Interior Decorator Abby Manchesky, 36, owner of Abby Manchesky Interiors, grew up on Lake Huron and is constantly inspired by nature. The Great Lakes have her heart so it’s no surprise a lot of her design inspiration comes from them. She works with natural textures and shades of watery blues and greens — her idea of neutral colors.
What was your introduction to interior design?
When I was in fifth grade, my parents hired an interior designer. She changed how we lived in our home. This was my first introduction to interior design. I’ll never forget the first time we walked into her studio. I was allowed to pick the fabric for my bedroom that would be the jumping off point for the whole design. I picked a bold floral of pinks and greens. I still have pink and green throughout my home.
Are there any trends you’re happy to see coming back?
One trend I’m delighted to see is wallpaper. Wallpaper is back, my friends. Don’t be scared. It’s not your grandmother’s patterns with ivy and wicker baskets. The current on trend wallpapers include everything from traditional grasscloth to modern florals and graphic patterns.
In your line of work, is there a typical day?
I spend much of my time at the computer creating virtual design boards to present to clients. This provides them with a visual representation of how all the pieces we’ve selected will look together, down to accessories and art. My true love is fabric and mixing patterns and textures. Nothing will change the entire feel of your home more than fabric — pillows, window treatments, upholstery — or lighting. I spend approximately three weeks pulling inspirational photos, materials and finishes and creating a complete design plan. Once all the items have arrived I return to the client’s home for styling and portfolio photos.
There must be some local stores and style hot spots you frequent regularly…
I have a list of favorite shops I visit for every client project, no matter their style. Century Antiques is a huge warehouse that contains four unique stores. They have a mix of vintage furniture, mid-century pieces, eclectic accessories and art. Bluedoor Antiques & Elements, along with East Fulton Arts & Antiques, are where I go for unique light fixtures, dining tables and dressers.
More at abbymanchesky.com.