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Best of Colour Me Happy 2015

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It's time for my round-up from 2015! Hope you are enjoying this holiday week! Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015 Here's the first one. Read and tell me if you think I nailed it or not ; ) source   My Creative Business Model and How it's Evolved Here I'm talking about how less is more when it comes to… Continue reading

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Merry Christmas + My Family Holiday House Tours

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When I came home with a flocked tree this year, my sister Elizabeth decided she wanted one too. After all, she was hosting her husband's office Christmas party again this year and a white tree would transform her decorations and make them look new again.

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Christmas Tour of my House 2015: Flocked or Green?

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Decorating for the holidays takes me about three whole days! I love and so enjoy the result but it sure is a lot of work!

This year I was wandering around my local nursery wondering what to do that would give me a totally different look. I started chatting with Brian Minter (the owner) and he led me over to his flocked trees. Brian said an old hippie trolled the back woods of the Fraser Valley picking out perfectly appointed trees just for his store.
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The Iris Apfel School of Holiday Decorating

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This year when I started looking for a design assistant to handle all the details involved with both my Exterior Colour Solutions and my NEW Interior Colour Solutions–colour advice via email, I was very happy when Tricia Firmaniuk applied. She is a True Colour Expert™ who was in Vancouver to attend my Specify Colour with Confidence training over 2 years… Continue reading

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Holiday Transformation of My Mom's Front Door | Part 3

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I was so excited to be invited by Lowe's Canada to be involved in a holiday decorating project this season! I chose my Mom's front door because it needed some serious curb appeal! Here's the before picture below: My Mom's door needed some TLC. A new light fixture, front door handle, decorative pots, a new front door mat and of… Continue reading

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My Take on Pantone's 2016 Colour of the Year: Serenity & Rose Quartz

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image via Little Big Bell Pantone has been talking about their 'colour of the year' since 2000. This year was the first time they selected two colours. Since I was not part of the secret meetings where these colours are chosen ; ) I along with everyone else, can only speculate on these colours and offer an opinion. Navy and indigo blues are the… Continue reading

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Which Colour is Perfect for This Room? (How Fast Can YOU See It?)

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Look first, before you read any further. Which undertones are the chair and sofa? My good friend Jan Romanuk and her husband recently moved into a new condo. She asked if I'd come over to evaluate her colours. She had a plan but also wanted my opinion. Jan has been such an amazing mentor to me over the years, I was thrilled to lend my… Continue reading

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My Mom's Front Door Transformation In Progress | Part 2

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It took a village to transform my Mom's front door. When I arrived with my car full of stuff, my nephews came outside to help me unload. Here's William with the lanterns. Markus who resists smiling for the camera when asked, so I need to catch him in action! I found these adorable striped hats at Lowe's for the kids… Continue reading

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4 Steps to a Simple yet Stunning Scandinavian Holiday Mantle

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I always decorate for the holidays the first weekend of December. This year, I wanted to create something easy and totally different from previous years, yet still wanted to use decorations I already own. I have so much Christmas decor stored in plastic bins, that we had to have a small storage shed built alongside our house. When I arrived at Minter Country… Continue reading

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Does Your Front Door Say Welcome for the Holidays? Part 1

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When Lowe's Canada asked if I'd be one of their holiday bloggers and gave me the task of decorating an outdoor entry, I immediately thought of my Mom's front door. My front door has a glass and metal screen door that I'm not willing to remove, (I know, how weird is that? But I love that it feels like an extra… Continue reading

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