As I write today, I’m listening to Jennifer Hudson wail “Whatever Makes You Happy” from the soundtrack of the wildly popular television series, Empire. And what makes me happy is that now I can belly up to new bar stools this fall. Small changes make for big impact in our homes as you and I prepare to spend time indoors during cooler weather.
So I finally attacked my pitiful bar stools at our bar and kitchen counters in preparation for holiday entertaining. Stools of substance can cost upwards of $800 to$1500. That’s why I elected to have my favorite upholsterer not only recover the seats of the ones shown above, but also perform some much needed surgery on the legs and braces of a couple of them.
As you can see, they are more than ready for the next person who will belly up to the bar. And when we tiptoe from the fridge to the counter in the kitchen, we can perch on my favorite newly designed kitchen barstools. Before the remake, though similar in color, they didn’t really match.
It was so much fun to mix the geometric fabrics from Maxwell with the linen-like fabrics from Fabricut. The nail heads elevate the chairs to the casual elegance that I enjoy. I wanted a solid fabric where stains were most likely to occur.
The fall makeover is just beginning. Stay tuned for more fall updates at my home. If you would like help with redoing things around your home for the holidays, contact me about One Day Re-Design. Details about this new service offering can be found here.
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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.
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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. 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 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. 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. Photo courtesy HGTV.com
So get ready to spend more time indoors with the fall colors I love. Happy Autumn!