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Should You Install Gray Wood Floors?

Dining Room

The first day of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training is my favourite. It's when all the participants of my courses have their biggest transformation about understanding colour and undertones. But before they experience this transformation, I set up the entire three days of training with a conversation about magic, about selling the right colour, about selling classic and timeless and about… Continue reading

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How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)

Blue, green & Yellow

  This post is also an "Ask Maria" question. So here it is: "I have painted my family room with BM Clay Beige except the focal fireplace wall which I selected SW Exclusive Plum (6263).  I am happy with those colors.  I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s)… Continue reading

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"I've Got This" and Other Unrealistic Thoughts about Renovating

Brushed Brass pull

Learn how to coordinate granite with stained wood cabinets {image source} So, for those of you who are missing out, you can still sign up here and catch up! Last week we focused on planning your renovation using my proprietary Colour Confidence Method™ and this Week #3 we're covering the Step-by-Step plan for new builds. It's Wednesday at 11:00 am PST time and… Continue reading

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Maria Killam's White Garden Transformation: Before & After

Petunias

It's fascinating to have a Perennial garden designed like mine. There's always something that takes turns blooming, so finally when my white Shasta daisies along with my white hydrangeas were looking their best, I had my photographer Tracey Ayton come out to take photos. She also photographed a summer house I've been working on for a client and when I… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate White & Cream (If You Made a Mistake)

cream and white kitchen

Just in case you thought that you can't mix white and cream, you certainly can. But sometimes it can look like you made a mistake. Or maybe you finished the room and it doesn't seem quite right. For example, what if you chose all your kitchen finishes, countertops, flooring and backsplash in white or cream, with only one exception? You… Continue reading

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Where We're Vacationing in September (You'll See it Too)

Orient Express

First, thank you so much for the huge response to my White eBook survey, I love my readers!! I'll announce the winner of my SW Colour Boards in my next post. Okay, so here's what's happening. . . . we’re going to explore Atlantic Canada, September 6 – 17th! Terreeia was born in Nova Scotia but I’ve never been to… Continue reading

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Quick Announcement and a Favour regarding White

My super-short survey about white

We are really close to finishing my long-awaited eBook on white: White is Complicated, A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White Every Time (above). We plan to release it in the Fall. It's funny, at first I was sure this book would be shorter than How to Choose Paint Colours: It's all in the Undertones, but it's just as big and maybe… Continue reading

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Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After

Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After | Maria Killam

  When Nicole moved into this house in Bucks County, PA three years ago, she hired me to help her come up with a conceptual plan for finishes and colours inside as well as exterior colour. I'll show you the interior befores and afters in another post, she reported that her house sold within three hours of going on the market! We both immediately… Continue reading

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3 Burning Questions Answered (Finally) at BlogHer14

Maria & Barbara

Outdoor decor at the McDonalds closing party at Blogher14 Since I've blogged for over 5 years now, I come to a blogging conference because there's always more to learn. There's lots of beginner information that I've sat through in hotel ballrooms all around the country, but then someone says something that makes it all worthwhile. Here are the nuggets I've picked… Continue reading

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How to Sell Toilet Paper and Learning to say No

toilet paper

So I'm here at BlogHer'14 in San Jose with my good friend Barbara Miller from Yes Spaces. We had registered for the conference months ago but I am so bad because I usually only read what I absolutely have to read. So I don't check out the conference agenda until the night before my flight and I realize that if I don't… Continue reading

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