Ohio New Build: going traditional

I have clients from many different states, and for special occasions, I will even travel to meet my clients.  Yesterday was one of those days.  This very special couple is building their dream home.  I'm not sure you can tell by the photo, but it's an incredible home with tons of space and two master master suites.  Yes, two.  That sounds like a dream to me!

Yesterday our goal was to work through exterior selections.  We had to decide on colors for wood siding, shingles, pillars (not built yet), doors, trim, shutters and gutters.  The lower portion of the house will be covered in stone, which has already begun install.  They also selected the windows before I was pulled into the project, so my choices were based on the window color, roof, and stone.  

She gave us a tour of their home.  Oh my word...the sun room straight back from my view, is where I would live.  They were smart with this house and included plenty of pocket doors and an open floor plan.

I mean, this view out the back of the house.  Yes, please.

I am honored they would trust me with their dream home and I can't wait to see the finished exterior!  It will be done in the next couple weeks and hopefully they'll share.

Funny, not-so-funny story.
After the five hour drive to their house it was time to get gas.  Magically, I had a faulty pump and gasoline went all over my shoes and legs.  1) Thankfully I was wearing shoes from Target and promptly threw them in the trash.  2) Thankfully I was wearing a dress, and could wash the gasoline off my legs.  Only problem was we had a five hour drive ahead of us and I didn't have any shoes!  My dear friend Stephanie ran into a local Walmart and bought me a sweet pair of flats for the rest of our trip.  Thanks, Steph!

I have to confess, one of the best parts of our day was stopping at Whole Foods on the way home and snagging the.most.amazing.carmels.EVER.  I'm afraid they'll be gone soon.  
Have you tried these?!

I also have to mention the sky God painted for us while we headed home.  The clouds looked like a brushstrokes across the changing blue.  It felt like a present. 

Unrelated, (because it's my blog and sometimes I'm going to talk food) I had to share this pizza I made this week.  I cooked a huge batch of black beans over the weekend.  I put them with cheese in my son's thermos for lunch, serve with pulled pork tacos, and made Pioneer Woman's "taco pizza."  This was a huge hit with the kids.  I buy our fresh pizza dough from Marco's on Cascade...the rest is simple to throw together on a week night.  
You can find the step by step recipe here, but the photo is my own.

Have you made exterior decisions on your home?  How did it go?
Tomorrow I get to me a new client in Nunica, Michigan.  She lives in a farm house and I'm super excited. ;-)  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.  I am currently accepting new clients for the fall.


  1. What a fun trip - the view from that home is priceless!

  2. I would hire you for my dream house. If I ever have one. Ahhh, someday.
    A recent Crate & Barrel catalog did a whole spread on the modern farmhouse. They had some cool stuff.
    And thanks for telling me about the caramels. Gotta check them out.
    Gas is expensive! Don't be spilling it all over yourself. Not good.

  3. oooohhhhhh..... can't wait to see what you do with this one!!! I LOVE everything you do! always!! enjoy the ride!!

  4. Looks like a dream project and I can't wait to see you work your Abby magic! Pioneer Woman never does wrong!

  5. LOVE Your exterior palate. Great choices. I had a friend get sprayed by a faulty gas line once in college before a date and she smelled like gas for DAYS. I am so paranoid now from that. Glad they weren't your favorite pair of shoes!


  6. Love that you work in my home state of OHIO! MIss it sometimes! Looking good, can't wait to see how it turns out!


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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