Fall Design Trend: Spicey Interiors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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Use a Window Fashions Designer!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

For the Love of Cornice Boards

They can be solutions that are decorative, minimal and functional. Cornices can define a space, hide less attractive hardware, also be the room's focal point.


They can be solutions that are decorative, minimal and functional. Cornices can define a space, hide less attractive hardware, and also be the room’s focal point. from twopeasinabucket.com

 

There is no wonder that I am officially obsessed with cornice boards right now.  This time of year, clients are making changes that are practical. They are anticipating the hot temperatures and want to keep their homes cool and comfy. So now is when I design the correct solution for energy savings. Be it blinds, shutters or shades, the goal is to cover the windows when they want thermal control. But just as important, the window covering should allow them to be able to see out and enjoy the view whenever they want.

 When it comes to cornice boards, a little dab will do ya!  This fabric frames the window and allows for rhythm in the room.

When it comes to cornice boards, a little dab will do ya! This treatment by Caitlin Wilson frames the window and allows for rhythm in the room.

The cornice boards shown here, are smart solutions that these designers knew would allow for color, texture, and a view.  They can define a space, hide less attractive hardware, or can be the room’s focal point.

Cornices are decorative, minimal and functional.

Decorative, minimal and functional.

They are economical custom alternatives, as cornices require less fabric than most other top treatments.  Call Mary Etta Designs and let us help you frame your window beautifully and keep your view.

Summer Window Coverings Now!

Shutters Provide Excellent Solar Heat Control

Shutters Provide Excellent Solar Heat Control

 

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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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