My New Boxwood Garden Beds; Before & After

Well it’s been awhile since I’ve posted pictures of my garden. To update those readers who are new, four years ago, I demolished my entire garden, the front and back yard, and installed brand new landscaping, with the help of my fabulous landscape designer MaryAnne White. I’ll get to my new boxwood beds in a moment, here are a few before’s and after’s of the garden as it looks now. ... Continue Reading

It’s my 50th Birthday and I’m Giving away 50 Gifts!

The gate to my backyard party! This has been an incredible year for Maria Killam Inc. so far! We had five sold-out Specify Colour with Confidence events in Austin, Toronto, 2 in Chicago, finishing off our Spring lineup in San Francisco! I’m so thrilled and grateful at the response from participants all over the country! I just received an email from someone who said he’s working with 2 designers trained by me and he ... Continue Reading

What Trait Do you Love about Yourself that Came from Your Mother

Maria Killam and Mom (Hellen Junttila) I’ve been working with my Mom on a refresh for her kitchen/sitting room. She has never really loved the blue I chose for her six years ago when she moved in. Recently we painted it a coral shade and she loves it! You can see a sneak peek on her Instagram account here. When I drive up in the early morning hours to have coffee with her, I can ... Continue Reading

Are you a Force of Personality?

  TALENT gets you noticed, MAYBE and looks, sure, for a moment. But the only thing that gets you a seat at the table in this town, is FORCE OF PERSONALITY I’m talking about complete and utter confidence in WHO YOU ARE. When you have that, people are drawn to you–they don’t know why–but suddenly they NEED you. And they will turn their lives inside out, to BE with you. But you have to ... Continue Reading

5 Insider Secrets No One Tells you About Social Media Marketing

Photo by Angie Wolfe Photography Many of you know the story of how I began this blog but I’ll do a recap for this post. I had been reading blogs for about 6 months before I started writing Colour Me Happy over 8 years ago. Business was slow for me at the time and I was tired of the ups and downs of being a self-employed designer. You know what it’s ... Continue Reading

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