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    Red and white damask patterned pleated drapes on wooden rod. Designed and Created by Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    Go RED At Home, 6 Creative Ways To Decorate With RED

    Today is National Wear Red Day.  The American Heart Association’s campaign “Go Red For Women” brings attention to heart disease and stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year. Learn more at www.goredforwomen.org

    Use RED At Home

    Red damask patterned drapes have lots of power in this Federal Court judge’s private Chambers in Worcester, MA.

    Categories:Color, Dining Rooms, Kitchens, Library

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

    How about a Patriots 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!

    Categories:Design Renderings, Family Rooms

    Where Would You Rather Watch Super Bowl 49?

    It’s Super Bowl Sunday.  East meets west as the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks. I’ve been glued to the TV all afternoon watching the pregame hype. The colors of the teams have inspired me to design a room that any true fan from each team would watch the game in.

    Categories:Design Renderings, Family Rooms, Sunday Thoughts

    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

    How To Arrange Your Family Room To Feel Warm And Cozy

    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.

    Categories:Design Quotes, Family Rooms

    Black floral chintz tied tab panels in a dining room - See more at www.WindowDesignsEtc.com by Marie Mouradian

    Decorating With Black Is NOT Dark And Boring

     

    Decorating With Black

    Decorating with black details make this Southbridge, MA dining room anything but dark and boring. Custom gathered tied tab drapes in a lively black floral chintz frame the view. A whimsical hand crafted wooden drapery rod is a perch for black bird silhouettes. The coordinating Wilton Weave area rug repeats the black with vibrant floral pattern.

    Categories:Dining Rooms, Window Treatments

    Hand painted polka dot curtain rod. See more at www.WindowDesignsEtc.com

    Throwback Thursday – Nursery From The Early 90’s

    Timeless Nursery Interior Design


    Twenty-four years later and this adorable nursery is still in style today.  A non-gender specific theme of teddy bears is the theme for this Shrewsbury, MA nursery. A Designer’s Guild fabric was selected from London. Attention to detail is a true sign of custom.  Check out the hand painted rod the curtain ties onto.

    Categories:#TBT Throwback Thursday, Nursery

    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

    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. 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.

    Categories:Design Renderings, Library, Window Treatments

    Arched top windows are adorned with a big bow and a glitzy statement ornament for the holidays. More on the blog www.windowdesignsetc.com

    Windows Decked Out For The Holidays – Part 1 of 3

    Deck the windows with boughs of holly,

    fa la la la la la la

    It’s time for holiday window decorating as you prepare your home for the holidays. Perusing the internet, I have found some drop dead gorgeous window treatments that are made even better with holiday decorations.

    Holiday Window Decorating

    There’s nothing but pure JOY in this dining room.

    Categories:A Few of My Favorite Things, Dining Rooms, Lifestyle

    Mix and match china patterns for an interesting Thanksgiving table. More ideas on the blog www.windowdesignsetc.com

    Set Your Thanksgiving Table Like You Were Decorating A Room

    Thanksgiving Table Decorating

    Your dining room table is like an empty room waiting to be decorated with style and taste.

  • The tablecloth is the backdrop.  I prefer a solid damask instead of a busy print.  Food is more appealing against a solid.
  • Your dishes are the main pieces of “furniture”. Every piece does not have to match.
  • Categories:Decorating Advice, Dining Rooms

    Detail of valance is a variation of a balloon and relaxed Roman shade in white matelasse with contrasting yellow in the pleats.

    The Beach House Series – Sunshine Yellow Cape Cod Bedroom


     Sunny Bedroom 

    This Cape Cod bedroom is the final room I’ve decorated in the Cape Cod Beach House Series.  This room is like a perfect beach day with sunshine yellow walls and accents of seashells.  

    What’s wrong with this window?

      The homeowner added this beach theme lace ready-made valance onto the existing curtain rod.

    Categories:Bedrooms, Before and After, The Beach House Series, Window Treatments

    My Kitchen Sink

    My Kitchen Sink – Capturing The View

    My Kitchen Sink

    I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera to capture this view of my kitchen sink.  After most of the hydrangea blossoms began to dry and change color, this hardy blue beauty appeared.  My walls are painted hydrangea blue. The window treatments are OLD but I don’t have the heart to change them just yet.

    Categories:Kitchens, Sneak Peek of My Home

    Lighthouse window treatment

    The Beach House Series – Shells And Lighthouses Decorate Cape Cod Master Bedroom

     Cape Cod Master Bedroom

    A restful night’s sleep is a “shore” thing in this Cape Cod master bedroom. The sound of waves along the shell speckled shore and a lighthouse horn in the distance are the formula for a good night’s sleep while on the Cape.  The client fell in love with the casual comfort of the chambray patchwork of the Ralph Lauren bedding.

    Categories:Bedrooms, Rooms, The Beach House Series

    Close up of the beach themed valance.

    The Beach House Series – Cape Cod Dining Room

    Holding Onto Summer

    Ah no, say it isn’t so, Labor Day is fast approaching, signaling the end of summer. The sun is setting earlier and the nights are a bit cooler. Although I love the changing seasons, I’ll dig my toes a little deeper into the sand to hold onto summer as long as I can.

    Categories:Dining Rooms, Rooms, The Beach House Series

    Classic Swags And Cascades

      Classic swags and cascades Holden, MA are a classic window treatment. Classic swags and cascades Holden, MA lf Classic swags and cascades are not for those who want to do-it-yourself. This is truly a custom window treatment best constructed by a professional. Pleats are formed along the top with lots of fullness that falls into graceful curving swags. The fabric folds and tapers along the sides.

    Categories:Living Rooms, Window Treatments

    Romantic Bedding

    8 ½ Steps to a Romantic Bedroom

    Note-I wrote this romantic bedroom article for my Ezine a few years ago.  I have reprinted it each year since, because we all need a little reminder to keep the love alive.   If you would like to copy it would you please show me some love and link it back to me for credit?

    Categories:Bedrooms, Decorating Advice

    Room of the Week ~ Cozy Oasis

    Cozy up with a cup of tea as you armchair travel to exotic places 

    A place to sit, read, dream and reflect This anti room off a formal living room was designed as a garden room with three walls of windows and a tile floor.  The Worcester Massachusetts homeowner wanted a warmer feel for quiet conversation and reading.

    Categories:Rooms, Specialty Rooms, Window Treatments

    A professionally designed family room

    Room of the Week-It’s All About Comfort

    Comfort for Family and Friends

    A professionally designed room that incorporates many patterns blending together. The window treatments are a simple design that is made unique by the creative combination of fabrics. Pillows repeat the fabrics from the window treatments. Each of the accessories have special meaning to the homeowner. I was called into this home while it was undergoing a major remodel.

    Categories:Before and After, Family Rooms, Window Treatments

    RM Coco Fabric

    Did You Know……I Do Custom Bedding Too?

    One aspect of the Etc. is custom bedding

    A quick post on a Friday evening before I leave the studio. I recently purchased new software that will help people envision their custom bedding options.  I would guess that you never thought of the hundreds, yes hundreds, of choices to cover your bed.

    Categories:Bedrooms, Design Renderings

    Amy's room when she was three.

    My Little Girl Dreams Came True

    The dreams of a 7 years old

    Growing up the baby sister to two brothers left me lots of time for imaginative girl play.  Two things I recall doing was playing house (I made floor plans by raking pine needles into blue print style rooms) and playing with baby dolls. I was about seven when I declared that I would one day have a doll named Amy.  

    Categories:A Few of My Favorite Things, Bedrooms

    Garden Room

    Room of the Week-Into the Garden

    Springtime all year round

    This garden room brings the outside in for a whole year of enjoyment. The custom window treatments are draped open swags that seem to float across the tops of the windows like a soft cloud floating by. Hunter Douglas Country Wood blinds in white provide sun, privacy and energy control while preserving the view.

    Categories:Specialty Rooms, Window Treatments

    Arched swags

    Elegant Arch Top Window Swags and Drapes

    An arch top window is dressed with custom made elegant swags and panels for a home office/library in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  A few weeks ago I wrote about this project In The Studio.  The yardage and rendering have become a reality. Elegant Arch Top Window Treatment Take a look at what this window looked like before.

    Categories:Design Renderings, Library, Window Treatments

    Room of the Week ~ Irish Heritage

    Pour yourself an Irish coffee and we’ll play a round of cards. Best of Luck!

    A game table and window seat provide extra seating in this Worcester, MA dining room. Game table area with silk taffeta relaxed Roman shades, tapestry window seat and custom area rug to reflect the client's heritage A one of a kind custom area rug was designed to reflect the client's Irish heritage.

    Categories:Custom Area Rugs, Dining Rooms, Window Treatments

    Window Treatments Sutton, MA Family Room

    Upholstered box cornices top a four-panel slider and three windows in this open floor plan Sutton, MA family room.  Draped swags soften the straight and hard lines of the cornices.  Decorative iron rosettes complete the corner details of the swags. Window treatments Sutton, MA family room, Looking down from the second-floor loft.

    Categories:Family Rooms, Hunter Douglas Window Fashions, Luminette Privacy Sheers, Window Treatments