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16825 48th Ave W #104, Lynnwood, WA 98037 206-953-5040

Monday, July 22, 2013

Braid tapes.....endless possibilities!

Braids and tapes have come a long way.. they are  a great accent design tool...
for Pillows, drapery edges, wall treatments, bedding....

They can range in size from 1/2" up 6-12" ... some of our favorites are from:

Samuel and Sons Passemente LINK...

love the use of the trim on the pillow banding!

6" Braid Trim

Love these appliques!!! we are just getting ready to make pillows for our showroom!

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Louisiane Wallpapers

Wall papers aren't what some of us remember from our youth....
they are versatile decorating accents and accessories
that will enhance any space!

The title of this collection is the former French colony in North America named in honour of Louis XIV. The elegant patterns are coloured in LORCA’s light and airy palette to create a feeling of informality; colours include fuchsia, sky-blue, burnt orange, lavender and lime. 
All the wallpapers have direct co-ordinates in the fabric collection LOUISIANE with BAYOU as an additional option. They are printed on wide-width rolls 10m x 68.5cm (11 yds x 27 inches)

 Osborne and Little Wallcoverings

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stout Fabrics

Marcus William - Classic and Modern Designs for the Home

Marcus William is a vibrant and exclusive brand, a new addition to The Stout Group. The inspiration behind the brand started with the creation of new designs, techniques and styles in a contemporary and sophisticated way for all areas of the home.
Breath new life into your interior d├ęcor with this eclectic mix of stunning embroidered designs and coordinating solids. This collection showcases Scandinavian inspired imagery and contemporary geometric's in fashionable colors. A textured cotton blend provides the base cloth for the embroideries, suitable for both draperies and light upholstery. The bold bursts of color from the coordinating solid helps create depth and layering.

Mother Junkers Vintage Sale July 20th 9-4pm

We are so excited to participate in the:

Mother Junkers Vintage Sale  July 20th from 9-4

There will be many sellers and we plan on taking most of the shop with us! Which will include items from: Chicks on a Hot Tin Roof, I"deal" Antiques, Th Rustic Duchess, I've Been Saved Furnishings and more..There will be re-furbished furniture, accessories, pillows handmade bags, pillows, table runners, found objects and more!
39735 SE Spruce Street Snoqualmie, WA 98065. Blue House w/cedar fence. Be sure to take exit 27 off I-90 -- it saves a lot of time!

Please spread the word and use the share buttons at the top of the email, we would appreciate it!! Looking forward to seeing you there! Mara and friends

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Beach House Family Room

In this beach house's family room, a melon-colored coffee table by Seabrook Classics pops against neutral Lee Industries chairs. The faux-coral table lamp is from Pier 1, and the walls are painted "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore.

The pink colored coffee table totally rocks what a great surprise in the middle of this family room.
The nail-head accent on the side chairs is perfect!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Exotic Details

A painted-wood Moroccan table strikes an exotic note in the living room of this California cottage. Paul Smith suiting wool covers the low-slung 1940s chair; baby-blue velvet updates the 1960s Dunbar sofa. The homeowner scored the flamboyant oil portrait at an estate sale.

I am in love with this table! What a fun unique idea!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lorca from Osborne and LIttle

The Parisian studio, Lorca, is renowned for its elegant and luxurious aesthetic, 
and ravishing color palette.

Lorca offers a wonderful variety of fabrics; embroidered silks, grand-scale prints and jacquards, opulent velvets and a wide choice of glamorous upholstery weaves. Many designs of Lorca draw inspiration from nature and the rich heritage of textiles to be found in Asia and the Far East.

The name Lorca has become synonymous with beautiful embroideries, featuring exotic florals depicted in exquisite detail and with innovative techniques. The collections are distinguished by a distinctive flair for color, with unique combinations which are harmonious and beautiful.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Would you sleep in this room?

How does this glamorous room strike you? Is it over the top or........? 
Let us know what you think...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Here's the buzz at Brunschwig & Fils.......

Lorenzo Castillo is an antiques dealer and one of the most well-known and influential interior designers in Spain and throughout the world. Castillo has partnered with leading international textile editor Gaston y Daniela for the launch of his first fabric collection, which illustrates his understanding of interior design and showcases his unique point of view. Velvets, floral prints and geometric designs with an innovative color palette all contribute to an exceptional collection that demonstrates Castillo´s individual style.
  ....these fabrics knock my socks off! there are so many unique patterns and textures... 
 sophisticated European styling that is so stunning!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Country Living at its BEST!

Blue Hues

In the living area of this Martha's Vineyard home, furnishings are awash in a sea of blues, but slight variations in tone and subtle patchwork motifs take the place of sharply contrasting patterns and hues. A patchwork rug from Nomadic Trading Company anchors the living area, furnished with linen sofas and a wingback chair by Cisco. The glass top on Groundwork's reclaimed-oak coffee table displays a collage of vintage art.

Cheap and Cheerful

The owner of this Maine home splashed colorful vintage pieces as well as bold and boisterous pillows—pink bunnies, green squirrels, orange flowers—to add color to her living room. The handwoven rug is by area artisan Angela Adams. 

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Exciting News!!


designs by mara, inc has become an Exciting Windows! affiliate! 

Over the the last 17 years I have invested time and energy to advance myself to become a true expert in the field of window fashions and soft furnishings. I want to position dbm to excel in the field! Joining forces with this national brand seemed like the next logical step to achieve this goal. 

I am so excited about this new partnership and what it will mean to my existing and new clients! I will have access to new and unique resources, exceptional training, national support and promotions. Exciting Windows! is supported by well known HGTV Interior Designer Michael Payne, what an honor to have access to such a talented man!

My new Exciting Windows! website will be up and operational soon and I am looking forward to sharing this with everyone! But for now check out the link below for a sneak peek....

We won't be moving, we won't be changing phone numbers or email, Junior and Buddy will still greet you at the door, you will still get the same people on the phone (well sort of, see below)... We will be stepping up our customer service and streamlining our systems to provide exceptional service to all of our clients! 

We do have a new face in the showroom Phoebe Garcia. She will be taking on the management of the showroom/storefront so I can be more accessible to my clients!

I can hardly wait to share all the new and exciting things to come!! Look forward to more updates soon... Hope you are all enjoying your Summer.... Mara

Sunday, July 7, 2013

What's trending now.... sequins!

I can always trust Deb Barrett to have her finger on the pulse of what's new and happening in the home decor and window treatment industry. Check out her blog post on Sequins.... yes Sequins.
You can't have enough GLAMOUR I say!