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!
Recently, a colleague asked me how I became an Anaheim Hills interior designer with a specialty in custom window treatments. And it made me think. Maybe some of you are wondering the very same thing.
Mary Etta Designs actually started in West Chester, Ohio – a suburb of Cincinnati. While living in the Queen City, I began design work at the urging of a counselor that my husband and I hired for one of my teenagers. Not a bad kid, just teenage stuff that we as parents could not figure out without some guidance.
The counselor noticed that what was really needed was another focus for me besides my kiddos. Having left the corporate workplace, I needed more than carpools, sports and directing all of my attention at people who could not appreciate grown-up points of view.
He knew that I wanted to work as an interior designer and he was building a new house. He asked me for some direction in finishing up his home’s interior design. And he said, “I think that you ought to pursue design as a career.” That did it. His encouragement got me started and I am so glad that it did.
Casually, I started helping some of my neighbors with decorating challenges. And I began to get so busy with jobs, that before I knew it, I was booking appointments, charging for my time, and solving their design dilemmas. I’ve taken courses, gotten certifications, and quite a bit of OJT – on the job training.
Custom Window Treatments is a specialty that found me. I honestly believe that it is the single most dramatic change that you can make in a space. Window treatments can be a focal point or an absolute finishing point in a room. Blend it in, pop it with a pattern or color. Whatever you do, a room is better with window coverings. Otherwise, you have giant holes of glass that call attention away from the beauty of the room.
Three years into my new business venture, we moved to Cal – i – forn – I- A. Talk about a bummer. I said goodbye to customers, contacts, and vendors that I worked so hard to acquire in Ohio. Everyone was happy but me. And when Mama ain’t happy, well, you know how that goes. But a couple years into the move, and a couple of trade shows later, I was off and running.
Yes, there has been a recession and a couple of jobs in the design field in between. But my passion to help you achieve the look you want in your interior spaces is still strong. I love helping you, my clients, solve energy, privacy and preservation problems. It’s what gets me up in the morning. And I go to bed with ideas of your homes and offices swirling around in my head.
So when you need an Anaheim Hills interior designer (and I will work all of Orange County) think of Mary Etta Designs. I not only help you with window treatments, but also with space planning, color consultations, or a general consultation on how you can proceed in your design journey.
Feel free to contact me here and check out my website here. Have a wonderful weekend and try to stay cool in this heat.