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Jaipur Rugs, Pillows and Poufs at High Point Market

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I'm a sponsored blogger again this Fall market and I was so happy to have the opportunity to blog about Jaipur Rugs, since a colourful area rug with some pillows are such a quick and easy way to breathe new colour and life into any room. Photo by Maria Killam This is how they had their showroom entry decorated. Of course I… Continue reading

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2015 Trend Alert: Olive Green from High Point

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Today was my first day at High Point Market! Jam packed with all kinds of educational opportunities as well as events, so many products to see, it was fun and very busy! I'm starting off with this image because it was the first thing that greeted us at the Kravet party in the afternoon, I loved the hits of colour in… Continue reading

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What Women Want vs. Men (In a House)

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Overheard at a birthday party with some of my designer friends last weekend: "When I work with builders I always tell them that WOMEN buy houses, not men." Men want a large TV room {via pinterest} A Garage {via pinterest} Isn't this amazing! Now this is an organized person! {source} And, No Nagging! {via pinterest} Women want above all else a really nice… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate Unusual Colour Combinations

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{More funny texts from moms} It's 5:00 AM and my phone pings with a text from my Mom: "Come for coffee now! I'm up but I'll nap later". (Except she writes it in Finnish, I can read it but do not ask me to have a conversation in Finnish, that's where my dual language ability ends). "Ok" I text back, and… Continue reading

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Does a Sexy, Reasonable but Comfortable Office Chair Exist?

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This is the question I have been wondering about for quite a while now. My office {photo by Tracy Ayton Photography} These are the chairs we have now (above). I bought them from Coscto about 4 years ago. I seem to remember that they were somewhere in the realm of $250. But now, if you get close to them, they… Continue reading

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Deconstructing Whites for Interiors

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{via pinterest} Deconstructing Whites for Interiors is what I'll be speaking about at this upcoming market at the Lunch and Learn on Sunday, October 19th at the Zaar Design Center in High Point. I will be giving the audience a sneak peek of my upcoming eBook, White is Complicated: A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White Every Time. Discover the five essential categories of whites and which one… Continue reading

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Comparison is Just Trouble (Here's How to Get it Right)

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The best part of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ training is the hands-on exercises. Participants learn first, how to show their clients the colour they are suggesting is the right one, and second, they learn how to explain why it's correct. And not just for wall colours. . . My recent on-line consult (above) her adorable little boy kept photobombing all her pics… Continue reading

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My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014

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My Specify Colour with Confidence™ course is here in downtown Vancouver starting tomorrow so I decided I needed a couple new items for Fall. My Sisters and I drove into downtown Vancouver for a little shopping and dinner on Friday night and after walking around here is what I've decided will make you look current this Fall. Plaids are HOT.  {source}… Continue reading

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Sometimes I Just Feel like a Loser

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You may have noticed that I'm light on the blog posts lately. It's because I've been feeling like a loser. I write when I'm inspired, which luckily is most of the time. You'll notice, I don't have a schedule of posts with fabulous photos of my house I've taken myself with seasonal decor like some bloggers whom I greatly admire.… Continue reading

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How Do You Know if a White is Cool or Warm?

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I'm almost finished my White is Complicated: A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White Every Time eBook, we are planning to launch in early November! I received over 1,200 responses on the survey on whites I conducted a couple months ago and that had me go back to the drawing board to make sure all the critical questions were covered… Continue reading

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