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Happy 4th! Summer House vs. Beach House

outdoor canopy

I have a client who lives up on Promontory Hill in Chilliwack. They have one of the best uninterrupted views I've ever seen. Looking out their living room windows, you feel like you've driven for five hours to a cabin in the woods, to get that kind of stunning view. So it made sense that when property came up for sale right beside their… Continue reading

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Got Inspiration? 10 Steps to Create the Rest of the Room

Painting

A reader recently asked me if this piece of art (below) could be used as a jumping off point for a colour scheme in a living/dining/kitchen area. First. This is exactly what y'all should be doing. Most people think: "Once I get the wall colour nailed down, I'll be able to breathe," but as I've said — numerous times before — doing it that way… Continue reading

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Best Ideas for Creative Kids Rooms: Before & After

Dinosours Gathering

This post is written by my Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill:

Last week at this time Maria and I were just finishing up the last touches of our magical home makeover for my sister, Aimee and five of her kids. They were all glowing with happiness and pride in their "new" home.

Four months ago, when Maria and I started this project of love, I carefully interviewed each of my nieces and nephews to find out what would make them love their rooms the most. I found out what they were interested in and spent hours scouring the internet to get all the little pieces exactly right. At the end of the day I wanted to see wonder and awe in each set of eyes and was over the moon that we managed to do just that! Continue reading

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A New Way to Design Accent tile: Ceramic Architecture

Herringbone Pattern

I first learned the term 'ceramic architecture' when the VP of Waterworks gave a presentation and I wrote this post afterwards about perfect vs. perfectly nice bathrooms. When I searched 'ceramic architecture' on google, I was fascinated that absolutely nothing comes up with regard to tile layouts. As many of you know, accent tile has a bad rap on this blog and… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes WEBINAR: Summer School with Maria Killam

Townhouse

When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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Aimee's Happy Home Makeover: Before & After

Ottoman Vignette

This weekend Irene's sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene "I never understood the term 'eye candy' until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there's something pretty to look at."
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Where I'm Styling & Decorating this Weekend

Port Alberni

Thanks to all of my generous readers, we raised over $12,000 for Irene's sister Aimee and her 5 children, read the full story in this post.

All the furniture arrived a few weeks ago and I'm hopping a ferry to Port Alberni (above) today where I'll be hanging pictures and styling the house for the rest of the day and Saturday!

I picked all the colours on-line and they turned out amazing (So this means I can keep my day job, haha) I'll post photos next week so stay tuned!

Aimee has no idea how she's about to feel in her house by end of day Saturday, I can't wait!!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite tablescapes and vignettes for inspiration: Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

Master Bedroom

Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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The Best Cream Bathrooms

Stunning Mirror

My white eBook is coming out soon, it always takes longer than I think it will to get it done and done and edited. It's going to take the world of whites and make it so much easier to understand. I've divided whites into white, off-white and cream. Because that's all you really need to know to choose a white. I've… Continue reading

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How Long will You Wait to Get The Sofa You Want?

cheap and fast is not good

I once helped a client decorate her guest room. She wanted everything NOW. The painting had to happen IMMEDIATELY! The furniture, delivered YESTERDAY.

In my experience, there are two types of clients who want furniture that fast.

When you move into a new house and you don't have any furniture to sit on, that has people get pretty impatient for new stuff, RIGHT NOW.

Second, the client who cannot decide. They don't want to make a mistake so they wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And put up with old, bad, and cheap for a very long time. Continue reading

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