Advice for Designers

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)

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via Pinterest Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it's the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I'd show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram ;) ;) First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is my Fireplace too Earthy for a White Kitchen?

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Rue Magazine Okay so a while ago when I changed the 'Ask Maria' questions to 'Send me your what's bothering me', questions ya'll pretty much stopped sending them, so obviously that wasn't the best idea I've ever come up with. So please keep sending them to me here. And by the way, when you do, remember to include an image… Continue reading

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The Magical Art of Closet Organization: Before & After

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Okay I know I'm late to the party on reading this book because I'd heard lots about it for months. It wasn't until I saw my lovely client Lisa in New York this past Spring that my life started getting magical. The book came up in one of our conversations and Lisa said, "I've read it so you are welcome… Continue reading

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How to be Smart in a World Filled With Dumb Colour Advice

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There's a conversation out in the colour trend world that colour is moving back to browns and warmer grey tones in the realm of mushroom or driftwood, and cocoas and caramels. First, it's important for you to understand that colour trends move slowly for people who are not in the industry. So that means brown is not coming back anytime soon. I haven't specified anything remotely… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Add More Colour Without Pattern

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Last week when I was in New Jersey leading my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event and the second evening at dinner, I was sitting next to a designer who asked me a question about kitchen valances she was designing for a client. She was having trouble finding a fabric that her client liked. I suggested a solid fabric (below) with contrasting tape or a… Continue reading

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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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