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Stay Cool Naturally

You are ready to stay cool naturally! It’s getting hot in here. And you”re ready to take off all your clothes!  Whoa…. before you drop it like its hot, get your solar heat gain under control. What is solar heat gain? It’s the increase in temperature in a space that results from solar radiation. In plain English – the sun’s rays are warming the glass on your windows.  And, well, that heats up your home.   Read on if you want to reduce the price of running your air conditioner in summer.

 

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  Much of the energy in a structure builds up at the windows.  Heat (from sunlight in summer or heaters in winter) is attracted to the glass panes by. That fact explains why some rooms are hotter in summer than others (and cooler in winter) depending upon the orientation to the sun.  Your air conditioner  (or heater) starts working overtime to bring the room to a comfort level you set on the thermostat.

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No, that fan does not have to be the only solution for controlling enegery bills.  Shades and shadings, like the Pirouette shown here from Hunter Douglas, are a great bet when you want to control the heat or light at the window. There are many ways to cut the heat and preserve some  of the view.  Choose room darkening for comfy sleeping and better visuals on tv’s and computer screens. Or consider light filtering shades to diffuse the light and give a softer look at your window.  

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Screen type shades, also known as solar shades, allow you to see out and can cut 86% to 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays.

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The Hunter Douglas Duette Architella shade I had installed in this home office works perfectly for a couple of reasons. The low profile headrail and pleated fabric is a minimalistic look. This works great when you want the shade open completely. It won’t detract from the view.  And the top-down-bottom-up feature allows a versatile combination of light with privacy.  

Blinds & Shutters

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 Shutters and blinds offer a level of view-through that solid materials, like a roller shade, don’t allow. The angled slats or louvers can be directed so that you have control over your level of privacy. As a bonus, wood shutters (and faux wood) add value to your home. 

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You may work in an office where everyone’s body temperature seems to register way below yours. Your desk is by a window and right about 1 p.m., that sun hits you right between the eyes. Maybe you love the feel of the sun shining on you. But glare can be a problem at a computer workstation or when you’re watching television. Blinds and shutters allow you to redirect the light at different angles as the sun moves across the sky.

Drapes

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If you want the bonus of cutting down on noise in a room and adding a touch of softness, draperies work beautifully. The great thing about fully functioning draperies is your almost endless choices you have for framing your windows.  A tightly woven fabric, properly lined, can really help to block out sun and its heat in a room. Make sure that the ones you buy overlap at center and extend past the windows on either side.  Custom window treatments, like the ones offered by Mary Etta Designs is the best way to make sure they have these features.

Don’t Sweat It

Contact Mary Etta Designs for an in-home appointment in the Orange County, California area – 714.974.6571. Mary Etta Designs will help you select a beautiful quality window covering to cool your home or office for summer that will be attractive all year round. 

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Ways To Trick Out Guest Bedrooms

Three Ways to Trick Out Your Guest Bedroom
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Looking for ways to trick out guest bedrooms for wanted out-of-town visitors? Scouring home decor magazines can leave you feeling either hopeful or helpless in where to begin in going from dated and drab to on trend and inviting.  I always want my invited guests to feel like they are in for a visit filled with memories and good times.  I designed this guest bedroom with just that goal in mind.

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The “before’ picture pretty much sums it up.  The furniture was not in proportion to the space.  The mood and style of the space were all over the place.  Finding this beautiful  Fabricut fabric in this gray color was a great way to bring the room forward a decade.  Since blue is everywhere, I really wanted to incorporate blue by adding bath while tying the two rooms together.

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Custom is not custom unless you have professional installers who know how the finished product should luck.  At Mary Etta Designs, we use only the best workrooms and installation team.

I wanted this guest bedroom to have a feeling of luxury, yet feel warm and inviting.   believe that window treatments can have one of the biggest effects on the mood of a room. The drapery panels and Roman shade are featured in a platinum Ikat pattern, from thTrend line for Fabricut Fabrics. The pattern is luxurious in mood and and adds a layer of texture. Roman Shades give a soft touch to the window near the bed that is too narrow and close to the wall to accommodate a floor to ceiling window covering.  And, yes, it is ok to mix panels and top treatments in the same room.  Just keep them in the same pattern.

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The shower curtain in the guest bath is really two shower curtains from Target Stores.  But, this home has 11 foot ceilings.  So I added the same contrasting fabric to bridge the two store-bought curtains, added a matching liner and voila! Semi-custom shower curtain with the same custom drapery hardware used in the bedroom stepped up this look from meh to marvelous.

Lighting and Art

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All the furniture pieces that we decided to keep were original to the space.  Some did not make the cut as they were no longer of use to the homeowner.  Some were moved to different parts of the room to better serve the function of the space.  Few of us can start all over from scratch.  Art work, except for the new piece over the headboard, was repurposed to give use to a lifetime of art collections. 

But lighting is one area that can easily bring the look of a room forward a decade.  Mercury glass finishes are popular, and classic in feel.  So the lamp on the chest of drawers looks fresh but not trendy. I like to keep things fun and luxurious.  The turtle shell lamp was a must have for this room.

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Amenities

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And finally, nothing says to a guest that they are special  like a tray of goodies with just that guest’s personality in mind.  Be sure to add seasonal touches to make it feel like the rest of your home.Making your friends and relatives feel  special while visiting is not only welcoming, but it also adds a vacation to the time that are spending with you.

And there you have three ways to trick out a guest bedroom to get that magazine worthy custom bedroom look.  Do you need a guest bedroom re-design?  Call Mary Etta Designs at 714 309-2783 or contact me here to schedule an appointment.

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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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One Day, One Room, Re-Design

Yes.  One Day, One Room, Re-Design and Done.

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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!

Anaheim Hills Interior Designer

Mary-Etta-Designs-Hunter-Douglas-ShadesRecently, 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.

 

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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.

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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.

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