Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Trend Watch and Decorating Tips to Apply Them to Your Home

Decorating Tip: Don’t paint it white, let it be natural. Many reproductions of vintage rattan are creeping up everywhere. Use a rattan chair and ottoman in a traditional living room and watch the entire room become less serious! Add a large rattan chair at the head of the table and wow your guests, who will get to be queen for the evening? YOU!

It was certainly on trend last year in drapery fabrics and this year it’s expanded into upholstery goods as well. Decorating Tip: Use it as the main primary fabric in a room instead of the accent fabric. In keeping with the black, white and gray theme, by using it on a large sofa or arm chair the accent fabrics can be bold and bright to make a statement.

No color on the color wheel has more positive physiological benefits than blue! In velvet or suede it means business, in cotton or linen it means casual elegance and in menswear wool it means smart! Decorator Tip: An indigo blue element accent within a room gives it a sparkle. So if your room is drab and lacking luster give it a bit of Indigo as a lamp base, a large bowl on the table or a throw rug!
Use this old stand-by to update any surface. Not all of us can just trade out our tile kitchens with beautiful slabs of Italian Marble! But we can get the “look” by installing large marble tiles on the backsplashes. Decorator Tip: Marble wallpaper can be impressively realistic, install it in a small powder room for a luxurious look! You can also purchase small accent tables with marble bases and tops to add as a bedside table instead of the big chunky wood one! It’s a sure solution to updating any space!
Final Decorating Tip: Call a decorator to update your space if you don’t have the time or energy to do so! We watch trends, we know our business, and we know instinctively how to “re-style” a space without breaking the bank!

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!