5.10.2017

One Room Challenge Reveal: A Grand Rapids Kitchen


Welcome to Abby Manchesky Interiors! I'm thrilled you're here on this most fun day of the
One Room Challenge reveal.


Before you scroll down and skip all the words (I know how this works.) I want you to know that I'll be sharing a 'behind the scenes' post tomorrow detailing all the mishaps, miracles, and moments along the way that make this real life. If you have any ORC questions you'd like answered please post them in the comments below and I will address them tomorrow! Most importantly: THANK YOU! Many of you have been wildly supportive behind the scenes, especially on Instagram. I appreciate you. I'm also very grateful to the tradesman who made this crazy short timeline happen. I couldn't DIY my way out of this one and would have been drowning without their help. I'll be linking to them at the bottom of this post. 

Special thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for creating the One Room Challenge and to House Beautiful, her media partner. An incredible amount of work goes into pulling off this grand collaboration & we appreciate the work you do!

All of the after photos are from Ashley Avila Photography. We've worked together many times and she is crazy about the details, just like me. She is a pro when it comes to making my work look the closest to how it feels in real life. She is a delight to work with and I can't wait to do it again!

Below is our kitchen before the One Room Challenge began. Essentially it looked how it did when we bought our home six years ago. Honestly, there's nothing *wrong* with the kitchen the way it was. I think many people probably have a kitchen similar to this. But it didn't fit with the rest of our home. My personal aesthetic is more light and bright with a dash of the unexpected. As a designer I wanted our kitchen to be reflection of our family, not what someone else thought was appropriate whenever the kitchen was last designed.
My goal has been to transform this from workable to wonderful.



Here is the BEFORE view when you walk in our front door. We removed two feet of wall and the ceiling that came down and divided the kitchen from the dining room. We also removed the deep bulkhead from the kitchen, along with the upper cabinets. Like I mentioned above, I needed professional help from the trades on this one! Drywall, electrical, plumbing, tile, and paint were key.




This microwave niche never worked. I also didn't want the clutter of the microwave on the minimal counter space I have, so I asked to electrician to add a plug to the inside of my pantry and the microwave lives in there. Now I have the perfect spot for a coffee bar that is not only beautiful but incredibly functional. I have coffee filters, coffee grounds, and coffee pot at my fingertips. 





Nothing makes a greater impact on the style in your home than changing your lighting. Remove the hallway light that you don't even notice anymore because you've looked at it for years, and change it for something that's interesting and adds style to your home! I've gotten so many compliments on the different lights we've added to our kitchen and dining room. People love the sea urchin pendants because of the shadows and because they've never seen lights like this before. The candelabra pendant adds much needed texture to the dining room and sets a more casual tone. In contrast, our otherwise very casual kitchen got some sparkle by adding vintage lighting. I can't imagine our space without these key pieces. They truly make the design. 



Our home is was built in the 70s, complete with a huge sunken family room. This is just one corner of the space, but I love that it tells part of the story of our colorful home and gives context to the kitchen. It feels like it wanted to look this way all along. 








Here is an even older shot of our dining room, which shows the old buffet. We have since moved it to our basement as a TV console.




Let's talk about the buffet wall in the dining room.
Originally I spoke with a contractor to get an estimate for a whole wall of built-in drawers along the dining room wall. I didn't want any cabinets, just drawers. I needed extra storage and my dishes tend to get messier/lost in a cabinet. The estimate came back far more than I wanted to spend. We have other spaces in the home (basement, master bath) that we still need to finish and it just wasn't a high priority for their price. SO...I was at my favorite vintage store when one of their vendors, John Knox, asked me if I wanted to walk through his warehouse. YES! I kid you not, I found this perfect-for-me buffet that basically gives me a wall full of drawers and didn't need any refinishing. I loved the finish. Loved the hardware. And the price a steal.






Where did you put all your dishes? Do you really have enough space with open shelves?
Yes. My kitchen is only 12 x 12, so I've never had a huge kitchen and the luxury (or burden?) or keeping many items. If I want to stay organized then I need to keep things to a minimum. Our cereal bowls and ugly coffee mugs that we've acquired through the years are in a drawer. Otherwise, all our everyday dishes and serving ware are on the shelves. It's honestly been awesome in the short time we've been able to use it. Emptying the dishwasher is a breeze. No cabinets to open. 
Everything is within reach. 







How did you hang the art on the tile?
I intentionally planned on incorporating art into my kitchen and was thrilled to have a piece by Jennifer Flannigan. I measured so that it would be centered on the dishwasher. Then my Tile Installer, Scott Hoeksema, drilled a hole in the tile so that he could add a long screw to hang the art.

Only keep what is both functional AND beautiful. 
This may sound crazy to some of you, but my goal was to have beauty at every station of the kitchen. This faucet is sculptural and makes dishes bearable. Adding this custom vase next to the sink just makes me happy every day. I found the soap dispenser in the bathroom section at Target...feel free to use what you love and not be bossed around by how the stores define items. These pockets of beauty overwhelm me with gratitude. 




What does your family think of the space?
They love it. My husband takes a minute to like change and this was a *huge* change. But he's a big fan of how open it feels now and how the tiny lights over the shelves make everything sparkle. My youngest son is probably the most pleased. He's very impacted by his surroundings, just like his mother, and he keeps telling me how happy he is that our kitchen is "so beautiful." He recommends we open a restaurant. My tween just says "cool." which is really all a mother can ask. ;)




What have I learned? More than learned, I've been reminded that persistence is key. This has been a personal labor of love and given me renewed empathy for clients living through construction. It's not easy, especially with kids. It's a mess. We were living in chaos. But as I've told my clients countless times; good design changes how you live & feel in your home. Whether we walk in the front door or the garage door, we are hit with beauty. We can see the kitchen & the sparkle all the way from the other side of our sunken 70's-house living room. Your home can bring you joy! I'm so looking forward to having friends and family in our home. Our neighbors have said how inviting and happy it feels now. That's my prayer for our family and our home. 

Thank you so much for reading and following along in this process. Many sponsors made this possible and I am filled with gratitude. I've listed all the items used below, (some sponsored some not) but if you have questions please let me know in the comments.

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KITCHEN SOURCES

Faucet | HansGrohe

Jade Vase | Jill Rosenwald

Cabinet Hardware | Emtek by Assa Abloy

Sea Urchin Pendant | Varaluz

Custom Art in Kitchen | Jennifer Flannigan Art

Cabinet Color | Steamed Spinach by Benjamin Moore

White Shelves | Rejuvenation

Brass Brackets | Rejuvenation

Lucite Pendants | Scout Design

4 x 12 white subway tile | Home Depot

Kitchen Runner | Target

Coffee Canister | West Elm

Butter Dish | West Elm

Bread Box | World Market

Clear Acrylic Serving Tray | World Market

Silver Tea Canister | Ana Bode, sold on her instagram

Vintage Lamp | Goodwill

Marble Utensil Holder | Target

Marble & Wood Cutting Boards | HomeGoods, but similar here

Hand Soap dispenser | Target

Three Succulent Planter | HomeGoods

Hand Towel | Tuesday Mornings

Dishes on the Shelves | Vintage, Target, or HomeGoods, but mostly vintage

DINING ROOM SOURCES

Dining Table | AllModern

Dining Rug | Dash & Albert an Annie Selke Company

Chair and Pillow Fabric | Fabricut

Dining Room Art | Minted by Chelsea Scott

Pillow Workroom | Laura Taylor Studio

White Vases | Bellacor

Brass Wall Sconces | LampsPlus

Pendant | Candelabra


The Team

Electrician : VerPlank Electric is very friendly, professional, and made sure to take care of the mess that was my kitchen. I highly recommend Dave at VerPlank Electric. 616.447.8774
Bob's Drywall: Oh my gosh. He spent 43 hours on putting my ceiling and walls back together again. He put up with friends popping in and looking at the kitchen. Call Bob. He's great! 616.318.2586
Home Helpers 4 U: I've been using Dan for my client projects, including kitchens, for years. He sprayed the cabinets, walls, and ceiling. Our house wouldn't be the same without his magic on the cabinets.
Tile Installer: Oh man. He worked hard. The brackets and shelves involved a lot of math and effort. The short timeline/deadline meant there wasn't any room for error. Thankfully Scott Hoeksema did a wonderful job! Thanks Scott! 616.426.9886
Plumber: When we removed the bulkhead there was a dreaded angled pipe in my kitchen. Ken Bart came to the rescue! He also installed our stunning faucet that we were too nervous install ourselves. Thanks Ken! 616.437.1921
Photography: Ashley Avila Photography. Have I mentioned the tight deadline? This girl worked a crazy tight turn around to be sure I had photos on time to share with you. She worked through the night while managing a kiddo with an earache. Thank you, Ashley, for being a talented artist and great at your craft!
Clothing: Dear Prudence is a local store with a wonderful owner who generously provided me with my dress for this post. Please be sure to follow them on Instagram. They have the best unique pieces: both boho and preppy.



Please take a moment to click through the other 19 projects! So many designers have put blood, sweat, and tears into their spaces. I'd love to hear what you think! I know I have my favorites. 




74 comments:

  1. Abby!!!!! This kitchen is so 100% you and turned out amazing. Get ready for your magazine features...I have a sneaky suspicion that's in your future! :)

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    1. Thank you, Dana! That's so generous of you to say. xo

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  2. Abby,

    Seeing it all revealed today... it's even more amazing! I love the green cabinets and touches of gold in the fixtures and hardware of the open shelves. Wow, what a difference that bulkhead being removed is... So much brighter and lighter.

    I love it all!

    Congrats on surviving this ORC and living through the madness. It truly shines.... Just like you!

    Betsy Gordon
    West of the Square Designs

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    1. Oh Betsy- Thank you for your sweet words! I appreciate your encouragement. xo

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  3. The kitchen looks amazing! Congratulations on finishing such a successful project!
    I love how open it feels, and the green on your lower cabinets is to die for! Also, the light fixtures are all beyond amazing. Well done! Xo, Kate Smith

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    1. Thank you, Kate! I really respect your opinion and I'm so happy you like it. xo

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  4. Abby,
    This reveal is so wonderful!! Your kitchen and dining room are truly stunning. So happy for you and your sweet family. Also, your just as lovely as your kitchen😘

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    1. THANK YOU! I appreciate your kind words.

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  5. Oops, you're just as lovely as your kitchen😘

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  6. Green for the win! Bravo on surviving the One Room Challenge and a stunning reveal!

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  7. You look adorable (love the dress!) and your kitchen is beautiful! You're so gutsy with color!

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    1. Thank you! I think I use so much color in my own home because so many Michigan days are gray and dreary. I need a little pep. ;)

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  8. Just as gorgeous as I had anticipated. Fabulous job, Abby!!

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  9. Oh, Abby, it looks fantastic!! This may be my favorite redo of yours yet!!

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  10. This looks so great, and you are adorable!

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  11. oh i am in LOVE! this is incredible, abby! and i love the white walls so that the cabinets really shine! everything is beautiful and fresh, and you are the cutest!

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    1. Cassie- Thank you for following along during this adventure. I appreciate your kind words! xo

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  12. Holy transformation! It is so light and open now. I love it. They kitchen refresh is fabulous!

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  13. What a transformation! It all came together beautifully! I know you will love cooking even more in that dreamy kitchen.

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    1. Yes! Thank you! Now to snag a new stove. ;-) Think I can convince the husband? xoxo

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  14. That green is just so perfect and I love how you've mixed it with the clean white tiles, touches of brass and little hits of pink...such a pretty palate. I know this was a huge job and a giant congrats to you on managing the construction and producing such a beautiful space for your family to enjoy!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I'm sure you're exhausted from all your hard work. I appreciate your kind words! xo

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  15. Oh Abby this is absolutely STUNNING and your art piece and vase completes this room! I found the same marble soap dispenser at Target for our master bath refresh, love it! You know I love vintage and that piece is perfect in your dinning area! You've inspired me to open our family room wall a little more into our kitchen. I love how you answered all the questions I am thinking! Way to be minimal! When my kids are a little older and don't break my great great grandmothers china then maybe we can do open shelves like you. :) Major kudos my friend! XOXO, Sarah

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    1. Thank you sweet friend! And high five for snagging the same soap pump! You can't really perceive what a difference opening up the wall just by 24" made to the space. MAJOR change. Can't wait to see your ORC! xo

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  16. Beautiful work! I love how light and airy it is now. And all of the small details are absolutely gorgeous :)

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  17. Abby, that green kitchen is SO PERFECT! It looks so much bigger now. I, too, have a small kitchen (way smaller than yours...it is 9x10), and your emptying the dishwasher comment is totally right - it's a breeze!

    Great job! I love it!

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    1. Thank you! Our kitchens may be small but that just means we have less to clean--right?! xo

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  18. Can I ask where that cute black and white hallway runner/rug is from?

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    1. Yes, I should add it to my list. Rugs direct.

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  19. Breathtaking, literally!!! I am so excited for you to live in this amazingly beautiful space!! So inspiring!! Brilliant job, Abby!!

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    1. Thank you! We are really enjoying it. xo

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  20. Stunning! Absolutely stunning!!

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  21. Abby it is simply amazing. I don't think I realize what a difference opening up the space between your dining room and kitchen would have until seeing it in these pictures. Such a good call on that. And I remember you deciding to keep the countertops in the kitchen and I think that was also a super smart move- they look great with everything!! This kitchen is you now and you are too cute in it! Great job!!!

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    1. Erin! Thank you so much. Yes, taking out the wall and the part of the ceiling that divided the rooms was the biggest change. I'm so glad you like it! xo

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  22. Holy wow! This is so beautiful, it's almost hard to believe it's the same space as before. Your transformation is incredible. I absolutely love that cabinet color!

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    1. Thank you very much, Julie! xo So sweet of you to say.

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  23. Wow Abby what gorgeous transformations! Everything is so much brighter and lighter, the rooms all compliment each other beautifully! Love your signature green throughout, it must feel fabulous to finally have your kitchen reflect your beautiful aesthetic! Congrats love!

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  24. You've completely transformed this space Abby. I can see how it has impacted the flow and enjoyment of your entire main floor. Love your idea of having beauty at every station in the kitchen - those little unexpected moments are where you find joy. And I appreciate your listing your team. Those doing the heavy lifting deserve the recognition too! Well done, friend!

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    1. Jen, thank you for your thoughtful and generous words. It was a team effort! xo

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  25. I really love that you sort of switcherooed the wall & cabinet colors in here. The cabinets are so speaking to me now! and that art, it is stunning!

    I also shared my reveal today, check it out here: http://www.charlestoncrafted.com/2017/05/10/orc-reveal-fully-diy-remodeled-walk-master-closet/

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think I was trying to distract from the furniture with the wall color before. Now I just let everything speak for itself. Thank you for reading! xo

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  26. Fantastic!! Congratulations Abby! The green is perfect and I love how you embraced that sunken living room and tamed it!!

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  27. Woah. I did a lot of scrolling back up to the before, scrolling down, scrolling up. What a transformation! That green is amazing, and I love how the kitchen plays next to the living room. It's stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Lizzie! Yes, always good to keep those before shots so we can appreciate the difference. ;-)

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  28. Oh Abby, what a beautiful transformation!!! That GREEN IS INCREDIBLE!!! And with the brass? Gorgy-gorg. I love the art, the lighting, all the vintage touches, subtle patterns and textures, hits of pink, and the classic sense of whimsy that is hard to describe but ever so approachable. Kudos to you, my friend, on a brilliant job!!! Well done, well done, well done. xoxx

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    1. Thank you, dear friend! You have such amazing style and I really appreciate your feedback. xo

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  29. Abby....take a bow and then an encore. Home run baby! I totally agree with open shelves....I love mine and my dishes are right there for quick and easy use. The green....well I am officially in love. You my friend are "one to watch" ! And the fact that you kept the appliances, and just painted the lower cabinets will give people all the inspiration they need!

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    1. Sherry, don't make me misty! I do hope it's inspiration to others who have a 'fine' kitchen but just don't like it. And a week later I'm still happy with the open shelves. ;-) xo

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  30. Abby this is stunning. I love all of it. What a difference it makes to remove the upper cabinets. I'm sold! Your selection of art is spot on and I love how it flows through your home. I also agree with you about how you feel when you enter your home. Just lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! This never would have happened without the ORC. Thank you for including me! Our whole family is able to enjoy the space. xo

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  31. Bravo, Abby, just bravo! ������������ What a huge challenge, but your vision and talent made this come together like a dream �� I mean those green cabinets, tho! Stunning. You're making me want to revamp our tiny kitchen something fierce �� Again, congrats on your new amazing kitchen (now have someone else cook for you in it and put your feet up! ��)!!!

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    1. Thank you, Aubrey!! Your comments mean so much to me. xo

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  32. All of it! Yes please! The green cabinet color is just to die for and I love all the beauty that you have incorporated while still giving the eye a place to rest. Just total perfection! 💚

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    1. Thank you! We are happy with the green. In some lighting it looks teal and we love that, too! Thanks for reading. xo

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  33. It was so fun to watch your space transform before our eyes, not easy for you and your family I know. Everything came together so beautifully! I could go on and on lol. It looks as if it was supposed to be this way all along.

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  34. I love the cabinet colour, and how open it is with the shelves. I'm really thinking of doing shelves in our future kitchen - and yours look great!

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! I am very happy with the open shelves. I don't feel like I lost space at all. And honestly it's so nice to not have cabinet doors to open. ;-) xo

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  35. Amazing, with cabinet niche design and color combination of the cabinet with walls and other design is superb. Its completely a lovely kitchen!

    Thanks
    http://www.aasifinterior.com

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  36. Hi! Visiting here is a guest participant from CALLINGITHOME.com. This space is one of two that I was most eager to see. You indeed did not disappoint! The space is stunning. I love the use of a green and white together with gold/brass accents. So refreshing, clean and totally unexpected. Excellent job!

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your generous words. Refreshing and unexpected is nearly always the goal. xo

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  37. This is just gorgeous. I am definitely a new follower. And I'm going back and reading your blog too. Can't wait to catch up and see all of your other posts and projects. I love the green cabinets!! I'm looking at my white kitchen a bit differently these days!! I love your young sons comment about the restaurant!! :)

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    1. Thank you! Welcome! Yes, he thinks his mom's food is the best food. ;-)

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  38. Wow! Just stunning! And I don't know which room is the bigger transformation. Your kitchen or the dining room.
    You know I've been following your work for quite a few years & you just keep getting better & better. Congratulations on a great job.

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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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