Design Plans for the "Swanky Colonial Project"

Yesterday I had such a fun day!  It started with my friend's daughter (age 9) coming over to job shadow me.  What?!  I'm a mom of boys and I was nervous that she would get bored, but we had a great time.  We quickly left the house and went to present my design plans to a local client.  They've lived in their beautiful colonial for years, but had yet to make it their own.  {Are you noticing this is a common theme with my clients?}  Their rooms were technically furnished, but not intentionally designed.  It happens.  People get busy with work, kids, and life...that often leaves little time to pour into the design of your home, and before you know it you've lived there 10 years and you don't even like your surroundings.  They hired me to fix that!

After the initial consultation, one word we landed on was "swanky".  The house needed a bit of dressing up-- still comfortable, but stylish and smart looking.  

Here's the living room BEFORE:

Nothing is staying and they are ready for a fresh start.  This is their more formal living room off the dining room, and my client likes to use this room for reading and entertaining.  The obvious need, then, would be some fabulous book shelves.

Then I threw in some black, grey, and plenty of texture.

This rug grounds the whole room, and provides more texture:

Finally, some gorgeous pillows:

In the end, I hope the room looks just like this.

Here is her dining room BEFORE:

The walls all going to be painted nearly black, a color called Lead Gray by BM.  
Here's an example below:

I'd love to see this pearl and chrome chandelier set the tone for room.

And these gorgeous Arteriors lamps on a mid-century buffet:

Finally, I recommended this photo of Lake Michigan from a local photographer blown up extra large, and glossy as subtle color against the dark walls.

The room will look a lot like this when we're done! 
Oh, and the mirror is a whopping 43" in diameter.  It will go next to the window and reflect the large photograph.  Love it.

We're also making changes to their kitchen and family room.  The cabinets are getting painted, new hardware, and hopefully a new backsplash.  The family room is keeping their large sectional, but getting all new window treatments, wall color, fireplace tiles, chairs, lamps, and artwork.  

I'd like to see it look more like this:

I'm excited for this one.  Who am I kidding...I'm always excited for my clients because I know how much their life will change when they absolutely love their home.  

Would you consider adding a little more swank to your life? ;-)
Which room is your favorite?  

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  1. Looks fantastic Abby! And what fun to have a little job shadower! Did you hook her on interior design?!

  2. I love everything about the renovations.
    Would you tell me whats the rug from? It's gorgeous?

  3. The kitchen/great room is my favorite. This is going to look beautiful between the good bones of the house and your design plan. Love the Lake Michigan photo!!

  4. I can't pick just one favorite. I think that is going to be one great house when you are done with it! :)

  5. fabulous as always!!!! Your design never disappoint my dear! And oh how I wished we lived closer to one another so we could meet up for a cup of coffee and chat design! You need to make plans to come to the Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta in March- it would be soooo good to meet you!

  6. Love all of the designs! The life you are going to breathe into that home will be amazing. I adore the living room design. So textured and layered! Great job, friend!

  7. Girl you are fabulous at those boards! WOW..that first one blew me away...I want that room!

  8. The rooms are gorgeous! The dark walls in the dinning room are just stunning. Lovely inspiration.

  9. Lovely as always! The family room color scheme is so airy and bright! It screams relaxation!


  10. Umm...these may be some of my most favorite design boards of yours yet. This is going to be one incredible makeover! Love the colors and everything you selected - I can't wait to see the afters!

  11. I always love your designs but for some reason I'm extra excited to see the afters on these. I hope it goes quickly!

  12. My goodness...you're like The House Wisperer. Your designs make me want to take a second job so I can afford to hire you.

  13. wow Abby! All of the rooms are my favorite. Really -- such beautiful designs!

  14. I love both, but that whitewashed round table is calling my name. Something about gray's and coastal. I'm in!


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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