Advice for Homeowners

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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How to Coordinate Coffee & Accent Tables like a Designer

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Ever noticed that designers usually don't buy matching sets of three coffee tables? One of the comments I heard a lot when we toured showrooms at High Point at Market (by the salesperson giving us the tour) this Fall was "This is all too much together of course, but individually, just fabulous".  {Pottery Barn Coffee table Cube and End Table} The worst is… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Use Fresh to Sell Design

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Thank you, everyone, for your comments on my blogoversary!  Some of your comments, along with the occasional email I have received, inspired this next post. Get ready — when you're finished reading this post about "fresh," you'll want to lean through the screen and kiss me. Just sayin'. I wanted to kiss all of you for your comments so it goes both ways ;… Continue reading

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How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting

How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting | Maria Killam

I recently received this question from Shelley, asking how useful it would be to custom mix a paint colour to get it right with the light in her home. "I’ve recently used BM Manchester Tan in a pantry that has a large fluorescent light fixture, and it looks lovely — right at the happy intersection of warm and cool. But in our front entry… Continue reading

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Maria's Favourite Trends from Fall 2014 High Point Market

Maria's Favourites from Fall 2014 High Point Market | Maria Killam

I love attending High Point Market each season, now that I've decided that's where you'll find me every Spring and Fall even though it takes me an entire day to get all the way to the Southeast from the Northwest. From left to right {Maria Killam, Kara Cox, Lisa Mende, Traci Zeller and Chrissi Shields}   I'm actually giving up two… Continue reading

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What Women Want vs. Men (In a House)

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Overheard at a birthday party with some of my designer friends last weekend: "When I work with builders I always tell them that WOMEN buy houses, not men." Men want a large TV room {via pinterest} A Garage {via pinterest} Isn't this amazing! Now this is an organized person! {source} And, No Nagging! {via pinterest} Women want above all else a really nice… Continue reading

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How to Make Standard vs. Custom Colour Choices

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Have you noticed that you can listen to a salesperson list all the features and benefits of a product all day and all night, but if you don't know what colour to buy. . . ? You hesitate. You fret. You lose sleep at night. And unless you are in a position where you're forced to make decisions, like choosing finishes… Continue reading

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How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)

Blue, green & Yellow

  This post is also an "Ask Maria" question. So here it is: "I have painted my family room with BM Clay Beige except the focal fireplace wall which I selected SW Exclusive Plum (6263).  I am happy with those colors.  I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s)… Continue reading

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"I've Got This" and Other Unrealistic Thoughts about Renovating

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So, just in case you were wondering and losing sleep over this topic like I have, I've figured it out. The third week in my Renovate with Confidence™ Focus on Finishes for Renovations and New Builds is coming up and it's my best work yet! Now that I've organized all the advice I'm constantly giving my clients into a step-by-step format, the good news… Continue reading

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