Latest Blog posts

The Best Paint Colours for Your Oak and Maple Cabinetry

navyblue

Do you have oak or maple cabinetry? DO NOT pick a paint colour to coordinate without reading this guest post from Kelly Bernier, a True Colour Expert from beautiful Rhode Island. She's sharing a lesson directly from my Specify Colour with Confidence course (which is $200 off right now, with the special offer code at the end of this post). Continue reading

27 Comments

Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Exterior Colours

exteriorpatsy

Today's guest post is from Patsy Overton from Atlanta, Georgia. She's seen far too many homeowners choose the wrong exterior colours, so she has a three-step process that'll save you from making the same mistake.
Continue reading

48 Comments

This is the Home Dreams Are Made Of: A Private Tour

Portland Street of Dreams

Today's guest post is from Ruth Chancellor, a Decorator, Stager and True Colour Expert™ from Portland, Oregon.

Ruth decorated a gorgeous home in blues for the Street of Dreams in Portland this year.

Continue reading

22 Comments

How to Work with Simply White Walls

jillentry

Today's guest post is from Jil Sonia McDonald! Jil recently decorated a home that's perfectly modern organic, full of whites, grays, and lots of natural texture. Want to see? (Fair warning: You might want to move right in!) Continue reading

40 Comments

How to Successfully Design Around Awkward Structural Elements

Claire Jefford

Today's guest post is from Claire Jefford, a True Colour Expert and certified interior decorator from Burlington, Ontario. Claire's got an interesting designer solution for those of you dealing with awkward structural elements in your home, like bulkheads in the basement. Want to know what it is? Continue reading

32 Comments

The 3W's of Colour: What Works? What Doesn't? What to do About it. . .

susanexcerpt

Today's guest post is from Susan Hargraves, residential stylist and owner of Rooms that Work™ on Vancouver Island, B.C. Susan loves drama and she's going to share with us, how she creates it in her interiors.

Continue reading

18 Comments

How Becoming a Certified True Colour Expert™ Changed My Business and My Life

greycoral

I'm in Atlanta at the Withit conference this week. My first guest post in the True Colour Expert™ series is from Sheri Bruneau! October 2014 was a total game-changer for me. That was when I was fortunate enough to attend Maria’s Specify Colour with Confidence™ course in Vancouver. Before attending the course, I worked with real estate agents, organizing and… Continue reading

27 Comments

My Sister's Robin Egg Blue Front Door: Before & After

turquoisedoor

My sister Lea lives in the Eco Village just down the street from my house. She noticed her neighbours started painting their front doors so she called me and said "I want to paint my front door robin's egg blue, can you help me pick the right one?". I said "Great idea! But what about your dull red cushions (below),… Continue reading

15 Comments

An Expert Rarely Specifies Anything like Vanna White

anthropologie

When I was a new designer and I had to choose a sofa for a client, I would show up with my binder full of every sofa style available.

Then as I gained more experience, I realized that doing that made me look like I had no idea which sofa was the right one. And looking back, I mostly didn't. I was hoping my client would choose to take me off the hook.

It works the same with paint colours.

If you hire a designer or colour consultant and you are left with 10 (or more than 2) different shades of neutrals or colours to test for one room or one exterior?

Well, she (or he) doesn't know which one is right either. Continue reading

16 Comments

Contrast and Comparison: There's Only One Place to Really Get It

westinghighlandwhite

Learning to compare and contrast the RIGHT way is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a interior decorator, or even as a homeowner about to build or renovate. It's not a hard skill to learn, but it's also not taught anywhere but here. Take it from my True Colour Experts. Continue reading

12 Comments

Vancouver Web Design and Website Management by: Coronation Internet Marketing Ltd.