1. Make a Good First Impression
Is your home on the market? If so, here are some important steps that will sell your home silently. You’ve heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It’s even truer when potential buyers are walking up to what you want them to envision as their new front door. Cheery flowers, shrubs and maybe a wreath at the door says, “Welcome. Come on in.” Why not add a mat that suits the season? And while you’re outside, your mailbox needs a little touch up paint. Just saying.
Once inside, lead them into a home that they can’t resist with a foyer or entry that makes them want to see what’s beyond this room. Put a chair or bench with a side table or console. Place a flower or lush plant there and let the potential new home owner imagine their keys on that table.
2. Storage is Your Friend.
Consider renting a storage space to hide the treasures that you may love, but the clutter that buyers see. Buyers want to imagine your home as their home in the future, not you living there now. Do you know why model homes look great? Aside from being beautifully staged, (not a bad idea by the way) most of the extras in life are not in those homes yet. You’re moving anyway. So get rid of about a third of your things to make your house or condo look roomier. Family photos, extensive collections, and especially piles of paper all need to be somewhere else while your home is on the market. Clutter control is one of the most important steps that will sell your home.
3. Repair or Replace
Leaky faucets that you don’t hear anymore can be a quick fix for the new homeowner. “But what else am I going to have fix?” is what they think when you neglect small repairs. Fix it now. Replace that carpet with the dog markings on it that you have walked by for the last couple of years and was going to replace someday. Doorknobs, yucky shower curtains, and blinds with slats missing are not going to show your home in its best light.
4. Man’s Best Friend is Not for Everyone.
Not everyone wants to have had a dog or cat living in the space that they have occupied. Besides, if they do want that, their pooch is so much cleaner than anyone else’s could possibly be. They can’t imagine what yours has done or where it’s done it. You get the picture. Consider Doggie/Kitty Day Care. Or ask a friend or relative to babysit your pet anytime you are out of the house. Or take Fido or Tiger with you. You never know when a last minute showing is going to happen.
5. Paint, Paint, and While You’re At It, Paint.
A fresh coat of paint can update your neutrals to the new neutrals. The gray, beige, or greige of the moment are the colors trending trending with Millennials who will be in the home shopping market in the next few years. Appeal to that market’s sensibilities. Hint: It’s anything that doesn’t remind them of Mom’s taste. Clean, fresh, color in paints (whether neutral or accent) says that your home is move-in ready. Painting is a sure fire way to up the ante when taking steps that sell your home.
Well, look here. Your moving van has arrived. Good job prepping for your real estate agent. Now all that’s left is to load it. And, unload at your new home.
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Mary Etta Designs Best of HOZZ 2016 – Anaheim Hills interior design firm, Mary Etta Designs, has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Mary Etta Designs, a 16-year old interior decorating and window treatments firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
Mary Etta Designs’ specialty is creating a space that, provides energy savings, protects your furnishings and preserves your privacy. Our custom window treatments, color consultations and design packages offer solutions for functional and enjoyable living. “Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Mary Etta Designs Best of HOUZZ 2016 as one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
Three Ways to Trick Out Your Guest Bedroom
Looking for ways to trick out guest bedrooms for wanted out-of-town visitors? Scouring home decor magazines can leave you feeling either hopeful or helpless in where to begin in going from dated and drab to on trend and inviting. I always want my invited guests to feel like they are in for a visit filled with memories and good times. I designed this guest bedroom with just that goal in mind.
The “before’ picture pretty much sums it up. The furniture was not in proportion to the space. The mood and style of the space were all over the place. Finding this beautiful Fabricut fabric in this gray color was a great way to bring the room forward a decade. Since blue is everywhere, I really wanted to incorporate blue by adding bath while tying the two rooms together.
Custom is not custom unless you have professional installers who know how the finished product should luck. At Mary Etta Designs, we use only the best workrooms and installation team.
I wanted this guest bedroom to have a feeling of luxury, yet feel warm and inviting. believe that window treatments can have one of the biggest effects on the mood of a room. The drapery panels and Roman shade are featured in a platinum Ikat pattern, from the Trend line for Fabricut Fabrics. The pattern is luxurious in mood and and adds a layer of texture. Roman Shades give a soft touch to the window near the bed that is too narrow and close to the wall to accommodate a floor to ceiling window covering. And, yes, it is ok to mix panels and top treatments in the same room. Just keep them in the same pattern.
The shower curtain in the guest bath is really two shower curtains from Target Stores. But, this home has 11 foot ceilings. So I added the same contrasting fabric to bridge the two store-bought curtains, added a matching liner and voila! Semi-custom shower curtain with the same custom drapery hardware used in the bedroom stepped up this look from meh to marvelous.
Lighting and Art
All the furniture pieces that we decided to keep were original to the space. Some did not make the cut as they were no longer of use to the homeowner. Some were moved to different parts of the room to better serve the function of the space. Few of us can start all over from scratch. Art work, except for the new piece over the headboard, was repurposed to give use to a lifetime of art collections.
But lighting is one area that can easily bring the look of a room forward a decade. Mercury glass finishes are popular, and classic in feel. So the lamp on the chest of drawers looks fresh but not trendy. I like to keep things fun and luxurious. The turtle shell lamp was a must have for this room.
And finally, nothing says to a guest that they are special like a tray of goodies with just that guest’s personality in mind. Be sure to add seasonal touches to make it feel like the rest of your home.Making your friends and relatives feel special while visiting is not only welcoming, but it also adds a vacation to the time that are spending with you.
And there you have three ways to trick out a guest bedroom to get that magazine worthy custom bedroom look. Do you need a guest bedroom re-design? Call Mary Etta Designs at 714 309-2783 or contact me here to schedule an appointment.
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Great Last Minute Gifts
Looking for great last minute gifts that only you will give your friends and family? Consider gifting a memento of shared experiences.
My husband and I often travel east to Philadelphia area to see our good friends, Mitch and Laurie. Mitch’s brother is a pretty big deal in the world of casting. (His casting company found the talent for the The Wiz Live shown on NBC recently.) We often are fortunate get good tickets to see Broadway plays that his company has casted. Last September, we were fortunate to see “The King and I” at the Lincoln Center in Tribeca.
Afterwards, our group made our way to The Rosa Mexicano Restaurant. As we entered the bar area, the towering display of individually sculptured wall divers took my breath away. Imagine my thrill, when I found a 10.5″ x 9″ replica of the divers by Global Views. I can give a gift that won’t be duplicated as a memento of that dining experience. This 10.5″ x 9″ piece of replica piece is going to be a hit.
Home Grown Gift
Are you a gardener? Full disclosure, my attempts at growing anything from a bulb is usually an epic fail. Talented designer and gardener, Ivan E. DeGonzalez, photographed the progress of his Red Amaryllis from bulb to bloom. I’d have been too happy to receive bulbs that had been given a good start or even in the final beautiful blooming stages for my birthday!
The Gift of Service
Coupons to walk a friend or relative’s dog lets you sample the real dirty work of owning a dog while gifting. How about putting together a week of healthy menus and recipes for a friend who has little time to plan? Organize a week or month of menus and recipes in a beautifully designed binder with set of mixing spoons and a beautiful plate from a resale store or estate sale. Free babysitting coupons never get turned down by grateful parents.
Interior Design Consultation
Another great last minute gift is one of an interior design consultation from Mary Etta Designs for a loved one who is downsizing, moving or getting married. Design consultations help save time, money and overwhelm when there’s help from a professional interior decorator. Contact me here if you want to give a consultation as a gift of service for Christmas or any other occasion.
There you have it! Three unique and great last minute gifts to give that won’t be duplicated. Art or sculpture reminiscent of shared experiences, a flower or plant that you personally have grown, and the gift of service.
Happy Holidays and May the New Year bring you Joy!
Pantone 2016 Color – Rose Quartz and Serenity
Pantone threw a curveball at us this year. And I’m not ducking. Unlike past years’ choices, these are colors you could live with and not feel too trendy. Rose Quartz and Serenity may look like nursery choices for new Moms and Dads. But look what happens when you blend them together? I don’t know about you but I can use a little serenity.
Pantone’s choices in year’s past have often left me scratching my head. How did Emerald Green sneak into 2013? What made Marsala the color du jour in 2015? Each year, the naysayers cry out that they hate the color and don’t know how we can work it into our interiors. What happens is that we see it quite a bit ahead in clothing and cosmetics, then accessories.Then it’s the color that shows you are on point with the latest trend.
Interiors Follow Fashions
Well, truth be told, we have been getting ginormous hints from the fashion and home decor designers for months. Look at the pink and blue (rose quartz and serenity) Pantone 2016 Color on the September 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Follow the fashion magazines and the trend in home decor will follow. Blush was predicted to be the color to paint our rooms in 2015.
You’re Not Surprised Are You?
Upscale British paint company, Farrow & Ball, predicted it’s Pink Ground as a key color in 2015. Their take is that “this pink is not sugary or infantile, rather it feels more like a diluted plaster color where walls look almost nude”. While not Rose Quartz, the blush colors were moving towards soft hues.
And as for blue. Well, I always say that “Blue’s The Hue”. As designers, we bend the rules. Baby blue, mineral blue, violet blue, we will make it right for your interior spaces.
Want to be on trend and see how the Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year will work in your home? Contact me at 714 974-6571 to schedule an in-home consultation. Or, better still, fill out this form.
Today’s my birthday! Those who know me know that I take my birthday very seriously. It kicks off the winter holiday celebrations. And I like to celebrate with everybody. You also know that I can’t be working for free. But this year, I will give a gift of a free room Color Consultation for my birthday! And since this is my 2nd Annual “It’s My Birthday Giveaway,” there will be two lucky winners this year.
When I help clients decorate a repurposed space, we start with an empty room. For example, here’s a guest bedroom that I worked on during the month of November. First things first: the floorpan. When it was decided that the dresser, chest and bed would stay, we could make a floor plan that would work for guests to enjoy. Next was the color palette.
For flexibility we kept things neutral and light. The walls are painted a neutral Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. This workhorse of a color will work with whatever bedding changes take place in the future. Since the bed is a lighter wood, Revere Pewter is a great balance in light for the dark, heavy furniture pieces. That reveal will come in a future post.
Hint: the room used to belong to the homeowner’s son. To make him feel welcome when he is home for the holidays, I thought that the “mad for plaid” by Ralph Lauren theme might soften the blow with a bit of a masculine touch. That way, he won’t feel too much like it is no longer his room (even though it really isn’t).
The painting is done. The color consultation solidified the move ahead to finalize bedding and accessories. Now we are waiting on lighting and window treatments, which will be installed next week. The finish line is near and the room will be ready for Christmas visitors (and, oh yeah, the son).
If you want to one of two lucky winners for a FREE Color Consultation from Mary Etta Designs, leave a comment below and I will select a winner by 5 p.m. December 2! Happy Holidays.
Holiday Tables by Orange County Designers
Just in time for turkey and all the trimmings, we have some holiday table setting tips from top southern California designers in Orange County. The annual Entertaining by Design event held at the Laguna Design Center, November 6 and 7 this year, shows you how to entertain like a designer when it counts the most.
Over the top fabulous is never too much during the holiday season. And this year is no exception. Now is when you bring out the “good” dishes to go with the good food. What this show taught us is that you may have items in your home to work with that add unexpected touches to the table.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
And just like we welcome the occasional unexpected guests, a bit of tongue in cheek played out at the venue this year. Guess Who’s Coming to dinner? Look at the next two table settings. Comment below when you spot the guests who came to dinner.
Now you have inspiration on how to entertain like a designer. Call Mary Etta Designs at 714 974-6571 if you would like help getting your house in order before the guests arrive. Happy Entertaining!
There’s no secret that fashion and home interiors are now BFF’s. You see one, and you know the other got the style memo on how to dress for the party. Even the colors in the elaborate necklace above by London based accessories label, Anita Quansah, reminds me of the spicy fall colors of those gorgeous tiebacks. This fall season’s trend of fringe in couture fashion comes home.
These peep toe shoeties not only have fringe, but the beige version also uses a touch of the equestrian buckle that’s rocked the runways in recent seasons. Just like the medallions in the valance window treatment, a feminine mix with a hard edge says have fun with your couture, be it home or fashion.
How many trends do you spot in this dress from Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection? Menswear tweed at the bodice and fringe on the leggy skirt of the dress. Tweed is a classic that works well in home decor. And the throw has that obligatory fringe on the end.
This Alberta Ferrari outfit shows that a BoHo girl can dress up and still feel comfortably chic. And I picture her home featuring a window treatment just as comfortable and chic. This draped look on the window to the right gives a nod to the oh-so-popular BoHo Chic style. It’s very unconventional, yet it works!
Swish, swish of the skirt above mimics the feminine tassel shown at right. Inspiration in fashion moves right into home decor. Couture comes home. And it’s a beautiful friendship.
Does your home reflect your personal style? Let me help you turn your home into the nicest place you go. Give me a call at 714 974-6571 and together we can perform a Re-Design in your home just in time for the holidays.
As I write today, I’m listening to Jennifer Hudson wail “Whatever Makes You Happy” from the soundtrack of the wildly popular television series, Empire. And what makes me happy is that now I can belly up to new bar stools this fall. Small changes make for big impact in our homes as you and I prepare to spend time indoors during cooler weather.
So I finally attacked my pitiful bar stools at our bar and kitchen counters in preparation for holiday entertaining. Stools of substance can cost upwards of $800 to$1500. That’s why I elected to have my favorite upholsterer not only recover the seats of the ones shown above, but also perform some much needed surgery on the legs and braces of a couple of them.
As you can see, they are more than ready for the next person who will belly up to the bar. And when we tiptoe from the fridge to the counter in the kitchen, we can perch on my favorite newly designed kitchen barstools. Before the remake, though similar in color, they didn’t really match.
It was so much fun to mix the geometric fabrics from Maxwell with the linen-like fabrics from Fabricut. The nail heads elevate the chairs to the casual elegance that I enjoy. I wanted a solid fabric where stains were most likely to occur.
The fall makeover is just beginning. Stay tuned for more fall updates at my home. If you would like help with redoing things around your home for the holidays, contact me about One Day Re-Design. Details about this new service offering can be found here.
Yes. One Day, One Room, Re-Design and Done.
You’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Yikes! Its time to get cranking on returning your what is now a dumping room back into a dining room. Sign up for my new service designed just for you and your home or office. One Day, One Room, Re-Design
You’ve thought about it all year. In your mind, it would only take a minute to find a fun new fabric for that chair that the kids have climbed all over with muddy shoes, chocolate covered hands, and their favorite crayons and glue sticks. And…it is time to brighten that corner of the family room so you and family can get cozy during the fall and winter months.
So why are you dragging your feet? Why? Because your plate is full. And all you need is one more thing piled on to make you topple over from the stress of getting ready for the winter season.
This year, get the help you need. Let Mary Etta Designs help you to make that one room that you want to look balanced, warm and inviting a reality this year. After all, the holidays are just around the corner.
Sign up for my new service designed just for you and your home or office. Call Mary Etta Designs for the service of One Day, One Room, Re-Design. Together we can tackle the floor plan, shop your home for items to be repurposed, declutter, and discuss options that you want to incorporate.
Sign up as soon as you can because my calendar is filling up. There are just a few days left before we welcome the holidays. Let’s do this!