Sunday, January 1, 2017

How To Give Your Fireplace a Facelift

We all have that one thing (maybe more than one) that needs updating in our homes don't we? When it's as important a "thing" as the focal point in the main room, as is the fireplace, then we need to stop and really look at it in a creative yet practical way. Here's a follower of my blog that wrote me with her problem fireplace. Read my solutions and maybe you'll look at your fireplace differently now.
HOW DO I….…..update the look of the red brick fireplace in my living room? We just don’t know what to do with it. It’s dirty, rutty, and looks horrible even after I’ve cleaned it! We are updating the rest of the room and our budget won’t allow for much, so what would you suggest as an easy update for it.

DO THIS…….Give it a facelift with paint; it is the first line of defense to updating an old red fireplace that has seen its better days.  Removing and replacing means remodeling and that can hit the pocket book pretty hard, so think along the lines of blending it into the rest of the room’s d├ęcor. 
Here are two examples of red brick fireplace facelifts:

The first is a split screen of the before and after on the right.  By simply white washing the brick and the grout in a couple of colors that blend with the walls it suddenly looks clean and new. And adding a nice formal mantel that can be purchased “ready- made” at your local building supply store, will give it a new updated look. Take a look at they have many styles made of MDF and real wood that will suit anyone’s taste.
The second photo is an old red brick fireplace that is painted from floor to ceiling in the same white paint that was used to paint the rest of the trim in the room. In this case it was Benjamin Moore’s, Atrium White, in a Pearl sheen. The Pearl sheen gave it a luster that reflects light and adds just a little drama and adds a little depth to an otherwise flat elevation. No mantle needed or desired here, the beautiful color and sheen was all it took!

Another option, had you been able to clean it, would have been to simply leave it red and update the mantle or add a new modern ledge to it. I’ve seen where some have even sheet rocked over the bricks, above the mantel, creating more wall and reducing its size. All these options are easily doable when you are willing to add some TLC! 

There are countless other ways to "re-style" the dated Fireplace....and a "Design Consultation" for a facelift to yours would be worth the investment to discuss what would be best for you and your family.

Schedual your appointment today for a beautiful Fireplace tomorrow.
925.862.9064 or email


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 can be redeemed at any convenient time.

*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  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!