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A New Way to Design Accent tile: Ceramic Architecture

Herringbone Pattern

I first learned the term 'ceramic architecture' when the VP of Waterworks gave a presentation and I wrote this post afterwards about perfect vs. perfectly nice bathrooms. When I searched 'ceramic architecture' on google, I was fascinated that absolutely nothing comes up with regard to tile layouts. As many of you know, accent tile has a bad rap on this blog and… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes WEBINAR: Summer School with Maria Killam

Townhouse

When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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Aimee's Happy Home Makeover: Before & After

Ottoman Vignette

This weekend Irene's sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene "I never understood the term 'eye candy' until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there's something pretty to look at."
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Where I'm Styling & Decorating this Weekend

Port Alberni

Thanks to all of my generous readers, we raised over $12,000 for Irene's sister Aimee and her 5 children, read the full story in this post.

All the furniture arrived a few weeks ago and I'm hopping a ferry to Port Alberni (above) today where I'll be hanging pictures and styling the house for the rest of the day and Saturday!

I picked all the colours on-line and they turned out amazing (So this means I can keep my day job, haha) I'll post photos next week so stay tuned!

Aimee has no idea how she's about to feel in her house by end of day Saturday, I can't wait!!

In the meantime, here are some of my favourite tablescapes and vignettes for inspiration: Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

Master Bedroom

Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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The Best Cream Bathrooms

Stunning Mirror

My white eBook is coming out soon, it always takes longer than I think it will to get it done and done and edited. It's going to take the world of whites and make it so much easier to understand. I've divided whites into white, off-white and cream. Because that's all you really need to know to choose a white. I've… Continue reading

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How Long will You Wait to Get The Sofa You Want?

cheap and fast is not good

I once helped a client decorate her guest room. She wanted everything NOW. The painting had to happen IMMEDIATELY! The furniture, delivered YESTERDAY.

In my experience, there are two types of clients who want furniture that fast.

When you move into a new house and you don't have any furniture to sit on, that has people get pretty impatient for new stuff, RIGHT NOW.

Second, the client who cannot decide. They don't want to make a mistake so they wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And put up with old, bad, and cheap for a very long time. Continue reading

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Do You Listen to Unsolicited Advice? Yay or Nay

Greatness

My favourite unsolicited advice Since I started posting 3 times per week on my 'Fix your Colours' series on Facebook, I have noticed that when I don't comment on every single part of the room in question, people start asking "What would you do?" Last week, when I posted a link to a step-by-step tutorial on How to Mess up your Kitchen… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: How do I Find a New Area Rug to work with my Old Furniture?

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  Since many of us are now incorporating fresh and happy colours into our homes, I have started seeing a lot of living rooms with bright new geometric area rugs that mostly don't relate to the upholstery in the room. You don't want a look in your living room that screams "Old, tired sofa, happy new area rug!". Last week I received a… Continue reading

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My Snowflowering Tree Blooms on my Birthday: Before & After

Shortcut to Patio

You know when you finish decorating or designing a room and the after photo is so pretty you think "Darn, I wish I had that exact same angle for the before photo?!!" Well, today, I have it for this angle on my back deck. This was part of the collection of photos I sent my Landscape Architect MaryAnne White 18 months… Continue reading

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