Thursday, November 16, 2017

Give The Christmas Gift Certificate For The Home

Are you looking for a unique gift to give that special person this Christmas? They will love the gift of Design for their home!

An interior design consultation gift with 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 Christmas Gift Certificate can be redeemed at any time of the year!

The Christmas Gift of Design can include several design services listed below! They can pick and choose according to their needs!

  • 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, Facetime, text and phone!

Call 925-862-9064 or  to order your Christmas Gift Certificate  with Marie Antoinette Interiors

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My Fall and Thanksgiving Centerpiece Recipe

Looking for some inspiration? Don't have time for decorating your entire home in a Fall D├ęcor? Well who does?  I have a quick solution for you and if you ONLY do this one thing and you place this one thing in the middle of your dining table, buffet or entrance console you will have your Fall Decor done and in the bag! Then you can get on with life and enjoy the season of Thanksgiving. 

Bay Laurel Leafs are so fragrant and beautiful.
This simple but stunning table decoration will last for an entire month on your table (or where ever you place it) and will surely impress your dinner guests when you are ready to entertain.

Armed with fall produce (from your super market), fallen leaves and branches and a few “already have it” finds, you can easily transform your table into a harvest-inspired haven.  Here's what you'll need....

One Large Plater (like the one you serve turkey on)
Eggplants, Pomegranates, Artichokes, Pumpkins of varied colors and sizes
Nuts (in shells) /Walnuts, Almonds
Bay Laurel Branches

Turkey or Pheasant Feathers

PUT IT TOGETHER: Center the largest of the vegetables on the plater. Pictured here is a large white pumpkin on a white plater. Add the smaller vegetables around it. Insert short small twigs of Bay Laurel in-between the vegetables. Toss in as many nuts as you can.  Layout more Bay Laurel branches on the table and circling the plater. On top of the branches add a few more pumpkins in a random order and add more nuts. The final step is to insert the feathers in and around the entire centerpiece.
DESIGN TIP:  If your tablecloth is dark in color use a white or ivory plater to contrast.  If the tablecloth is light do the opposite, use a dark plater. The idea is to bring texture and contrast. 

Need more inspiration give a look at this post and be inspired!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

How To Decorate with Chintz In Your Home

Chintz is a cotton fabric that can be either a solid color or a beautifully printed floral or stripe. But what makes it desirable is the finish which allows it to be wiped clean. In the 1980’s everyone wanted the English Country look with rooms filled with it. Laura Ashley sold millions of dollars worth of the fabric! But like many good things, its appeal came to an end until now. It’s back and for good reason, its beautiful! 

Photo via Pinterest, Stripped Rooms
 I love the entire composition of this wall...bold beautiful black and white striped walls, the modern black high gloss mirror, the glamorous gold sconces and those stunning chairs!

It's the fabric on the chairs (above)  that defines the chic style of the elegant room! Known as Chintz, it's polished finish makes it a perfect choice for using it on seating. And though it is widely popular in the 80's it's now enjoying a return to home fashions in a huge way! 
Photo via Pinterest Chintz Pillows

 Flowers are not for everyone but who wouldn't like these two pillows on their sofa or bed! 

This is a room in Mt. Vernon, a good example of just how much Chintz fabric was used by our founding fathers!

 Want to add a bit of Chintz to your room? Give us a ring and we'll bring beautiful Chintz samples to your home! 

Call 925.862.9064 or email us at 


A little history about this beautiful mesmerizing fabric....

"Chintz was originally a woodblock printed, painted or stained calico produced in India from 1600 to 1800 and popular for bed covers, quilts and draperies. Around 1600, Portuguese and Dutch traders were bringing examples of Indian chintz into Europe on a small scale, but during the century English and French merchants began sending large quantities. By 1680 more than a million pieces of chintz were being imported into England per year, and a similar quantity was going to France and the Dutch Republic. These early imports were probably mostly used for curtains, furnishing fabrics, and bed hangings and covers . It has been suggested that wearing them as clothes began when these were replaced and given to maidservants, who made them into dresses, and also that they were first worn as linings.
With imported chintz becoming so popular with Europeans during the late 17th century, French and English mills grew concerned, as they could not make chintz. In 1686 the French declared a ban on all chintz imports. In 1720 England's Parliament enacted a law that forbade "the Use and Warings in Apparel of imported chintz, and also its use or Wear in or about any Bed, Chair, Cushion or other Household furniture"." Read more at Wikipedia