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


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.


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.


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.


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.




At Home In The Garden

Pottery Barn and Back to Natives

Pottery Barn and Back to Natives

What does a trip to the Apple store have to do with being at home in the garden? Everything if you were in one of Orange County, California’s premier malls this past weekend.   Arguably one of the most sought after designer destinations, South Coast Plaza  sports stores like Prada, Tiffanys and Loubitan.

It also has my fave Apple Store employees. The camera in my phone was giving me fuzzy pictures. While I waited for my (yay!)  in-warranty fix, I had to go back into the mall corridors to check out this year’s Southern California Spring Garden Show.  It’s always a surprise to me every year.  No.  I just happen to be in the mall every year when it happens.

What first caught my attention was the zen experience that The Pottery Barn and Santa Ana’s Back to Natives nursery created with aptly titled “Taking a Break” vignette.  Candles and Moroccan influences immediately drew me into a space that would be mesmerizing at a summer outdoor soiree. The seating area on the other side of the candle display was a destination worth thinking about being at home in the garden.


What I found most fascinating, and oh so creative, was the display by Williams Sonoma and The Potting Shed of Orange.  Jack Carlisle, horticulturist,  focuses on found materials. He repurposes them and juxtaposes them with nature. Their focus was on “The Freshness of Spring.”


Look what they did with his piece of Massey-Ferguson farm equipment repurposed as a table surrounded by plantings. And the dual purpose workbench and serving hutch has been backed with tarmac from a WWII airfield surrounded by an original 100-year-old gate from Old Town Orange. Genius!



Are you ready to throw that garden party.  Visit your local nurseries for gardening and your favorite furniture haunt for backyard lounge ideas.  Invite a few friends over for drinks and appetizers.  Keep it simple. Create some memories.  Spring is just the beginning of outdoor party season at home in the garden.

The show ran April 23 – April 26. Other show participants included: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Room & Board, Sur La Table, Z Gallerie.


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).

Master Bedroom Suite

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.


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.

Play Room

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.


Furniture’s Fashion Week – 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.

Mary Etta Designs Discusses LVMKT2015 Dwell


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.

Mary Etta Designs Las Vegas Winter Market 2015

 Modern Boutique  

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.

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 And trending everywhere were nail heads on chairs, headboards, pillows, you name it.   A nod to the great outdoors showed up with not only the equestrian theme like Eastern Accent’s Aiden Collection, but also a fusion of modern and primitive designs.


This tasteful, but controversial hue, was sprinkled throughout furniture displays.  As Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year,  the color works with warmer metals, the soft pastels of the decade, and neutrals.  Marsala is a perfect backdrop and accent color to give a room some vibrancy.

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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.


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