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 d├ęcor 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