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How to Sell Toilet Paper and Learning to say No

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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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Decorating with Red: Before & After

Living Room After

Paula from Salad in a Jar hired me in April for an on-line consultation to help with colours and decorating updates on her house. Two hours later, she had a plan and three months later, here is the fabulous result! This is what she said: "Thank-you again for helping me a few months ago. You gave me a lot of confidence which made… Continue reading

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My White Shasta Daisies have Exploded! Before & After

White Umbrella

Thank you everyone for your condolences the other day. I didn't know how comforting your words would be until you wrote them! I so appreciate you!! When MaryAnne White designed my major landscaping project last year (long distance from New York), I trusted her to specify almost everything. One of my requests was for Shasta Daisies because I just think… Continue reading

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What I Learned from My Dad

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My Mom & Dad (Hellen & Paavo) My dad passed away last night. He was 87 years old and has been in a care home for over three years now with Parkinson’s disease. Although he was at the point where he could do nothing for himself except sit in a chair while he was being fed, he rarely complained. Even… Continue reading

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Need an Extra Window Somewhere? (Do This Instead)

Need an Extra Window? (Do this Instead)

  When I saw this living room designed by True Colour Expert™ and Interior Designer Jennifer Reynolds my first thought was: "OMG look at those awesome drapes! Wait, are the windows smaller than the drapery? No, it's art in between each set of panels!" Is this a brilliant idea or what? You have to go here to see the before… Continue reading

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Five Ways to Keep a White-on-White Modern Kitchen Warm

Yellow Flowers

I know, you think I'm going to say yellow (since it's my favourite colour), and yes, this colour will certainly warm up a white, modern kitchen, but actually here's how you do it. First, this kitchen was designed by my good friend Interior Designer Lee Stergios, who specializes in kitchen design. At the end I'm going to show you his… Continue reading

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Stylish Women Don't Wear T-Shirts: Yay or Nay?

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Rowena's Inn on the River (Where we were last night) This week I walked into J.Crew in downtown Vancouver and when I was standing in the fitting room, Kim, the stylist/manager (in town for training from Calgary) came to my room to see how I was doing. She taught me a new trick (for me) that I'm showing you here… Continue reading

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How to Quiet a Small Herd of Elephants

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This is another post from my genius Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill. It's been just over three years since she came into Terreeia's and my life and we cannot imagine being without her. "For those of you who have been following Maria's fabulous blog for awhile, you probably read the Two Magic Words post I wrote in October of last… Continue reading

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Happy 4th! Summer House vs. Beach House

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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

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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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