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4 Steps to a Simple yet Stunning Scandinavian Holiday Mantle


I always decorate for the holidays the first weekend of December. This year, I wanted to create something easy and totally different from previous years, yet still wanted to use decorations I already own. I have so much Christmas decor stored in plastic bins, that we had to have a small storage shed built alongside our house. When I arrived at Minter Country… Continue reading


Does Your Front Door Say Welcome for the Holidays? Part 1


When Lowe's Canada asked if I'd be one of their holiday bloggers and gave me the task of decorating an outdoor entry, I immediately thought of my Mom's front door. My front door has a glass and metal screen door that I'm not willing to remove, (I know, how weird is that? But I love that it feels like an extra… Continue reading


Look, You Need To Know How to Have this Conversation


Vanessa Francis Here it is. Your husband, your wife, or your client will often react in a negative way when something isn't complete. My clients spare bathroom had looked like this for three years (above). She wanted it to look nice, but she didn't want to spend a fortune and had tried to convince her Fiancé to let her decorate it. Last week, I… Continue reading


There are 9 Neutral Undertones in the World (see them here)


I've been thinking about my bathrooms lately and how un renovated and dated they are. It's a project I was going to tackle this year but honestly, they just don't bother me enough so I let it slide. Except for this: I have always loved taking baths but the tub in our master is too big and takes more than… Continue reading


Why Colour is NOT Always a Personal Choice


When it is right, and when is it a mistake, to choose colours for your home based on personal choice? Continue reading


Best Countertop for Stained Wood Cabinets


{via Carriage Lane Designs} When I received this Ask Maria question asked slightly different two times recently, I thought it deserved a stand-alone post even though my regular readers will have read my opinion here: We are doing a complete gut job on our kitchen and starting over with high end shaker cherry cabinets.  I want to balance the dark… Continue reading


Best Colours for a Basement Kitchen (1 Kitchen, 3 Ways)


I recently received this question from a reader who sent me a photo of her kitchen: Hi Maria, I SO want to make my little basement apartment a haven that I love to call home. I want it to be as light and bright as possible since there is so little natural light… and I LOVE lots of light. Everything is… Continue reading


The Best Way to Handle the Time Change This Weekend


via pinterest The other day I was on the phone with my friend Penelope. She is a very busy woman. In addition to running her business, she also home schools her two boys. Whenever I get her on the phone (which is not often), I always try to be as interesting as possible so that she'll stay on the phone as long as possible. Sometimes… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Are Stainless Appliances Going out of Fashion?


via pinterest Today's question from a reader is: "Maria, I am renovating my kitchen from scratch, I love white and would love all white appliances and white cabinets and white walls would this be to much? I hear that stainless is going out of fashion. " What do you think? Recently, I opened my October edition of House Beautiful (my… Continue reading


Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour


Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading


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