Advice for Homeowners

How to Quiet a Small Herd of Elephants

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This is another post from my genius Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill. It's been just over three years since she came into Terreeia's and my life and we cannot imagine being without her. "For those of you who have been following Maria's fabulous blog for awhile, you probably read the Two Magic Words post I wrote in October of last… Continue reading

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Got Inspiration? 10 Steps to Create the Rest of the Room

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A reader recently asked me if this piece of art (below) could be used as a jumping off point for a colour scheme in a living/dining/kitchen area. First. This is exactly what y'all should be doing. Most people think: "Once I get the wall colour nailed down, I'll be able to breathe," but as I've said — numerous times before — doing it that way… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes WEBINAR: Summer School with Maria Killam

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When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

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Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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Do You Listen to Unsolicited Advice? Yay or Nay

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My favourite unsolicited advice Since I started posting 3 times per week on my 'Fix your Colours' series on Facebook, I have noticed that when I don't comment on every single part of the room in question, people start asking "What would you do?" Last week, when I posted a link to a step-by-step tutorial on How to Mess up your Kitchen… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: How do I Find a New Area Rug to work with my Old Furniture?

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  Since many of us are now incorporating fresh and happy colours into our homes, I have started seeing a lot of living rooms with bright new geometric area rugs that mostly don't relate to the upholstery in the room. You don't want a look in your living room that screams "Old, tired sofa, happy new area rug!". Last week I received a… Continue reading

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Can you have White Cabinets with Espresso Hardwood Floors?

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I was on google this afternoon, and three times in a row, with different searches, this post kept showing up right at the top: How to completely mess up your kitchen remodel: a step-by-step tutorial. This is the kitchen she coveted This DIY blogger named Kelly is a great writer and so entertaining. She generously shared her mistakes so that others could… Continue reading

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Anita's Pink Beige & Yellow Living Room: Before & After

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After Since my sister Anita renovated her kitchen almost four years ago and opened up her kitchen to her living room she has schlepped home approximately 11 area rugs. "Maria, the one I have is a $200 placeholder from Costco and I even broke the cardinal rule and got the pink beige one because I didn't know what else to do!"… Continue reading

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Shouldn't your Sofa be Raspberry or Blue?

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When the Finns do something, they do it right and they do it well. (That's what my Mom says cause we're Finns so we know a little about them ; ) Continue reading

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10 Styling Necessities to Transform your Home ASAP

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In a few weeks, there will be magic happening at Aimee's house in Port Alberni thanks to all of you! Irene will arrive with a team of 10 volunteers to assemble IKEA furniture and then the following weekend I'll be there with my car full of accessories and lamps to hang artwork and create some tablescapes. I've been compiling a list of basic… Continue reading

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