Living Room Updates: Before & After

Hi there!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter or Passover if you celebrated.  We had a nice time with family.  Every Easter weekend is significant to me in more ways than one--it marks the anniversary of our move into our 70's ranch.  I love our neighborhood.  Loooove.  We feel safe, our children have neighborhood kids to play with, and none of that is lost on me.  I know this is a blessing.  

All that to say, is that after three years, we've made a decent amount of changes to the house to make it our own.  There was *nothing wrong* with the way it was when we bought it, but like everyone who purchases a home--we wanted to make it our own.  I'm guessing we will live here a long time, so we're taking our time and letting it reflect our family.

I thought it would be fitting to take a little trip back three years to see how far we've come in the living room.  This common area is where we spend most of our time, and the reason we bought the house.  I wanted one large room for the kids to play instead of a formal living room plus a family room.  I can stand at the kitchen stove and see the whole room.  Sold.

The first change we made to the house was adding lighting--both pot lights and a vintage chandelier. But the furniture was all moved in from our old house.

Thankfully we have really tall ceilings because like most homes from the 70's, we're sporting the sweet sunken living room. ;-)  

After painting the walls and fireplace, reupholstering our yellow sofa in outdoor green velvet, and adding in new accessories, the house had a whole new feel.
{ALL the pretty photos were taken by Tracy Anne Photography.  Thanks Tracy!}

Then I found this vintage, down-filled Henredon sofa at a local thrift shop and knew it would be perfect in our long living room.

I finally had it reupholstered, and now it's a perfect fit in the center of the room.  The low back lets more light in from the slider and the pattern just makes me happy.  The brown leather chair was given to my dad and replaced with this pink glider from Ballard Outlet.  I love that it swivels to face the TV or the second seating arrangement.

The area with the desk and chair was put off for a long while.  Both pieces were gifted to us by family.  And there they sat.

I found my favorite chair fabric from Domesticate on Spoonflower.  She was a new creation. 

Our velvet sofa got moved to this side of the room with the chair, and I picked up two marble side tables from an estate sale across the street and painted the bases glossy black.  I also added the floor to ceiling drapes over to these windows.  Now this corner is one of my favorite places in the house!

Thanks for taking this trip back in time with me.  I've already made more changes (art on the fireplace) so I'm sure for our 4th anniversary you'll be subject to the latest updates.  But until then, I'm happy that I've used what we had and created a comfortable space for our family to live.  Thanks for reading! 
Whether you're near or far, I would love to work with you to create a home you love.  Email me at abbyminteriors@gmail.com for more information on my local & e-design services.


  1. So Chic, Abby! I love it when designers update what they have!! You have done such a beautiful job! Can't wait for your ORC reveal!!!!

  2. Such a lovely space that has come a really long way! I love that vintage sofa so much!

  3. Beautiful room! Love all that gorgeous green in the upholstery!

  4. The reupholstered ikat sofa is just soooo good! I love love love it, and the fact that you were bold enough to go with a patterned sofa. Such a statement piece in that big room!

  5. Show stopping!! It's absolutely beautiful!

  6. It's amazing to see the progress over time. Your patterned sofa just kills me with it's perfection for that room. I admire your bold choices -- they are so you and show such design confidence. You always inspire me to take risks ;-)

  7. Oh my greatness! So fun to see the evolution of the space! One of my favorite color palettes! And the green ikat fabric is amazing.

  8. Abby....Abby.....you have transformed this room! It is simply beautiful and I love your use of color. It's a large room but it feels so cohesive and with the 2 seating areas.....brilliant!

  9. I'm in love with your re-upholstery projects. The green sofa is gorgeous! Such a great room!!

  10. I love your use of such a large space & the two separate seating areas!


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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