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

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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… Continue reading

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Sometimes I Am My Mother

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  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… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Plan Outfits for any Trip

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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… Continue reading

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Christmas Tour of my House 2015: Flocked or Green?

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Decorating for the holidays takes me about three whole days! I love and so enjoy the result but it sure is a lot of work!

This year I was wandering around my local nursery wondering what to do that would give me a totally different look. I started chatting with Brian Minter (the owner) and he led me over to his flocked trees. Brian said an old hippie trolled the back woods of the Fraser Valley picking out perfectly appointed trees just for his store.
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My Mom's Front Door Transformation In Progress | Part 2

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It took a village to transform my Mom's front door. When I arrived with my car full of stuff, my nephews came outside to help me unload. Here's William with the lanterns. Markus who resists smiling for the camera when asked, so I need to catch him in action! I found these adorable striped hats at Lowe's for the kids… Continue reading

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

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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

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What Do Symmetry and Nudity Have in Common?

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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

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3 Things I Learned about Myself in Italy

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

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

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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

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On Success, Compromise, and Living Your Dream

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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

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