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It's a Charcoal Tile Intervention (Don't Miss This One)

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Pinterest I'm depressed. My Mom is looking for a cottage trailer up in Vernon (as a second home). It's 5 hours from here, warmer and dryer in the summer and she already spends a lot of time there. This means less time with my Mom here in the country (where I already moved to be close to her) because she'll… Continue reading

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10 Tips To Transform Your Exterior

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I specify lots of exterior colours during the spring and summer each year, but because most of it is done online, I rarely get an after picture. When I do get one, the sun is slanting on the house, which kind of wrecks the shot, or there's no grass in the yard. . . and I really should just be there… Continue reading

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The Trends you Need to Know Right Now for 2017

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Blue + White Lillian August I'm back home from High Point Market and I'm excited to share what's new for 2017 and beyond: Here are the top trends that I saw starting with florals: Flowers When flowers hit light fixtures? That's how you know they are a huge trend. I talked about overscale flowers and flowers on fabrics with black backgrounds last… Continue reading

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How to Make Earthy Tile Look Expensive

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True Colour Expert Traci Zeller had a budget to manage for the model house she had been hired to decorate and she had to spread it around strategically to get the biggest bang for the buck. This is what a great designer does best and I talk about it all the time in my events. My favourite part of helping… Continue reading

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What Lego Can Teach YOU About Using PayPal

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Every Monday my nephews Markus and William (above) come to my home for pizza night. A few weeks ago they arrived with a Playmobile flyer that they had just received in the mail. They already have a Playmobil house and advised me 'Auntie Designer' that they needed some furniture to go with it. So I said, let’s look for some… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! Should my Carpet be Dark or Light Outside?

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Cream stone and cream cushions, lovely | source If you are not a colour expert or not even close, chances are, when you're considering which colour is right for your interior, whether it's flooring, carpets, furniture or paint, you might find yourself asking the question, do I go dark or light? Instead of the question you should be asking which is: Does… Continue reading

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Why a Colourful Sofa is as Timeless as Subway Tile

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Madcap Cottage Collection My favourite source for designer fabrics in Vancouver is the Robert Allen showroom. When I arrive to select a palette for a client, there's always someone available who is dedicated to helping me pull it all together and the best part is they usually have ALL the memo samples–in stock–so I can have them immediately. This way… Continue reading

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Tread Softly When Choosing a Plain (True) White

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  Notice the background of the roman shade is cream along with the carpet but the trim, walls and chair is WHITE. Image via pinterest So the renovation that I mentioned here is starting next week, hooray! Habitat for Humanity is coming to remove all the espresso cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms and install them somewhere else. So everything is moving along and that's great right?… Continue reading

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Don't Make These 5 Common Mistakes with your Exterior Colour

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House Beautiful Choosing fixed elements in the current, dark trendy neutral. Recently I consulted with a couple on their new build. They spent 3 1/2 hours with me in my studio and we chose colours for all their major fixed elements for their interior like hardwood floors, countertops, tile, and then outside. When we got to the conversation about exterior colour and… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Plan Outfits for any Trip

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Took this picture from our suite (above) Terreeia and I spent an extra day in Dallas after my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course ended there last week so we did a little shopping (most of my outfit actually). After all, we were only home for two days, in time to pack up for a 10 day vacation in Los Cabos… Continue reading

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