Friday, October 30, 2015

The Cutting "Ledge" of Home Design

by Toni Berry I.F.D.A. of Marie Antoinette Interiors

We all have photos and artwork in frames that we’d love to display in our homes. The problem is arranging them nicely on the wall without going overboard. However, when hanging anything on the wall, we run into the problem of not really being able to make changes without leaving small holes throughout. Enter the ledge – or a narrow shelf just deep enough to hold a frame.

Ledges and wall color can be the same to give the staircase a casual effect!

A ledge along the stairs helps keep your frames organized and accessible. You can keep your stairwell clean, simple, and interesting by adding ledges.

Clean and organized white is used as a "pop" color against the neutral wall color!

For a cohesive look, have the ledges match the railings of your stairs. You can even have the frame match so it appears as a set instead of individual frames.

It's all about the pictures, NOT the ledges!
A counter height ledge is a great way to border wainscoting and display all of your favorite photos. Your houseguests will have an easy time viewing all of your wonderful photos.

Besides the art/photos leaning on the ledges you can hang more art/photos in the void wall spaces!
Ledges can be used anywhere in your home. They make a great gallery wall and you can add depth to your design which you cannot do if you simply hang frames.

On wide short walls, use ledges to break up the space.
Ledges add a versatile element to your room design, and they are easily installed!
Having a hard time knowing the length, the color, how many and how to space your ledges? Call for a "Design/Decorating" appointment! 925 862-9064 or email

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Fall Table, A Feast for the Eyes

From Justina Blackeney
I love this edible centerpiece, seriously dramatic yet deceptively simple in its ingredients:
 pomegranates, grapefruit, persimmons and tangerines.
Now that fall has officially arrived, my thoughts (like the leaves) have already turned to the upcoming season and all the many entertaining occasions that go along with it. It’s the season for setting a table, so get ready.
 You already know I love to cook but I thoroughly enjoy, sometimes to a fault, setting a beautifully arranged table. In fact I plan the table décor even before I plan the menu!  And while a few people still formally entertain – complete with finger bowls, butter knives and five different kinds of spoons – there are still plenty of other more casual ways to bring together a memorable gathering, a visual “Feast for the Eyes”, so to speak.

From Country Living
Simply white linens are a fabulous backdrop for darker tableware.
I'm a big fan of the artfully arranged buffet like the one pictured above, serving both as conversation starter and generally making for a more casual, easy-going dinner party.

Via Coco Kelly and Decoist
Use a tiny bit of orange holly to set off the purple!
Anything purple is good for me, and it's a perfect color change for Fall. Pick your favorite hue: aubergine, mauve, lilac, eggplant...

From ShutterChic Photography
Hang the rosemary and feathers well off the table ends!
This season I'm seeing a lot of antlers, burlap, feathers and a lots and lots of  sprigs of fragrant rosemary.

Via Ruffled Blog
Use an apple as a name holder!

The wise concept of “eating what's in season” should really apply to the table décor as well. And there are plenty of seasonable items to choose from, other than the ordinary pumpkin: think apples, pears, chestnuts, berries, mushrooms, and rosemary!

Feeling festive but need some help? Make an appointment with Toni at Marie Antoinette Interiors today!