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What I Learned from My Dad

Paavo

My Mom & Dad (Hellen & Paavo) My dad passed away last night. He was 87 years old and has been in a care home for over three years now with Parkinson’s disease. Although he was at the point where he could do nothing for himself except sit in a chair while he was being fed, he rarely complained. Even… Continue reading

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Stylish Women Don't Wear T-Shirts: Yay or Nay?

stripe

Rowena's Inn on the River (Where we were last night) This week I walked into J.Crew in downtown Vancouver and when I was standing in the fitting room, Kim, the stylist/manager (in town for training from Calgary) came to my room to see how I was doing. She taught me a new trick (for me) that I'm showing you here… Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

Master Bedroom

Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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My Snowflowering Tree Blooms on my Birthday: Before & After

Shortcut to Patio

You know when you finish decorating or designing a room and the after photo is so pretty you think "Darn, I wish I had that exact same angle for the before photo?!!" Well, today, I have it for this angle on my back deck. This was part of the collection of photos I sent my Landscape Architect MaryAnne White 18 months… Continue reading

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Smile Sweetly and Ask Nicely While You're on Vacation

Elizabeth & Maria

It's a good thing my brother-in-law Dr. Bill Jacobs is a good holiday planner because he's directly responsible for the fact that Terreeia and I are here in Scottsdale, Arizona with my sister Elizabeth and my sweet nephews for 5 nights. William & Markus We're staying at the Kimpton Firesky Resort & Spa. When we arrived in our looong stretch limo (men are all… Continue reading

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Easter Time and my 500 White Tulips are Blooming!

White Tulips View from Driveway

I planted my white tulip bulbs last year in November and December. And then I worried that they wouldn't be in the ground long enough and wouldn't come up. It's funny, when I first ordered 300, that number seemed like an incredible amount but then when I started planting, well I barely got the front yard done. So then I… Continue reading

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My Living Room Inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

Raspberry Drapes

Okay, here's the rest of the photos inside Style at Home's colour issue this April! Thanks again to everyone at Style at Home for including me in this issue AND on the cover! Here's my family room and this post has my kitchen photos.   Here's what it looks like in the magazine (above). Here's the REAL ESTATE PHOTO –… Continue reading

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My Family Room Inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

My Family Room Inside Style at Home

Okay, this week I'm showing you the after's of the family room in this months colour issue of Style at Home, it's really fun to see the transformation! Here is what the drywall return doorways were like! These angled corners, had to go!! The adjoining family room was too narrow to make opening up this entire wall practical but we… Continue reading

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My White Kitchen inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

Maria Killam's White Kitchen

Today I'm just showing my kitchen from the magazine shoot and I"ll show the pictures of the rest of my house next. Here's my dining room on the cover of the April Colour issue, hooray! I thought I'd include the before pictures just for fun: Photography by Tracey Ayton Kitchen design by Jan Romanuk  Before Cabinets are painted Artisan White by… Continue reading

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OMG I'm on the Cover of the Colour Issue!

Maria Killam on the Cover of Style at Home

Okay it doesn't come as a complete surprise, my fabulous photographer Tracey Ayton emailed me a few weeks ago and said to keep it hush, hush. I was still holding my breath though, until I saw it myself until one of my True Colour Experts™, Sarah Hepburn-Smith posted a picture on our private Facebook page this weekend! She was one… Continue reading

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