Mary Etta Designs’ New Look

Mary Etta Designs Orange County Interior Designer

Southern Gal in SoCal

How do you like Mary Etta Designs’ new look?  We have a new website and a new logo.  Make sure you scoot on over to  our re-vamped website. I can’t wait for you to see what new things we offer to you all.  There’s a new service offering that allow you to get help from me no matter where you are in the world.  We have joined the world of virtual design, or e-design, as it is more commonly know.

So what is the deal with the Pineapple?  I’m so glad that you asked.  I will explain in a moment.  But first, many of you know that  our family relocated here from Cincinnati, Ohio in 2003. Ohio is a Midwestern state in America. It’s northern border is mostly Lake Erie. Kentucky, West Virginia, and an itty bitty part of Indiana make up Ohio’s southern borders.  That’s a lot of southern influence.  In fact, when you land into what used to be called the Cincinnati Airport, you are not greeted as arriving at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The nearest city is actually Covington, Ky.

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Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Cincinnati, is across the Ohio River, is sometimes referred to by locals as “up south”. The ‘Nati  is loaded with southern charm. You will hear “yes sir” and “yes m’am” more often than not.  And the very polite, “please?’ is not a request for a favor.  It is a request for you to repeat yourself.  And Cincinnati is where Mary Etta Designs was founded.  And my aesthetic lends itself to the layered, (updated) traditional look of southern stylings.  I wrote about my obsession with southern interior styling in this recent blog post.

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Southern Living

Wrap around porches, all things monogramed, florals, all lend themselves to the southern aesthetic.  The one constant among southern living is hospitality.  If extended to you, friend or neighbor, it is genuine.  So much so that the pineapple, a decorative symbol for hospitality, will very often be on display on a door, gate, or somewhere in the home.  I decided that’s what Mary Etta Designs does for you, our clients.  We create homes that welcome you and all who enter.

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So the pineapple is the symbol of Mary Etta Designs’ new look. It fits with our new identity perfectly.  Our mission is to help to make your home elegant, yet comfortable and inviting for you and any guests you wish to entertain.  I believe that you can live elegantly and comfortably, right here in Southern California.  Your home deserves a fresh new look.  Contact Mary Etta Designs to get started.  info@maryettadesigns.com.

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Free Decorating Consultation

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How’d you like a free decorating consultation?  Yes F-R-E-E.  Pretty blooming May flowers are Mother Nature’s sweet reward after April showers.  Mary Etta Designs wants reward you with a  30-minute free decorating consultation. All that you need to do is book an available time slot in May.  All consultations are available by phone or in person. On location free decorating consultations are for those of you living in the immediate Orange County, California area.  I want to gift you the start of something beautiful during the month of May.  This would make a beautiful Mother’s Day Gift for that special Mom in your life.

Email Mary Etta Designs at info@maryettadesigns.com or call our office at 714-340-3214 and schedule your 30-minute FREE decorating consultation while slots for these appointments are still available.

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Warm and Inviting Entry – Try Before You Buy

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...

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5 Quick Decorating Updates

This season, all you need are 5 Quick Decorating Updates to make your home feel brand new to you!

1. Move

Ok, ok, that is pretty drastic.  But it does happen. There is no better reason to update your home with things you already own than moving.    In November, we moved to a smaller home. It was a great decision. But ooo wee, we had to get rid of a lot of our stuff.  I was really excited to update my colors, furnishings and fabric.  It’s no secret that my love of timeless southern styling in home decor is still alive and kicking.  But a home refresh was way overdue.

2. Combine Room Furnishings

Our new home is smaller in square footage and in number of rooms. There isn’t a formal living room but there is a formal dining room.  Like most of you, we only use both of these two rooms just a few times a year.  We liked the idea of making the dining room into a living room since it is right off the entry.  And, it’s a great place for our piano. The dining room table and most of the chairs are in storage for now. This easily made tip #2 of my 5 Quick Decorating Updates.

 

3. ReUpholster

Did you notice in the picture above that the two chairs from the family room above are now in the living room?  Maybe not, because they got a jolt of the color red.  I love red and the move gave me a great excuse to play with this passionate ruby red fabric and with texture. The tone-on-tone rose pattern lends a touch of femininity without shouting floral pattern.  Works wonders with the black baby grand. This is one of my favorite decorating tricks. You might remember the bar stools we updated with new upholstery last year.  Combining the two rooms was a fun challenge.  Thankfully the sofa (next to visit the re-upholstery doctor) is curved and was a little more forgiving of the tighter floor plan. Quality furniture pieces will last for years.  Reupholsterd pieces that you love will update your home’s vibe.

 

4. Accessories

Accessories are the sprinkles on top of  my decorating sundae.  Good design is timeless, functional and personal.  I like to use books as one of my many accessories. They are very personal and let you re-live memories.  Oh I don’t know.  Maybe you can relive that time you attended an event and were fortunate to have the author who gave a talk autograph it for you.  If you have a chance to pick up Ken Fulk’s Magical World book, you will delight in the imagery and fun of his design and events firm.  Every design is a full on event!

5. Create Moments

One easy and quick update you can make is to carve out little spaces within your home where you can escape, if only mentally.  Do you need a place to read, meditate, craft?  Even when space is at a premium, there is a corner that can be found to “get away” in your moments that are special to you in your home.

Do you have ways that you like to update your home this time of year?  Leave a comment and share with us your 5 quick decorating updates.  I would love to hear about them.  If you need help in updating your decor, contact Mary Etta Designs at info@maryettadesigns.com.

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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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Behind The Scenes of A Cozy Kitchen Renovation

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Overwhelm

Let’s peek Behind The Scenes Of a Cozy Kitchen Renovation and see what it took to get my client out of overwhelm.  My client was concerned.  She knew how she wanted to renovate new kitchen.  But the choices she had to make  on such a large investment led her to ask for my help on some key decisions.  Her overwhelm came from what she saw as a small window of time.  Home on sick leave for a few weeks, her goal was to have her kitchen pulled together by the time she to returned to work.  She wanted to paint the kitchen yellow.  At that point, she asked for help on how to get the color selection for the walls, counter top, backsplash and flooring to jibe.

The Hunt

Often what we think we want and what our heart is telling us are two different things.  Such was the case with the  kitchen for my client.  She was having the cabinets built before contacting me for help and this is the wood that she chose for them.  A warm honey color, I could see why yellow was her first thought for what she wanted to be a sunny kitchen.  I pointed out that balancing the bright color choice that she had made for the cabinets with more muted ones would make her kitchen feel not only sunny but also not overpowering. 

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After visiting one of my favorite showrooms, we found a perfect balance of warmth and cool neutrals for her counters, backsplash and flooring.  Since the counters and backsplash were visually full of color and movement, I suggested the solid flooring pictured here.

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This condo kitchen was small, (ok cozy) so it was important to not make the room feel too chopped.  We agreed that the grays were perfect neutrals to tie all of the elements together.  

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Compare how tight the space feels with the darker before cabinets.  And the white tile and appliances was too stark a contrast making it feel closed in. And the small tiles, popular when the condo was originally built, emphasized the smallness of the kitchen.

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Decision Time

One important lesson that I have learned is that when one spouse says, “No, it’s whatever she (or he) wants,” they still appreciate having played a part in some part of the design.  Though the wife was the visionary on this kitchen project, she often made sure that her husband agreed on what were their final choices for the counter tops, flooring and paint color.  And he proudly selected the hardware and it is stunning with the cabinets.

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More To Come

As the very top picture shows, the colors of this couple’s new kitchen are warm and inviting.  And, no, we did not paint the walls yellow.  But a kitchen is full of color by way of food, napkins, placemats and candles.  I suggested that she use her touches of yellow in accessories.  And while we are still (as of the writing of this post) designing the perfect window coverings and considering having the refrigerator powder coated a stainless steel color, my clients are enjoying their new kitchen very much.

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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.

Sculptured Art

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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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