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The Timeless Flooring Everywhere in Italy


It's hard to take pictures for a blog on a trip because I never know what I'm going to talk about until I start gathering photos for a post. Then I start thinking "Darn, I wish I had taken more pictures of floors." But it wasn't until the end of the trip that I noticed how much of the same… Continue reading


What Do Symmetry and Nudity Have in Common?


Most of the beautiful architecture in Italy is perfectly symmetrical. That's amazing enough in itself, and it sure makes for beautiful photos, but I learned there's a much deeper, more important reason for all that symmetry. Continue reading


3 Things I Learned about Myself in Italy


Taking my dream trip to Italy last month taught me some important lessons about my business and myself. Continue reading


Bad Design Advice: Fall in Love with All Your Finishes


  Statement tile, Herringbone Carrara {House Beautiful} Pattern quota done. Keep your countertop solid or almost solid. {Source} I had an interesting conversation with one of my readers while I was consulting on her kitchen renovation. She had already installed tile floors in her kitchen and couldn't decide on a countertop. She had some options selected, but she told me, "I'm not in love with… Continue reading


Refresh your Dining Room with Upholstered Chairs: Before & After


When I decorated my client Barbara's dining room, she had too many chairs already and didn't need anything more than new chair covers, an area rug and custom drapery.

But when I found this upholstered chair from Pier 1 (below) that would make her dining room feel much more collected and less 'matchy-matchy', she bought them right away. Continue reading


Make Something Ugly almost Disappear with Disney's "Go Away Green"


I know it seems like I'm on vacation AGAIN! Because I am. . . with my adorable nephews in Disneyland this week. However, this vacation (which included a three day cruise from Vancouver to LA) was booked months ago. It's Markus (6) and William (8) first time in Disneyland and Terreeia and I didn't want to miss it! Maria & Markus A… Continue reading


On Success, Compromise, and Living Your Dream


As some of you know, I just came back from a 3-week trip to Italy, something I've been talking and dreaming about on this blog ever since I started writing it almost 7 years ago. Two years ago, I got really close to going when Terreeia told me she had some friends who were going to be at their house in… Continue reading


Mixing Metals: How to Update a Brown Kitchen by adding Brass


Barbara built this house with her husband 5 years ago ago. He wanted a wood stained kitchen and although she'd love to have a white kitchen now, she wasn't prepared to paint it in this phase of the decorating project.

Her biggest complaint was with the pendant lights, they created a lot of visual glare and she wanted them replaced.

Also, she needed drapery to block out the sun in the wintertime when it slanted through the windows. Continue reading


Cream is Old, White is New, and Other Thoughts About Italy


Turns out, Italy doesn't always follow the same rules we do when it comes to colour! There's something about that place that means they can do forest green and a bunch of different undertones with abandon, and somehow, it all still looks amazing. I can't wait to tell you about my trip, show you some photos of beautiful exteriors, and share a recipe for my favourite Italian cocktail! Continue reading


4 Shades of Blue You Can't Live Without


Traci Zeller is one of my very first true colour experts, and she's from Charlotte, North Carolina. If you love blue as much as she does (and don't we all?), you don't want to miss her advice about the four shades you absolutely cannot live without. Continue reading


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