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!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization...We have an App for that!

Wouldn’t it be nice to close your window shades by pushing a button? Better yet, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about the shades at all because they are on a schedule and will move on their own? That can be achieved with PowerView, the new motorization system from Hunter Douglas!

PowerView does more than just opening and closing. It brings simplicity and technology into your home - with the added benefit of safety since there are no messy cords hanging around. With multiple control options including an app for your smartphone or tablet, creating the perfect light control for your home is even easier.

The greatest thing about PowerView is the app! Available on most smartphones and tablets, the PowerView app lets you customize each shade individually or entire rooms. With the app, you can set up different scenes, like all of your shades rising when the sun does (or perhaps a little later!).

Another great feature of the app is RemoteConnect. It allows you to control your shades from anywhere. Did you arrive at work and realize you forgot to close your shade? Not a problem, just open the app and close them! Or maybe you left on vacation and didn’t schedule your scene to open and close your shades as if you were home. Again, just open the app and schedule that scene! Then enjoy your vacation knowing your shades will open and close like you never left.

For those of you who don’t consider yourself tech savvy, fear not. PowerView is extremely easy to set up. All you have to do is plug the PowerView Hub into a power source and your wireless router and you’re in business!

If apps just aren’t for you, PowerView does have a remote as well and it’s called the Pebble. Each remote can control up to six windows, and you can set favorite positions for each window. The remote can be mounted on the wall, or in the handheld Pebble. The Pebble is ergonomically designed and available in seven great colors to match your house. If you lose remotes often, the bright green color might be a good choice for you, it will stand out!

Don’t worry if your windows aren’t wired for motors. PowerView runs on 12 AA batteries in an easily accessible little compartment that sits behind the shade.

Here at Marie Antoinette Interiors, we offer the full range of Hunter Douglas products, and almost all are available with the motorized PowerView! So give us a call if you’re ready to simplify your life with the ease of PowerView.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


Does your living room look like this “Before” picture? OK, then allow me break down the “professional” decorating choices of the “After” living room picture in a way that you and everybody else can understand! Ready, set, go!
  1. Think in Color Families. Work with a small color palette. Three colors in any one room is plenty in my book. In this case grey, navy, and green is all that is needed to bring the room out of the gloomy “Before” photo. Working within a streamlined color palette not only helps the room feel cohesive, but also helps to eliminate the chaos and calm the space.

  1. Fix Proportion Problems. Here the room’s windows are placed too high on the wall and are too small for the room. Make them appear larger and better suited to the space size by placing the drapery rods as high as possible, hanging art below each of the windows, and hanging four drapery panels to unify the three windows into one large one. Yes, it’s a bit of smoke and mirrors, but it works!

  1. Repeat, Repeat & Repeat. Use the three-times rule: repeat the accent color three times. Look closely at the “After” picture; navy is used once on the back wall of the bookcases, again in the throw pillows, and finally on the bench top and dining chairs. Bookcase wall, pillows, upholstery that’s three times!

  1. Do the Math in Percentages. In the “Before” picture the room is a boring, builder beige and brown. In the “After” picture the room is 70% soft grey (walls, upholstered sofa, arm chairs, and cabinetry), 20% navy (bookcase wall, pillows and upholstery) and 10% green (drapery panels and accessories). 70 + 20 + 10 = 100%. Easy-peasy math.

  1. Use White to Freshen Things Up. A brighter, creamier white (for the trim) will stand up better against the soft grey than the white used in the “Before” picture. Here in the “After” picture it’s used on the fireplace, the crown and baseboards.  Note that the ceiling color is painted in a lighter tint of the grey wall color, not just defaulting to plain white.  This is a sure sign that a professional decorator has chosen the room’s color palette. It completes the final “ta-da” of the room!

  1. Accessorize In a Way That Suits YOUR Interests. There’s no need to try for trendy, fashionable, or mainstream. Pull from the room’s color palette and proportions. Notice the accessories on the bookcases are grouped by the colors of the room. They also fit nicely on the shelves, not oversized but not so small that they get lost in the space. And yes, “less is more” when it comes to accessorizing.

And if you have no time or patience for any of these lessons, give me a call for a “Design Consultation”! Yes, I really do love decorating!