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Help! My New Kitchen Makes the Rest of My House Look Old

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Source This post is written by Tricia Firmaniuk, my design assistant who handles my eDesign: So often people find Maria’s blog AFTER they have already made some costly mistakes in their renovations; when they realize it’s not coming together the way they had hoped, and they go looking for answers on Google. DIY design has some common pitfalls. One of… Continue reading

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When to Break the Rules Around Choosing White (or Cream)

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Pinterest Trends are always moving. You can't pin them down. When you've been in the colour business for as long as I have, it's fascinating to watch. And it's also the reason I'm so jaded about each new tile trend fad that comes along. I'm talking about hard finishes because they are the most permanent. I really would like to save the… Continue reading

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What's Missing if Your House is Not Trendy (Who Cares?)

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Recently I received an email that haunted me for days. This happens often by the way, when you send me a good one. It puts me deeply in my head and sometimes I forget to respond. I really get upset when that happens. This email from one of my subscribers, was one of those: "I have been reading your blog for about a year… Continue reading

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One Carrara Marble Bathroom: Four Colours

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I was in Montreal a few weeks ago and snapped a picture of this classic Carrara marble bathroom in the hotel we stayed in. You'll notice that this bathroom is painted a green beige. Since Carrara marble has a blue undertone, I wouldn't call this the best choice even though it doesn't clash. So I did a poll and I… Continue reading

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Add Some Fall to Your Living Room Using Brown (I did)

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For some time now, there's been talk about browns and warmer neutrals coming back to replace gray. Last week, when someone asked if I would write a post about taupe because Sherwin Williams recently claimed one as their colour of the year I responded: "When my readers or clients start asking me for Taupe, that's when I'll know it's real. And not just someone… Continue reading

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Trend Alert: Paint Your Walls and Trim White (or Cream)

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Tricia and I have been noticing a trend with trim colours lately in our e-Design consultations. And that is if you have an earthier palette in your house either because you prefer cream over white or you have a Tuscan palette from that trend, AND you are craving a fresher look and feel, it's hard to do without painting all your… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: How Much Colour is Too Much for a Kids Room?

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Enise emailed me this photo the other day with a great 'Ask Maria' question: ”I have a very colourful antique kilim that I would like to use in my daughters bedroom. Since the kilim is so colourful, I am confused on choosing the bedding. I know that I can use some colours from the kilim pattern but those are very vibrant colours so… Continue reading

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Can Gray be Dirty? Yellow Exterior (Before & After)

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Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I'm talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was… Continue reading

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How NOT to Use the Understanding Undertones® Colour Wheel

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Understanding Undertones® – The Colour System Since launching my brand-new-to-the-world, Understanding Undertones colour wheel (above), I have received some good questions. Here is the first question: Maria, I'm sure I'm simply misinterpreting the wheel. I was looking at the fact that greige on the outer ring overlapped green-gray on the inner ring next to it. So I concluded that these colors… Continue reading

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Trendy or Classic? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

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Photo by Maria Killam at Maison & Objet When I wrote my trend report from Maison & Objet last week, truthfully, I was kind of depressed that all evidence points towards black as the next trendy neutral after grey. In this case, I hope I'm wrong. It seems that in my 20 year colour career I've now seen trend colours go full… Continue reading

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