High Point Market Fashion Week for Furniture

Every April and October for a week, High Point Market is the event to attend.  Design professionals make their pilgrimage to High Point, North Carolina to see what’s new and what’s next in home decor and furniture design.  This fall I made my way to what I call “fashion week for furniture” and it was exciting, enlightening, and exhausting.  And it was eye opening as to why it’s necessary for serious design professionals like me to make the trip.

 

 

 

Being on the left coast, I’ve attended Las Vegas Market where many of the vendors and showrooms show their newest products. But even the suppliers that I met in Vegas kicked it up a couple notches for high Point Market. The three mile radius of endless showrooms and party-like atmosphere could have your head spinning.  So a plan is a must.

The goal for me during this market was to see how I could educate my clients on what will work in their designs while they incorporate new styling that they will enjoy for years. One recurring theme I noticed was that coffee tables are getting much larger.  In addition, there is a visual play so as not to overwhelm the room with such a large piece.

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Look at this beautiful live edge wood table that floats glass in the middle.  Visually this gives the eye a rest.

High Point Market is known for showing furniture trends for upcoming seasons.  We also get to see future innovations in interior design.  This beautiful piece by Noir of Los Angeles was actually two separate wood pieces that could be used like you see it here allowing guests to walk through or pull the tables closer for use. The actual footprint of these pieces give you the  ability to have more surface space while  entertaining. And it also gives you flexibility. How cool that they can be used as side tables too.

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High Point Market Mary Etta Designs Noir Multi Level Coffee Table

Talk about innovation!  Who says that the surface has to be all at the same level.  Interesting, functional and fun has to be the theme of this coffee table.  Put your personality in your home.  Give Mary Etta Designs a call for more ideas on how you can decorate with design pieces that will last you for years to come.

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Letting Clutter Go

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  Hubby and I have put our home of 14 years on the market.  And we are learning first hand about letting clutter go.  As empty nesters (with an occasional boomerang adult child), we still have some of our adult offspring’s clutter mixed in with our own.  

So when our realtor brought along a professional home stager, I figured, no problem.  As a design professional, I know staging your home properly will allow potential buyers to more easily see the home as theirs.  A couple of tweaks here and there and we’re done, right? 

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WRONG!  We had gotten so used to all the things around us that hold our fondest memories, that they’d become part of the scenery.  The bar area above to us looked just fine.  But we needed to get rid of the knick knacks and a few art pieces.  I must admit it was a big deal to let go of those mementos.  Letting clutter go in the form of pictures, books, art, even food items was like saying goodbye to family members.

  No drapes at my French doors and nothing on the table to suggest that we actually live here is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.  But it allows a potential buyer to imagine their tastes in decor for this room.  Make a great first impression to lure buyers to see more of your home.  Eliminate clutter whoever possible.  I tell my husband there should be no signs that we live here.  

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   The home stager was kind, but ruthless in telling us what should be put in storage and what could stay while showing our house to potential buyers. She even offered to help me pack for a small fee. And though I turned her down, it might have been less painful.

Who knew that emptying a curio would bring tears to my eyes? That packing my angel collection would bring a rush of sentimental thoughts of the gift giver or the vacation that gave me that treasure. Taking down art pieces from my “designer’s gallery” wall was like painfully moving me out of my home before actually selling it.  But I have to admit it is a head start on packing.

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The anticipation of what’s in store for our future is exciting. I am being forced to let go. I am not only letting clutter go, but I am making way for the next family to make memories here.interior Spaces Blog Orange County Interior Decorator Mary Etta./logo

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Design Trends In The Home

Las Vegas Market Spring 2016 keep up with design trends in the home.

Design Trends In Your Home. Lvkt Mkt Spring 2016.Mary Etta Designs,. Anaheim Hills Interior Designer.Keeping up with design trends in the home is one way to make sure your home looks like it is of this decade.    My job is to educate you on what’s trending and how to apply that knowledge.  Las Vegas Market Spring 2016 proved to be a visual feast that helps me share this with you.  

The “market” is held twice a year in major locales to introduce design professionals and retailers to the latest home goods offerings that we, in turn, can offer to you.  It is a really big deal. Imagine three huge buildings featuring a 5-million-square-foot showcase for the home and hospitality contract furnishings industry in downtown Las Vegas. Vendors pull out all the stops in hopes that we visit their showrooms out of the hundreds available to make commitments and to learn what they have to offer for the season. There is so much to see. Three areas of design stood out as offerings that I know will interest you.

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Mary Etta Designs Anaheim Hills Interior Designer. How To Use Design Trends in Your Home. Christopher Guy Showroom ChandelierIf you believe that bigger is better, Christopher Guy’s showroom did not disappoint.  The traditional chandelier in this dining room vignette was a standout!  Larger scale was the theme most oft repeated throughout the market. The chandelier is an excellent example of how you can use design trends in your home with existing furnishings. It works beautifully with the dark woods often found in traditional design.And though this light fixture has a traditional feel to it, it is anything but your typical traditionally designed piece. 

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs.Design Trends in Your home. Lighting Moon & Stars With Christopher Guy, you can have the moon and the stars in lighting design.  Just ask.  

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. Design Trends in Your Home. Foyer Lighting.This  chandelier by Global Views works as a grand surprise in a two-story foyer. Not living in a traditional space?  A loft with clean, linear furniture pieces would also work with this beast of a beauty. 

Bright Colors

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. Design Trends in Your Home. Colorful Waste BasketsThe unexpected colors inside and out work for a fun touch in these wastebaskets.  There is a reason  why paint companies Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams selected shades of white as their color of the year recommend for your walls this year.  Color was inside out in bold, bright and fun colors. A white or dark background will make a great canvas for these pieces to shine.

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. Designs Trends in Your Home Poleart FurnitureBright pops of color in furniture that can be used inside or on the patio make us smile.  There were traditional pieces of furniture shown in unexpected color ways.  So way out there, and yet so familiar.  

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. Design Trends in Your Home. Acrylic ColorsAcrylic furniture with bright accents followed a theme repeated throughout many showrooms.  I especially love this chair shown in a variety  of colors and patterns. The “ghost” chair (as the acrylics are called) have been trending for a few years.  Pops of color and patterns is a way to stay on trend but still remain fresh. 

Up-cycled Furniture

Design Trends in Your Home. Up-cyled Seat belts. Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. With a cubed tone on tone pattern, this ottoman by Phillips Collection is comfortable and responsibly designed from seat belts. That’s up-cycling at its best! Car material designed for safety and for furniture.

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. Use Design Trends in Your Home. Phillips Seatbelt Lounger and OttomanThe seat belt chairs and ottomans were really comfortable.  I couldn’t resist a lounge break.  They ranged in colors from white to bright.  Fun touch for a not so serious room or patio. Up-Cycling is one way to use design trends in your home that pays back our eco system with kindness. 

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs. Use Design Trends in Your Home. Paint Can Recycled Art Phillips.jpgI saved my favorite art piece for last.  If you are looking for a distinct way of how to use design trends in the home, this might be the ticket.  Yes, it’s a wall of framed, empty paint cans in various colors.  But imagine viewing these nine framed up-cycled pieces of art from across the room.  It draws you in to be sure that what you are seeing is indeed what you thought it was all along.  That, in my humble opinion, is art.  the fact that it is making use of something that could have been tossed in our landfills makes it even more meaningful.  A found object that is an objet d’art.  

If you would like more information on how you can use these and other design trends in the home that were on display at Las Vegas Market Spring 2016, contact me here.  Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and receive a free report on ordering the right window treatments for you.

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Ways To Trick Out Guest Bedrooms

Three Ways to Trick Out Your Guest Bedroom
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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.

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Window Treatments

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.

Mary Etta Designs Ways to Trick Out Guest Bedrooms -Roman Shade Install

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 thTrend 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.

Mary Etta Designs Ways To Trick Out Guest Bedrooms - Bath Shower Curtain

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

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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.

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Amenities

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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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Pantone 2016 Color Of The Year Times Two

Pantone 2016 Color – Rose Quartz and Serenity

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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.

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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.

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Mary Etta Designs Discusses Harper's Bazaar Pantone 2016 Color of the year

Harper Bazaar’s September 2015 Cover

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?

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Farrow & Ball selected the color Pink Ground as a Key Colour for 2015.

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.

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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.

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Free Birthday Giveaway – And You Get A Present!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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