Advice for Designers

The Four Best Whites for your Open Plan House

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I was recently quoted in Cottage White magazine along with other fabulous colour experts and it's available in the newsstands now. Here's my quote: “People seem to agonize over whites more than any other color because once you start comparing whites, that’s where the trouble starts,” says decorator Maria Killam, author of the e-books How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s… Continue reading

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How to Save Money (While Renovating) With a Second Opinion

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Home Bunch Sometimes I think people get fixated on the wrong things when they're renovating. They spend wildly here, then get stingy there. Even worse, if you're doing a renovation on your own without the input of a design professional, you'll swing back and forth even more. For example, you'll think the more expensive fireplace insert is important, but then forget about the colour. One… Continue reading

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It's a Charcoal Tile Intervention (Don't Miss This One)

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Pinterest I'm depressed. My Mom is looking for a cottage trailer up in Vernon (as a second home). It's 5 hours from here, warmer and dryer in the summer and she already spends a lot of time there. This means less time with my Mom here in the country (where I already moved to be close to her) because she'll… Continue reading

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How to Make Earthy Tile Look Expensive

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True Colour Expert Traci Zeller had a budget to manage for the model house she had been hired to decorate and she had to spread it around strategically to get the biggest bang for the buck. This is what a great designer does best and I talk about it all the time in my events. My favourite part of helping… Continue reading

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What Lego Can Teach YOU About Using PayPal

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Every Monday my nephews Markus and William (above) come to my home for pizza night. A few weeks ago they arrived with a Playmobile flyer that they had just received in the mail. They already have a Playmobil house and advised me 'Auntie Designer' that they needed some furniture to go with it. So I said, let’s look for some… Continue reading

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Why a Colourful Sofa is as Timeless as Subway Tile

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Madcap Cottage Collection My favourite source for designer fabrics in Vancouver is the Robert Allen showroom. When I arrive to select a palette for a client, there's always someone available who is dedicated to helping me pull it all together and the best part is they usually have ALL the memo samples–in stock–so I can have them immediately. This way… Continue reading

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How to Redesign a Bathroom that's too Big

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Via pinterest (combined shower and tub) Lately I've been thinking about house plans. I have seen so many of them that aren't fabulous and it makes me wonder why there isn't one website where you can go and find the best house plans. Floor plans that would make you weep with joy. This is what I think is missing in the… Continue reading

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Encaustic Tiles: Should You Embrace the Trend?

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Tiles via Amazon Those of you who have been reading my musings about accent tile for years now could have easily predicted that this post was coming. Well, here it is. First, you should know that I did not even know how to say Encaustic before January of this year? I still worry when I say it that I'm not pronouncing it… Continue reading

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Which Colour is Perfect for This Room? (How Fast Can YOU See It?)

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Look first, before you read any further. Which undertones are the chair and sofa? My good friend Jan Romanuk and her husband recently moved into a new condo. She asked if I'd come over to evaluate her colours. She had a plan but also wanted my opinion. Jan has been such an amazing mentor to me over the years, I was thrilled to lend my… Continue reading

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Look, You Need To Know How to Have this Conversation

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Vanessa Francis Here it is. Your husband, your wife, or your client will often react in a negative way when something isn't complete. My clients spare bathroom had looked like this for three years (above). She wanted it to look nice, but she didn't want to spend a fortune and had tried to convince her Fiancé to let her decorate it. Last week, I… Continue reading

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