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Get a New Problem And You'll be Happier

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via Pinterest I have been in a funk all weekend. First, Terreeia and I went to a personal development course this past Friday so we could work on improving our communication. It's not easy being married AND working together 24/7. Terreeia and I have participated in a lot of personal growth work and our relationship and communication is pretty amazing because of… Continue reading

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It's my 8 Year Blogoversary Today. Will You Do me a Favour?

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image via wistfullytumbler My blog is 8 years old today. I can hardly believe it. Will you share something specific that you have learned, that my site has helped you do this year? For 8 years, every day I think about what I'm going to write next on Colour Me Happy. Four years ago, we moved out to the country to be… Continue reading

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

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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… Continue reading

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

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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… Continue reading

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When is $5000 in Monthly Revenues Not Enough?

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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… Continue reading

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3 Lessons I Learned When Installing My Garden 3 Years Ago

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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… Continue reading

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The Magical Art of Closet Organization: Before & After

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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… Continue reading

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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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