I’ve always been obsessed with colour and the power it has to create transformation.
I started Colour Me Happy in 2008 after I’d been in the colour & design industry for almost 10 years.
I am not formally educated in interior design. All my expertise comes from having great mentors and many years of on-the-job experience.
Before that, I worked at Benjamin Moore for 4 years, conducting in-home colour consultations where I used large painted colour samples to specify paint colour.
Working with large colour samples, I started to see a pattern in neutral undertones. My first discovery was with beige because in the early 2000s, earth tones were a huge trend. I noticed that beige had 3 undertones: pink, yellow and green.
At the same time, being in house after house, which added up to thousands of calls, I noticed that each homeowner always lamented the previous homeowner’s choices they’d inherited and were now stuck with. Especially the accent tiles. This is how my timeless aesthetic was born.
In the fall of 2007, I started teaching colour theory to interior design students at a local community college. In the winter of 2010, almost 50% of my students had registered because they were reading my blog and were interested in learning more about my system of Understanding Undertones.
So in the summer of 2010, I launched my first Specify Colour with Confidence workshop on the blog.
There are now over 600 True Colour Experts all around the world. We have had students attend from all over North America, as well as from Costa Rica, New Zealand, Brazil, and the U.K.
After 20 years in the colour industry, I have seen trends go full circle. We’ve moved from the beige trend to the gray trend. During that time, I’ve added 6 more primary neutral undertones to my Understanding Undertones system, which now completes my comprehensive approach to colour selection.
Over the years, I have received frequent emails from readers who resonate with my no-nonsense advice. It’s an honour for me to help readers and clients to make classic, timeless choices, and to save them from expensive colour mistakes!
My passion in life is to transform the way you see colour through my classic and timeless aesthetic. Together, we can stop the endless cycle of unnecessary renovations. Eliminate the risk of getting bored with the accent tile you installed, and instead have your home fill you with happiness as soon as you walk in the door.
Whether you’re a new follower or you have been with me from the beginning, thank you so much for supporting Colour Me Happy! I am so grateful to you all!