Advice for Homeowners

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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2015 "Ultimate DIY Bundle" is Here!

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  Last Fall Terreeia was at a marketing conference in Phoenix and the person standing next to her was getting his name badge, said he was from Chilliwack (where we live now) and he told her he was marketing DIY and eBooks. What are the odds of that happening? So she introduced herself and now my eBook is in this bundle too! For five… 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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Fresh Solution to an Expensive Problem: Kitchen Valance

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My sister Elizabeth called me and said "Now that the Christmas garland draped above the window above my kitchen sink is gone (below) it looks sooooo empty." Photo by Tracey Ayton And, she really hated looking at the bad transition between the end of the backsplash tile (below) which could not continue above the window. The builder had installed rounded… Continue reading

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23 Things ONLY a Designer will Tell You

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 {via pinterest} This post is really fun because I asked all my True Colour Experts™ to give me their best advice and this was the first tip that arrived in my in-box, it might be the best one yet: Measure your furniture BEFORE you go out to shop for coffee tables "Okay, so you're going out the door to the store… Continue reading

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How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays

How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays | Maria Killam

  Recently a designer friend of mine called me in a panic! Her client had fallen in love with all things cream in a show house and asked her to order a custom made sofa with a chaise in CREAM for her family room. When it arrived, her client said "OMG I didn't realize it would look THAT white!". I have… 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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