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The Barbara Barry Guide to Instagram (Through My Living Room)

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Styling & Photo by Maria Killam I recently bought Barbara Barry's book Around Beauty and became completely obsessed! Amazon In the introduction, the author writes that after you read Barbara Barry's book, you become even more aware of simply finding the beauty in every day, and that is exactly what happens when you read her book. You suddenly find yourself dusting off… Continue reading

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The Four Best Whites for your Open Plan House

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I was recently quoted in Cottage White magazine along with other fabulous colour experts and it's available in the newsstands now. Here's my quote: “People seem to agonize over whites more than any other color because once you start comparing whites, that’s where the trouble starts,” says decorator Maria Killam, author of the e-books How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s… Continue reading

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How to Save Money (While Renovating) With a Second Opinion

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Home Bunch Sometimes I think people get fixated on the wrong things when they're renovating. They spend wildly here, then get stingy there. Even worse, if you're doing a renovation on your own without the input of a design professional, you'll swing back and forth even more. For example, you'll think the more expensive fireplace insert is important, but then forget about the colour. One… Continue reading

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Sometimes I Am My Mother

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  This is me :) Many of you know how close I am to my Mother. I'm secretly glad she had us kids when she was so young (my Mom was 20 when I was born), because that means she'll be with us longer! Hopefully forever! Pinterest My mother has so much energy it's hard to contribute to her. When… Continue reading

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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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