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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A chaise is a chaise, is a chaise!

"the Boys" as we fondly call my dogs Junior and Buddy must always test drive any piece of furniture that arrives in the showroom.. Apparently they both like this one! We got this for a bargain and plan on slip-covering it and offering it for sale in the showroom.. after pictures to follow soon.. will the Boys still like it after the transformation, inquiring minds want to know!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Gear Up For National Wear Red Day February 7th, 2014

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Friday, January 10, 2014


We just recovered this fun little bench in an animal print! 
She's for sale! $225.00 Pillows are $58.00 each

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Look what we did! Master Bedroom update

This client had existing peach paint and a lovely sculpted peach and sea-foam green carpet that they wanted to reuse. The windows in this room face north and east and they get tons of morning light. the room just glows when the sun comes up! We added shaped cornices to all 6 windows and operable drapes in a crisp white cotton poly blend... The valance fabric is from Trend Fabrics and the Drapery from Carole's Fabrics

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Little re-upholstery project that turned out beautiful

We used a F. Schumacher grey mohair!we made the solid silver pillow from a Pindler & Pindler fabric.. the client found the bedazzled little pillow to complete the look!

just remember that an old chair can look new again with a fabric update!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
Radiant Orchid for Fashion
Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. A dazzling attention-getter, Radiant Orchid permeated the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows and is already making its way onto the red carpet. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, including Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan, Juicy Couture and Yoana Baraschi, are incorporating Radiant Orchid into their spring collections and variations of this hue will carry into men’s and women’s clothing and accessories throughout next year.
Radiant Orchid for Beauty
A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones.
This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Radiant Orchid’s exuberance also acts as a brilliant finishing touch to nails.
Radiant Orchid for Interiors
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces.
Cross-Referencing to Other PANTONE Libraries
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries including PANTONE PLUS for graphic design. For cross-referencing information, see
About the PANTONE Color of the Year
The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.
For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. excerpt from:

Get ready to spice up your home!!! You can add a little or a lot of this 
refreshing color to yourself and your home!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year bring it on 2014!

Here's to hoping that everyone had awesome time with friends and families over the Christmas Season. I enjoyed some great times with my employees, my son and our silly animals! Sidenote: My son has decided that I may become a crazy old cat lady.... they are my favorite (don't let Junior or Buddy hear me say that)
the boys resting up for 2014

I'm not one for setting resolutions for the new year...but this year I am feeling a new sense of hope and encouragement.. It could be due to hiring my fantastic new assistant Phoebe. She has so many great ideas and has been a great motivator and supporter. Its nice to have some fresh ideas and new blood so to speak. I highly recommend bringing someone new to your team to help recharge yourself! I've been amazed by the changes all the way around!!

Phoebe and I have a little holiday fun!

As designs by mara, inc / Exciting Windows! by mara moves forward into 2014 we will be hosting monthly events to promote our business as well as feature other local business people. Our "education center" will be featuring classes and seminars for everyone and anyone. The Rustic Duchess will continue to have monthly furniture painting classes featuring Masion Blanche Chalk paint. Keep an eye on our blog and facebook page for upcoming events... or signup for our mailing list thru the constant contact link on our facebook page..

We look forward to building new friendships with new clients and we certainly wont forget our existing clients.. Here's to the best year to come with blessing all around!!

Mara, Phoebe and the workroom team... oxoxox