Yes. One Day, One Room, Re-Design and Done.
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!
How is my Apple iPhone 6+ connected to helping an office save energy, control the light, and increase productivity?
In my last blog I mentioned a problem that sent me to South Coast Plaza Apple Store. Remember the faulty camera on my Apple iPhone 6+, that problem? The upside was that I happened upon a great Home and Garden Show. My phone took great pictures. See those pics in the blog post below. Today’s post is proof positive of how much that camera was in need of repair.
What should have been the best “before and after” shots of an installation of solar window shades for Mary Etta Designs this year turned out less than perfect. Think of last week’s pictures as an “after” testament on the wonderful repair Apple Genius Bar employees performed on my iPhone 6+. And this week’s photos, sadly, are the “before” pix.
That being said, I am still proud of the installation of Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades for my clients at Emerson Process Management in Irvine.
Companies worldwide turn to Emerson Process Management for technologies, services, and expertise to solve problems that are immediate and important to them. The last thing that this state-of-the-art company needs is reduced productivity amongst its employees because of the light and heat at the windows in their beautiful, newly renovated facility in Irvine, California.
Before, not only was there glaring sun streaming in on the East side of the building, but the Southern California heat was making concentration a bit hard for some. I proposed a solution in Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades. The goal was to allow a level of view-through so that employees would not feel claustrophobic. But I also wanted to help reduce the amount of heat coming into the office to help control energy costs. Additionally, controlling the direct sunlight would greatly reduce the glare on monitor screens and into employees’ eyes.
Now that the Hunter Douglas shades have been installed, energy costs will be positively affected. And light control and increased privacy has immediately contributed to increased workplace productivity and comfort. Emerson Process Management employees could not be happier.
Recently Fabricut, a designer fabric line that I use quite often, reached out to ask me if I would be attending this year’s Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta February 25 – 27. If so, would I like to be included in a private dinner with Vern Yip , HGTV superstar and judge of the hugely popular HGTV Design Star tv show?
Design Bloggers Conference or DBC is billed by the event creator, Adam Japko, as the event of the year for interior design bloggers, I wasn’t sure if the expense was in the budget this year. But suddenly, the possibility of dining with Vern Yip turned my on-the-fence position of attending the event into a quick “of course I’m going!”
As one of the DBC sponsors, Fabricut provided transportation to and from the host hotel to the venue off site for the dinner. Imagine the collective squeals of 22, already excited, designers (men and women) when we were told en route that the dinner location was Vern’s Atlanta Residence (yeah, I call him Vern).
Master Bedroom Suite
Why his private residence? Fabricut features the Vern Yip Collection under Trend Fabrics specifically aimed at providing “exceptional value without compromising style.” And every single drapery, upholstered furniture piece, and even the linens, were fabricated with fabrics from the collection that features an array of prints, solids, and geometrics. The contemporary and traditional mix fits perfectly with the Asian antique furniture and sculptures in vignettes scattered throughout the 1925 original home and it’s 1940’s and more recent additions.
Touring of the traditional southern home started immediately in the foyer and showed off a design style that is not only spot on, but flows beautifully from the living, breakfast and dining rooms downstairs throughout the bedrooms on the 2nd floor.
After appetizers and wine, we enjoyed a chef-prepared delicious meal with Vern, his partner, Craig Koch and company reps. The couple live in their beautiful home in Georgia with a mix of the couple’s expansive art collection, antiques and traditional furnishings. The antique furniture and sculpture carry through his design tips to add the things you love in your home. There was a fascinating family heirloom on the dining room table that I asked Vern to share with us it’s history. See it here.
Son Gavin’s Room
Pattern on pattern play works beautifully in a collection that features geometrics, Ikat, solids layered with multiple textures. Most impressive, is the extensive photography and contemporary art collection that is highlighted and only enhanced by the traditional and contemporary fabric collection.
Daughter Vera’s Room
There was so much to see that I had to break this blog into a series. Stay tuned.
When customers ask me what is the latest trend in colors for their home or office, this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Marsala, often leaves them cold. It’s a little dark, reminds them of the wine colors of the past decade and their eyes tend to glaze over at the mention of this color.
In my profession looking for clues as to what you, the customer, want to live with in your environment is par for the course. And luckily there is always an alternative. If you are emptying a room to do a re-model and you’re starting from scratch, consider Sherwin Williams’ pick for their Color of the Year – Coral Reef.
Coral Reef is the perfect shade to transform your bath into a tropical retreat right in your home. This color is a great pop to add to the cold neutrals that have been the norm for the last few years. Though it’s in the red family, it’s much softer than red. It’s not pink, so it is not too feminine.
Spring is a perfect time of year, albeit all the snowstorms in our country’s east coast right now, to think about updating not only our indoor spaces, but also our outdoor patio furnishings like pillows, chaise loungers and rugs. Have you thought about adding the color Coral to your decor?
METALS, MONOCHROMATIC & MARSALA
LAS VEGAS MARKET 2015
Las Vegas Market 2015 has been over for nearly two weeks. I am still buzzing from what furnitures’s “fashion week” predicts will be the looks to have in your home furnishings. Las Vegas Market 2015 had three themes that played throughout the show: Livable Luxury, Pantone Color of the Year – Marsala and the Modern Boutique.
What could be more luxurious than brassy metals? Metals play a big part to warm up vibrant monochromatic color schemes. There is a mix of brass and silver metals. I love these almost child like sculptures of elephants and the octopus orb shown here from Dwell Studios.
Think Traditional + Modern (even primitive) furnishings. This is definitely keeping with our current obsession with anything vintage. Pillows and accessories at this winter’s Las Vega Market also balanced luxury with a softer range of pastels. Soft, livable and touchable vignettes were featured in some rooms inviting you to come on in and relax. The theme was not exactly Mid Century Modern as we have seen so much of lately, but more homespun.
Vibrant monochromatic color schemes will incorporate items like this purple Murano style glass chandelier from DRG Lighting. This pop of color is just what’s need with our current beige & gray neutral color palettes.