Long Lake House Refresh: e-design plans

I've been working on a design plans for a custom home on Long Lake in Northern Michigan.  My clients are tired of their brown and red decor, and ready for a refresh.

Let's start with the lighting.  If you're a regular reader you know that lighting is one of my passions.  Did you know you could be passionate about lighting? ;-) It's true.  Switching out your fixtures can have a huge impact on your design.  My goal in this plan was to de-Tuscan this home.  My clients like clean and modern (think Jeff Lewis) but are always entertaining and have children, so we want to it be warm and friendly.  

My plan was to add a little sparkle without going glam.  They have numerous colors going on in the kitchen between the counters and the cabinets, which is why I went with glass and nickel.  I didn't want to add any further pattern to the room.  Plus with glass, the light will fill the huge room and tall ceilings.

You can see by this photo that changing the lighting will create an entirely new vibe in this kitchen.

We are also changing out the bar stools, dining room set, and rug.

I'm proposing these woven, textured, bar stools in ivory.  I wish I could show you the close-up of the fabric, but it has an tiny basket-weave look.

I was looking for a clean lined dining table that could expand, and was the same wood tone as their darker cabinets.  Here she is.

My clients requested upholstered and comfortable chairs.  Believe it or not, the chairs I liked best with this table that fit the bill are from Ikea.  The color ties in with the floor and counters, but has a slight texture without being a pattern.  

My clients live on the beach, and the door to their gorgeous patio is off to the left of the table, so I went with an indoor/outdoor rug.  Here are how the pieces come together.

Back to lighting...
The hallway has this interesting octagon detail.

I'm recommending they swap out the current light for this 25" fixture that includes six lights.  More than enough to light the way.  I think it could create some beautiful shadows and dress it up a bit.

Let's move to the living room/office/entry area.  Scroll back to the top to see the recommended chandelier for the entry.  All of the furniture will stay, for now.  So my plans for pillows and throws are a simple refresh.  All the walls will get painted out.  Notice they have very warm tile and carpeted floors. to balance out the cool colors I have planned.

Here's another view of the living room.  I wanted to keep the fireplace in mind when selecting paint colors.  In my ideal world, we'd replace the mantel with one that goes all the way across so that artwork could be placed against the stone chimney.  Maybe someday.

Here's the paint plan for the entire main living area.  Hallways, ceilings, office, and kitchen.

As usual, I was inspired by fabric.

Because my clients were asking for a totally new look, I'm giving them two options.

Here's option one.  Solid greige pillows with white trim, mixed with jade and charcoal fabrics.  I added a large green tray for their ottoman, because I think they need one.  :-)  The cream throw blanket has concentric circles, but you can't tell by this photo.  The throw blanket and the solid velvet lumbar pillow are for the leather chair.

Here's the second, more daring option.  I honestly love them both.  They're a young, fun, family and may want a bolder look with their pillows.  We'll see.

What do you think? I'm excited to see the home refreshed.  
Which pillow combination would you choose?
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. Wonderful options,they can't go wrong! Can we talk about that hallway light for a minute? Oh my, love it!!

  2. Why why why would a builder do a "build up" to a light fixture in the foyer and then put a boob light on it? Thank heavens your client has you, the lighting queen, on the job ;-) . Your suggested piece is brilliant. I love both options on the pillow, it's a tie.

  3. By the time you're done with it, this home is going to feel completely different. Lucky clients!

  4. I am really appreciating this post because my husband and I bought a house recently which has the SAME countertop color. I really dislike it and dream of my crisp, white kitchen, but it's not in the budget right now. I am hoping a fresh paint job and maybe even changing the cabinet colors will help but I am looking forward to seeing how you transform this kitchen. Will you be changing the countertop?

  5. I'd love to know the source of the inspiration photo for the clean lined table. I love that table and chairs!


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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