10.08.2014

One Room Challenge -- Week 2


Welcome back! 
The days are clicking along quickly and I'm starting to feel the pressure of the One Room Challenge.
If you missed week one, click here


This was the week of making decisions.  
I have a specific budget to work within, (don't we all) and so first step is setting priorities.  While the decorator part of me wants to make everything pretty, the designer in me wants the room to actually FUNCTION for my clients.  Once we've decided on the furniture and lighting, then I'll know how much cash I have left for the ultimate fun--faaaaaaabbbbbrrriiiic.
But I digress...back to the furniture.


They *need* new nightstands.  I was looking for something a bit modern, and visually light.  I found one piece I liked, but it didn't have legs and wasn't the perfect height. 
I thought she might have perfect nightstands in stock, because her basement/warehouse of vintage furniture is a magical place.  Instead, she put together a custom piece; exactly what I needed. 
 LOVE her.
Imagine these glossy white with brass knobs.

They'll go up against their gray bed.  Oh, and did you notice the walls got painted? ;-) 

If you missed it, the walls and bed used to look like this:

Imagine all of this gone! 
Voila!
New, wider upholstered bed, fresher nightstands, new walls, and all new bedding.
Oh, and can we talk about the windows for a minute?  Do you see how the one shade is hanging down while the other is up?  Yeah, they're going.  Broken.  Gone.  New solution!
More on that later...it's in the works.

Are you still with me?  There are many changes happening here.  Hang on. 
Let's switch to the opposite wall.  The TV wall.
Now that the walls are painted (below) it's time to address this huge wall.
First, the TV stand needs to be a more appropriate width and height.  They really can't see the television as it is.  Thankfully they've agreed to mount it on the wall instead and a new TV stand is in the works.

Before we began this master bedroom, my client bought sawhorse legs, sprayed them gold, and was planning to add a glass top.

Glass would be pretty, but in the back of my mind, throughout the whole scheming of this plan, I'm thinking three words. 
 Custom.  Luxe. Unique.  
So marble, obviously. ;-)
I twisted my client's arm and she agreed to a custom marble top for their table.
Cue the dancing and margaritas! 

I sketched up this design for the table and my marble guys are making it now!
This was inspired by Greek key pattern and will have a beveled edge.

It's being delivered in a couple weeks and I can hardly stand the wait!

Oh, and yes, this beauty is on it's way to the master bedroom.  I've heard it's a beast to put together, but we're nothing if not determined.

Are you seeing the room come together?  Am I throwing too much random information at you?
I hope you can see the vision.  We've got the necessities figured out annd now I can move on to textiles and linens.  If you want true sneak peeks of this project be sure to be friends with me on Instagram.

I asked my clients a couple questions for this week.  Because as I mentioned in week one, it's all about the process.  I think part of the reason the ORC is so popular (thank Linda for putting this all together!) is because the readers want the inside scoop of how a room really gets done in six weeks.  

Q: What's the most challenging part of working with a designer?
A: Going outside my comfort zone and trusting your vision.  Since we have worked together before and I trust you completly, this has also become the most exciting and fun part about with a designer.

Q: What's the most fun?
A: See above.  I am horrible at making decisions and often second-guess myself.  Having a designer I trust has taken this component out of the design process!

Q: Are you happy you agreed to the ORC or is it more intense than you bargained for?
A: I am estatic to be part of the ORC.  It is a great and fun distraction from everyday life.  I'm thrilled that this room will come together quickly.
  
Thanks C.!  It definitely helps that we've worked together before. 
I'm excited to see the room finished.  

Have you seen the other 19 ORC projects in the works?  I'm pretty pumped for all of them and already have favorites.  Don't forget about the additional linking participants.  Their second post goes live tomorrow.  




















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Thanks for reading today!  Now it's back to work while reading through everyone's post.  This is so fun! What do you think so far?  

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.
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59 comments:

  1. Love the custom features you are bringing in!! Marble, perfect!

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  2. Oh girl, the shape of the marble top...too good for words!

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    1. Thanks! That means a lot coming from you. xx

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  3. Everything is looking soooooo good!! I am loving this room plan and want that chandelier! Love the sawhorse legs- where did she get those? Xo Nanc

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  4. I think my comment didn't post:( Take two...You've already made such a huge transformation! I love the wall colour and the headboard...and the marble desk top is INCREDIBLE! Also loving the custom bedsides and of course, my all time fave WE chandelier. All sooooo gorgeous!!!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Christine. I consider you an expert on gorgeous! xx

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  5. The marble is going to be spectacular. My heart skips a beat seeing your items. Ya know I love glam and you have so much of it going on I can't stand the suspense!

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    1. Thanks Krystine! I'm so happy you like it!

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  6. I can't stand how much I love that Chandy! Everything is so perfect!

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    1. Thanks Julie! You're going to be a key part of this project and I'm so happy we get to work together. xx

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  7. You had me at marble. :) Love that you are adding custom touches.

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  8. Love that bed! the light is gorg, and hello to custom nightstands -- what a great look with that bed!!

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  9. Absolutely in love with your design! The newly painted walls make a huge difference! And that marble ... I die! xo

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  10. I'm such a light fixture fan and love your pick!! Can't wait to see the nightstands!!

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  11. Thank you for you sweet words. Posts like this one is why the ORC is so popular. I can't tell how helpful and fun it was to read this! I would love to know how you will be attaching the legs to the marble? Will you epoxy it together, or just lay it on top?

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  12. I love your plans for the space! The custom furniture will be fabulous.

    I will reveal tomorrow that I successfully removed the wine holder from the bathroom.
    Happy day!

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  13. I CAN see the vision and it's beautiful!!! I'm so much enjoying hearing from your clients as this evolves. What an amazing space they'll have very shortly!

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  14. Yes.....marble instead of glass on those gold legs = magic

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  15. This will be so beautiful! and glam! That chandy is everything! I'm using a similar leopardy fabric....love yours. And that marble table!! love it.

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  16. This room will be so luxurious and beautiful! Can't wait to see the final results!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  17. Abby....are you kidding me? This is amazing for sure and I know it will blow us all away:) Exciting!

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  18. So far it is amazing so I know the finished product is going to be stunning. Love that you always add a touch of glam, it is your signature in my mind!! Great job and looking forward to seeing more,
    Kathysue

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    1. Thanks Kathy! You're always so encouraging! xx

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  19. I love all the decisions you and your client are making. That marble top is going to be amazing and that chandelier...holy cow!!

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    1. Thanks Kate! I hope they are a great combination together. Now to add the soft pieces. ;-)

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  20. Such a pretty combination of elements! Your client is one lucky gal!!

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  21. Love where this is going! Will the sawhorse legs be strong enough to support the marble top? Just curious - we did a custom marble top on a cast iron base for our kitchen, and we had to shore it up underneath with wood support. Love the custom design of it - think your clients will be glad they trusted you!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I made sure to account for the weight per square foot. :-) I'll talk more about this after it's installed. Thanks for reading!

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  22. This is going to be stunning. I especially can't wait to see that marble top - great design!

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  23. Can't wait to see the end result. Its going to be one chic bedroom!

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  24. going to be so soft and pretty. can't wait to see that marble top. I want one! xo

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    1. Ashlina- Thank you! Soft is pretty is part of my goal. :-)

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  25. That marble desk! That light fixture! So gorgeous - I know this going to be an amazing room....

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm happy you like it. Can't wait to get it done.

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  26. The nightstands sound gorgeous! Can't wait to see how they turn out!!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I think they will be lovely. :-)

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  27. My husband & I have been talking about where we want to live after he retires. I'm thinking Grand Rapids. So you could give us a bedroom like this! We could use some Swank!

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    1. You should! Grand Rapids is an amazing place to live.

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  28. oohhh that chandelier. love that your going with "luxe"

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    1. Thanks Sienna! The chandelier arrived yesterday so let the games begin!

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  29. I love how this is coming together and I immediately thought marble!! Those sawhorse legs are awesome!

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    1. Thanks! She picked those legs herself. She has great style!

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  30. oh my goodness. so happy that you convinced her to do marble. This is just going to be fabulous! Love how things developed during the first week!!! I'm a linking participant, debuting my week 1 progress tomorrow....and feeling so behind you girl!

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    1. Don't worry! You can do it! It's amazing what a deadline can do for a gal. ;-)

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  31. Not only do I SEE your vision coming together, I LOVE it. I'm dying over the marble desk idea.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I hope you love it even more when it's in real life. :-)

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  32. That marble table design is so fun! Love it.

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  33. Ditto LOVING the marble desk top! Can't wait to see your space

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  34. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE MARBLE TOP! Also, saw that West Elm chandelier in person for the first time today. It really is perfect for a bedroom.

    Jessie |The Design Daredevil

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    1. Jessie- Thank you for saying that! It's nice to hear from someone who has seen it in real life. The electrician comes next week for install. Holding our breath. ;-)

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  35. Woah! Paint, headboard, marble?! Big moves for just being on week 2! And again, loving the included Q+A - so fun to read what your clients are thinking throughout the process (:
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    Molly

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  36. Love the room! Where is the bed from?

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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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