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    Rose Quartz and Serenity combined. Pantone 2016 Color of the year. - more on the blog WindowDesignsEtc.com.

    Rose Quartz And Serenity Blue For 2016

    Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue are Pantone 2016 color of the year!  Pantone, the leading authority on color, made the announcement early this morning. . . It’s twins!  This is the first time Pantone has chosen two colors to share the spotlight. This is a softer take on color for 2016 and I LOVE it!

    Categories:Color

    All American Pillows will make it the best summer. Red, white and blue suzani fabric add a pop of color to chairs and loungers. More details on the blog WindowDesignsEtc.com

    All American Pillows Will Make It The Best Summer

     Red White Blue Pillows

    Red, White and Blue Pillows Add a Pop

    A family lake house out in Otis, MA was in desperate need of a furniture update.  The two This End Up (can you say indestructible?) sofas were sporting plaid cushions from the 80’s. We selected this super-durable woven in shades of blues with a touch of red to recover the cushions.

    Categories:Pillows

    Favorite red fabrics by Duralee on Window Designs Etc. By Marie Mouradian

    Sensational RED Fabrics You Will Fall In Love With

    Red – The color of love

    Red is the color we pay the most attention to. It’s the most energetic color, it’s hot and dramatic. Red is the color of love, passion, and desire; red hearts, red roses. A “red-letter day” is terrific; wearing a “scarlet letter” marks you as untouchable. On the flip side, red is for danger, speed, and anger.

    Categories:Favorite Fabrics, Color

    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

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

    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.

    Categories:Design Quotes, The Etc. Of Interior Decorating, Decorating Advice

    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

    Marsala Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

          Yesterday Pantone, the leading authority on color, announced Marsala as their pick for Color of the Year 2015.  They describe Marsala as “A natural robust and earthly wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls”.  Pantone.com At first I thought it was in the brown family so I got out my Pantone color deck.  

    Categories:Color

    Pillows are beautiful! They are the perfect color for the room. Thanks for everything. Beautiful job as usual. M. Templeton, MA

    Decorative Pillows Are The Finale’

    A new, smaller house with less maintenance and closer proximity to their children was an adjustment for this Sterling, MA couple. Working with them for over 21 years, they are more than clients. I affectionately put them in my honored “Clients For Life” group.

    Decorative Pillows

    They came by my studio today to pick up the finishing touch to the project.

    Categories:Pillows

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

    GREEN Decorating Style

      Found here

    What’s Your GREEN Decorating Style?

    I love green decorating!  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

    Light mint green walls and a dark stained wood floor set the scene for this dining experience.

    Categories:Color

    Benjamin Moore paint deck showing an array of pinks. Notice the sweet names.

    PINK Home Decorating

      PINK…It’s Not Just A Color…it’s an Attitude!

    Pink Home Decorating

    Vinyl decal can be found here I love the combination of the vibrant magenta pink with grays and beiges.  It’s a great pairing of neutrals with a pop of excitement after all PINK  home decorating adds a little drama to every room.

    Categories:Favorite Fabrics, Color

    Covered buttons and sea glass

    The Beach House Series – Sea Glass Bathroom

     Cape Cod Sea Glass Bathroom

     

    Sea shells are abundant on the beaches of  Cape Cod, sea glass not so much.  It’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps me searching for a rare tumbled smooth shard of glass. What I’m really attracted to is the cool shades of greens and blues.

    Categories:Color, The Beach House Series

    Green fabrics by Charlotte Moss Fabricut

    Charlotte Moss Style From Fabricut

    Charlotte Moss’ Fabric Line

    Sample books and memo samples shown in your own home is the best way to select the perfect fabric for your room. Fabricut, one of my leading fabric companies, has partnered with Charlotte Moss to create this unique collection.  All of the fabrics intermingle together to tell a story.

    Categories:Favorite Fabrics, The Etc. Of Interior Decorating

    Black and Gold shoes

    Thoughts On A Rainy Friday Evening

    Rainy Friday Afternoon

    Here it is the middle of June and it is only 54 degrees out with a steady rain.  It’s a cup of hot tea and sweatshirt kind of afternoon.  The pace of life begins to slow on Friday afternoons.  Our house takes on a different atmosphere than other evenings of the week.

    Categories:Sunday Thoughts, Color

    Paint dots from the emotions of color by Window Designs Etc. by Marie Mouradian www.windowdesignsetc.com

    The Emotions of Color

    The following article was originally written for my E-zine ~Beautiful Home and Life Design~ to educate my clients on why the colors we choose to decorate with have an emotional effect on how we feel in the room.

     Color has the power to change our mood 

        Color enTergizes, it calms, it soothes, it provokes, it stabilizes, it softens, and it creates chaos.  Playing with color is playing with your emotions.  We use color to lift our spirits, to inspire us and to make our homes feel safe and warm.

    Categories:Color, The Etc. Of Interior Decorating

    In The Studio~Moreland Valance Accented In Tangerine Tango

    Asymmetric Moreland Valance 

    On the work table-Dust board covered in matching fabric. A custom tangerine tango asymmetric valance is ready for installation in a Shrewsbury, MA home. Unless using decorative hardware, most custom window treatments mount onto a dust board that attaches to the wall.  I believe every aspect of a window treatment should be custom so I cover the board with matching fabric.

    Categories:The Etc. Of Interior Decorating, In the Studio

    Custom Pillows ~ The Essential Accessory To Home Decor

    Custom Pillows

    Sharing a few favorite custom pillows I’ve made.  All are unique,one of a kind custom pieces of art.

    Pillows in all shapes and sizes Pillows for a sectional sofa Color block pillows Exquisite Custom Made Pillows Pillow made from antique crazy quilt Tween Dream Pillows Multi Fabric Pillow for Back of Chaise European Shams and Decorative Throw Pillows Tailored Bed Pillows and Throw Pillows Daybed with Ruffled Pillows and Bolsters Extra Large Sofa and Floor Pillows From a Collage of Fabrics A mixture of fabrics and trims create this rich pillow collection Each pillow is unique with its own personality Twisted pleats, gathers, scallop fringe, decorative cord, tassel trim, rosettes and brush fringe are just a few of the details that make these pillows “Jewelry of Decorating” If you need help and your decorating brain has gone to fluff, pillow fluff that is, then contact me and I’ll create just the right pillows for your room.

    Categories:Pillows

    Pillows, Pillows, Pillows

    Pillows, Pillows and Pillows

    Let’s talk pillows. How do you use them in your home?

    How many pillows do you have in your home? (No, I’m not talking bed pillows here)

    Where are they?

    What sizes and shapes do you have?

    What’s your favorite decorative pillow?

    What’s on the inside, the fill?

    When was the last time you cleaned your pillows?

    Categories:Pillows

    Things I love

    Design Detail-Use what you’re passionate about in your decor

    The details in these decorative accessories are a reflection of my passion. I LOVE window treatments!

    “I am going to make everything around me beautiful.  That will be my life” ~ Elise de Wolfe

    Do you have what you are passionate about displayed in your home? Contact me today to begin transforming your house into the home you love to live in.

    Categories:The Etc. Of Interior Decorating, Sneak Peek of My Home, A Few of My Favorite Things

    Happy 4th of July!

    A few ways to celebrate our great country’s independence

    Pottery Barn Start the day with a big family breakfast. Pinterest via Flickr Plump fresh berries in pure white bowls satisfy any patriotic get together. Elle Decor The white canvas cushions are the perfect backdrop to colorful pillows and accessories.  These would be so easy to change for each season.

    Categories:Color, A Few of My Favorite Things

    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:Window Treatments, Custom Area Rugs, Dining Rooms