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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Last year it was my birthday when my True Colour Expert Workshop was held in Toronto. As a special treat, I got to spend the day with Ian Varney in his studio. Ian uses wax paint which dries very quickly. Oil canvases take months to dry so this is a great medium to use.