Advice for Designers

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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Why Colour is NOT Always a Personal Choice

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When it is right, and when is it a mistake, to choose colours for your home based on personal choice? Continue reading

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Best Countertop for Stained Wood Cabinets

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{via Carriage Lane Designs} When I received this Ask Maria question asked slightly different two times recently, I thought it deserved a stand-alone post even though my regular readers will have read my opinion here: We are doing a complete gut job on our kitchen and starting over with high end shaker cherry cabinets.  I want to balance the dark… Continue reading

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Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour

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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

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The Timeless Flooring Everywhere in Italy

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It's hard to take pictures for a blog on a trip because I never know what I'm going to talk about until I start gathering photos for a post. Then I start thinking "Darn, I wish I had taken more pictures of floors." But it wasn't until the end of the trip that I noticed how much of the same… Continue reading

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24 Ways to Make Your Showroom More Beautiful, Current, and Profitable

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Wesley Hall I go to High Point Furniture Market every spring and fall to source furniture and artwork for my clients, get educated, and (of course) get inspired! If you are a retailer with a showroom, High Point is THE place to go. You'll discover unique ways to incorporate current colour trends into your showroom, create gorgeous vignettes, and design a space that your… Continue reading

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The Easy Way to Decorate Around a Tan (Pink Beige) Sofa

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If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know there's nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa. You also know that pink beige is so EVERYWHERE that it's probably not your fault if you have it in your home. There's just too much of it out there. Here's how to decorate around it so it looks intentional. Continue reading

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Colour in Commercial Hallways: 3 Ways to Get it Right

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The corridors of apartments and hotels set an important tone for the building as a whole. Here's how to choose colours that coordinate with each other, address the challenges of these common spaces, and make a designer statement. Continue reading

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