Friday, November 25, 2016

Design, The Perfect Holiday Gift


As the holiday season approaches, you're probably making gift lists for your friends, co-workers, colleagues and loved ones. And if you have a friend or family member who has everything (or is hard to buy for), then I have the perfect gift you can give them: a * "Gift Certificate for a two hour design consultation"!

So make your list now and no need to check it twice, you got this!
An interior design consultation by Marie Antoinette Interiors provides an in home meeting where we'll work on their decorating problems and find reasonable solutions that only an experienced designer like Toni Berry can! It's a great time to kick off a new decorating project or
finish an old one! 


The Gift Certificate!
A 2 hour Interior Design and Decorating appointment with a professional at their home or office! Who wouldn't love this in their stocking this year?


*This will be a fun 2 hour working appointment during which we'll accomplish some or all of the following at the time of their choosing!
  • Choose colors for interiors and/or exteriors  
  • Review and adjust furniture arrangements
  • Discuss possible updates to their spaces
  • Determine and edit what furnishings to keep and which to donate (perfect if downsizing to a smaller home) 
  • Create a lighting plan
  • Create a project budget in $ values  
  • Review purchases they are considering
  • Determine the best window treatments for their  rooms
  • Review their style likes and dislikes
  • Discuss how their rooms could function better for them and other family members
  • We offer "E-Design Services" should they live outside the area as well; includes all  the above services via email and phone!
And to make it even easier for you...we will conveniently mail your "Gift Certificate" to you or to your friend or family member in a beautiful custom holiday wrapped gift box complete
with a bow at no additional cost!
Contact me at 925-862-9064 or toni@marieantoinetteinteriors.com  to order your friend or family member a Gift Certificate for a "two-hour design consultation" for only $300.00!

Or tap here and use the PAY NOW drop down menu to pay direct! (located at the bottom of the page).

*Are you thinking you'd like to receive the gift of design? Just forward this page to a friend as a  gentle "hint"!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Easy Steps to Get Your Home Ready For A Thanksgiving Crowd or Party of Two

Open your home to Thanksgiving Day guests
with my easy tips to add a festive note.
If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving Day feast this year for a big crowd or simply a party of two, then be sure to follow these easy tips to make your home a warm and wonderful backdrop for all the festivities:
 
First things first: Showcase the public spaces in your home where visitors will gather. This means the kitchen, living room, dining room, family room and guest bathroom. Tidy up these areas. Pressed for time? Hire a housekeeper to give your home a thorough cleaning before the big day.
 
Decide your Thanksgiving vibe: Informal or formal? This will help you plan your party accordingly. For a formal yet inviting look, pull out the fine china, silverware, crystal and cloth napkins.
For a more formal gathering on Thanksgiving,
pull out the fine china, cloth napkins and other finery to elevate the look. 
Add place cards, too, especially for a large gathering. If a more casual setting is desired, then be playful in your decorating choices. Fluff up the pillows on the sofa and add some plush throws so guests can dine or watch the game on TV.  Board games, too, amp up the fun.
 
Think about the color palette for not only your holiday tablescape, but also your soft furnishings, floral arrangements and home accents in other rooms. Although the traditional orange and rich brown theme is quite lovely, dare to go outside your comfort zone. Why not experiment with other colors, such as creamy mix of white, beige and pale green? 

  Go for the flower power. Visit the flower market the day before Thanksgiving and scoop up what’s in season.
Harness the power of flowers this Thanksgiving.
Call your florist now to schedule arrangements and their delivery to your abode.
Or call your florist and have your Thanksgiving arrangements delivered. Tip: Make sure centerpieces are low enough so guests can see each other and easily converse at the dinner table. 
 
Don’t forget about the importance of lighting. If your dinner is during the day, throw open the drapes to let natural light fill your home. Dining in the evening?
Candles add seasonal loveliness.
Just be sure the scent isn't cloying.
Add candles to create an incredible sense of coziness in your home. Just be sure the scents aren’t cloying. You’ll want the scent of the delicious foods to fill your space.

Select background music that will appeal to all age groups and tastes. Keep the volume down. 

  Lastly, make sure you — as the hostess or host extraordinaire — are relaxed and prepared. Select your outfit for Thanksgiving ahead of time.

Make sure your fashion choices are clean and pressed. I suggest a manicure and hair styling appointment earlier in the Thanksgiving week, so you can enjoy the holiday feeling as pretty and polished as your home will inevitably look.

And to all my clients, friends and family who have given me reason to be "Thankful" I wish you a home full of blessings!
 

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Color Purple is the "2017 Color of the Year"... says Benjamin Moore Paint!

This not so new color  "Shadow" combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. At first sight it's rather dark. But when used in conjunction with amber, green or white it commandingly comes to life!
 
 
The color purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic!
 

As seen here on the Benjamin Moore Paint deck strip above,  it's 3rd down from the deepest of purples called Carbon Copy. Used effectively in a whole room color pallet, some degree of white or a lighter shade of purple will  set off the color and make it sing.



Used most effectively with pure white! The high LRV in the white helps carry the low LRV in the purple.
LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, is a measurement commonly used by design professionals—such as architects and interior designers—that expresses the percentage of light reflected from a surface. LRVs range from 0-100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black.
Shadow 2117-30 has a LRV of 9! 9 out of 100 tells me that this will reflect very little light. So if you've a room with little natural light only use is as a "one wall" accent featured wall.
In the Bedroom, as an accent wall behind the headboard, in purple shades of pillows, lamp shades and rug.
Purple is not just for little girls rooms or the nursery room any more. It a sophisticated and dramatic color that won't blend into the background. It commands your attention and it will get it!
Again used with amber in the patterned area rug and on the back wall. Notice how the rug is right up against the purple wall so it runs seamlessly up the wall carrying the color!
It's a beautiful color....but not everyone can go this dramatic!
Like to give it a go? Call for a "Color Consultation" with Toni at Marie Antoinette Interiors
925.862.9064
or email
 
Have a question about "Color"? Any color...just post it in the comment block below!