MARY ETTA Window Fashions Designer
Have you been at lunch when someone wants you to give them the details of what is needed to complete a complex task (related to your line of work) in between bites of salad?
It happens to interior decorators far too often. For some reason, my friends think that I can recall the intimate details of their living spaces and conjure up a quick solution that won’t cost them an arm and leg. And, while I fancy myself a solutions based designer, it just does not work that way. First of all, when I am with friends, I turn a blind eye to their decor. Can you imagine your brain spinning 24-7? Exhausting!
Here are a couple of reasons why you should value working with a window fashions designer.
- Be prepared to be amazed. As in all areas of our life, technology has changed immensely in the last five years. OK, you may not want to motorize the operation of your window treatments. But the assortment of lifting systems alone provides so many more options than the last time you may have purchased window coverings, that you will need to be brought up to speed on that and other options.
- Be prepared to set aside a couple of hours to discuss “what you really, really want” as the Spice Girls put it a few years ago. For instance, fabrication has improved for the finishes of wood shutters. The days of real quality wood flaking are long gone. And basic honeycomb shades (also known as cellular shades) are anything but basic. There are a variety of cell sizes and fabric finishes, thereby giving them an updated look often good enough to stand alone.
- Be prepared to invest more than you thought. Yes, it may cost you more than your granite to outfit your home in cellular shades. After all, most energy is lost through the windows of the home. So you want quality window coverings that will last. Typically, we want the best and that’s gonna cost ya! Remember,window coverings have to perform as you expect: opening and closing properly without delaminating or falling apart for the next 20 years or whenever you choose to replace them.
So the net time you decide to purchase window coverings, don’t get your information from a friend over lunch. Make an investment of time with a professional Window Fashions Designer and your investment is sure to be a sound one. Call Mary Etta Designs for all of your window fashions needs at 714 974-6571.
They can be solutions that are decorative, minimal and functional. Cornices can define a space, hide less attractive hardware, and also be the room’s focal point. from twopeasinabucket.com
There is no wonder that I am officially obsessed with cornice boards right now. This time of year, clients are making changes that are practical. They are anticipating the hot temperatures and want to keep their homes cool and comfy. So now is when I design the correct solution for energy savings. Be it blinds, shutters or shades, the goal is to cover the windows when they want thermal control. But just as important, the window covering should allow them to be able to see out and enjoy the view whenever they want.
When it comes to cornice boards, a little dab will do ya! This treatment by Caitlin Wilson frames the window and allows for rhythm in the room.
The cornice boards shown here, are smart solutions that these designers knew would allow for color, texture, and a view. They can define a space, hide less attractive hardware, or can be the room’s focal point.
Decorative, minimal and functional.
They are economical custom alternatives, as cornices require less fabric than most other top treatments. Call Mary Etta Designs and let us help you frame your window beautifully and keep your view.
Shutters Provide Excellent Solar Heat Control
Honeycomb Shades help keep heat outside in summer.
Many of you are starting to think of those lazy summer days. In southern California, that can be pretty hot. And you will need to pump up that air conditioning. Do you see dollar bills flying out the window?
Save energy and money by investing in smart window coverings. It’s a known fact that heat is attracted to the glass surface of windows. And the best way to keep heat inside or outside of windows is with an innovative window covering. This time of year, Mary Etta Designs clients ask about Hunter Douglas Shutters. Shutters have long been known to “shut” out the heat or cold and help lower you energy bill.
But, have you considered honeycomb shades? Hunter Douglas touts it’s line of Duette Architella shades as the most energy efficient shades on the market. Duette Architella shades reduce energy loss at the window by up to 40% with the cell within a cell design. And you can even claim them for an energy tax credit. Just in time for tax season.
This year, Hunter Douglas introduced Trielle Architella Shades. Dare I say there are six layers of protection against the heat. That’s right: a cell within a cell within a lightweight cell. That’s 20% more energy savings than the original Duette Architella honeycomb shade. Savings and beauty. Call Mary Etta Designs for all of your summer energy savings in window fashions.
We’ve Got Your Windows Covered! (TM)
Even though though Emerald Green is the color of the year in 2013, have you noticed that blue is everywhere? It seems that the cool, calming properties of blue have taken over the home decor palettes. Furniture, draperies, pillows, linens and rugs are using blue as the primary color.
Alexa Hampton signing her latest book, “The Language of Interiors”.
It’s not every day that we interior decorators take a break from creating beautiful spaces for others and actually get to go “back to school” and learn from the masters.
Spring Market at Laguna Design Center was an opportunity to do just that. Not only were the show rooms ready with the designs trending this year, but there were also featured speakers.
And as you can see, I was thrilled to meet Alexa Hampton, designer and owner of Mark Hampton, LLC. The firm, founded by her late father (also world renowned) is internationally and nationally acclaimed. So the chance to see and hear about some of her designs that she features in her new book, “The Language of Interiors”, proved to be am education and fun as she is quite humorous. In the book she covers contrast, proportion, color and balance; all very important in design. I highly recommend it as a great resource as you design your living spaces.
Why use Top Treatments your windows? Well, for one, they are decorative and soften the hard edges where wall meets glass. It gives the eyes a place to alight with delight on decorative designer fabrics. But usually, a top treatment is there to mask an awkward or unsightly part of a window. So, the old adage of “form follows function” definitely applies in this instance. Have a clerestory window that lets in light near the ceiling, but otherwise is just a small, squat gaping hole? Soften it with a valance in a designer fabric. The beauty of it is you won’t need much fabric! Sliding doors – by nature a large expanse of glass – need thermal treatments in the form of shades or verticals to keep the heat or cold on the other side of the window. A valance or swag will serve beautifully as a cover for the top of the shades, hiding the functional head rails with a topper that can be elegant, casual or whimsical.
This mock Roman shade connects two very different types of windows. Mary Etta Designs
This swag top treatment adds interest to a sliding glass door and shade.
Tilt Only Silhouettes Sheers by Hunter Douglas
My favorite part? The little side entry windows. Big solution to a potential UV problem on there new furniture from those little windows. Silhouette window treatments are a classic tried and true solution for privacy and sun control. They opted for the new LiteRise cordless feature in the rest of the house, except for one window. It was a 2 story installation and needed the Power Rise battery Silhouette controlled with remote.
The clients are happy to have their privacy, sun control and beautiful window coverings.With superior ultraviolet protection, Silhouette shadings offer many beautiful fabrics and applications.
Call Mary Etta Designs for all Hunter Douglas Window coverings solutions.