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Black Friday Colour Board Sale + A Must Watch Video

Black Friday Sale & Video

{via pinterest} Hooray, my annual Black Friday Colour board sale is here again! For 4 days only from Tuesday to Sunday, take $50 off either my Core or VIP Collection of Benjamin Moore Colour Samples, or if you take advantage of the lower, double set price, you can get an even better price this year!   If you already have one… Continue reading

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How Black is your House?

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Remember how much black there was in home decor in the 80's? Entertainment centers, dining tables and chairs, black leather sofas and black shiny coffee tables. It was too much. Now that black is here again along with greys and whites, it's a good idea to notice that black should be an accent. Used well, it highlights what's around it,… Continue reading

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Fall Fashion in Seattle with Elizabeth & Maria

Fall Shopping in Seattle with Elizabeth and Maria

Elizabeth Jacobs Every Fall, Elizabeth and I go to Seattle for the weekend to do some shopping. It's always beautiful and sunny and we love the restaurants there. We had fabulous meals, everywhere. Plus I introduced her to Chipotles where we had lunch on the way down as well as Sunday! So fresh and yummy. Our first stop was Lululemon at the Outlet… Continue reading

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Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After

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Remember the exterior transformation of this navy blue house I showed you awhile ago? Well, here's the interior. Clearly my sweet reader and client Nicole has a wonderful creative eye and just needed some colour direction from me.  Lovely medium brown floors. Before  Walls – BM Stonington Gray After Before  After The blue ceiling is BM Healing Aloe. Walls are BM… Continue reading

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Happiness is. . . Asking the Right Question

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{image source} I have a new subscription to Next on my iPad, so it was pretty easy to click on the latest issue of Fortune Magazine where Toni Robbins was on the cover.  They were calling him the CEO Whisperer. I was struck by this excerpt from his latest book Money: Master the Game, which is due to be released this… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate Coffee & Accent Tables like a Designer

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Ever noticed that designers usually don't buy matching sets of three coffee tables? One of the comments I heard a lot when we toured showrooms at High Point at Market (by the salesperson giving us the tour) this Fall was "This is all too much together of course, but individually, just fabulous".  {Pottery Barn Coffee table Cube and End Table} The worst is… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Fresh to Sell Design

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Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my blogoversary!  Some of your comments, along with the occasional email I have received, inspired this next post. Get ready — when you're finished reading this post about "fresh," you'll want to lean through the screen and kiss me. Just sayin'. I wanted to kiss all of you for your comments so it goes both ways ;… Continue reading

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My 6th Blogoversary is Here + My Best Blogging Tip

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I started this blog on Saturday, October 31, 2008. It was Halloween. Ever since I hit publish on my first post, a day never goes by when I'm not thinking about what I'm going to write next. My nephews William & Markus Since Halloween was the day it started and I am not a fan of anything scary, it's my nephews… Continue reading

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How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting

How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting | Maria Killam

I recently received this question from Shelley, asking how useful it would be to custom mix a paint colour to get it right with the light in her home. "I’ve recently used BM Manchester Tan in a pantry that has a large fluorescent light fixture, and it looks lovely — right at the happy intersection of warm and cool. But in our front entry… Continue reading

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Maria's Favourite Trends from Fall 2014 High Point Market

Maria's Favourites from Fall 2014 High Point Market | Maria Killam

I love attending High Point Market each season, now that I've decided that's where you'll find me every Spring and Fall even though it takes me an entire day to get all the way to the Southeast from the Northwest. From left to right {Maria Killam, Kara Cox, Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller and Chrissi Shields}   I'm actually giving up two… Continue reading

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