Warm and Inviting Entry – Try Before You Buy

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Staging for an Occasion

My client’s request was to have a warm and inviting entry.  It’s not often that I get a direct call from my church pastor.  So imagine my surprise when I answered my phone and was greeted with, ‘Hello Sister McCurdy.”  True to form, he was on his way to another commitment,  But he personally made the time to ask for my help on staging the newly renovated sanctuary’s narthex (lobby).

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The occasion was celebration of his 3rd pastoral anniversary. There would be many visitors to our newly remodeled sanctuary. The narthex, an entry where worshippers gather before service, also serves as a holding spot for latecomers to wait during prayer.  Before staging it looked like a long hall spanning several sets of double doors leading into the sanctuary. Opposite those doors is a wall of glass and double doors as the entry into the building.

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StagingTests Functionality

Function is always the first concern when I select furniture for a space. And I knew that it would need to be furniture that would stand up to the traffic of weekly services. But we did not have to sacrifice style. Modular furniture gives total flexibility for changing events. The armless sofas and chairs allow more people to easily and quickly sit while waiting to enter the sanctuary.  And they look warm and inviting.  A personal touch was to have calligraphy of  the church’s mission statement and various bible verses sprinkled on the walls.  Some were done by hand and others were pre-printed appliqués.

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Staging before you buy is a great way to test the pieces of furniture to see if the investment is good in the long term.  “Greeters” hand out the week’s bulletins, flyers, and brochures to worshippers as they leave the building. To that purpose, two credenzas with storage flank either side of the long entry.  They are functional and stylish.  This piece turned out to be a definite “yes” for a similar future purchase.

And, as always, I am happy when my clients are satisfied.  The highest compliment is a testimonial.  If you live in the Orange County, California area, contact Mary Etta Designs and let us show you how to warm up the entry in your home or business.

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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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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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Five Steps That Will Sell Your Home

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Love this home and live in Southern California? This home’s for sale. All images courtesy of The Cindee & Michael Group. http://www.zillow.com/profile/cindeemichaelgroup/

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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If you love this home, you will love Mary Etta Designs.  Call 714-974-6571 for a consultation.  Or send me your request for consultation from my website. www.maryettadesigns.com

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Great Last Minute Gifts Only You Will Give.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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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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