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3 Lessons I Learned When Installing My Garden 3 Years Ago

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This Spring I partnered with Lowes Canada when I planted annuals for my white-on-white garden that I installed 3 years ago. See the post I wrote for them here.   Here are 3 lessons I learned along the way: Before the garden was installed. Go here to learn how to choose the right flagstone colour. When the stone steps were first installed… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)

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via Pinterest Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it's the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I'd show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram ;) ;) First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is my Fireplace too Earthy for a White Kitchen?

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Rue Magazine Okay so a while ago when I changed the 'Ask Maria' questions to 'Send me your what's bothering me', questions, ya'll pretty much stopped sending them, so obviously that wasn't the best idea I've ever come up with. So please keep sending them to me here. And by the way, when you do, remember to include an image… Continue reading

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The Magical Art of Closet Organization: Before & After

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Okay I know I'm late to the party on reading this book because I'd heard lots about it for months. It wasn't until I saw my lovely client Lisa in New York this past Spring that my life started getting magical. The book came up in one of our conversations and Lisa said, "I've read it so you are welcome… Continue reading

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Sell Your Classic House in 24 Hours Flat

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When Terreeia and I were in Toronto for my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Event in May, we had dinner with a good friend. We were talking about the extremely hot real estate market in Toronto (and Vancouver). In the last two weeks for example, homes in Toronto are selling for up to a million dollars OVER the asking price with bidding wars… Continue reading

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Exterior Accents Change Everything: Before & After

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The owners of this lovely home (below) purchased the trim/accent on-line colour consultation . Despite it's classic bones, this house was just not living up to it's potential. It was feeling a bit tired. We wanted to address a few issues including unifying the trim with the right colour, which will be painted next season. In the mean time, they put our… Continue reading

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A Fresh and Classic Dream Home in Texas

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Exterior colours: Sherwin Williams Colonnade Grey, Shutters: SW Breezy I recently received this email from Lori in Texas who bought my White eBook during the design phase of her dream home, and here is the beautiful and classic result! I purchased your e-book,  White Is Complicated: A Decorator’s Guide to Choosing the Right White, while we were in the design phase of our… Continue reading

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How to be Smart in a World Filled With Dumb Colour Advice

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There's a conversation out in the colour trend world that colour is moving back to browns and warmer grey tones in the realm of mushroom or driftwood, and cocoas and caramels. First, it's important for you to understand that colour trends move slowly for people who are not in the industry. So that means brown is not coming back anytime soon. I haven't specified anything remotely… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Add More Colour Without Pattern

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When I was in New Jersey leading my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event and the second evening at dinner, I was sitting next to a designer who asked me a question about kitchen valances she was designing for a client. She was having trouble finding a fabric that her client liked. I suggested a solid fabric (below) with contrasting tape or a band of… Continue reading

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Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't

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My last two Specify Colour With Confidence™ events held back to back in Toronto and then New Jersey were off the charts! I have been so inspired meeting designers and colour enthusiasts from all over the country who have followed my work for so many years. One designer in Toronto (who wanted to remain nameless) told me that after she did… Continue reading

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