Advice for Homeowners

It's a Charcoal Tile Intervention (Don't Miss This One)

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Pinterest I'm depressed. My Mom is looking for a cottage trailer up in Vernon (as a second home). It's 5 hours from here, warmer and dryer in the summer and she already spends a lot of time there. This means less time with my Mom here in the country (where I already moved to be close to her) because she'll… Continue reading

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How to Make Earthy Tile Look Expensive

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True Colour Expert Traci Zeller had a budget to manage for the model house she had been hired to decorate and she had to spread it around strategically to get the biggest bang for the buck. This is what a great designer does best and I talk about it all the time in my events. My favourite part of helping… Continue reading

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Why a Colourful Sofa is as Timeless as Subway Tile

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Madcap Cottage Collection My favourite source for designer fabrics in Vancouver is the Robert Allen showroom. When I arrive to select a palette for a client, there's always someone available who is dedicated to helping me pull it all together and the best part is they usually have ALL the memo samples–in stock–so I can have them immediately. This way… Continue reading

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Two Classic White Kitchens To Copy

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We are finalizing the finishes and colours for Crystal's white kitchen (see the before pics here). These are the two options we discussed. Option 1 Marble looking quartz with off-white cabinets and a walnut island with light floors (rift white oak), here are some inspiration pics. Via DecorPad This floor is darker than what we are installing but this is the idea… Continue reading

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How to Redesign a Bathroom that's too Big

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Via pinterest (combined shower and tub) Lately I've been thinking about house plans. I have seen so many of them that aren't fabulous and it makes me wonder why there isn't one website where you can go and find the best house plans. Floor plans that would make you weep with joy. This is what I think is missing in the… Continue reading

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Renovations have Exceptions Very Different from New Builds

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The view from their house in the summer I usually get involved with a project AFTER the renovation, when it's time to decorate. However, I have spent countless hours with clients helping them navigate and plan the colours and finishes for their renovation . What you should do first. What you should do second. What colour is your foundation palette? White or Cream? What… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: About Carpets, Oak Cabinets & Dining Chairs

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I have received a few Ask Maria questions recently and some of the answers are too short for a whole blog post so I'm grouping four of them together in one. So here's the first one: "I have oak cabinets that I can't afford to replace. I need a smaller table for my kitchen.What color table Should I look for?" Normally,… Continue reading

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Encaustic Tiles: Should You Embrace the Trend?

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Tiles via Amazon Those of you who have been reading my musings about accent tile for years now could have easily predicted that this post was coming. Well, here it is. First, you should know that I did not even know how to say Encaustic before January of this year? I still worry when I say it that I'm not pronouncing it… Continue reading

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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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