I totally avoided capturing this corner. ;-)
So back to the corner...
The easiest and least expensive change was to paint the desk and chair. 
 Then I fell in loooooooooove with this fabric from Domesticate on Spoonflower.

My amazing upholsterer transformed the chair.

Shortly after I found this pillow on 6 Wilson and added it to the corner.
And this lotus stool went on clearance at World Market.

Now the corner is shaping up and I can finally share the improvements.

I added a picture of the grandparents to the desk.  I thought it was fitting.

I added some of my favorite pieces and colors for inspiration.


I think it's a major improvement.  But when I look at these photos I think I might paint the desk white.  We'll see. That's the glory of an evolving home!

So now you've seen the corner I never share.  
Are there corners of your home you'd never want the public to see?!  What do you think of the changed corner?

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34 comments:

  1. that corner is looking cozy! and that CHAIR!

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  2. Just beautiful! The bold choice on the fabric is perfect!
    Stacy

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  3. that chair is adorable! And yes, I am constantly being strategic in what I cut out of the frame when taking pictures around here!

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  4. I love love love it! My favorite fabric ever!! You did a brilliant job. I especially like the pop of pink.

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  5. I love that fabric and the lines of that chair.

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  6. Gosh - fabulous chair, Abbey!!! It's amazing what the right fabric can do! I've got more than a few corners I avoid in photos ;)

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  7. You made that corner a bright spot in the room. Soooo pretty?
    Will you be carrying the blue velvet drapes over to that side of the room? The blue would look stunning next to the new fabric on your chair.

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  8. Wow! I've been admiring the chair since you showed it on instragram, but this little corner is amazing! You didn't show the whole room, but I bet the corner just looks so great with the green sofa!

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  9. I love this corner!! Especially the desk - absolute genius. Fantastic job Abby!

    xo Rachael
    arunawaymuse.blogspot.ca

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  10. Hi Abby! The corner looks great with the new brass stool. I cant breathe I love thst fabric so much. And of course the pillow is killer -- hahahaha ;-)

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  11. That is a gorgeous nook! Love the colors and prints...everything!

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  12. Love the transformation! When was your home built and where did you get your roller shades? You make me want to paint our fireplace!

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  13. It is my most favorite chair too!!! That fabric is perfect for it!

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  14. I would love to know where you got your floor lamp by your chair?

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    1. The lamp is vintage. My cousin found it for me at St. Vincent's in Alpena.

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  15. Thank you for responding!! I have been on the lookout for something like this. I enjoy reading your blog!!!

    Lisa

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  16. Wow, love this chair makeover!!!
    Love the fabric you chose and the combo with the pillow is stunning ♥
    Congratulations!

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  17. I love the choice of fabric as well as your accessories, you have a beautiful touch!

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  18. That corner is definitely worth sharing now! It looks great

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  19. You rocked that corner Abby! It's saying...."hello...look at me...take that!"

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  20. Um, I don't share any of my house *ever* (c; This is so completely darling now!!! I love the new fabric on the chair, it's a complete 180 from the original! And the pink pillow...perfect touch.

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  21. Who is your upholsterer? I need to have a chair redone but am never sure of the cost or where to go.

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  22. Corners? HA! Rooms. Floors of rooms. (Big house.) Gorgeous corner makeover.

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  23. Amazing fabric! LOVE this chair! :)

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  24. are you kidding me? i have a whole BASEMENT (read: office/playroom/laundryroom) I would like to hide. LOL!!

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  25. I LOVE what you did with that armchair. The fabric is fantastic!! I'm glad you popped by to say hello, I look forward to exploring your lovely blog some more!!

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  26. New to your blog and this chair was a great introduction...and way to get me totally hooked! So bright and cute!

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  27. Love the transformation, definitely no need to avoid this corner anymore! I love the fabric you chose, and the image of your husbands grandparents is the perfect touch.

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  28. Very impressed. You managed to completely turn that corner around! I love all the accessories you chose for your desk, the colors are all perfect. And the chair looks great! It was a really bold pattern you chose but it worked out nicely :)

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  29. Omg i loved your transformed chair a lot...it looks so impressive

    kiddicare

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  30. Looks awesome..LOVE that fabric, such a fabulous transformation!

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  31. I am stopping here to finish my living room!!! I have been trying to find a unique way,to put all my colors together,and you have shown me how!! I am very appreciative. Today was my first look at your site. WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR GREEN COUCH? I would like to get one just like it. It is the exact same soft contemporary shape as a couch I bought years ago. I still have it but it is slip-covered. Having that same shape in that gorgeous green would be fantastic addition to my room! I love the art you love & I also want to live in a cheery uplifting home.

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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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