How to Disappear a White Mistake on Cabinets: Before & After

Styling and photos by Maria Killam Recently my good friend Jan Romanuk told me she’d finished a renovation in downtown Vancouver and asked if I’d like to photograph it for the blog. Since I can never get enough white kitchens on the blog, I happily said yes. Jan’s client had ordered new white cabinets for her kitchen and was dismayed when they were installed and she saw that the white she had selected actually had ... Continue Reading

The Best Colour for your Childs Bedroom Furniture (Before & After)

Last year my sister Elizabeth decided it was high time the kids had a decorated bedroom. My Mom had painted it green a few years ago (it was black when they moved in). Elizabeth and her husband Bill found the bunkbeds on-line and–without consulting me about placement or colour, but I’m okay with it–had someone assemble it and stick it in the corner of the bedroom. This left us with a ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: Do’s and Dont’s for Installing Encaustic Tile

Subway tile backsplash – via Pinterest Every time I see a badly installed Encaustic tile or just too much pattern, even if it’s not badly designed, I get further validation (in my mind) that my job on this blog, is to direct you towards the most classic, simple, solid tile which is often subway tile. Period. And just in case you’re rolling your eyes (Hey, I can see you :), I’m ... Continue Reading

5 Insider Secrets No One Tells you About Social Media Marketing

Photo by Angie Wolfe Photography Many of you know the story of how I began this blog but I’ll do a recap for this post. I had been reading blogs for about 6 months before I started writing Colour Me Happy over 8 years ago. Business was slow for me at the time and I was tired of the ups and downs of being a self-employed designer. You know what it’s ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Choose Exterior Stone (Ugly is On Sale; Don’t Buy It)

Image via Sotheby’s Suddenly in the last week, we have sold quite a few ‘New build packages” because it’s that time of year where the planning is starting. It got me to thinking about exterior and this post that I started writing a couple months ago and forgot about: One of my True Colour Experts posted this dilemma on our private Facebook page: What to do? I have my first opportunity ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Choose a Front Door Colour from Palm Springs

How do you choose the colour of your front door? Well if you have a white or cream house (or another pretty neutral shade) without any fixed elements, technically, your options are endless. But are they? The way to create flow from the outside to the inside is to look inside your front door. What are the colours in your entry or your adjoining rooms? That’s where you’ll find your ... Continue Reading

3 Best Ways to Choose a Fresh Paint Colour for your Tuscan House

For a few years now, Terreeia has been talking about renting a place in Palm Springs for the month of January. We live out in the country to be close to my family.  Approximately one hour East of downtown Vancouver. We’re also here because we could buy a house. That’s very hard to do with the housing market in the city. Because we live so close to my Sisters and my Mom, ... Continue Reading

Here’s the Skinny on Whether you Should Shiplap Your House

I read this advice the other day on a blog talking about shiplap. When you read this, tell me if this statement helps you decide if you should install shiplap in your home: “We love how easily it brings a historic vibe to any space that is refined and thoughtful yet casual.” Huh? Are you any further ahead now in making a decision on whether you should install it in your home? ... Continue Reading

It Took a Village to Create my New Website (Here are the details)

I’ve been blogging for a little over 8 years. My blog was on blogspot for the first 3 years. Just a free site and I did EVERYTHING myself. If you have the patience to read and follow basic instructions, it was pretty easy to insert all the widgets to get your sidebar looking good, etc. This was the first logo on my first website which cost $6000 (including the photography of my ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: About Kitchen Cabinet Uppers and Lowers in Different Colours

I’ve been receiving questions on two-toned cabinets lately and I can’t believe I’ve never addressed them on the blog. Here is my lovely readers question: I’m about to refinish my 90’s oak cathedral raised panel kitchen cabinets, and am considering a two toned paint scheme. I’m thinking Fieldstone lowers and Gray Cashmere uppers. Do you think this is a trend or is this a classic look? I hesitate to do this until I get ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Update Oak Furniture: Before & After

I love it when my clients send me before and after photos from my eDesign consultations because it’s so rare! And we all love a good before and after right? Jann from Newton Custom Interiors is a window coverings expert who lives in Illinois. It was time to give her home a fresh new look and she needed advice on what colours to paint her oak kitchen cabinets. Plus she had ... Continue Reading

Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2017

The colour for 2017 is kelly green (hooray, I’ve been waiting for this green for a long time) and the look is refined and generally warming up. Green reigns supreme in 2017 as the most versatile colour with broad appeal. Greens are getting both richer and warmer, moving away from the beachy, minty hues towards more grounded shades of yellow green spring shoots and deep leafy greens. (In other words, I think Pantone nailed ... Continue Reading

Best of Colour Me Happy 2016

It’s time to recap another year in review. 2016 where did you go? It was a busy year with more Specify Colour with Confidence events than ever, my new website under construction and some interesting trends to unpack. At the beginning of the year, I got out my crystal ball and made my trend forecast predictions for 2016 (watch for my predictions for 2017 coming soon!). What do you think? Did ... Continue Reading

Sneak Peek of Christmas with the Owner of Studio B Yoga

Crystal Hasell and I have worked together on three projects now. First her summer/pool house when Crystal and her husband Rob decided to buy the lot next door to their house instead of a cottage 5 hours away. When you see their view, you totally get it. Their summer house was published in the 2015 Canadian Home Trends summer issue. Crystal & Maria. Lululemon had a pop-up shop at Crystal’s ... Continue Reading

The Holiday Home of my Neighbour, the Rose Whisperer

My neighbour Lois has lived in her house on the corner for 30 years with her husband Heinz. Before they bought this house, they lived in a 700 square foot house in the same town, different street. Every time she walked past this house to the library she would think to herself, “I would like to wake up in one of those attic bedrooms and have breakfast in that room ... Continue Reading

Holiday Tour of My Home 2016

Welcome to my house! This is the pared down version since this year we leave for Palm Desert on Christmas Day and won’t return until the end of January. Because we aren’t going to be here for the entire season, I put up a flocked tree again in the family room and installed a more simple mantle. For those of you that aren’t familiar with flocked trees, they are preserved ... Continue Reading