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How to Choose Granite For Your Kitchen Island

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Granite is an expensive element of your kitchen renovation budget. It also has the potential to be a really expensive mistake. What should you know before choosing granite for your kitchen island? How can you make sure to do it right? Continue reading

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The Easy Way to Decorate Around a Tan (Pink Beige) Sofa

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If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know there's nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa. You also know that pink beige is so EVERYWHERE that it's probably not your fault if you have it in your home. There's just too much of it out there. Here's how to decorate around it so it looks intentional. Continue reading

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The Real Cost of DIY Advice

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I've been thinking about this a lot lately: why is it that so many of us don't seek out professional advice until there's an emergency on our doorsteps? Why do we so unquestioningly pay for certain services, like dentistry or health care, but then think we can do it ourselves when it comes to others, like home renovations?

When is the best time to hire a professional to save ourselves the most money? Continue reading

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Colour in Commercial Hallways: 3 Ways to Get it Right

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The corridors of apartments and hotels set an important tone for the building as a whole. Here's how to choose colours that coordinate with each other, address the challenges of these common spaces, and make a designer statement. Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: Transformation from Brown to Blue | Before & After

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My client Barbara and her husband had built seven homes together. Every time they would start a new build, she would say, "Can we please save enough money to decorate at the end?"

That day never seemed to arrive.

Last year, her husband passed away, and Barbara decided it was now or never. She'd been following my blog for years, so she felt she could trust me to give her the look and feel she wanted. In January, we started the decorating project: the living, dining, kitchen, and master bedroom. Continue reading

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Style your Home like the Pros by using the Triangle Principle

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This is a guest post by Heddy Bing from Urban Spaces Design. Heddy is an interior designer who specializes in retail design. Hi, everyone! I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger here today. Maria is brilliant. She has great taste and style, and I’m delighted to be featured! I sent Maria an email after seeing this post, Before & After: The Pinterest School… Continue reading

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A Classic Cream and White Bathroom (How to get One)

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As you might have figured out by now, I travel a lot! I've seen many hotel bathrooms over the years that I've been writing this blog and never felt compelled to show you one, until today. Last week, I held my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago and we stayed at the Palmer… Continue reading

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The Minimalist Guide to Decorating with Charcoal

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Photos by Maria Killam Recently, I had a consultation with a client who needed help creating a colour palette for her new home. She didn't want to make the same mistakes she had made in the past and was looking for a plan. She sent me this inspiration photo for her house:  {via pinterest} I spent a few minutes asking more questions to make… Continue reading

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How to Take Charge of Your Bossy Tile

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The minute we walked into our room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport last night, I declared, "This room was decorated BEFORE the brown trend!" It's a game I like to play with anyone who will listen everywhere I go. What's the dead giveaway? The colour of the wood-stained furniture: it was all orange and yellow with no espresso brown in sight.… Continue reading

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A Good Professional is like a GPS but Better

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Tuscany When was the last time you got lost? If you're anything like me, you're tempted to say it's been awhile. Technology has made getting lost pretty much impossible. If we take even one wrong turn, Google Maps will frantically start recalculating to put us back on course before we hit the next intersection. It feels like a relief to those of us with no sense… Continue reading

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