Art and Beauty

Look, You Need To Know How to Have this Conversation


Vanessa Francis Here it is. Your husband, your wife, or your client will often react in a negative way when something isn't complete. My clients spare bathroom had looked like this for three years (above). She wanted it to look nice, but she didn't want to spend a fortune and had tried to convince her Fiancé to let her decorate it. Last week, I… Continue reading


Why Colour is NOT Always a Personal Choice


When it is right, and when is it a mistake, to choose colours for your home based on personal choice? Continue reading


What Do Symmetry and Nudity Have in Common?


Most of the beautiful architecture in Italy is perfectly symmetrical. That's amazing enough in itself, and it sure makes for beautiful photos, but I learned there's a much deeper, more important reason for all that symmetry. Continue reading


7 Ways to Make the Most of What You Already Have | Before & After


Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request:

"I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids' stuff and neutrals were sophisticated.

So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them)."

I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help."

See the before and afters here. . . Continue reading


Are You Still Using an Instant Camera to Photograph Your Work?


I used to think I could get away with using my little instant camera when taking photos of my work. A year of lessons has shown me what's really possible when we take professional photography seriously, even in so-called uninspiring spaces like boardrooms and offices. Come on in for a peek at some photos I took of my own photography instructor's new space. Continue reading


24 Ways to Make Your Showroom More Beautiful, Current, and Profitable


Wesley Hall I go to High Point Furniture Market every spring and fall to source furniture and artwork for my clients, get educated, and (of course) get inspired! If you are a retailer with a showroom, High Point is THE place to go. You'll discover unique ways to incorporate current colour trends into your showroom, create gorgeous vignettes, and design a space that your… Continue reading


7 Best Ways to Decorate Around the TV


I'm not the first person to write this post but there might be a few tips here you haven't read somewhere else. Is it time to get your TV off the console or get some artwork around it? Read on for my advice. . . Continue reading


Colour in Commercial Hallways: 3 Ways to Get it Right


The corridors of apartments and hotels set an important tone for the building as a whole. Here's how to choose colours that coordinate with each other, address the challenges of these common spaces, and make a designer statement. Continue reading


Before & After: The Pinterest School of Styling


Interior design & styling by Maria Killam Last week as I lay by the pool on vacation in Kauai, I had already read both of the beach novels that I brought, so I went through my client's library  and pulled out The Alchemist. My sister Elizabeth posing for my photo Three years ago, when my client was building this house in… Continue reading


Happy 4th! Summer House vs. Beach House

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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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