Advice for Homeowners

Why Choosing Granite is so Hard

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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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Should your Great Room Fireplace Relate to the Kitchen?

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Yes it definitely should.

Here are some kitchens and great rooms that are not necessarily from the same house (actually only the first one is) but sure look like they could be: 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

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{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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Which Mattress is the Most Comfortable?

Which Mattress is the Most Comfortable?

Princess and the Pea, that's me right now! For a while now, every morning when I get out of bed and bend over in front of the sink to wash my face, my back screams with pain. Then shortly after I've been walking around for a while, I'm fine. But I notice it's tender. We have a mattress called Contour… 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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Ask Maria: Help! I Don't Want the Same Kitchen as Everyone Else!!

Ask Maria: I Don't Want My Kitchen to Look like Everyone Else!!

Recently, I received this question from one of my lovely readers:  'I'm trying to come up with a color of floor tile that matches a kitchen with volga blue granite counter tops, white cabinets, very light grey walls, and stainless steel appliances.  I don't want wood in the kitchen or anything that looks like wood.  I think too many people have that look… Continue reading

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Eclectic Art in the Hallway

Eclectic Art in the Hallway

{Front Door Colour: Cloverdale 7669} The art wall in my hallway has looked like this almost since we moved in over a year ago. I couldn't stand the wall sitting empty so I filled it with mostly empty frames in the hopes that it would inspire me to fill them faster. It didn't. Every time I walked by, I was… Continue reading

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Details to Add When Planning Your Beach House

Details for your Next Beach House

Terreeia and I have not been on many beach vacations together. And in the last five years that I've been writing this blog, only one.

So, I've only now figured out why couples seem to vacation a lot with other couples. It's so that you can have a shopping/lay by the pool friend or a golfing/activities buddy. Continue reading

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Is This the Year You'll Transform Your Dirty Little Secret?

Is this the year you'll Transform your Dirty Little Secret?

{click on images for source} The following is a comment from one of my readers: "Our house is almost built but I am not excited. I have listened to the advice of a colour consultant that was provided by our builder so now I have cortina brown kitchen floor tiles with natural finish knotty alder cabinet (mission style) and countertop… Continue reading

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