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Two Classic White Kitchens To Copy

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We are finalizing the finishes and colours for Crystal's white kitchen (see the before pics here). These are the two options we discussed. Option 1 Marble looking quartz with off-white cabinets and a walnut island with light floors (rift white oak), here are some inspiration pics. Via DecorPad This floor is darker than what we are installing but this is the idea… Continue reading

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How to Redesign a Bathroom that's too Big

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Via pinterest (combined shower and tub) Lately I've been thinking about house plans. I have seen so many of them that aren't fabulous and it makes me wonder why there isn't one website where you can go and find the best house plans. Floor plans that would make you weep with joy. This is what I think is missing in the… Continue reading

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I Heart New York: Where to Start When Defining Your Look

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  My course in Vancouver last week was the best ever! I know it seems like I always say that but truly I never lead the same course twice. I'm always adding, tweaking, and working to make delivering my system better and better. Last week I added a new conversation–or more accurately inserted a much bigger emphasis–about adopting a classic aesthetic, in the course. Why?… Continue reading

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14 Inexpensive Ways to Get the Look of Real Art

From Emily A. Clark

  I'm currently in Austin, Texas at a Mastermind group (working on something I'm creating for all my True Colour Experts this year) at the Omni Hotel downtown! Then I leave for Dallas to lead my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event next week. What should we do on Sunday in Austin? I would love your comments, we haven't made a… Continue reading

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Renovations have Exceptions Very Different from New Builds

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The view from their house in the summer I usually get involved with a project AFTER the renovation, when it's time to decorate. However, I have spent countless hours with clients helping them navigate and plan the colours and finishes for their renovation . What you should do first. What you should do second. What colour is your foundation palette? White or Cream? What… Continue reading

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Master Bedroom in Serenity; Pantone's Colour of the Year | Before & After

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I emailed my client Barbara and asked if she had painted her bedroom yet (the room was finished but just needed the new wall colour). She replied "Yes, I have the bedroom painted  … AND …. it looks fabulous!   Love Love Love it!" Here it was before the transformation (above). We needed an area rug, a new duvet and… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: About Carpets, Oak Cabinets & Dining Chairs

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I have received a few Ask Maria questions recently and some of the answers are too short for a whole blog post so I'm grouping four of them together in one. So here's the first one: "I have oak cabinets that I can't afford to replace. I need a smaller table for my kitchen.What color table Should I look for?" Normally,… Continue reading

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5 Steps To a Design Career Without the Formal Education

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via HGTV My Mom was going out of town this past weekend but I received a text from her at 5:19 AM Saturday morning. If you're not a Fin, you won't be able to read half of this so I'll translate. "Maria, come visit, I'm watching some amazing ted talks." "But you're going?" (I thought she was leaving really early)  "Not… Continue reading

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Encaustic Tiles: Should You Embrace the Trend?

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Tiles via Amazon Those of you who have been reading my musings about accent tile for years now could have easily predicted that this post was coming. Well, here it is. First, you should know that I did not even know how to say Encaustic before January of this year? I still worry when I say it that I'm not pronouncing it… Continue reading

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The Secret to Feeling at Home

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  Image via Design Sponge I have a treat for you today! Our new virtual Director of Customer Service & Delight/Event Coordinator Lisa Borton, based out of Naperville, Illinois, has written a guest post for us. We asked everyone who applied for this position to write a blog post and I loved hers so much, I'm sharing it with you!… Continue reading

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