client before & after: styling open shelves in the kitchen

Hi friends!  I hope you're enjoying summer break and the beautiful weather.  Summer is in full swing and I am super busy with local clients and running kiddos to day camps and baseball championship games.  Oh, and I was sick for two weeks straight, so that really put a damper on my blogging--but I'm 80% better now, and am excited to share major progress with the #rockfordreno.

The photo below was part way into the renovation.  But you get the general idea.  Notice the backsplash and overall dark vibe of the kitchen.

Painting had begun.  Lighting was added.  New floors installed.  But obviously still a work in progress.

Then last week I got that call that open shelving was going to be installed.  I hit my favorite grocery store for some styling pieces: flowers, Perrier, apples, and lemonade.

Here are the shelves and glorious backsplash--all the way to the ceiling.  

Then came the styling...

Tip #1: Keep it simple. One stem of a great textured flower in a simple glass works wonders.

Tip #2: Use what you have.
These white dishes with a hand-painted gold rim were passed down through generations, and she'd had them in storage for years, never being used. Now all of her family pieces shine in her kitchen.

Tip #3: Think in levels of height and depth.  
Instead of putting all of her small bowls in one pile, I split them up into three piles, at different heights, and used the whole depth of the shelf.

Tip #4: Use food to add color.  Never feel limited by what something is--think of every decorative piece by color and texture.  You'll see your grocery store as a whole new store of home goods. ;-)

This is a horrible iPhone photo, but here is the finished look. 

And just one more quick glance at the before:

Official "after" shots of the entire kitchen, eating area, stairs, and living room are coming soon!  Thanks for sticking with me loves.  I'll be posting as I can.  xo

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  1. It looks great my friend. Always love open shelving and the brackets you chose are just fab with the backsplash. Well done!

  2. Gorgeous..gorgeous...GORGEOUS!!! Please come do my kitchen next...I LOVE your style!

  3. I'm so glad you're feeling better! Being sick is the pits, even worse when you've got small ones running around! And that open shelving...*le sigh*...it's so absolutely lovely, what a fabulous difference!

  4. Looks awesome! I love that you incorporated things the client already had... so much more meaningful than random items.

  5. Love that backsplash and the shelves. Whats the wood for the shelves? I love how thick it is. Beautiful as always Abby.


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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