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.

High Point Market Coffee Table Noir

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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2016 Fall Colors Trend Report

Tranquility, Strength, Optimism.

According to the Pantone Color Institute‘s 2016 Fall Colors Trend Report, it’s what we want right now.  So look for the fashion and design world to design in these colors this fall and winter.   We will see everything from handbag, sweaters and jewelry to dinnerware, throw pillows and area rugs.

Every season, the gurus at Pantone, the go-to color guide for all things in the creative field, give us the predictors of what is to come.  The big influencer will be blue in a fresh new way.  We welcome blue sky colors. They represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays become steely, give a feeling of stability,

Always confident red tones have a hint of coral warmth.  And the Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.  See all the 2016 Fall Colors Trend Report here.

Enjoy fall y’all.

 

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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Tips To Re-Design Your Small Space

1. Measure The Space

If I could only give you 3 tips to re-design your small space, the first would be to measure the room.  You don’t want to end up with a sofa so large that the three people who visit all have to sit side by side to have a conversation.  You won’t have room extra seating and tables.  Put that picture in your head. The measuring step will guide you in choosing furnishings that are scaled to fit the room.

2. Pull a floor plan together

You need a plan.  There’s a reason why the room feels a bit off.  Are there too many things crowding one side of the room?  Is there a better sized sofa, rug, chair that you could use?  This is the most important step to planning a room for furniture.  Why?  It’s important because the investment you will make is not one you want to repeat too soon.  

3. Consider The View Into Adjoining Rooms

This couple is happy with their recently remodeled kitchen and custom window treatments.  The beautiful rich green countertop and diamond patterned tile backsplash are focal points of that room.  With an open plan, it is very important that the rooms flow seamlessly together.  The kitchen and window treatments in the living room/kitchen dictated color choices for the rug and main furniture selections to be made for the living room.

You need to decide what is important about your room.  What will be the major activity in that room.  My clients use this room for three purposes.  They watched television, relaxation by reading, and occasional entertaining.  It was very important, therefore, for me to keep all these functions top of mind when helping them decide on space planning and scale. 

 

My favorite part of the room is the new wool blend rug. The warm spice tones complement the kitchen counter and tile backsplash perfectly. I had it custom made to be sure it fit the space.  My clients fell in love with the lush feeling and deep colors.  Be prepared to experience a bit of shedding when a wool rug is new.  The Irving swivel chair from Pottery Barn is the hit of the room.  They love the flexibility of being in the room, watching television, swiveling towards guests either in the room or in the kitchen. 

 

The big reveal was worth the wait for furniture that fits the space perfectly.  The love seat helps the room feel larger. The squared off arms allowed the illusion of more space as opposed to the larger, roll armed sofa that was there previously.  Keeping scale in mind, the French sewing stool doubles as a surface for a beverage and extra seating for guests.

Flexibility is the key to good design.  I tell all my clients that time and money will allow you to make all the changes you need to solve your design challenges.  This ottoman from Cisco Brothers will soon find a home in my client’s living room.  Furniture pieces acquired over time allow you to control your budget and the urge to invest in the wrong thing. I’m proud of the final choices that these two made.

Do you need help with tips to re-design your small space?  Contact me here or call 714 974-6571 to schedule time to talk. 

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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.

Lighting

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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Mary Etta Designs Best of HOUZZ 2016

Mary Etta Designs Best of HOUZZ 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

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. Mary Etta Designs Best of HOUZZ 2016 Abrahams Kitchen 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.

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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.”

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Follow Mary Etta Designs on Houzz  http://www.houzz.com/pro/maryettadesigns/__public About Mary Etta Designs   This recognition for Mary Etta Designs Best of HOUZZ 2016 is due to our wonderful customers. As a Window Fashions Certified Specialists, my specialty is creating a space that protects your furnishings, provides energy savings, and preserves your privacy. My company is proud to provide custom window treatments, color consultations and strategic decorating solutions for functional living.  Let me help you determine the mood that you want in your home or office. Together we will pull together a look that you will enjoy for years to come.
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