Friday, October 13, 2017

4 Designer Styling Tips That Will Make Your Home Feel Like I’ve Been There

Many decorators and designers have their go-to tips that they use regularly to make homes look beautiful. Well, I am no different, so today I’d like to share my top 4 styling tips that I use time and again for quick results that get noticed. These foolproof ideas can solve many of your design dilemmas in almost any room. Try them, like them, keep them! You’re welcome!



Make the plant large and full and it will always look at home. Via Pinterest
1.    THE CORNER PLANT. Some designers will tell you putting a plant in an empty corner is a huge no-no, suggesting that an empty corner means the room wasn’t correctly arranged or planned out in the first place. But I often find that plants get forgotten when it comes to designing rooms. So I say, if you ever have a free space for a lively green plant, don’t be afraid to use one.
The trick to ensuring that your corner plant looks like an intentional design feature and not simply an accident is to go for something large and leafy enough to hold its own against your other furnishings. For best results, choose a simple but chunky container that’s at least 3 to 4 feet tall, so that the plant visually fills the floor space and wall space.

Books are wonderful for adding height, texture and interest. There is no such thing as too few books. Via Pinterest
 2.    STACK THE BOOKS. Besides being great brain candy, having attractive books on hand gives you the tools to correct endless little decor dilemmas.
Is a vase or sculpture looking too small and wimpy? Sit it on a book or two, and suddenly it’s a precious object on a pedestal. One bedside lamp shorter than the other? Use a few books to add height where needed and achieve a perfect symmetry. Wherever you have an empty shelf, or a ho-hum display that could use a little accessorizing, simply pull out a great oversize book or two, and you’ve got endless options for decorating like a true stylista.




When art is displayed off center or asymmetrically it adds a sense of drama and interest.
3.    HANG ART OFF CENTER. Is that favorite framed keepsake a little too small for the wall? Not when it’s off-center on purpose. Anyone can hang a perfectly sized piece centered over a sofa or bed, but if you have a must-display piece that doesn’t happen to be the right dimensions, try hanging it off to one side and a little low for a quirky asymmetrical look that feels artistic. The same strategy works on a shelf or mantel, or over a table. Just remember: “low and off to one side,” and let that otherwise wimpy piece become a stroke of decorating genius.



The perfect way to add a sense of casualness to a room, just throw one or two of these on the bed, sofa, chair or all three! Via Pinterest
4.    THE THROUGH BLANKET. A gorgeous throw blanket is the decor equivalent of the garnish on an exquisite meal, giving a room a sense of life, casual elegance and a dash of color or texture. I’m an avowed fan of classic white linens, but a throw blanket spread quickly over the foot of the bed in the morning lends an inviting air that you’ll appreciate when you come back at night. Don’t get too fussy with a throw blanket. After all, it’s called a “throw” for a reason. When everything else in the space carries clean lines, a casually tossed throw provides some needed softness. Invest in a high-quality, natural-fiber blanket with rich color and an enticing hand-feel, and you’ll be able to use it in different rooms for years of style.

These are just 4 of my favorites! I have so many more! If you tried them but still are not satisfied with the way your room looks, don’t fret! Contact me and we’ll schedule an appointment and I’ll bring so many more styling techniques that will make a huge difference in the comfort and esthetics of your home.  




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Are your dining chairs ready for your Holiday Hosting?

If the answer is "no" then I have you covered! Literally!

Let's talk honestly for a minute shall we!
Remember last year after the Holidays when you promised yourself you'd do something about the dining chairs around your dining table. I mean after all, you set a beautiful table for the Thanksgiving, all your lovely china, silver and crystal came out of hiding. The display was stunning, BUT those chairs!
Then Christmas rolls around, and again the table was to die for, BUT those chairs? Not so much, right? Check out some of my favorite ideas on reupholstering your dining chairs to make them new "to you" again and new to your Holiday guests
To break up the monotony of too many chairs do the backs in a contrasting but fun and unexpected fabric. See how these polka dots bring a youthful casualness  to this formal dining room.  by Susan Anthony
And it's not like you only have a couple of those chairs, my goodness you've got 6 or 8 of them. So this year let me help you keep your promise to yourself BEFORE the Holidays may I? Reupholster them, they are worth it because shopping for new dining chairs takes time, time you simply don't have. And you'd be amazed at how beautiful we could make them! Changing the fabric on dining chairs can make the entire dining room look completely new, just take a look at these possibilities! 


Photo Via Pinterest
Party in the back! Don't you just love these chairs (above) , right on trend, navy and canary yellow with silver nail heads, just so very smart looking?

Photo Via Bloglovin.com
And if you have several chairs (above) that are not part of a set we can make them so by treating them all in the same fabrics. Here a wide "awning stripe" gives them unity!
 

Photo Via Casa De Valentina on Pinterest
Aha, she went "Boho" Style here! Not only using several fabrics but by using different style chairs all around. Notice the end chairs are not even dining chairs, they are arm chairs upholstered in a large print "Susanna" fabric. What a whimsical look right? But it took planning to  pull it off as a cohesive look! That's when using a decorator to do the re-upholstering is a great idea! 


Photo Via Décor Pad on Pinterest
The French Country Style will never go out of style because it's a classic! Here a "document print script" was used on the arm chairs and a black velveteen on the side chairs to anchor down the black and white theme that goes so nicely with the farm table. 
 
FYI.....yes, we do upholstery!
I know what your thinking! Do I have to do this now? The answer is yes, get going because the Holidays will be here before we know it and I want you to keep last years promise to yourself about re-upholstering your dining chairs!
Imagine how good you'll feel knowing the dining room is ready, now all that's left is the shopping,  cooking, planning, putting up the decorations, wrapping the gifts, shopping for new holiday clothing, party going...etc. etc. etc......
 
We have great design ideas and wonderful upholstering services suitable to any budget. We also pick up and drop off your pieces at no additional charge. So give us a call to set up your appointment today and get leg up on your dinging chairs, we got you covered, literally.
 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Decorating Tips: Bathrooms, Small On Space, Big On Style


If you have a home with a large, luxurious bathroom, read no further; skip on ahead to the next post. But if you don't and you'd like your little bathroom to appear larger without adding any more square footage, you've come to the right place.

The Small But Big Bathroom
Here are a few decorating techniques to help you push back the walls and make your bathroom not only look and feel larger, but also make it more attractive even if it stays exactly the same size.


Add a frosted window or tile window in the shower area. It need not open or close, it's just to add needed light!
  • Pick soft pale cool colors. They tend to give the illusion of more space and the feeling of serenity and luxury.
  • Open up the space with more light fixtures. Recessed "can" lighting can be installed into the ceiling. Wall sconces flanking the sink can add mood lighting. Skylights, larger windows or Solatubes also can bring in more light.
The gray tile in the bathtub surround and counter tops add a bit of luxury to this simple bathroom design.
  • Vanity cabinets take up too much floor space in a small bath. Replace it with a pedestal or wall-mounted sink. These sinks not only open up the floor space but actually add a sense of style.
  • Remove wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories on the walls that cut into the room's space and make it look smaller. Even the smallest piece of furniture or accessory that sticks out into the room can stop where your eyes go and make your room "shrink." This one piece of advice can enlarge the room by providing the illusion of expanding your small space without adding a single square foot.
  • Install a larger mirror in front of the bathroom sink. The mirror will reflect all the light in the room, and pick up the color and pattern. Or consider a collection of mirrors arranged artistically in the place of one large mirror.
  • As with the walls, the floor will appear to open up if it's done in a light color. Or place one large light-colored rug over your existing flooring to reflect light upward.
  • Nothing's like clutter to make a small space feel even smaller. Pare down on the towels. Select one piece of art instead of lots of small pieces. Use one decorative accessory instead of lots of small ones. Store whatever else you really need out of sight even if it means putting it in a hall linen closet.
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  • Trade a frosted-glass bath or shower door for a clear glass one. Or eliminate the door altogether and install a shower curtain that can be pushed back to one side when not in use.
  • Add depth by painting a mural on the largest open wall. Or hang a large framed picture of a garden or landscape. This helps to expand the look of your space by visually enlarging the feeling of the room.
Need help chosing your tile, fixtures, lighting and cabinetry for your next bathroom re-style? Don't leave these important choices up to the contractors. Make their job go infinietly faster by seleciting everything in advance with a designer/decorator and save yourself the trouble and the expense of having to re-do after the wrong choices have been installed.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Designer Tips That make Up a Well Styled Bed

With summer nearing an end, the children and grandchildren have gone off to school or back to their homes and you are about to feel a quiet calm in your home that perhaps had not been there these last couple of months. Peace and quiet!  What a nice time to give your master bedroom a quick re-styling! There is no better place to make the biggest impact than the bed! So here are some of my best tips on how to make it look absolutely gorgeous!

THE ANTOINETTE HEADBOARD by Eastern Accents Luxury Bedding  available through designers only

The Headboard Is Essential
A headboard doesn't only add an aesthetic appeal to your nocturnal retreat, but also adds structure and a certain sturdiness to your bed. They also act as a back rest for when you've got that novel you just can't put down, or the reality TV show that you just can't enough of!

THE VIONETTE BEDDING by Eastern Accents  available through designers only
A Euro Sham Is Significant
Euro shams might seem like a waste of money to some of you, but fear not, it's truly an important element to your bed design if you want your bed to look like the ones in the magazines. Euro shams help add layers to your bed, which can hide your favorite pillow to sleep with as well as adding depth to your bed.

Quick Tip: Generally you'd use 3 european shams for a king bed, 2 for a full or queen bed, and one for a Twin.


CUSTOM PILLOWS Beacon Hill Fabrics available through designers only 
The Decorative Pillows Or Shams Are Vital
Similar to euro shams, decorative pillows or shams also add depth and a certain luxurious appeal to your bed, but they also add texture and pattern. Decorative pillows can help tie together other elements in your bedroom for a cohesive design and can vary is patterns and colors.

Quick Tip: You can stack decorative pillows for more of a contemporary feel, or prop them upright for more of a traditional feel. They are not for sleeping on and are typically pain points for anyone with no understanding of design. 

Cornice Lunetta Collection Di Medici Collection by Eastern Accents Luxury Bedding available through designers only
The Flat Sheets Are Important
Sheets are important and not a place to cut your budget, because you curl up and sleep between them for hours of your life. I personally love the heavy linen monogrammed sheets I inherited from my Italian grandmother! High end sheets of cotton or linen very important for tying your entire magazine worthy bedroom together.

Quick Tip: Staying neutral is the way to go for those that like bold colors, because you can infuse textures and patterns in the pillows and duvet covers. If you like your neutrals, feel free to add some pattern to your sheets as they only peep into your overall bed design.

CUSTOM BEACON HILL EMBROIDERED FABRICS FOR BEDDING
Why Duvet Covers Are Imperative
I can't remember how long ago or who it was that told me this tip, but having a duvet cover spares you from having to replace or ruin your actual comforter. From the day I heard this I purchased a duvet cover to spare me from having to replace my comforter or bedspread! A duvet cover (even if you don’t insert a duvet in it) is also a great way to add color and pattern to your space.

Quick Tip: Tuck your duvet cover under the mattress so you can bring a clean, modern hotel feel to your room.
CUSTOM TUFTED BED FRAME

The Bed Frame Is Central
Similar to the headboard, a bed frame adds aesthetic, elegance and a structure to your bed. It also helps make it the centerpiece in your bedroom! If you have a bed with side rails please let them show! They too add a dimension to the room’s style.

And Throws Are Important
Throws add a comforting and welcome appeal to your bedroom. They also act as yet another way to add a layer to your bed design, but tend to be cozy and soft. It's also a secret weapon to invite you to just relax on the bed for a spell. We make custom bed throws in fabrics that coordinate with the other bedding….Perfect also if you have a furry friend that likes the bed!


Interested in working with us to having the bed in your room made a new? Call or email now for an appointment! toni@marieantoinetteinteriors.com

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Skirted Table or Console....All Dressed Up



All dressed up and no where to go but right there in your home!

I have always love fabric and if at all possible I will use fabric creatively to drive color, texture and the much needed style factor called "WOW" into many of my designed and decorated rooms! Here's four of my favorite skirted table or consoles...as applied to four different rooms!


THE BEDROOM DRESSED VANITY (Pinterest)
I'll bet this little dressing table/vanity is the jewel in the room! Think Kate Spade!  Wearing a beautiful smart 2 1/2" black applied banding trim at the hem line she's looking pretty smart! The glass surface top keeps dust and makeup from staining the fabric and the side kick pleats give it a real flare!

THE LIVING ROOM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER! (Pinterest)
This is genius if you ask me!  This handsome fellow is backed up to black enameled passageway doors, creating no visual distinction of the TV monitor! The linen skirt has a black band that ties into the black doors, TV, lamp shade and picture frames seen on the left. They even added a beverage tray, I'll take a Martini please!


THE DINING ROOM BUFFET AT REST (Pinterest)
Skirted consoles or tables are always made more interesting by using the design element of trim at the bottom. This trim has two purposes, it ties the color and pattern into the space and most importantly, it adds a stiffness to the body of the skirt making the inverted kick pleats stand away and flare just enough to say, "hey I'm tailored"!

THE FAMILY ROOM STORAGE DILEMMA (Pinterest)

This is one of my favs! If your space it limited, this skirt acts as a storage spot for all those little items that need to be hidden away! This one is made with tent like flaps that open easily by just pulling them to the side. The banding trim tape is smaller but used in a more casual way making it perfect for the family room, child's room or any room really!

Our exquisitely made custom console table skirts are always designed with your room in mind! Give us a call to book your in home decorating session today!

With lot's of decorating love,

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Custom Drapery Rods Do Matter

We know in creating a Custom Window Treatment that “it’s all in the details.” And every detail of your window treatments matters, from the fabric to the lining to the trim. Often overlooked is another important detail, the type of rod used to hang your drapes. Yes, even the drapery rod matters!

 
Beautiful Lead Crystal from Switzerland by Orion! Stunningly attractive!
First and foremost we don’t like using rod pockets drapes in our designs because they don’t allow for structure and shape. When closed, your drapes end up looking like bed sheets because there is no pleating. The gathered look of a rod pocket drapery can be fussy, messy and doesn’t work well with more modern or contemporary styling. Drapes hung with rod pockets are also difficult to open and close, because they drag on the rod. We prefer our draperies to be pleated and that design element exposes more of the beautiful rod and for that reason we love these beauties pictured here.  

 
The Wrought Iron Collection by Kirsch, strong and timeless!
Secondly, we are not fans of adjustable rods. We’ve seen many drapes end up ripped because they caught on the overlap while being opened. The rods also have a tendency to sag in the middle, especially when they are extended all the way out. A custom-fitted rod presents a clean line, with no lip to disrupt the length of the rod. We use proper supports based on the weight of the drapery and  they work seamlessly with ball bearing gears and they are quiet!
 

The Cube Collection by Brimar, totally modern and glamorous.
 
 
We also say, “it only hurts once”, but if you’re working within a reasonable budget (and we understand that fully), focus on high-quality drapes and opt for lower-cost (but still custom) rods. We offer rods like the one pictured below that are very economically priced and do not compromise the design.

 
Wood Trends by Kirsch, classy, simply and urban!
Marie Antoinette Interiors can help you choose every detail of your window treatments, from the aesthetic to the functional. We’ll over see each step of the process, including measurement and installation, so you never have to worry about how your drapes will work in your home. Schedule a design consultation with us to learn more about our process and how we can help. We will put together all the right details to create your beautiful finished window treatment.


Silvery Metallic by Fenestra, it's all about the finish with this line of hardware!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Home Decorating, No Need To Water These FLORALS!

Fashionistas say, “if you’re wearing a hot fabric trend today, in about a year or two you’ll have it in your home”. I know this to be true and unless you’ve been living under a rock surely you too must know that BIG LARGE VOLUMPTIOUS FLORALS are trending in home fashions and ready to wear right now! My Goodness even Lowe's Hardware Stores are selling floral patio pillows! 


Not your Granny's Bedspread, these ladies are wearing sophisticated "Florals" and they probably have them in their home décor as well!

Popular in the 90’s when I first started practicing Interior Design and Decorating, we loved and adored them! I mean we really loved them! Rose Cummings had the best ones and they were beautiful. Waverly Fabrics also had hundreds of them; all for the picking (play on words here)!

Presently I'm working with a client's new guest bedroom design and wouldn't you know....she adores florals! Not wanting the pricey expense of going with "custom bedding" I found this set from  Eastern Accents. Well she LOVED it! But who wouldn't? The key to this floral ensemble and what makes it so totally new and fresh is the fashionably tailored bed skirt, shams and pillows. I'm not wild about this brown leather French Provincial Headboard but hey, it does work in this studio setting shown below.
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Vivid shades of raspberry and grass pair beautifully with vivacious floral, evoking a colorful English garden scene for a bold, editorial style. Truly one of a kind, this collection will bring an exclusive, designer feel to any space. Pair with crisp, white linens or a luxuriously textured coverlet for a glamorous take on summertime charm all year round. And you don’t even have to water these beauties.


Via Pinterest ~ See the connection to the Drapery Panels below!
Anchored by a handsome, clean lined sofa and steel grey walls these Floral Drapery Panels below are a perfect way to add an informal twist on the living room.


via Pinterest




We carry Greenhouse Fabrics as well!
Using a floral fabric in pillows, on seating, at the window, on the floor as an area rug or dare I say on the walls.....will pump up the fun and you can't but smile!


Room Design by Martha O'Hara Interiors via Houzz

The Pink Floral Tea Dress via Etsy
And finally (last picture I promise), again, if your wearing flowers now, you'll see them in your home very soon! #callyourdecorator


Monday, May 1, 2017

The Holy Grail of Decorating, the Throw Pillow

We decorators are always telling our clients how easy it is to breathe new life into that “beige neutral” sofa simply by switching out throw pillows.


I admit, a group of new fabric pillows in beautiful colors can give your sofa a totally different feel, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to go through all of the thousands of great throw pillows out there in every shade and size imaginable to find 4 or 5 that will work well for on the sofa. There’s a huge selection out there, which makes the process overwhelming! But I’d like to make things easier for you. Keep these 5 tips in mind while choosing the right throw pillows for your sofa.


Colors in the pillows echo the chair and ottoman and the lamps. Via Pinterest
1. Choose one cohesive color palette and do not deviate from it. You’re going to get the most impact if  your pillows are either in the same shade or in colors that pick up other colors already in the room.

The softness of the art is portrayed in the pillow color! Perfect symmetry! Via Pinterest  
2. Shoot for a symmetrical arrangement. When you’re layering several different fabrics on top of each other, things can get really busy, really fast. I like a symmetrical arrangement because it keeps things feeling orderly and polished. But if your style is Bohemian skip this tip and go for the asymmetrical arrangement, and mix it up.

The asymmetrical arrangement works well in a modern room. Via Pinterest
3. One simple print, one busy print, and one solid. This is a basic formula that’ll help you narrow down your options. Another way to think about it is — one small print, one big print, one solid. Your busy/large print should be on your largest pillows or the pillow that is front and center, as this print will usually set the tone for not just your pillow arrangement but the rest of your room. Plaids and stripes work well as small/simple prints.


Two prints, two solids and one stripe, placed in a fun arrangement. Via Pinterest  
4. As your move towards the inside of the sofa, the pillows should get smaller. Visually, your largest pillows should be in the far corners, and your smaller pillow should be on the inside. But also for comfort, it makes the most sense to add the large 22 or 24″ pillows on the sides, where you won’t need to move them out of the way. A small 12×20″ pillow right in the center won’t make you feel like you’re perched on the edge of the couch because the pillows are taking up all of the room!

The art here is wider and larger than the sofa, so to balance the scale pillows are used to anchor the art and give the sofa a stronger presence. Via Pinterest
5. Although decorative, pillows are really meant to add comfort to your upholstered furniture pieces, keep comfort in mind! We’ve all sat down on that couch that is so packed to the gills with throw pillows that you feel like you’re being shoved into a bag of marshmallows. This is not the ideal situation, so if you have to ask if you have too many, take on or two away!

Pillows are a wonderful way to add new life to your neutral sofa and consequently new life to your  room, be it living, family or bedroom. If you are still struggling choosing the right pillow, in the right size and in the right fabric, I can help! We do "custom" pillows, and we make them in the exact size needed for your sofa or chair and we select the perfect fabric that compliments your room's accessories!

 Call today to get started on switching out your pillows! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

What color should we paint?

Spring is here! Time to evaluate the colors in your home? Do they still work for your lifestyle, or are you ready to do something different?

Call today for your Color Consultation
At Marie Antoinette Interiors, we will choose colors and paints best-suited for your interior and exterior spaces, taking into consideration the room’s dimensions, furniture and lighting.
During your appointment, we’ll assess every room in your home or office and take detailed notes. Whether you prefer soft-spoken colors such as pastels or you’re ready for an onslaught of change with more vivid hues, we will create an appealing and wonderfully personal palette.




We promise to keep the process engaging, informative and fun — as it should be! After finalizing our choices, Marie Antoinette Interiors will provide you with a color schedule listing each room, its respective color choices, the paint sheen, and any other required detail in the design. We also will give you large sample cards of each color. In addition, we will email the color schedule to your  paint contractor on your behalf. Our goal? To ensure the group of colors reflects your personality and is efficiently applied.


CALL TODAY FOR YOUR CONSULTATION!

925.862.9064   Toni@MarieAntoinetteInteriors.com