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My Favourite Fashion Tips for Fall 2014

cable knit sweater

My Specify Colour with Confidence™ course is here in downtown Vancouver starting tomorrow so I decided I needed a couple new items for Fall. My Sisters and I drove into downtown Vancouver for a little shopping and dinner on Friday night and after walking around here is what I've decided will make you look current this Fall. Plaids are HOT.  {source}… Continue reading

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Sometimes I Just Feel like a Loser

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You may have noticed that I'm light on the blog posts lately. It's because I've been feeling like a loser. I write when I'm inspired, which luckily is most of the time. You'll notice, I don't have a schedule of posts with fabulous photos of my house I've taken myself with seasonal decor like some bloggers whom I greatly admire.… Continue reading

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How Do You Know if a White is Cool or Warm?

White Bedrooms

I'm almost finished my White is Complicated: A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White Every Time eBook, we are planning to launch in early November! I received over 1,200 responses on the survey on whites I conducted a couple months ago and that had me go back to the drawing board to make sure all the critical questions were covered… Continue reading

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Two Reasons to ALWAYS Keep Learning

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In the last year, I have been travelling and spending a lot of time in hotel ballrooms learning how to take my business and website to the next level. Finding the right guru to get you there is not an easy task, let me tell you! I'm always the ONLY colour expert/decorator in a room of around 700 people. However,… Continue reading

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Maria Killam in Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine + my Last two Homes

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I'm so delighted to have my entire house which was featured on the cover of Style at Home this Spring spotlighted again in the September issue of Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine! For those of you who haven't seen the 'before' photos when we started the renovation project a little over two years ago, you can see them here.   Julia… Continue reading

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Jelly Bean Row: Test your Colour Eye

Row houses

The residents of St. John's, NFLD (Canada) must be used to tourists taking photos of their colourful homes, happily, the second day we were there, the sun came out. The reason their homes are so colourful is because most of the downtown core was burned in a fire in 1892 and the quickest way to rebuild the homes was to build row houses.… Continue reading

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The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

Maria in Yellow

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There's… Continue reading

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Nova Scotia is Red & White

Red Barn

Today we've driven almost entirely around the North side of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. These were the muskoka chairs sitting outside the B&B we stayed at in Maitland. I love that so many people have one chair of each colour. This is the main house that was built in 1859. The wood flooring was installed by shipbuilders and… Continue reading

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Montreal & The Train to Halifax

Sailboat

  First stop on our way to Halifax, we had a 5 hour layover in Calgary on our way to Montreal so of course I had to see my first Nephew Luukas! It was so great to have dinner with him and catch up. We took the red eye to Montreal and then walked back and forth on St. Catherines… Continue reading

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Our First Date

Our First Date

Terreeia and I in 2007 In 1998 I was in a six month leadership course with Landmark Education. Terreeia was the head coach. I didn't like my coach. One day while in a coaching conversation with her I got totally frustrated and ended up saying some mean things. Immediately after I hung up the phone I felt bad and didn't know what to do… Continue reading

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