5.22.2013

My Living Room Photo Shoot: Tracy Anne Photography + Sources


Welcome to my home!
Tracy, from Tracy Anne Photography, recently took photos of my living room and I thought you might like to see them.   
I was so inspired by this Lulie Wallace print that I decided to continue the stripes from our hallway through our entry.  It's such a pretty picture to greet you when you arrive. I love her work!  

We live in a 1970's ranch.  It's so 70's it even comes with a sweet sunken living room.  When we were looking for a new house two years ago, we were feeling so defeated in our search, until we walked into this home.  My husband and I both said, within two minutes of walking in the door, that this was it.  We put an offer on the house the day it went on the market and they accepted in 24 hours.  When you know you know!

  I was looking for a home with one large room, instead of a formal living room and a separate family room.  I have a house full of boys and it's such a gift for them to be able to play football in the living room. ;-)

This is my piano I've had since childhood.  Our old house didn't have room for a piano and I was thrilled to have the perfect wall for her.  I painted the paintings on this wall, and the brass shelf
 was my most amazing Goodwill find.  
Pillow, / Chair }

The horse heads are from Marshals and the Readers Digest books are from New 2 You on 29th Street in Grand Rapids.  You'll be hearing about that store more and more.  I did use a Krylon paint pen on the spines because I didn't love the original color, but the blue & green squares were perfect.  


The swans are from an antique store no longer in business.  
Love them.


Our home is entirely kid friendly.  The white sofa is completely slipcovered and washable.  The green sofa is an apple green velvet made by Sunbrella.  It's an indoor/outdoor velvet that the kids can not destroy.  The sofa is over 10 years old from Thomasville, but I recently had it recovered in the Sunbrella fabric.

The 'coffee table' is the activity table from PB Kids.  After five years the wood finish was very scratched and wasn't working for me, so I painted it glossy turquoise and used the Krylon Gold Leaf Pen on the edges of the drawers.  They have made great changes to this table in the last five years, but I highly recommend it for any family with kids.  The amount of toy storage is fantastic!

This lamp is a treasure.  I truly gasped when I saw it in the store.  Not one flower was chipped, and I had never seen any lamp like it before.  Of course lamps were 50% off that day, so I paid $7 for this beauty at New 2 You.  Granted, I did have to replace the shade, but it was totally worth it.  Lighting is so important!  And it doesn't matter where you find what you love, even if it's at your favorite resale shop.

Oh, our TV wall, you've come a long way.  
We have very tall ceilings.  When we moved in we had the generic TV stand from Target.  I started searching Craig's List for a deal on a buffet.  I loved the look of this one because of the details on the doors.  Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the house to discover that it was a Drexel Heritage piece for $50.  WHAT?!  Sold!  I painted it in high-gloss white, added vintage hardware and I've been thrilled with it since.  There are drawers behind those doors that hold movies, board games, and video games.  I tried to disguise the cable box as much as possible by stacking it with books and flowers. (before & after here)  The mirror above the TV was a simple DIY made of painted wood shims and a beveled mirror from JoAnns.  The turquoise chair was another Goodwill find.  I swear I have a furniture angel watching over me with all these finds.  The basket is secretly full of children's books, but for the photo I thew a blanket over them. ;-)  It's all about the perfect shot, right?


One of the biggest changes to the room was adding these navy velvet curtains from West Elm hung as close the ceiling as possible.  Go ahead and remove your plastic vertical blinds from your slider and dress it like a window!  Your room will feel much larger. The chandelier was an amazing gift from a client/friend who didn't want it in their home.


Our desk was a gift from my husband's grandparents so I thought it fitting to keep their picture on display.

The chair was also a gift from them, but I reupholstered it in this fabric, added the pink dragon pillow and grabbed this brass stool on clearance at World Market.

As you can see, I like to mix old and new, high and low, and really make the house our own.  If you want to see our living room  before we moved in, click here! It's a drastic change.

I think Tracy did a wonderful job capturing our living room.  Thanks Tracy!  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  The space has already changed since these photos were taken, and I may have found a ton of vintage furniture to reupholster for this room.  I'll be keeping Tracy busy taking photos once I'm done!  ;-)






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16 comments:

  1. I love your home, Abby! Beautiful space, great photography :)

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  2. Thanks Kristie! That's a great compliment coming from an expert like you! xo

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  3. What a beautiful space Abby! Love the colour!

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  4. Such a beautiful room Sarah! And the photos are wonderful!

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  5. Love it! I noticed you mentioned Grand Rapids...are you from MI? If so, I'm a fellow Michigander. I get giddy every time I find someone else from MI. ;) Look forward to seeing more beautiful spaces. Have a good one!

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  6. I saw your sofa on Instagram and loved it! I like how you were fearless with the colour-totally makes the room:)

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  7. Nice job, Abby! The colors are fresh and pretty and I love the touch of brass. Your blog is looking gorgeous!

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  8. Such a airy, happy space. I love how well you bring together style and family-friendly/functional. Toy coffee table is genius! I tried to score the Antro bowls months ago, but were unavailable. Came home with these though :) Can't beat the price. They're much brighter than the Anthro bowls, but I love them.

    http://www.worldmarket.com/product/ikat-bowls-set-of-2.do

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  9. This looks amazing, Abby! I love the mix and how it all comes together. Your house is such a reflection of YOU.

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  10. Thanks Sarah! I'm slightly addicted to color. :-)

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  11. Kim! Yes! I live in Grand Rapids. I'll have to pop over to your blog and catch up!

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  12. Lisa, who can keep track these days. ;-) I'm just glad you saw it and came to visit! Yes, that sofa is a favorite of mine. And I really love that it's child friendly!

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  13. Niki~ Those bowls are awesome. My anthro bowls were a birthday present from a friend at least three years ago, but your world market bowls are fabulous! And a much better price. ;-)

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  14. Love every detail Abby! I too am planning to use the Sunbrella Outdoor Velvet on our future Sofa reupholstery project. Function is key but beauty has to be there too :)


    xo-Kristin

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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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