Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Drapery Color by Tiffany & Co.

We adored it! The color, No. 1837 on the Pantone Matching System chart. Tiffany & Co.’s color, the cardboard packaging and even the ribbon is trademarked. I discovered this while working with a graphic artist in creating a new logo and choosing a similar color for my decorating business, Marie Antoinette Interiors. 

Some call it Robins Egg Blue or Forget Me Not Blue, I call it delightful! The Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said, “It evokes positive thoughts and reactions”. Loving the color so much I just couldn’t resist using a comparable color for the new draperies in my interior design office.  After all, my work is all about “positive thoughts (my designs), and positive reactions (from you and in your home)!
Here are the steps taken to creating any custom window treatment, for myself or for my clients.
Find the right fabric!  This is the first step and the one that takes the longest. I research many fabric company’s offerings in a color close to the Tiffany & Co. blue. This entails combing through lots of fabric books. I have 17 possible fabrics!
Order the fabric sample memos from the fabric company! I tape them to the wall close to the window in which they will hang. I have 9 possible fabrics and by process of elimination I have a winner!
Design the window treatment! A classic style, straight French Pleated panels flanking both sides of the french door on a simple brass rod. I added off white sheer between the panels in the same style, again harkening back to Tiffany’s white bow color combination. And in the spirit of my logo’s tag line, “fashionably tailored spaces”, I added a Tiffany Blue banding on the sheers to give them a tailored look.
Fabricate the drapery! Once the fabric, linings and hardware are ordered, a detailed work order is given to our workroom that carefully and skillfully cut and sews the drapery according to my custom measurements.
Installation Day! This is the day we see the vision come to fruition. All the work in steps 1 through 4 is realized when we hang the drapery and dress the window.

Color is a very big part of a room’s ambiance, and in this case it set the stage for a sophisticated elegance that the room required. I couldn’t be more pleased with my new draperies in my favorite Tiffany & Co.  color. And yes, it seems that Kate Spade also liked the color and  used a comparable color on their "work tote bag" (as seen on the floor in the photos above)!  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Once A Year Drapery SALE

Now is the perfect time to update your windows with new draperies and make your rooms look stunning!
With 20% off you can afford to give your home that finished look of
 custom draperies in your own style.
Plus, a free one hour in-home drapery design consultation
to help you choose exactly what you want.
What are you waiting f
Call Toni Berry at 925.862.9064 now to get an appointment
for your free drapery design consultation!

Only once a year do we offer this exceptional value: all styles of draperies, and all hardware.
Let your friends know about this great opportunity!
We Make House Calls
so call 925.862.9064 to schedule your
free drapery design consultation appointment today!
ALL of our drapery styles, in hundreds of fabric choices, including our NEW Greenhouse Fabrics and all hardware selections are 20% off.
We'll bring the fabric and hardware samples to you and we'll design the custom treatment to fit your windows and your budget perfectly in the comfort of your own home!
Sale Ends October 31st

Monday, February 3, 2014

Make a Goal Not An Excuse for Your Home

Here it is February; did you make goals in January that you’ve already let go by the way side? No worries, you still have time for Goals!!! 
Our lives are mostly surrounded by our home….where we come to hide from the world, heal our souls and grow in our families, faith and lives. So why not make goals, for our home the same way we do for our lives.  After all we make goals  to exercise more, eat right, read more, watch less TV, Video’s and computer screens, visit and keep in touch with more of our family and friends, so why not do the same for our home…. Here’s how to start even if it’s February.
What kind of goal would you like to make for your home?

For real success I recommend that you should have SMART goals for your home.

In other words, instead of stating a general goal as, "I want to do something new with my home office”. You set a SMART goal something like “I will de-clutter the home office every Saturday morning in February”.
Home Office Before
 SMART means:  That your goal is specific, that it is measurable, that it is attainable, that it is realistic and that it is timely.  

 So instead of making a general announcement - you are making more of a commitment that you will actually be able to achieve & have the satisfaction of crossing off your list - or using that to create another SMART goal...

Home Office After
 IF you would like to re-decorate your home, or just update a room or two, or just have new draperies in one of your rooms, but you don’t know where to start - set a SMART goal for it.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be - "Watch a few HGTV home decorating shows to get ideas". Take a look at Houzz.com and Pinterest too, there you can store your ideas in an on line file.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be – “Call several interior decorators to see what services they may have within your budget that would help you to get started”.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be – “Make a consultation appointment with the decorator to just get ideas that have not yet occurred to you on where to start or how to begin”.

MAYBE your SMART goal will be – "Make a file for each room of the house, within which you will place a collection of magazine pictures, brochures, paint and fabric samples". 

WHAT ever works for you - don't spend yet another year thinking broadly about what you know you should do - instead make a SMART goal & tackle one thing at a time... Before you know it - it will be 2015 and you will have done that “…something new with your home office”.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid aka... Joy, Love and Health!

Pantone, the global authority in color, announced PANTONE®18-3224 Radiant Orchid, a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014. Wow!

Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
Used here on the ceiling only Benjamin Moore's 2072-40 Wild Orchid,
is a sure fire way to incorporate a neutral room with a splash of color energy.
So what exactly is Radiant Orchid?  Is it pink, purple or fuchsia? This peppy pinky, purple color is happy and looks good on all skin tones.  Expect to see everything from nail polish, hair color, cars, and home accessories in this "it" color.  In the darker shades it is masculine and in the brighter shades it becomes feminine. Is it a well-rounded color that suits everyone? Maybe not, but take a look at how great it could make your home sparkle!
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
Similarly, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid re energizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces. Click here to see Benjamin Moore's 2017-40 Wild Orchid
 An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health, something we could all use in 2014!
Try a few of these little gems in your rooms, just to give a little joy to the space!

Ready to try it but not sure how...schedule a Color Consultation and let me show you?
 Email or call  for an appointment...925-862-9064 you'll be glad you did!