Art and Beauty

Eclectic Art in the Hallway

Eclectic Art in the Hallway

{Front Door Colour: Cloverdale 7669} The art wall in my hallway has looked like this almost since we moved in over a year ago. I couldn't stand the wall sitting empty so I filled it with mostly empty frames in the hopes that it would inspire me to fill them faster. It didn't. Every time I walked by, I was… Continue reading


Happiness is. . . Flower Drama

Gorgeous Flowers

I'm back from a whirlwind week of teaching colour to a whole new crop of True Colour Experts™! Every time I'm in Toronto I'm always struck by how over-the-top the outdoor flower boxes and urns are in front of the beautiful homes and shops. Photo by Maria Killam Look at this stunning arrangement of cabbages, mums and ivy in front… Continue reading


The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

I decided to order the wall of ivy instead of the very cool, huge leaf because I wanted it to look like a real garden wall right inside my studio. Here's the lonely blank wall, waiting for some inspiration to hit me. I have so many other walls in the house that will have a collage of frames that I… Continue reading


Uncommon Goods Giveaway

uncommon goods giveaway

  I love finding websites with unique and funky, off-the-beaten path items, so when uncommon goods approached me to do a giveaway worth $200, I thought it was a great idea. UncommonGoods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers and in fact half… Continue reading


The Minimalist Way to Inject Color: Before & After

Blue Accent Wall

When my sister Elizabeth and her husband Bill first took possession of their house she asked if she could paint the walls in her kitchen blue (they were brown at the time). I said unfortunately no, because it would look like she was ignoring her countertops and her backsplash. At the time we had to go with HC-45 Shaker Beige… Continue reading


Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

Are Murals Dated? Yay or Nay

Wow it's so green in Raleigh, North Carolina where I've just arrived to attend the Withit Leadership Conference. People always say Vancouver is green but It's kind of cool when you can get into a cab, drive 20 minutes and barely see a single building. When the cab turned into the Renaissance Hotel where I'm staying it looked like we… Continue reading


8 Features Every Log Home Should Have (Incredible Kitchen too)

Features Every Log Home Should Have

1. An abandoned swallows nest on the kitchen window sill. 2. Incredible limestone tile throughout and including the countertops (chosen by Brooke & Steve Gianetti from Velvet & Linen during a trip to LA) Such a great way of working with all the ORANGE wood, providing a break from it as well as creating a balance of warm and cool.… Continue reading


A Shocking Way to Get the Art You Want

Yellow sofa, art on a bookshelf

This post is written by my design associate Irene Hill: source In my previous life as a designer, I specialized in selecting and supplying artwork for residential, commercial and developmental applications. Basically, anyone who needed art for a space and didn’t have the budget or inclination to start a personal investment fine-art gallery. Probably like you and me. Most of… Continue reading


How to Hang a Gallery Photo Wall


source My client has 3 floors in her home and this gorgeous staircase which had been empty of artwork for a long time. So she called me to help her create a gallery wall. Nothing really beats IKEA frames for the price and she needed a lot of frames. I suggested that once they were all installed, she could get… Continue reading


A Happy Yellow Living Room: Before & After

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Eun emailed me for an on-consultation because she had some questions about colour as well as decorating her living room. She wanted to buy a new sofa. The yellow on the walls and orange drapery were already here when she moved in and she liked the existing colours. Before Notice her carpet is pink beige but we decided to ignore… Continue reading


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