Art and Beauty

Happy 4th! Summer House vs. Beach House

outdoor canopy

I have a client who lives up on Promontory Hill in Chilliwack. They have one of the best uninterrupted views I've ever seen. Looking out their living room windows, you feel like you've driven for five hours to a cabin in the woods, to get that kind of stunning view. So it made sense that when property came up for sale right beside their… Continue reading

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10 Styling Necessities to Transform your Home ASAP

Birds

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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Mom's Share Their Best Parenting Advice

Pink Climbing Roses

It's Mother's Day weekend and my mom is away on a trip to Toronto with her best friend Pirkko from Victoria. I'm including some of my favourite images of gardens along with some quotes about parenting starting with my amazing Mother. Every day I am filled with gratitude that I get to live close to her out here in the country: This… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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