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  • Sneak Peek – My Winter Reading Chair

    Design quote - "I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book." More on the blog - Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    Who doesn’t love a good book to carry you away to a magical land?

    Of course where you are reading makes a big difference in the experience. I couldn’t do a beach read while at a ski lodge. I get more immersed while my toes are dug deep into the sands of Cape Cod!

    Custom window treatment,  heart on door and a sneak peek of my winter reading chair. Click thru to see more. -- Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    In the winter I move a comfy chair close to the balcony door.

    I NEED all of the sunlight I can get this time of year!

    Since we use the door in the warmer months, the white batiste window treatments are held back with leaves on a copper wire.

    The pink heart was a fun craft project I did with my daughter.  It’s embellished with buttons from my moms collection.

    It’s important to have “things” in your home that trigger sweet memories, both of my daughter and my mom.

    Designer's Home - A sneak peek of my reading chair - More on the blog - Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    The essentials of a good winter reading session

    • A comfortable chair – just my size so my feet rest comfortably on the floor.
    • Lots of light, both natural and artificial
    • A blanket to keep you warm
    • A small side table to hold your favorite beverage – morning coffee, afternoon tea or evening wine.

    Collection of books I am reading from my winter reading chair - sneak peek of designer's home - Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    My current stack of books are design and lifestyle to inspire me. No surprise there, right?

    On my bookshelf

    Design quote - "A room without books is like a body without a soul." More on the blog - Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    Where do like to read?

    What’s on your current book list?

    xoxo

    Marie

    Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decision to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Hiring a professional, saves you time, frustration and money.

    You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

    Are You A Dedicated Patriots Fan? You’ll Want This Room!

    All of the cheering and praying in family rooms across New England helped the Patriots win the championship.

    Before the big game, I designed a room for each team’s fans.  Check them out here.

    I’ve made some more customization to the Patriots fan room.

    Your home should include what you are passionate about!

    A Dedicated New England Fan’s Family Room

    A room designed for the ultimate New England Patriots football fan.  Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    xoxo

    Marie

    Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decision to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Hiring a professional, saves you time, frustration and money.

    You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

    #TBT – Guess What Year This Room Was Designed

    It’s time to look back at the designs of the past. Thirty three years ago, when I started Window Designs Etc, the styles were VERY different than today.

    Fortunately, I invested in some good photography for my, then hand carried leather portfolio.

    The photos do tell the story of how interior design and custom window treatments have evolved over the years.

    Can you guess the year this was designed?
    #TBT in interior design.  Peach and green bedroom from the 80's  More on blog Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    At the time this was a well designed master bedroom in THE most exclusive neighborhood in Shrewsbury, MA.

    The silk screen is still beautiful as a headboard but that’s the only piece that would transform into today’s homes.

    What’s dated in this room

    • The window treatments are swags and cascades over fabric covered PVC with ball finials.  See more #TBT window treatments using PVC here and here.
    • The shades are single layer pleated shades. Today’s shades are much nicer looking honeycomb like Hunter Douglas Duette Architella.
    • Stained molding is very dated here (it is still nice in some room designs) Paint is needed.
    • The walls are light pastel peach.  More color please.
    • The coverlet on the bed, while it looks nice, was a 14 ounce fill king size reversible monster.  I remember that thing must have weighed 35 lbs!
    • Pillows – Oh so few and too small, let alone that tied green wrap on the square pillows looks very skimpy.  Bring on the large European pillow shams.
    • Those night stands are way too small.
    • The “flowering” tree in the corner…throw it away and add in some lush live greenery.
    • The colors peach and green are very out dated.

    I am sure this room no longer exists.  The family has since moved.  I’m sure the new owners have a stylish up to date master suite.

    So what year do you think this room was done in?

    Please respond in the comments below.

    xoxo

    Marie

    Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decision to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Hiring a professional, saves you time, frustration and money.

    You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

    How To Arrange Your Family Room To Feel Warm And Cozy

    Create an open space and better traffic flow in a room by pulling furniture away from walls. Marie Mouradian - Window Designs Etc.  Design tips, furniture arrangment

    So many homes I go into have their furniture arranged the same was as the day they moved in.

    “How do you feel about the sofa being against the wall and the chair over in this corner.” I ask

    Typically the client answers “I know it doesn’t work but they’re there because I had no idea how else to arrange the room.”

    It’s a good thing when a client realizes they need to consult a professional.

    Please don’t arrange your room like this!

    Wrong way to arrange furniture.  Move your furniture away from the wall. How to arrange your room to be warm and cozy. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    Furniture arranging tips

    • Pull furniture away from the wall.
    • Arrange furniture in close proximity for easy conversing.
    • Center seating pieces around a focal point, or two.
    • Provide a table or flat surface (tray on an ottoman) for each seat, someplace to put down a beverage.
    • Very small occasional tables or a plant stand may be all a chair needs at their side.
    • Be sure there is enough room to walk around without tripping over things.
    • Buy furniture that fits the scale of the room – think Goldilocks – not too large or not too small – you want “just right”.
    • Fill in the empty spots and corners with interesting accessories or plants.
    • Consider swivel chairs for flexibility.
    • Have just enough seats for the number of people you typically entertain, not enough for the crowd you have at the holidays.
    • Ottomans are multi-purpose.  They’re an extra seat when company arrives to watch the big game or they’re a table surface when a tray is added.
    • Buy two love seats instead of a large sofa unless someone wants to lie down.  Love seats are better for conversation and are more flexible.
    • Please do not buy a furniture “set”.  Mix and match pieces but please keep style consistent.
    • Buy your largest pieces, and biggest investment, in a durable solid textured fabric or leather.
    • Anchor the sitting area with a rug, again, not too small or too large.
    • Change out pillows and accessories as the seasons and trends change.

    The warm and cozy way to arrange your furniture

    The right way to arrange furniture in a family room to be warm and cozy.  How to arrange your room to be warm and cozy. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    Look how pleasant and comfortable this layout is.  The love seats are angled towards the fireplace and chairs are placed at each side so conversation is easy.  Pillows in a warm red replace the blue ones.  A throw for extra snuggling is draped over the arm of one of the love seats. For lower back comfort, small rectangular pillows are added to the chairs.  Books and fresh flowers are brought in to add to the warm homey feel.  A large tree fills a vacant corner.

    You won’t want to miss more tips on adding warmth to your home here.

    A little rearranging and the addition of a few accessories and the room is transformed!

     Are you happy with the layout of your family room?  

    We can easily change that!

     

    xoxo

    Marie

    Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decision to make your house into a home you love to live in.

    Hiring a professional saves you time, frustration and money.

    You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

    4 Simple Ways To Warm Up Your Home For Winter

    Finally snow is here in New England and it feels like winter. Changing your decor will warm up your home for winter. Here are 4 simple and easy ways to add warmth to your interior.

     1. Add textures

    The look and feel of textured fabrics – wool, chenille, suede and velvet – add tremendous comfort and coziness to a room.

    How to warm up your home for winter. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian Use textured fabric like this chenille from RM Coco

    A throw tossed over the sofa will be ready to warm a chilly night.  Keep several in a large basket so there is one for everyone. Add a decorative blanket at the foot of your bed for afternoon naps.

    Custom patchwork blanket made with a variety of textured fabrics . How to warm up your home for winter. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    Custom patchwork blanket made with a variety of textured fabrics to keep you warm.

     

    Hang a quilt or a rug on the wall.  You will notice the difference in ambiance immediately.  Adding fabrics with texture improves sound quality too.

    Twister quilt to be used as a wall hanging or as a lap blanket. How to warm up your home for winter. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    A wall hanging or a lap blanket. Creatively made quilt in the Twister pattern. Made by one of my Master Seamstresses.

    2. Accessorize in warm colors

    Colors of the sun – orange, yellow and red – are scientifically known to raise the temperature in a room. The 2015 Pantone color of the year, Marsala, is a warm color. Read more about Marsala here.

    A collection of descriptive words I found on social media from interior designers across the country. Love it or hate it, Pantone's Marsala is it for 2015. - Marie Mouradian WindowDesignsEtc.com - Marsala, Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

    Pillows in warm colors and textures will keep you comfortable. See many more pillows made by us here and here.

    An array of mixed fabric pillows with pops of Marsala. - Marie Mouradian WindowDesignsEtc.com - Marsala, Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

    Use large pillows on the floor for extra seating and lounging by the fire.

    Floor pillows to use as extra seating or lounging by the fire.  Patchwork pillows using a variety of fabrics. How to warm up your home for winter. Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    Large 28″ square floor pillows.

    Burn a candle in a scent like cinnamon or chocolate chip cookie for extra warmth.  You might like Yankee Candle’s refreshing Winter Garden and warming Vanilla Chai.

    3. Create conversation areas

    Creating conversation areas is a no-cost way to establish a warm atmosphere.

    Arrange your seating pieces (couch, love seat, chairs) into a U- or L-shape.

    Moving your furniture away from the walls and into the center of the room will further add to the sense of coziness.

    4. Use energy-efficient window coverings

    Cellular shades, like Hunter Douglas Duette Architella, when measured and installed correctly, have proven to reduce the entry of cold air at the windows. Read more about Duette Architella here.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades are available in sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and opaque so you can take control of your light.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella shades are constructed with a honeycomb within a honeycomb to trap air for energy saving insulation.

    Insulating shades not only raise the temperature in your room but can save you money on heating bills. Aside from being beautiful and stylish, saving money is my favorite part!

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce heat loss through windows up to 40%

    The red shows maximum heat loss at the windows.

    Shades should not be the only thing on your window.  Adding drapes that are lined and interlined increase the energy efficiency of the window treatments.

    How to warm up your home for winter. "Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us? It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings." T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbons---Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian

    These simple tips will make your home feel cozier and warmer, making winter months so much more enjoyable.  Ahhh – there’s no place like home!

    xoxo

    Marie

    Contact me today, I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love to live in.

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    You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

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