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Where Chic Designers and Retailers Meet

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At High Point for the furniture show! Where else? ; ) Want to know the biggest difference between a designer sofa and one you buy from a big box store? The quality of the fabric and texture. There's no microfibre here. See that sofa my friend Traci Zeller is sitting on? That's what I'm talking about. And this striated leather on… Continue reading

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Test Your Colour Confidence: 25 Days of Whites & Undertones

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It's exterior and renovation season! I have been analyzing countertops, cabinets, tile, and exterior colours with so many of you for weeks! Two years ago in the summer, I launched 37 Days of Undertones, and it was a big hit. Every day, I would post an image on my Facebook page and tell you the undertones in the colours. You all participated and did so… Continue reading

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A Peek Into My Spring Garden

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I have received a few emails asking how my garden looks in the winter, so I thought I'd show you some pictures, along with a few of the before photos thrown in. Can't resist those!

This yard has undergone such a transformation from just two years ago, when MaryAnne White found me and helped transform the ugliest landscape on the street into one of the prettiest.

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The Very Best Way to Choose Your Main Neutral

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Lynda was moving into this pretty little house in a new subdivision: She needed some help with a new colour scheme and was stuck on wall colours. One on-line consultation with me and she had a plan. Lynda had some existing furniture and artwork she wanted to work with, and she sent me a glimpse of her last house (below). She was… Continue reading

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10 Classic Outdoor Wall Sconces

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Is it time to replace the lights beside your front door? Here are some of my favourites along with some inspiration photos to help you decide which one will work for your home:  {via pinterest} Medium Price {source}   Low {source}     {via pinterest} High {source} Low {source}   {via RWA Architects} High  {via Hinkley Lighting}   Low  {via… Continue reading

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How to Update your House From the Tuscan Brown Trend

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I was recently in a Mediterranean style home that had been built and decorated completely inside the Tuscan Brown Trend. Dark (pink beige & butterscotch) Travertine floors throughout the main floor, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark wood stained cabinets throughout, yellow walls everywhere and 8 bathrooms outfitted in very expensive finishes, most with conflicting colours in floors and countertops. My client told me that she… Continue reading

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Before & After: The Pinterest School of Styling

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Interior design & styling by Maria Killam Last week as I lay by the pool on vacation in Kauai, I had already read both of the beach novels that I brought, so I went through my client's library  and pulled out The Alchemist. My sister Elizabeth posing for my photo Three years ago, when my client was building this house in… Continue reading

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The One Thing You MUST Do Before Choosing Exterior Colours

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My tulips are already blooming! It's exterior season! Even though your house might still have snow all around it and you can't call the painter quite yet, I know you're thinking about colours. I am starting to receive Ask Maria questions for exteriors, and I get it. You want to spruce up your home's curb appeal, maybe introduce a new siding… Continue reading

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The Right Way (and the Wrong Way) to Install Porcelain Wood Floors

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I'm here at the same house in Kauai we were in last year! This time, Terreeia and I are with my sister Elizabeth and her family. This is the view from the tub in the master bathroom ensuite. Elizabeth is enjoying a  quiet moment with her book. We passed by a charming diner and coffee joint that I want to share with you. Here it is… Continue reading

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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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