Recently, 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.
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.
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.
MARY ETTA Window Fashions Designer
Have you been at lunch when someone wants you to give them the details of what is needed to complete a complex task (related to your line of work) in between bites of salad?
It happens to interior decorators far too often. For some reason, my friends think that I can recall the intimate details of their living spaces and conjure up a quick solution that won’t cost them an arm and leg. And, while I fancy myself a solutions based designer, it just does not work that way. First of all, when I am with friends, I turn a blind eye to their decor. Can you imagine your brain spinning 24-7? Exhausting!
Here are a couple of reasons why you should value working with a window fashions designer.
- Be prepared to be amazed. As in all areas of our life, technology has changed immensely in the last five years. OK, you may not want to motorize the operation of your window treatments. But the assortment of lifting systems alone provides so many more options than the last time you may have purchased window coverings, that you will need to be brought up to speed on that and other options.
- Be prepared to set aside a couple of hours to discuss “what you really, really want” as the Spice Girls put it a few years ago. For instance, fabrication has improved for the finishes of wood shutters. The days of real quality wood flaking are long gone. And basic honeycomb shades (also known as cellular shades) are anything but basic. There are a variety of cell sizes and fabric finishes, thereby giving them an updated look often good enough to stand alone.
- Be prepared to invest more than you thought. Yes, it may cost you more than your granite to outfit your home in cellular shades. After all, most energy is lost through the windows of the home. So you want quality window coverings that will last. Typically, we want the best and that’s gonna cost ya! Remember,window coverings have to perform as you expect: opening and closing properly without delaminating or falling apart for the next 20 years or whenever you choose to replace them.
So the net time you decide to purchase window coverings, don’t get your information from a friend over lunch. Make an investment of time with a professional Window Fashions Designer and your investment is sure to be a sound one. Call Mary Etta Designs for all of your window fashions needs at 714 974-6571.
Shutters Provide Excellent Solar Heat Control
Honeycomb Shades help keep heat outside in summer.
Many of you are starting to think of those lazy summer days. In southern California, that can be pretty hot. And you will need to pump up that air conditioning. Do you see dollar bills flying out the window?
Save energy and money by investing in smart window coverings. It’s a known fact that heat is attracted to the glass surface of windows. And the best way to keep heat inside or outside of windows is with an innovative window covering. This time of year, Mary Etta Designs clients ask about Hunter Douglas Shutters. Shutters have long been known to “shut” out the heat or cold and help lower you energy bill.
But, have you considered honeycomb shades? Hunter Douglas touts it’s line of Duette Architella shades as the most energy efficient shades on the market. Duette Architella shades reduce energy loss at the window by up to 40% with the cell within a cell design. And you can even claim them for an energy tax credit. Just in time for tax season.
This year, Hunter Douglas introduced Trielle Architella Shades. Dare I say there are six layers of protection against the heat. That’s right: a cell within a cell within a lightweight cell. That’s 20% more energy savings than the original Duette Architella honeycomb shade. Savings and beauty. Call Mary Etta Designs for all of your summer energy savings in window fashions.
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