Advice for Designers

When Colour Theory is Literally Dangerous

Barbara Barry

Image via Barbara Barry (A pretty combination of green-grays and yellow-beige) Irene and I are working on my White is Complicated eBook. We got to a section and she said "You need to explain that more thoroughly, people are literalists". And she's right. When we're learning anything, we're literal. That's why in every profession and especially design and colour you need… Continue reading

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Why Choosing Granite is so Hard

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I came across this comment on my blog the other day, I had forgotten about it. This reader expressed what so many of my clients have told me over the years but she was just super entertaining in her distress. . . How did I end up with this crazy granite choice that is glaring at me from the counter?! I'm crying… Continue reading

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Free Training Call: Three Ways to Guide your Client to the Right Colours, Even When They Disagree with You (it's Easier Than you Think)

Free Training Call

I'm really excited to announce a free training call for all design professionals, stagers, decorators, interior designers and architects: If you're like so many of my clients, these situations may sound familiar: You don't have a system to walk your clients through as they choose the different elements of their project, so you end up following their lead in your efforts… Continue reading

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I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

Let's just be clear, I believe a room can be totally transformed with exactly the right throw pillows. In fact, a dated room that looks tired and sad, can also be completely brought to life with the right updated pillow. I do it with my clients all the time and there's nothing more fun. In fact, I get so many… Continue reading

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Earth Tones that Feel like 2014 NOT 2002

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{Oak Bay Beach Hotel} Recently I received a comment from a reader saying it would be great if I would write an occasional post about earth tones because she preferred them over the current white/black/grey colours that are popular and trendy right now. Well, dear reader, the opportunity presented itself this weekend. It's my Terreeia's birthday and we arrived yesterday,… Continue reading

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13 Ways to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

How to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

View from the Master Bedroom Two weeks ago, I found a new business coach. Julia decided my business needed an intervention and if I didn't come to see her, it would be months until we sorted things out on the phone together. Fortunately for me, she had two days that she was able to re-arrange on short notice to fit… Continue reading

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Eclectic Art in the Hallway

Eclectic Art in the Hallway

{Front Door Colour: Cloverdale 7669} The art wall in my hallway has looked like this almost since we moved in over a year ago. I couldn't stand the wall sitting empty so I filled it with mostly empty frames in the hopes that it would inspire me to fill them faster. It didn't. Every time I walked by, I was… Continue reading

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Know Yourself, Be Wildly Successful; Webinar with Penelope Trunk & Maria Killam

Know Yourself Be Wildly Successful

I have a confession. You know that part of you that you're convinced is bad or wrong or could be better or you wish was different or fill in the blank here? Continue reading

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Is This the Year You'll Transform Your Dirty Little Secret?

Is this the year you'll Transform your Dirty Little Secret?

{click on images for source} The following is a comment from one of my readers: "Our house is almost built but I am not excited. I have listened to the advice of a colour consultant that was provided by our builder so now I have cortina brown kitchen floor tiles with natural finish knotty alder cabinet (mission style) and countertop… Continue reading

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What every Lighting Obsessed Gal (or Guy) Should Know

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 Starry Lights I know, I'm completely obsessed with lighting. It's hard to escape from a consult with me, without getting suggestions for at least 4 lamps. The other day, I had spent 1 hour and 45 minutes with a client in an on-line consultation. We had chosen colours, furniture, area rugs, lighting, coffee tables and accessories and she said "Okay,… Continue reading

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