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Two Reasons to ALWAYS Keep Learning

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In the last year, I have been travelling and spending a lot of time in hotel ballrooms learning how to take my business and website to the next level. Finding the right guru to get you there is not an easy task, let me tell you! I'm always the ONLY colour expert/decorator in a room of around 700 people. However,… Continue reading

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Maria Killam in Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine + my Last two Homes

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I'm so delighted to have my entire house which was featured on the cover of Style at Home this Spring spotlighted again in the September issue of Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine! For those of you who haven't seen the 'before' photos when we started the renovation project a little over two years ago, you can see them here.   Julia… Continue reading

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Jelly Bean Row: Test your Colour Eye

Row houses

The residents of St. John's, NFLD (Canada) must be used to tourists taking photos of their colourful homes, happily, the second day we were there, the sun came out. The reason their homes are so colourful is because most of the downtown core was burned in a fire in 1892 and the quickest way to rebuild the homes was to build row houses.… Continue reading

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The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

Maria in Yellow

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There's… Continue reading

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Nova Scotia is Red & White

Red Barn

Today we've driven almost entirely around the North side of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. These were the muskoka chairs sitting outside the B&B we stayed at in Maitland. I love that so many people have one chair of each colour. This is the main house that was built in 1859. The wood flooring was installed by shipbuilders and… Continue reading

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Montreal & The Train to Halifax

Sailboat

  First stop on our way to Halifax, we had a 5 hour layover in Calgary on our way to Montreal so of course I had to see my first Nephew Luukas! It was so great to have dinner with him and catch up. We took the red eye to Montreal and then walked back and forth on St. Catherines… Continue reading

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Our First Date

Our First Date

Terreeia and I in 2007 In 1998 I was in a six month leadership course with Landmark Education. Terreeia was the head coach. I didn't like my coach. One day while in a coaching conversation with her I got totally frustrated and ended up saying some mean things. Immediately after I hung up the phone I felt bad and didn't know what to do… Continue reading

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Indigo & Turquoise Summer House in the Fraser Valley: Before & After

coffee table vignette

As promised, here are the photos from the guest house with a pool that my clients built beside their home on Promontory Hill. They don't have to drive when they go away for the weekend! Here she is looking so pretty in her navy dress on photo shoot day! The main house is on the left side (not shown).  Loungers ready… Continue reading

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Sneak Peek of a Summer House in Blues

Blue Towels

When my client and her husband built a summer house right beside their home in the Fraser Valley and we started talking about the colour scheme, my first suggestion was an indigo coloured sectional which inspired the summery, nautical theme as well as created flow from the exterior since both homes were blue and white outside. This is also their guest… Continue reading

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Happy Turquoise & Purple Exterior in Christina Lake

Lake Motel

  We're here in Christina Lake for a few days camping! I really prefer room service, but when you have kids, you either go to the cottage in the summer or you have a trailer and camp by the lake which is where my sister Elizabeth and her family are this week! So where my nephews are, that's where you'll find… Continue reading

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