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Quick Announcement and a Favour regarding White

My super-short survey about white

We are really close to finishing my long-awaited eBook on white: White is Complicated, A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White Every Time (above). We plan to release it in the Fall. It's funny, at first I was sure this book would be shorter than How to Choose Paint Colours: It's all in the Undertones, but it's just as big and maybe… Continue reading

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Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After

Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After | Maria Killam

  When Nicole moved into this house in Bucks County, PA three years ago, she hired me to help her come up with a conceptual plan for finishes and colours inside as well as exterior colour. I'll show you the interior befores and afters in another post, she reported that her house sold within three hours of going on the market! We both immediately… Continue reading

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3 Burning Questions Answered (Finally) at BlogHer14

Maria & Barbara

Outdoor decor at the McDonalds closing party at Blogher14 Since I've blogged for over 5 years now, I come to a blogging conference because there's always more to learn. There's lots of beginner information that I've sat through in hotel ballrooms all around the country, but then someone says something that makes it all worthwhile. Here are the nuggets I've picked… Continue reading

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How to Sell Toilet Paper and Learning to say No

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So I'm here at BlogHer'14 in San Jose with my good friend Barbara Miller from Yes Spaces. We had registered for the conference months ago but I am so bad because I usually only read what I absolutely have to read. So I don't check out the conference agenda until the night before my flight and I realize that if I don't… Continue reading

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Decorating with Red: Before & After

Living Room After

Paula from Salad in a Jar hired me in April for an on-line consultation to help with colours and decorating updates on her house. Two hours later, she had a plan and three months later, here is the fabulous result! This is what she said: "Thank-you again for helping me a few months ago. You gave me a lot of confidence which made… Continue reading

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My White Shasta Daisies have Exploded! Before & After

White Umbrella

Thank you everyone for your condolences the other day. I didn't know how comforting your words would be until you wrote them! I so appreciate you!! When MaryAnne White designed my major landscaping project last year (long distance from New York), I trusted her to specify almost everything. One of my requests was for Shasta Daisies because I just think… Continue reading

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What I Learned from My Dad

Paavo

My Mom & Dad (Hellen & Paavo) My dad passed away last night. He was 87 years old and has been in a care home for over three years now with Parkinson’s disease. Although he was at the point where he could do nothing for himself except sit in a chair while he was being fed, he rarely complained. Even… Continue reading

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Need an Extra Window Somewhere? (Do This Instead)

Need an Extra Window? (Do this Instead)

  When I saw this living room designed by True Colour Expert™ and Interior Designer Jennifer Reynolds my first thought was: "OMG look at those awesome drapes! Wait, are the windows smaller than the drapery? No, it's art in between each set of panels!" Is this a brilliant idea or what? You have to go here to see the before… Continue reading

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Five Ways to Keep a White-on-White Modern Kitchen Warm

Yellow Flowers

I know, you think I'm going to say yellow (since it's my favourite colour), and yes, this colour will certainly warm up a white, modern kitchen, but actually here's how you do it. First, this kitchen was designed by my good friend Interior Designer Lee Stergios, who specializes in kitchen design. At the end I'm going to show you his… Continue reading

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Stylish Women Don't Wear T-Shirts: Yay or Nay?

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Rowena's Inn on the River (Where we were last night) This week I walked into J.Crew in downtown Vancouver and when I was standing in the fitting room, Kim, the stylist/manager (in town for training from Calgary) came to my room to see how I was doing. She taught me a new trick (for me) that I'm showing you here… Continue reading

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