Advice for Designers

Got Inspiration? 10 Steps to Create the Rest of the Room

Painting

A reader recently asked me if this piece of art (below) could be used as a jumping off point for a colour scheme in a living/dining/kitchen area. First. This is exactly what y'all should be doing. Most people think: "Once I get the wall colour nailed down, I'll be able to breathe," but as I've said — numerous times before — doing it that way… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes WEBINAR: Summer School with Maria Killam

Townhouse

When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

Master Bedroom

Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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Can you have White Cabinets with Espresso Hardwood Floors?

espresso floors

I was on google this afternoon, and three times in a row, with different searches, this post kept showing up right at the top: How to completely mess up your kitchen remodel: a step-by-step tutorial. This is the kitchen she coveted This DIY blogger named Kelly is a great writer and so entertaining. She generously shared her mistakes so that others could… Continue reading

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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

lizard

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

Coffee Table

{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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