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!

Save Energy, Control the Light

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Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades

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.

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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.

Emerson Process Management – Before Mary Etta Designs

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.

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Before – Sheets of Paper At the Window, not the best solution for heat and direct sunlight.

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.

Installation Day is a Happy Dance Day.

Installation Day is a Happy Dance Day.

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.

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No more glare in her eyes at sunny times. But still light and pleasant in the office.

 

Cooler, more comfortable and productive.

The Result is a Cooler, More Comfortable and Definitely a More Productive Environment.

 

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A Private Dinner With Vern Yip

Mary-Etta-Designs-Visits-Vern-Yip-in-Atlanta 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).

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Master Vern Yip Mary Etta Designs

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.

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Foyer Vern Yip

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.

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Playroom Vern Yip
Elephants play a large part in the residence, antique, sculptural or for fun.

Dining Room

Dining Room Vern Yip

 

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

Son Gavin's Room Vern Yip

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

Daughter's Bed Vern Yip

There was so much to see that I had to break this blog into a series.  Stay tuned.

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Mary Etta Designs Best of Houzz 2015

I am tickled to announce that Mary Etta Designs has been awarded “Best of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction in 2015. Houzz is a go-to site for home remodeling and design.

My design company was chosen by Houzz after receiving a number of great testimonials by our customers.  more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise community the Houzz community among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design professionals.

Mary Etta Designs - Best of Houzz 2015

Mary Etta Designs – Best of Houzz 2015

Customers Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014.  Winners receive a “Best of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles.  The badges help Houzz users, known as “Houzzers,” discover and love a professional’s work.

“Homeowners know that professionals in the Houzz community have been vetted by their own customers as design professionals with innovative ideas as well as excellent customer satisfaction,” says Mary Etta McCurdy, of Mary Etta Designs.

With the largest residential database in the world, and a vibrant community powered by social tools, house is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality.

HOUZZ 2016 Anaheim Hills Interior Designer Mary Etta Designs

 

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2015 Home Interior Trends You’ll Love

Like you, I have seen countless “Trends of 2015”  articles.  But one video blog by House & Home Magazine hit all the right notes.  The Canadian publication’s digital mag also shows us how to work with The Hottest Interiors Trends for 2015.  They are the 2015 Home Interior Trends you’ll love!

British Eclectic.

Thanks to the Hunted Interior Blog - I love the formal floor plan mixed with the whimsy of the Blue Teal Green and striped floorboards. www.maryettadesig...

I love the formal silhouette mixed with the whimsy of the Blue Teal Green and  Greek key striped floorboards.  photo Courtesy of the Hunted Interior

Think comfy, classic silhouettes with a touch of whimsy.  Yes, there are florals and stripes but it’s not a stuffy British library look.  Try muddy pink walls for romance, with deep wood accents and – surprise – a Berber-Style rug.   Remember that Wedgwood china?  Botanicals? This is a style that definitely plays up the look.

 

One of the trends for 2015 according to House & Home Magazine is the Modern Farmhouse look.  Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.

One of the trends for 2015 according to House & Home Magazine is the Modern Farmhouse look.  Photo courtesy of House Beautiful.

Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse employs traditional rustic furnishings, like this antique secretary.  The "modern" element is in the basically black and white palette, metals and newer finishes.

Modern Farmhouse employs traditional rustic furnishings, like this antique secretary. The “modern” element is in the basically black and white palette, metals and newer finishes. Photo Courtesy of House Beautiful

Modern meets country with unfussy decorating.  Rustic Woods, a few architectural details, black & white pretty much tells the storyKeep your palette organic with rustic colors, pottery accents and rustic woods.

Think comfy, classic but with a touch of whimsy.  Yes, there are florals and stripes but it’s not a stuffy British library look.  Try muddy pink walls for romance, with deep wood accents and – surprise – a Berber-Style rug.   Remember that Wedgwood china?  Botanicals? This is a style that plays up the look.

Artful Refinement

In this example of the Artful Design Trend, not only is the sculpture featured prominently, but the elk horn chair and the lamps function as artistic pieces as well.

In this example of the Artful Refinement Design Trend, not only is the sculpture featured prominently, but the elk horn chair and the lamps function as artistic pieces as well. photo credits HomeDsgn

Pared down luxury is the best way to describe this style.  “A pared-back, modern look that feels polished, tailored and ever so slightly posh.”  Colors are quite but not soft.  Deep browns and velvety blues look great against a beige or soft gray neutral walls.  This style shows off the sculptured furniture and uses luxe fabrics.  And we see the return of sculpture.  Smaller statement pieces fit perfectly.

South American Fusion

Olympic 2016 influences are already seeping into all aspects of design.  Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas.

Olympic 2016 influences are already seeping into all aspects of design. Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas.

Bright pops of color, Latin textiles and arts find give the global panache to this style. If you are a traveler, collector or are a bohemian, this is for you.  South America is front and center with the upcoming Olympics  All eyes will focus on this color palette.  Hot oranges, marine blues, rose tones are quite appropriate paint colors that hold up to these textiles and mixed with primitive, but sturdy, furniture pieces.

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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.