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A Classic Cream and White Bathroom (How to get One)

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As you might have figured out by now, I travel a lot! I've seen many hotel bathrooms over the years that I've been writing this blog and never felt compelled to show you one, until today. Last week, I held my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago and we stayed at the Palmer… Continue reading

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The Minimalist Guide to Decorating with Charcoal

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Photos by Maria Killam Recently, I had a consultation with a client who needed help creating a colour palette for her new home. She didn't want to make the same mistakes she had made in the past and was looking for a plan. She sent me this inspiration photo for her house:  {via pinterest} I spent a few minutes asking more questions to make… Continue reading

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How to Take Charge of Your Bossy Tile

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The minute we walked into our room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport last night, I declared, "This room was decorated BEFORE the brown trend!" It's a game I like to play with anyone who will listen everywhere I go. What's the dead giveaway? The colour of the wood-stained furniture: it was all orange and yellow with no espresso brown in sight.… Continue reading

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A Good Professional is like a GPS but Better

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Tuscany When was the last time you got lost? If you're anything like me, you're tempted to say it's been awhile. Technology has made getting lost pretty much impossible. If we take even one wrong turn, Google Maps will frantically start recalculating to put us back on course before we hit the next intersection. It feels like a relief to those of us with no sense… Continue reading

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Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

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Jacqueline called me and said:

"Help! My laundry room is finished, it's white, I followed all the advice on your blog right down to copying the shelves in your laundry room, but now that I have a white Maria Killam laundry room and I can do anything I want, I have no idea where to start!

What colour should I paint it? I painted it BM Grey Owl because I had some leftover paint but it's doing nothing for me!"

I said, "First, Grey Owl is almost like a neutral, muted blue/green grey that would look great in a bathroom with lots of blue grey marble that coordinated with it, but for your laundry room to look fabulous, it needs a colour! Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Must my Kitchen Coordinate With the Dining Room?

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I’m am a big fan and follower of your “Ask Maria” series. I’ve never done anything like this before so I thought I’d give it a go.  We're looking to update our kitchen and our dilemma is what color to paint our cabinets and island. Our cabinets are in good condition so we can’t justify replacing them. The sink, faucet… Continue reading

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How to Make a Man Love Pink (Carriage House Tour)

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My mom, Hellen If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my love of colour comes from my mother. One of the big reasons I moved out to the country (from Vancouver) is to live closer to her. She is one of my best friends, and I will do pretty much anything for her. Once in a… Continue reading

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When White Walls are the ONLY Solution

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{via pinterest} In the very beginning of my design career I was fortunate enough to have some great mentors. One was a very talented designer who probably couldn't tell you about undertones but she had amazing spidey senses when it came to choosing colour. As designers working in a paint store, our job was to book in-home appointments with customers who came into the store… Continue reading

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4 Ways to Decorate Around Your Charcoal Sofa

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Today's post is about decorating with charcoal, really important to know since it's such a popular neutral right now!

If you have a charcoal sofa (just like during the brown trend, when most neutral-loving shoppers purchased a brown one) it's time for me to help you bring this colour to life.

Why?
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The Trends You Need to Know Right Now for 2016

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I'm back from High Point Market, the furnishing-industry-only tradeshow that showcases and forecasts upcoming trends in home decor. It's one of my favourite shows to visit because it means I can tell you all about what's trendy, and then hear from you about whether you're going to put it in your own home. Want to know what's coming up for next year? I know you do. Continue reading

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