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Fix Your Colours for Free and My eBook is 50% off for 2 Days Only


View from this house (below) Some of you may remember when I did 37 days of Undertones in the summer of 2012 on Facebook. Many of you got a lot out of it so I've been thinking about a way to do something else, but with a different twist. So here's what we're going to do this time that I… Continue reading


When Colour Theory is Literally Dangerous

Barbara Barry

Image via Barbara Barry (A pretty combination of green-grays and yellow-beige) Irene and I are working on my White is Complicated eBook. We got to a section and she said "You need to explain that more thoroughly, people are literalists". And she's right. When we're learning anything, we're literal. That's why in every profession and especially design and colour you need… Continue reading


My Patio Plans this Spring (Include Snakes)

Pottery Barn Pillows

We have lived in our new house in the country for exactly two years now. We took possession in the middle of April in 2012. First, we renovated the interior and replaced the kitchen. Then last Spring at the end of April 2013, we totally ripped out the front and back yard.  So it's taken two years but I'm finally… Continue reading


Why Choosing Granite is so Hard


I came across this comment on my blog the other day, I had forgotten about it. This reader expressed what so many of my clients have told me over the years but she was just super entertaining in her distress. . . How did I end up with this crazy granite choice that is glaring at me from the counter?! I'm crying… Continue reading


W. Schillig at High Point Market


Here I am at my second sponsored post at High Point Market. It's W.Schillig USA and in addition to making contemporary leather furniture, they also make beds. And they sell these faux covers which are way sexier to display a bed in a store that's for sure. So what's the number one selling colour in the last 5 years? Cognac and… Continue reading


Trends from Spring Market at High Point

Traci Zeller's Pillows for C.R. Laine

The last time I attended High Point was 3 1/2 years ago in the Fall. I remember it being pretty much greys and charcoals. There was very little colour although I looked for it. Maria Killam, Alicia Connolly & Barbara Miller (Picture from Day 1 at Market) My friend Barbara Miller (above right) and I walked the Suites at Market Square… Continue reading


Luonto Furniture at High Point Market


  This market I am a sponsored blogger at High Point. So when I arrived at Luonto Furniture to meet Ville Karesto the Sales Manager for, I think the world is what it sounded like when we talked, but it doesn't say that on his card, he spoke in Finnish to Maria, who had arranged our meeting. "I can understand… Continue reading


Check out my Latest Video on Colour Confidence


I have a new video on my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training! It's coming up May 7-9, 2014. I have opened up the discount again so for a limited time it's $500 off! I was at a business conference this past weekend and realized that my current video really wasn't great at explaining the true value of my course, so… Continue reading


Best Fix for Ugly Tile in Bathrooms

fresh bathroom

Some of you will know that I am a huge fan of Jeffrey Bilhuber. So I decided to buy his first book the other day (I already have the other two), Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics. It's full of great tips but the best one that has never occurred to me is what he said about bad tile in bathrooms. Probably… Continue reading


My Favourite Go-To Designer Fabrics

Maria's Master Bedroom

When I first started decorating and selecting fabrics for my clients, it took me a while to figure out the best upholstery fabrics to use. One day, I was in the Robert Allen showroom and one of the designers whispered that Orvis was her personal favourite. A great herringbone texture that comes in a multitude of colours. It's also really… Continue reading


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