Advice for Homeowners

The Secret to Feeling at Home

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  Image via Design Sponge I have a treat for you today! Our new virtual Director of Customer Service & Delight/Event Coordinator Lisa Borton, based out of Naperville, Illinois, has written a guest post for us. We asked everyone who applied for this position to write a blog post and I loved hers so much, I'm sharing it with you!… Continue reading

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Which Shape is Correct for your Kitchen Island?

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I recently received a question from a reader who asked about kitchen islands. 'Is square or rectangle the only way to go for a timeless look?'

Yes, yes and yes.

An odd shaped island should only be specified if the layout doesn't support a square or rectangle.

It's rare that I look at an island that is NOT square or rectangular and think 'Wow that looks really beautiful'. Usually it looks like someone was trying to be overly creative just like too much accent tile creates the same look and dates quickly.
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Bathroom Dilemma: Rectangular or Oval Sink? Yay or Nay

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via Traditional Home So last year at this time I said I would renovate my bathrooms in the Spring but then it didn't happen. I got busy, did not have a contractor and that was the end of that plan. It was a client living here in Chilliwack (who I'll tell you about very soon) that jolted me into action.… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is My Living Room Too Beachy?

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Jeffrey Bilhuber  When I saw this Ask Maria question, I immediately thought of Jeffrey Bilhuber's recent spread in House Beautiful Magazine. The answer to your question today lovely reader, is inspired by my favourite decorator. Here's the question: I recently moved with my husband into our first house!  I have been so excited to make it our own, but I… 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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Best Colours for a Basement Kitchen (1 Kitchen, 3 Ways)

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I recently received this question from a reader who sent me a photo of her kitchen: Hi Maria, I SO want to make my little basement apartment a haven that I love to call home. I want it to be as light and bright as possible since there is so little natural light… and I LOVE lots of light. Everything is… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Handle the Time Change This Weekend

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via pinterest The other day I was on the phone with my friend Penelope. She is a very busy woman. In addition to running her business, she also home schools her two boys. Whenever I get her on the phone (which is not often), I always try to be as interesting as possible so that she'll stay on the phone as long as possible. Sometimes… Continue reading

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