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Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour


Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading


What Do Symmetry and Nudity Have in Common?


Most of the beautiful architecture in Italy is perfectly symmetrical. That's amazing enough in itself, and it sure makes for beautiful photos, but I learned there's a much deeper, more important reason for all that symmetry. Continue reading


3 Things I Learned about Myself in Italy


Taking my dream trip to Italy last month taught me some important lessons about my business and myself. Continue reading


Make Something Ugly almost Disappear with Disney's "Go Away Green"


I know it seems like I'm on vacation AGAIN! Because I am. . . with my adorable nephews in Disneyland this week. However, this vacation (which included a three day cruise from Vancouver to LA) was booked months ago. It's Markus (6) and William (8) first time in Disneyland and Terreeia and I didn't want to miss it! Maria & Markus A… Continue reading


On Success, Compromise, and Living Your Dream


As some of you know, I just came back from a 3-week trip to Italy, something I've been talking and dreaming about on this blog ever since I started writing it almost 7 years ago. Two years ago, I got really close to going when Terreeia told me she had some friends who were going to be at their house in… Continue reading


Cream is Old, White is New, and Other Thoughts About Italy


Turns out, Italy doesn't always follow the same rules we do when it comes to colour! There's something about that place that means they can do forest green and a bunch of different undertones with abandon, and somehow, it all still looks amazing. I can't wait to tell you about my trip, show you some photos of beautiful exteriors, and share a recipe for my favourite Italian cocktail! Continue reading


Atlanta, Montreal and then Tuscany | Where will you be this Summer?


Every year since I've started writing this blog, when I write my goals for each year, I've posted about one of them being to go to Italy. Then two years ago when I told you Terreeia went to Italy with some friends without me, many of you thought I was nuts when I chose drapery over Italy. However, making that… Continue reading


A Good Professional is like a GPS but Better


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


The Right Way (and the Wrong Way) to Install Porcelain Wood Floors


I'm here at the same house in Kauai we were in last year! This time, Terreeia and I are with my sister Elizabeth and her family. This is the view from the tub in the master bathroom ensuite. Elizabeth is enjoying a  quiet moment with her book. We passed by a charming diner and coffee joint that I want to share with you. Here it is… Continue reading


The Coco Chanel Guide to Uncopyrighting (That's What I'm Doing)


{via Pinterest} So deeply has the Chanel aesthetic been impressed upon us that we no longer see it—like the air we breathe, it is everywhere but invisible. -Mademoiselle Have you read Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History? It's the story of how the #1 luxury brand in the world was created. Coco Chanel was a self-made multimillionaire before she turned 40, and she was… Continue reading


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