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How to Finally Pick the Right Colour for Your Kid's Room

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I have a treat for you today! My friend Barbara from YES Spaces is here to share on a topic I haven't covered before: choosing the right colours for kids' rooms. Barbara took my Specify Colour with Confidence course several weeks ago, she also has five kids of her own, and along with her passion for designing rooms for kids she's also been… Continue reading

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Grey is OUT! (Maybe) The Colour Trend is IN!

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I've talked a lot about trends lately, and I know many people out there are confused. When it comes to grey, specifically, we are all eager to know: Is it in? is it out?  I've figured out an easier way to explain it: {via Pinterest} I'm going to stop calling it The Grey Trend and start calling it The Colour Trend instead. Why? I… Continue reading

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The Problem with Your Orange/Yellow Floors

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I get this question so much, it's time to focus on it for a moment. A lot of people have this problem. Or should I say "problem"? {Yellow/orange floors. Anything wrong here?} So here's the question from a reader: "Have you ever had to decorate around a maple floor? Yes, I have just moved into what was an elegant maple floors +… Continue reading

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True Colour Experts Know Colour

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In the fall of 2012, Gwen Debruyn, the proprietress and designer behind Bayberry Cottage, came to Toronto from Michigan to attend my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course. She was a delight to have in my class. At the end of the first day, she said "Only two more days!" On the second day, she said, "So sad, only one more day :… Continue reading

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The Coco Chanel Guide to Uncopyrighting (That's What I'm Doing)

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{via Pinterest} So deeply has the Chanel aesthetic been impressed upon us that we no longer see it—like the air we breathe, it is everywhere but invisible. -Mademoiselle Have you read Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History? It's the story of how the #1 luxury brand in the world was created. Coco Chanel was a self-made multimillionaire before she turned 40, and she was… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Choose the Colour of Your Curtain Rods

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{via pinterest} One of my lovely readers recently asked if I would write about curtain rods. What size, what colour, which finials? Trendy or timeless? Wood, metal, or something else? Rods can frame a room, or they can be made to visually disappear. Generally speaking, they should be chosen with contrast in mind. Think of them like eyeliner: they're there to… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Cover Dated Shower Doors

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Terreeia and I had a lovely visit with our friends this weekend. As soon as I saw one of their bathrooms, I knew I had to show you. It was so clever! If you have dated glass shower doors, you're going to love this. All you need for this insta-update is is a decorative shower rod and some off-the-shelf curtains to match your decor.… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! The Previous Homeowner Installed Granite to Sell

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This homeowner reached out to me with photos of two bathrooms in her own house. Who can see what's wrong here? It's the old "granite to sell" trick and some would say it worked but the new granite makes the floor and cabinets look especially dated. How can you tell that the granite is the new addition? That 4" kick along the… Continue reading

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My Creative Business Model and How it's Evolved

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{maybe not this cold}  Some of you may have noticed that my posts have shifted considerably over the past few months to less rather than more. In the last year with all the time I've spent sitting in freezing cold hotel ballrooms looking at my business and thinking about what to do to make it better, I've learned that less… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Should my Fireplace Surround be Subway?

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This is a great question that I have never talked about on my blog, so here it is: "The current tile I have around my fireplace is pinky-beige left over from the tucson brown era. I plan on removing the existing tile and would like to replace it with something a little more timeless. I know from reading your other… Continue reading

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