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!