Custom Drapes Elevate Your Rooms

Looking for a simple way to add elegance in your home? Custom drapes elevate a room and gives it a polished look.  Recently, a couple I worked with sold their home. They traded it for a shiny, newer model in the same tony suburb. The couple proceeded to buy decorative window shades for privacy and light control.  But something was missing.  Both the husband and the wife felt that they needed to elevate their rooms with custom window treatments. Their home needed the finishing touch that only a custom design can provide.

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As you can see in the “before” picture, the room was suitable for a good night’s rest.  They soon discovered, however, that well-made drapes and cornices can make all the difference between a home that is “just ok” and one that says you are glad that you get to live there. The cornices and custom drapes elevate this master bedroom to an elegant one.  Opting for sill length drapes, adding fabric at the window softens noises in the room allowing for peaceful nights.  And fabric smoothes the hard rectangular edges.  We chose soft colors tones that are not trendy. The blue tint achieves the calm feeling that they seek at day’s end.  And, like a cool body of water, the look is one that they will love for years to come.

 

“The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”  I love this quote from the movie, Steel Magnolias.  We chose accessories that were warm and comforting in a bedroom.  We added art with peaceful themes (not shown here), florals and snuggly throws tell a subtle story of their travels, culture and life experiences.  The colorful Persian rug grounds the bed and keeps the room from feeling cold and lifeless.  These accessories are inviting and easy to change as the seasons.

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On the first floor, no cornices and drapes were used.  In the family room we opted for beautiful navy draperies, this time on decorative wood rods to match the grand piano.  Along with the books about California are also glass sculptures of fish and decorative plates made of shells from the ocean.  And smack dab in the middle is a snow globe of the wife’s hometown of New York City.  Further proof that accessories tell our life stories.  Area rugs, flowers and pillows all do their part to be the supporting cast to the major players in this home.

 

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Again, the couple requested that the drapes be shorter.  But if you want to up your elegance quota, I recommend floor length drapes.  They make the room feel grander.  At Mary Etta Designs, we work with designer fabrics and show you options in drapery hardware and trim to elegantly finish the rooms in your home.  Call 714.340.3214 if you are local to Orange County, California.

Stay Cool Naturally Use Less Energy With Window Treatments

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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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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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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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Fringe In Couture Fashion Comes Home

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There’s no secret that fashion and home interiors are now BFF’s.  You see one, and you know the other got the style memo on how to dress for the party.  Even the colors in the elaborate necklace above by London based accessories label, Anita Quansah, reminds me of the spicy fall colors of those gorgeous tiebacks.  This fall season’s trend of fringe in couture fashion comes home.

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These peep toe shoeties not only have fringe, but the beige version also uses a touch of the equestrian buckle that’s rocked the runways in recent seasons.  Just like the medallions in the valance window treatment, a feminine mix with a hard edge says have fun with your couture, be it home or fashion.
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How many trends do you spot in this dress from  Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear collection?  Menswear tweed at the bodice and fringe on the leggy skirt of the dress.  Tweed is a classic that works well in home decor.  And the throw has that obligatory fringe on the end.

 

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This Alberta Ferrari outfit shows that a BoHo girl can dress up and still feel comfortably chic. And I picture her home featuring a window treatment just as comfortable and chic. This draped look on the window to the right gives a nod to the oh-so-popular BoHo Chic style. It’s very unconventional, yet it works!

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Swish, swish of the skirt above mimics the feminine tassel shown at right. Inspiration in fashion moves right into home decor.  Couture comes home.  And it’s a beautiful friendship.

Does your home reflect your personal style?  Let me help you turn your home into the nicest place you go.  Give me a call at 714 974-6571 and together we can perform a Re-Design in your home just in time for the holidays.

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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!