My Birthday Gift To You This Year

Let the celebration commence!

Let the celebration commence!

Hey, It’s my birthday!  And you get a gift!  You get a gift!  Everybody gets a gift!

It's time to celebrate!  Full disclosure, I don't know any of these women.  But don't they look happy?

It’s time to celebrate! Full disclosure, I don’t know any of these women. But don’t they look happy?

Those who know me personally, know that I consider my birthday, December 1, to be a kickoff to the holiday season.   I mean, it’s a pretty festive time of year for most of us.  Beautiful packages, parties, shopping!  But this year, I’m the one  giving birthday gifts!

I probably need a few more of these cupcakes-----and candles

I could use a few more of these cupcakes—–and candles!

My birthday gift to you?  I am rolling out shiny new services that many of you have asked me about throughout the year.  Mary Etta Designs now will be offering design consultations, color consultations, floorpans, furniture and accessories,  wall decor, shopping, and of course,  custom window treatments.  Check out all of my services under the Design Services on the site www.maryettadesigns.com .  And……

This Client had beautiful Cultural Pieces.  Traditional Fabrics with Global Acccessories

This Client had beautiful Cultural Pieces. Traditional Fabrics with Global Acccessories.  Lots of fun!

One lucky winner will receive my services for a one-hour consultation for free! Just enter a comment in the comment section wishing me a Happy Birthday and you will be entered into the contest which ends December 15, 2014.

Mary Etta of Mary Etta Designs

Mary Etta of Mary Etta Designs

Okay!  That’s me, and one of my many hairstyles.  Good luck and have a wonderful holiday season.  Peace and Joy.

 

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Fall Design Trend: Spicey Interiors

Fall is finally here and, for once, I am glad to say goodbye to summer.  We have had a scorching hot last few weeks in Southern California.  And the drought drags on here.  So rain would be much appreciated! Just saying.

I love fall. My memories of fall in the mid west  meant blazers, corduroys and fall colors in our wardrobe.  I’ve always loved the spicy warm colors.  I Still do!  The Fall Design Trend: Spicy Interiors, is one that never grows old for me.

This is still one of my favorite projects.  The client fell in love with the bed linen.  I designed drapery to compliment the room.  That highly influenced the wall colors.

This is still one of my favorite projects. The client fell in love with the bed linen. I designed drapery to compliment the room. That highly influenced the wall colors. Spicey!                     Photo by Mary Etta Designs

The thing about spicy reds and oranges is that they really work throughout the entire year.  But they take a front seat in the fall.  You could actually live with these colors, as I do, all year long.  The design below shows a a transitional space with 2012’s color of the year- Tangerine Tango on the sofa.  And it still looks perfect in 2014 with the buttery yellow walls and deeper toned spicey pillows, mirror, candles,  and accent wall.

The sofa is not such an imposition in this classic room thanks to the back wall having the same color, not to mention spectacular architecture.

The sofa is not such an imposition in this classic room thanks to the back wall having the same color, not to mention spectacular architecture defining the space.                        Photo courtesy HGTV.com         

Fall colors are earthy colors.  When you repeat a color often enough, it takes on a neutral feeling.  So the earth tones can be used in your larger pieces as a neutral.  But if you like to keep your neutrals in the beige or gray palette, then use the earthy spice tones as accents to mark the transition from summer to fall.  The nice thing about fall is it takes us from Back-to-School toHalloween and Thanksgiving.  And the spice, rusts, and brown tones work with all of those themes.

Neutrals are smart upholstery pieces for those of you who like to change your accessories with the season.

Neutrals are smart upholstery pieces for those of you who like to change your accessories with the season.  Photo courtesy HGTV.com  

From crayons to ghosts to Turkey dinners, fall colors work wonders to brighten up those earlier sunsets.  Add lighting in the form of table lamps and candles and you get the warmth you may be missing from the hot summer sun.  Do you have dark leather or upholster pieces?  If you need to replace any large pieces, consider a spice color sofa or larger chair.  It will keep your room from falling flat and looking like a dungeon.

I love how this design is so smart in breaking up the dark brown furniture pieces with a spicy sofa.  Very Smart.

I love how this design is so smart in breaking up the dark brown furniture pieces with a spicy sofa. Very Smart.       Photo courtesy HGTV.com

So get ready to spend more time indoors with the fall colors I love.  Happy Autumn!

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