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

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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

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

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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

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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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