BEFORE AND AFTER: a fireplace wall

Welcome to Abby Manchesky Interiors!

Meet my client's fireplace wall. 
They would agree that it was builder basic and didn't function for their needs or their style. They needed more storage for toys, books, photos, games, but the wall was HUGE. They didn't really know where to start.

We had worked together before on their daughter's nursery:

And their son's big boy room:

I also designed their master suite, but I'll save that for another post. Needless to say, they were very gracious and gave me free reign on the fireplace wall. Thanks guys!

They approved the design board! Our goals?
*Use a metal screen panel on each door to let technology breathe and be able to use remotes.
*take the shelves to the ceiling
*new stone on the fireplace, also to the ceiling
*design a new mantel and surround
*add lighting

I think we got pretty close! 

This is how it looked when I arrived will all my styling accessories, ready to take on this beast of shelves. Each side is six feet wide. Did I mention they are huge? ;-)

When I was shopping I thought we would go one direction, but then I didn't like it. Jennifer casually mentioned that they owned a wooden collection her father in law had made, so I based everything off the collection. Each piece is gorgeous on it's own, but by arranging it all in groupings across the top shelf, especially with the new library lights, they are quite the feature.

The wooden sculptures set the tone for a more neutral organic vibe than what I orginally imagined. There are personal items scattered throughout. Personal photos, their own books flipped to the pages side instead of the spine, so that all the colors flow together...and more natural wood throughout. 

You get a better idea in this closer shot. We are working on this room in phases--first the fireplace wall. Then the furniture & layout.

It was incredible to see what am impact this wall had on the entire feel of the main floor. It made the room feel much more expansive and substantial. They are such fun clients to work with and I'm filled with gratitude that I get to serve them in this way.

She sent me the sweetest text after Christmas with a photo of their living room that said--
1000%...the amount increased usage our fireplace gets since the wall was finished! Now they spend all their time here. That's the best! 

Here are a few tips and items to consider when styling your bookshelves. Just click on a photo to shop the item.

1) Books of a consistent color pallet. 

2) Picture frames in the same finish or with the same matte. Then you can vary the size. I happen to love brass & white.

3) Natural stones or wood, especially as bookends!

4) Candle Sticks. I love these concrete candle holders, but any will do. 

5) Wooden bowl. It could also be ceramic-decorative, but bowls are perfect for stacking on top of books. Or standing alone, if they are large and sculptural like this one. 

6) Beautiful storage: basket, fabric wrapped box, ceramic box, cloth basket. 

7) Botanicals. Any plants, live or fake, as long as the fake plant looks *very* real. Succulents are easy to care for and more difficult to tell if they are real or not.

Let's recap--
Here is what to gather to style your shelves
*Books of consistent color scheme
*Picture frames of the same finish OR the same matte.
*Natural stones or wood, especially as bookends.
*Candle sticks, in whichever finish you love.
*Sculptural wooden bowl.
*Beautiful storage.

If you'd like help with styling, I do offer styling appointments. I use what you have mixed with accessories I bring with me. Just click here to my services page to read more.

What do you think about their makeover? If nothing else, I love that it compels them to spend more time in their family room than they ever have before. 



  1. You did a great job Abby.. it looks great.To create a such kind of article is really amazing,I daily read your blogs and give my announcement for that here this article is too great and so entertaining.I will surely bookmark your website for later.

  2. تمتعوا الآن بأرخص خدمة عزل خزانات بمكة من خلال فريق العنود المتخصص الذي يختار أفضل مواد عزل و بأرخص الأسعار حيث توفر لكم أفضل شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة أفضل مواد تنظيف و تطهير خزانات بالمملكة.


  3. أفضل مستوي خدمات ستحصلون عليها من خلال شركة الإخلاص و الآمانة التي تضم أيدي عاملة متخصصة في نقل عفش الطائف و التي تستخدم أحدث الأجهزة التي تحافظ علي العفش و تحميها من أي خدش أو كسر.
    للتواصل معنا عبر :-

  4. تواصل الآن مع أفضل و أهم شركة تنظيف منازل بالمدينة المنورة و بجميع أنحاء الممكلة العربية السعودية و هي فرسان الخليج التي تعتبر أهم شركات تنظيف بيوت بالمدينة المنورة و تحقق أعلي مستوي نظافة .

  5. لا تترددوا بالتواصل مع صيانة سامسونج الخط الساخن حيث يقوم بالرد عليكم فريق متخصص ذو خبرة واسعة و كفاءة عالية بالمجال كما يوفر لكم مركز صيانة وايت وستنجهاوس أفضل مستوي خدمات.

  6. احصل علي خدمات صيانة كريازي الخط الساخن من خلال التواصل مع فريق الصيانة المتخصص من خلال الإتصال علي رقم صيانة كريازي حيث يقدم الفريق أفضل الخدمات.

  7. تمتعوا الآن بأوفر أسعار من خلال مركز صيانة جليم جاز المتميز و الذي يعتبر من أكبر المراكز كما يقدم لكم مركز صيانة فريجيدر أفضل العروض و الخصومات .

  8. تمتعوا بأوقي العروض و الخصومات التي تقدمها لكم شركة سوقني التي تعتبر من أهم شركات تصميم مواقع انترنت في مصر و تقدم أفضل تصميم مواقع و علي مستوي عالي .


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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