Advice for Homeowners

Look, You Need To Know How to Have this Conversation


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


Why Colour is NOT Always a Personal Choice


When it is right, and when is it a mistake, to choose colours for your home based on personal choice? Continue reading


Best Countertop for Stained Wood Cabinets


{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


Best Colours for a Basement Kitchen (1 Kitchen, 3 Ways)


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


The Best Way to Handle the Time Change This Weekend


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


Ask Maria: Are Stainless Appliances Going out of Fashion?


via pinterest Today's question from a reader is: "Maria, I am renovating my kitchen from scratch, I love white and would love all white appliances and white cabinets and white walls would this be to much? I hear that stainless is going out of fashion. " What do you think? Recently, I opened my October edition of House Beautiful (my… Continue reading


Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour


Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading


The Timeless Flooring Everywhere in Italy


It's hard to take pictures for a blog on a trip because I never know what I'm going to talk about until I start gathering photos for a post. Then I start thinking "Darn, I wish I had taken more pictures of floors." But it wasn't until the end of the trip that I noticed how much of the same… Continue reading


Bad Design Advice: Fall in Love with All Your Finishes


  Statement tile, Herringbone Carrara {House Beautiful} Pattern quota done. Keep your countertop solid or almost solid. {Source} I had an interesting conversation with one of my readers while I was consulting on her kitchen renovation. She had already installed tile floors in her kitchen and couldn't decide on a countertop. She had some options selected, but she told me, "I'm not in love with… Continue reading


Make Something Ugly almost Disappear with Disney's "Go Away Green"


I know it seems like I'm on vacation AGAIN! Because I am. . . with my adorable nephews in Disneyland this week. However, this vacation (which included a three day cruise from Vancouver to LA) was booked months ago. It's Markus (6) and William (8) first time in Disneyland and Terreeia and I didn't want to miss it! Maria & Markus A… Continue reading


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