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  • Fabric and Flowers – Peonies

    Is it just me or are we having a peony explosion? Gorgeous photos of peonies show up on social media and in my blog feed daily.

    These are some of my faves for you to check out – The Pink Pagoda,  A Design Snack and Fresh American

    Ranging in color from pure white to deep magenta, each variety is a natural study in color.

    Aside from taking a photo, how can we add this beauty to our homes to enjoy the entire year? With fabric of course!

    White Peonies

    White peonies on a Fabricut fabric. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    This peonies pure white petals graduate to a citrine yellow towards the center where the stamen is a luscious pink.  Fabricut Agron Floral in color Blossom is a stunning embroidered linen/cotton that mimics the colors of the peony.  I would love to use this for drapery panels, a coverlet or pillows.

    Peony Pink

    Peony Pink Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    It is no secret that I LOVE pink!  Hello, have you noticed the graphic I’ve created for my blog background?  For Valentine’s Day, I wrote about my love of pink, check it out here.

    Charlotte Moss for Fabricut. Pattern Hester color Peony. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    This yummy pink fabric is from the Charlotte Moss collection for Fabricut in color Peony!

    Too much pink for you?

    Charlotte Moss for Fabricut. Pattern Sarah color Peony. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    How about this stripe from the same collection?

    Mixing in Yellow/Orange

     

    Peony photo taken by Elisabeth Sanders. Pink with tips of yellow in the center. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    This photo stopped me in my tracks while scrolling my facebook feed.  My friend Lisa, who has a keen eye for design, took this photo. She graciously gave me permission to include it in my blog. Thanks Lisa!

    What a combination of colors!

    How about that texture too?

    Dana Gibson collection for Stroheim. Pattern Peony Color Pink Persimmon. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    Several new fabric collections feature this playful color scheme.  I’m over the moon with this one by Dana Gibson for Stroheim.

    Deep Magenta Peony

     

    Fabricut stripe fabric pattern Radko Color Heatherberry. Please visit WindowDesignsEtc.com for more information.

     

    Starting out as this tightly closed bud, this peony will burst into a full blossom of rich magenta.  I’ve always considered green as a neutral and the addition of the lime stripe is no exception, it enhances the magenta.  About green, have you ever seen the leaves that did not compliment the color of the flower? Nature got it right!

    This Fabricut stripe made into a tablecloth would be the perfect setting for a bouquet of peonies.

    My social media followers may recognize this fabric from a post I did earlier.  While researching a project, I realized my recent manicure of OPI Dim Sum Plum was the same magenta color!  You can see it on Facebook and Instagram. Come follow me.

     

    So there are two of my favorite obsessions…..fabric and flowers.

    Check out more photos of peonies on my Pinterest board.

    Follow me on Pinterest. It’s like a party over there!

     

    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.

    Hiring a professional saves you time, frustration and money. You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

     

    Window Treatment Wednesday, #WTW, Which Valance Would You Choose?

    The home office/library of a CFL (Client for Life) in Princeton, MA needs updating.

    Here’s the BEFORE photo.

    Princeton, MA home office BEFORE custom window treatments by Marie Mouradian of WindowDesignsEtc.com

    The “pouf” valance is dated.  It looks like I got my days mixed up and should be posting in the #TBT (Throw back Thursday) series.

    Window Designs Etc. did not make this window treatment.  It was a semi-DIY.

    To keep the room warm, we selected closing drapes and a valance or top treatment.

    The Drapes

    Adding interest to a solid, we choose this textured golden tan with flecks of blue/gray from Trend Fabrics for the draperies. We’ll line and interline the drapes for added body and insulation.

    Trend Fabric selected for drapery in home office project in Princeton, MA. See more on WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Drapes will be full pinch pleated on a traverse rod.  This will make it super easy to open and close them.

    The drapery rod will be installed 6-8″ beyond the width of the molding and above the top of the molding 4″.  Extending out and up allows for maximum glass exposure when the drape is open and additional overlap is better insulating when the drape is closed.

    The Valance

    To keep the room masculine, we choose this blue/gray traditional print with touches of golden tan from Trend Fabrics. LOVE it!

    Trend Fabric selected for valance in home office project in Princeton, MA. See more on WindowDesignsEtc.com

    To make the window look taller that it is, we will mount the valance up to the ceiling.  We’ll want a tailored and flat style to show off the large scale of the fabric.

    Which Valance Style?

    To help the client visualize, I’ve done computer renderings of three different style valances.

    Design rendering of a custom window treatment with draperies and a scaloped valance with a center jabot and cascades at the sides. See more on WindowDesignsEtc.com

    This Imperial style valance has two scalloped sections with a small jabot in between.  Flat box pleated cascades anchor the ends.

    Design rendering of a custom window treatment with draperies and a straight valance with a center jabot and cascades at the sides. See more on WindowDesignsEtc.com

    A straighter look is achieved with this valance.  the center jabot is cinched together with a covered button. Tapered cascades contrast lined in the drapery fabric finish the ends.

    Design rendering of a custom window treatment with draperies and a Moreland style valance with a center jabot and cascades at the sides. See more on WindowDesignsEtc.com

    A variation of the Moreland Valance, shown here and here, focuses all of the attention to the center jabot which is much more substantial than the others.  Narrow cascades tuck in behind the valance at the ends.

    All are great choices for the look and feel we want to the room. Which one will the client choose? Stay tuned for the AFTER photos.

     

    Which style would you choose?

    Let’s get this conversation started so comment below your choice and why.

    There is no right or wrong answer!

    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.

    Hiring a professional saves you time, frustration and money. You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

     

     

    What Is A Duette Architella?

    When it comes to dressing your windows with shades that are just as beautiful as they are beneficial, Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades is the only brand you need.

    Hunter Douglas says “Smart and stylish solutions. That’s our promise to you”

    • Textures and colors inspired by the latest fashions.
    • Revolutionary construction for improved energy savings.
    • Innovative lift systems with enhanced safety.

    Designed with a patented honeycomb-within-a-honeycomb construction, Duette Architella shades offer the largest selection of fabrics and colors in the industry.

    This is just one of the reasons I am committed to Hunter Douglas.

    Here are a few other reasons I think they are the best for your windows.

    Abundant Selection

    Eleven distinctive fabric styles and over 130 colors are available in Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades.

    Eleven distinctive fabric styles and over 130 colors are available in Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades.

    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 honeycomb shades are available in sheer, semi-sheer, semi-opaque and opaque.

    The four opacities offer the widest range of privacy and light control.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades in Opaque Elan give the most room darkening effect, making it the perfect choice for bedrooms.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades in Opaque Elan give the most room darkening effect, making it the perfect choice for bedrooms.  This a teens room on the coast of New Hampshire.  I had so much fun designing the cornice with the nautical rope.  Notice how we shaped the cornice to follow the angle of the ceiling. Truly custom.

    The 48 Colors of Elan Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades

    Elan is one of the eleven distinctive fabric styles.  There is a color to fit every room style.

    ***Note all of the colors show white to the street for a uniform look from the exterior.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade in Batiste with IllumiCell

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade in Batiste with IllumiCell.

    IllumiCell is the Hunter Douglas exclusive clear inner cell that increases light transmission which enhances the fabric’s texture.

    Architella Batiste fabrics are as beautiful as they are earth friendly.  They contain recycled content and Batiste Bamboo is made up of 45% sustainable fibers.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella India Silk creates compelling design statements.

    India Silk creates a compelling design statement.   It has a tinted IllumiCell to enhance it’s woven texture. This is one of my favorite shades to specify.

    Energy Wise

    Patented honeycomb construction helps to provide superior energy savings both in winter and summer.

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

    Installing these shades significantly improve energy savings during the cold months.

    I can personally attest to how well Architella shades keep the cold out, I have them in my own home!

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce solar heat gain through windows up to 80%.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades can reduce solar heat gain through windows up to 80%.

    Reduced solar heat gain keeps your home cooler in the summer and lowers energy bills.

    Innovative Designs

     

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Top Down Bottom Up shade with LiteRise

    We installed this Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Top Down Bottom Up shade with LiteRise in a Sterling, Massachusetts bathroom.

    LiteRise is an intuitive cordless lifting system that provides an uncluttered look with no visible cords.  This makes a wise choice for child safety.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade with Lite Rise for cordless Top Down Bottom Up operation

    Top-Down/Bottom-Up

    Open from the top or the bottom, or settle somewhere in between.  With this feature, you create the perfect balance of privacy and natural light.

    This is a perfect solution for bathrooms.  Who wants to be in the bathroom with the shade down and the light on during the day?

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade with Ultra Glide

     

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shade with Ultra Glide.

    Ultra Glide

    Effortless operation with retractable cord eliminates cord pooling on the floor.  Ultra Glide is a Hunter Douglas Exclusive lifting system.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella honeycomb shades with LiteRise provides an uncluttered look with no visible cords.

    This Sterling, Massachusetts kitchen has Duette Architella shades  over the kitchen sink and on a door.

    The LiteRise cordless lifting system means no tangled cords getting caught in the door.

    Duolite pairs fabrics of different opacities for optimum light control and privacy.

    Hunter Douglas Duette Architella with Duolite pairs fabrics of different opacities for optimum light control and privacy.  This shade has a semi-sheer on the top and an opaque fabric on the bottom.  It is two shades in one with all of the possibilities in between.

    Motorization

    Control shades from a hand-held remote, wireless wall switch or your mobile device with the Platinum App.

    Motorization can be entertaining too!

    Celebrating Hunter Douglas at a recent Premiers event for dealers who are committed to education.

    Celebrating Hunter Douglas at a recent Premiers event for dealers who are committed to education.

    Hunter Douglas Certified 2014

    I am proud to be a Hunter Douglas Certified Priority Dealer.

    The combination of Hunter Douglas’ innovative products and my interior design expertise; there is a solution for every window in your home or office.

    For a limited time only, there are rebates available on some of the Hunter Douglas products.

    Click here to see the latest promotions.

    Get started with shades for your home.

    Contact me today.

    I will guide you in the best decisions to make your house into a home you love.

    Hiring a professional saves you time, frustration and money. You, your family, your house and office deserve it!

    More information can be found at HunterDouglas.com

     

    I Brought You Some Springtime From China

     

    Springtime in China

    I was off on another exotic trip last week.  55 of us from the Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce, where I am a board member, traveled to China for a luscious taste of the Chinese culture.  It is a beautiful country, what I saw of it at least.

    One of the best surprises for this cold, winter worn soul was it was already springtime there!  Temperatures were in the low 70’s most of the time.

    The beautiful scenery and pleasant weather sparked an interest in how to make this feeling last.

    The Summer Palace and Longevity Hill in Beijing, China. Apple or cherry blossoms in the foreground.

    One of our first stops was the Emperors Summer Palace and Longevity Hill in Beijing, China.  A pagoda sits on a hill across Kumming Lake, pink and white apple or cherry trees blossom in the foreground.

    Pagoda fabric by Robert Allen pattern Big Spring color Iris. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

     This Robert Allen upholstery fabric has the same pagoda style with the floral branches.  The blue and white pattern or Toile would be great for dining room chairs or an upholstered cornice.

    Pink and white flower blossoms at The Summer Palace in Beijing, China. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    Many of the trees that lined Kumming Lake at the Summer Palace were in bloom.

    Fabric of apple or cherry blossoms in white with branches. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com to order a sample or yardage.

     This blossom fabric appears to be made from the photo above.  Who wouldn’t want the fresh feeling of springtime blooms all year round?  Without the allergies too!

    Blossom Branch Lilac-Carole Fabrics

     

    It comes in pink too.  Can’t you just smell the sweetness?

    Pagoda bridge on West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

     

    The jewel-like pagoda bridge on West Lake in Hangzhou, China was a popular scene for groups of young artists along the shore.

    Fabric Toile de Trees of Chinese scenery with pagodas, bridges, trees of Oriental design. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    Toile de Trees fabric from Carole is as serene as the lake itself.  I would love to use this as pleated draperies hung from a bamboo pole.

    Centuries old Lingering Garden in Suzhouz, China. Apple or cherry blossoms with pagoda. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    A pagoda in the Lingering Garden in Suzhou, China is the perfect location to meditate or practice Tai Chi. The Chinese people have a great connection with the outdoors.

    Jackie Von Tobel pillow cover in Pagodas- Magenta. Contact WindowDesignsEtc.com for further information

    My design friend and roommate at Design Bloggers Conference, Jackie Von Tobel, features the pagoda in this pillow cover.  Please click here to see the complete fabric collection she has designed.  She is an uber talented artist with a keen eye for fresh color combinations and design.

      Bringing some of the Chinese designs into your decor makes your home into an everlasting vacation oasis.

    What do you have in your home to remind you of your travels?

    Please tell me in the comments below, maybe it will be my next trip!

    XOXO

    Marie

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

    Please don’t be shy.  Comment below, Pin to your favorite board, Tweet to the world, Give it a + on Google,  Post on your Facebook wall, E-mail to a friend, Link, Tumble and Stumble it…..Your friends will love it and so will I!

    What’s Your GREEN Decorating Style? This or That

    Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which it's loveliness arises

     

    Found here

    What’s Your GREEN Decorating Style?

    I love decorating with green!  I see green as a neutral that enhances everything else.

    Let’s have some fun today and play This or That.  I’ll show you two rooms decorated with green and you pick your favorite.

    Dining Room This or That

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Mint green and white dining room from The Lennoxx

    Light mint green walls and a dark stained wood floor set the scene for this dining experience. Slipcovered white Parsons chairs are a contrast to the rich floor. Simple drapery panels in a slightly darker mint green dress the four windows. I would have installed the drapes further above the window since the ceiling is so high. Look how the crystal chandelier fills the space.

    The Lennoxx

    OR

    Coastal Living green dining--- What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Green dining by the seashore. A blend of beach, rustic and comfortable elegance. Notice the seagrass rug and beadboard walls. The narrow rustic farm table seats many. Upholstered arm chairs and green patterned drapes make the room cozy and comfortable.

    Coastal Living

    Bedroom This or That

    Decosee modern green and white bedroom -- What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com

    A sleek modern white bedroom that uses green accents to drive your focus. I love how the paint is used on the lower half of the wall to “ground” the room. Painting the back of shelves makes objects pop. VERY interesting use of shades on the windows, varying the width, opacity and mounting height add so much style and function.

    The Decosee

    OR

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Margaux Interiors Limited - Photo by Blayne Beacham

    A Southern bedroom of green and white. The green and white patterned walls create stunning backdrop for the upholstered white-winged headboard. White draperies are detailed with green banding. The pleated table skirt is reminiscent of a tennis skirt.

    Margaux Interiors Limited

    Living Room This or That

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Robert Couturier on Cote de Texas 3-2013

    French antiques abound in this living room. Robert Couturier uses green stripe on the settee and those luscious butterfly Roman shades. Take note of the undershade in the white too.

    Cote de Texas

    OR

    Modern green and white living room -- What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Two color decorating, how simple is this? The floor length green drapes frame the stunning view. Green accent pillows offset the starkness of the white sofa. The only thing I would do differently would be to turn the sofa around to face the windows.

    Home Design Inc.

    I have a whole board of green and white interiors over on Pinterest.

    What's Your Green Style? This or That WindowDesignsEtc.com -- Pinterest Green and White Interiors

    Which Green and White Rooms are YOUR favorite?

    Tell me in the comments below.

    XOXO

    Marie

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

    Please don’t be shy.  Comment below, Pin to your favorite board, Tweet to the world, Give it a + on Google,  Post on your Facebook wall, E-mail to a friend, Link, Tumble and Stumble it…..Your friends will love it and so will I!