It Took a Village to Create my New Website (Here are the details)

I’ve been blogging for a little over 8 years. My blog was on blogspot for the first 3 years. Just a free site and I did EVERYTHING myself. If you have the patience to read and follow basic instructions, it was pretty easy to insert all the widgets to get your sidebar looking good, etc. This was the first logo on my first website which cost $6000 (including the photography of my ... Continue Reading

Add Some Fall to Your Living Room Using Brown (I did)

For some time now, there’s been talk about browns and warmer neutrals coming back to replace gray. Last week, when someone asked if I would write a post about taupe because Sherwin Williams recently claimed one as their colour of the year I responded: “When my readers or clients start asking me for Taupe, that’s when I’ll know it’s real. And not just someone in the marketing department declaring ‘Well we can’t keep talking about gray ... Continue Reading

Can Gray be Dirty? Yellow Exterior (Before & After)

Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I’m talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was as a second home, she wasn’t moving up North, some ... Continue Reading

When is $5000 in Monthly Revenues Not Enough?

A year ago, I launched Interior Colour Solutions which was basically e-design and colour consulting. We were charging per colour, so if you needed a bedroom colour, or a main floor colour, or you needed some help with a backsplash or hardwood flooring, you could purchase what you needed a la carte. So far I’m not making any money providing this service. If I didn’t have other, more profitable revenue ... Continue Reading

3 Lessons I Learned When Installing My Garden 3 Years Ago

This Spring I partnered with Lowes Canada when I planted annuals for my white-on-white garden that I installed 3 years ago. See the post I wrote for them here.   Here are 3 lessons I learned along the way: Before the garden was installed. Go here to learn how to choose the right flagstone colour. When the stone steps were first installed in front of my studio, my nephews liked to play ... Continue Reading

The Magical Art of Closet Organization: Before & After

Okay I know I’m late to the party on reading this book because I’d heard lots about it for months. It wasn’t until I saw my lovely client Lisa in New York this past Spring that my life started getting magical. The book came up in one of our conversations and Lisa said, “I’ve read it so you are welcome to have it”. Amazon The premise of this book is ... Continue Reading

The Barbara Barry Guide to Instagram (Through My Living Room)

Styling & Photo by Maria Killam I recently bought Barbara Barry’s book Around Beauty and became completely obsessed! Amazon In the introduction, the author writes that after you read Barbara Barry’s book, you become even more aware of simply finding the beauty in every day, and that is exactly what happens when you read her book. You suddenly find yourself dusting off your teacups (or buying some if you don’t have any). ... Continue Reading

Sometimes I Am My Mother

  This is me 🙂 Many of you know how close I am to my Mother. I’m secretly glad she had us kids when she was so young (my Mom was 20 when I was born), because that means she’ll be with us longer! Hopefully forever! Pinterest My mother has so much energy it’s hard to contribute to her. When I’m at her house and she needs something upstairs, for ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Plan Outfits for any Trip

Took this picture from our suite (above) Terreeia and I spent an extra day in Dallas after my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course ended there last week so we did a little shopping (most of my outfit actually). After all, we were only home for two days, in time to pack up for a 10 day vacation in Los Cabos and bring my Mom! She’s never been to Mexico, or an ... Continue Reading

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 while ago, someone sent me this article on Disney’s Go ... 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 Italy. We could stay there and tour around. It seemed ... 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 decision and finishing my house got it on the cover ... Continue Reading