Advice for Designers

How to Photograph your Projects to Get More Business

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Advice for new decorators and designers goes like this: Pay a professional photographer to take photos of one great project, or even one room decorated well, and show that on your website. And before you tell me that you barely made any money on the job so you can't afford to pay to have it photographed, that's not how you should… Continue reading

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How Much Heavy Lifting can a Paint Colour Handle?

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{via pinterest} I get the best questions about paint colour and how much it can or cannot do to "rescue" a mistake someone has made in their house or a mistake they inherited from a previous owner. Sometimes, colour can swoop in and magically save the day, so there's nothing wrong with wondering if your situation can also be saved by… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Which Countertop Should I Choose (What Were They Thinking??)

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"Here is my kitchen that was built in 2006. I wish I stumbled across your blog years ago because the thing I dislike about the kitchen the most is the busy tile! And is this tile the dreaded pinky-beige? And my knotty alder cabinets have yellowed considerably over the years. So I'm pretty sure we have a major undertone problem… Continue reading

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How to Work with Bedroom Carpet You Don't Like

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Recently, I had a consultation with Lori who wanted help with her great room, paint colours and her bathrooms. She walked me through her house and we created a furniture plan for her great room, chose colours throughout and discussed her bathrooms. In the first bathroom we were able to make the room look new (and save her brand new granite countertop) just by choosing the perfect… Continue reading

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Gold Hardware & Lighting Should Replace Silver: Yay or Nay?

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{via Domino} Gold finishes in hardware, lighting and furniture has taken its sweet time in becoming mainstream. Back in October 2011, when I wrote this post about choosing hardware for your kitchen, I declared that gold was too warm for a white kitchen. I see now that I was reacting to the lighting in that kitchen which I didn't particularly like. Is it… Continue reading

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My 5 Rules for Life

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{via pinterest} Have you ever thought about this statement with regards to an area in your life? "Every single day people stop when they don't know what to do." I talk to clients every day who tell me they have stopped shopping for their house because they've bought so many mistakes in the past and they don't want to buy any… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! I Just Had My First REAL Colour Consultation

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I recently received this question from a new colour consultant: "Maria, I need some advice, this encounter was a doozy: I had previewed the house with my realtor friend before the buyer closed, so I already was familiar with the 'boss' of the living room — a rock fireplace with a mostly gold undertone. And, because of some other factors in the connecting dining room,… Continue reading

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How Black is your House?

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Remember how much black there was in home decor in the 80's? Entertainment centers, dining tables and chairs, black leather sofas and black shiny coffee tables. It was too much. Now that black is here again along with greys and whites, it's a good idea to notice that black should be an accent. Used well, it highlights what's around it,… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate Coffee & Accent Tables like a Designer

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Ever noticed that designers usually don't buy matching sets of three coffee tables? One of the comments I heard a lot when we toured showrooms at High Point at Market (by the salesperson giving us the tour) this Fall was "This is all too much together of course, but individually, just fabulous".  {Pottery Barn Coffee table Cube and End Table} The worst is… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Fresh to Sell Design

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Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my blogoversary!  Some of your comments, along with the occasional email I have received, inspired this next post. Get ready — when you're finished reading this post about "fresh," you'll want to lean through the screen and kiss me. Just sayin'. I wanted to kiss all of you for your comments so it goes both ways ;… Continue reading

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