Bathrooms

Ask Maria: Help! The Previous Homeowner Installed Granite to Sell

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This homeowner reached out to me with photos of two bathrooms in her own house. Who can see what's wrong here? It's the old "granite to sell" trick and some would say it worked but the new granite makes the floor and cabinets look especially dated. How can you tell that the granite is the new addition? That 4" kick along the… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Which Countertop Should I Choose (What Were They Thinking??)

tileilike

"Here is my kitchen that was built in 2006. I wish I stumbled across your blog years ago because the thing I dislike about the kitchen the most is the busy tile! And is this tile the dreaded pinky-beige? And my knotty alder cabinets have yellowed considerably over the years. So I'm pretty sure we have a major undertone problem… Continue reading

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What Women Want vs. Men (In a House)

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Overheard at a birthday party with some of my designer friends last weekend: "When I work with builders I always tell them that WOMEN buy houses, not men." Men want a large TV room {via pinterest} A Garage {via pinterest} Isn't this amazing! Now this is an organized person! {source} And, No Nagging! {via pinterest} Women want above all else a really nice… Continue reading

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Quick Announcement and a Favour regarding White

My super-short survey about white

We are really close to finishing my long-awaited eBook on white: White is Complicated, A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White  (above). We plan to release it in the Fall. It's funny, at first I was sure this book would be shorter than How to Choose Paint Colours: It's all in the Undertones, but it's just as big and maybe with your… Continue reading

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A New Way to Design Accent tile: Ceramic Architecture

Herringbone Pattern

I first learned the term 'ceramic architecture' when the VP of Waterworks gave a presentation and I wrote this post afterwards about perfect vs. perfectly nice bathrooms. When I searched 'ceramic architecture' on google, I was fascinated that absolutely nothing comes up with regard to tile layouts. As many of you know, accent tile has a bad rap on this blog and… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes On Demand Training with Maria Killam

Townhouse

When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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The Best Cream Bathrooms

Stunning Mirror

My white eBook is coming out soon, it always takes longer than I think it will to get it done and done and edited. It's going to take the world of whites and make it so much easier to understand. I've divided whites into white, off-white and cream. Because that's all you really need to know to choose a white. I've… Continue reading

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Can Your House be Trendy & Classic at the Same Time?

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Hex Tile On vacation these last few days when I posted a restaurant rest room and an ice cream parlour, both happened to have hex tile floors. Someone asked if they were trendy and I said yes. White Kitchen Then another reader posted that they are classic and date back to the early 20's or maybe even before, just like… Continue reading

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Smile Sweetly and Ask Nicely While You're on Vacation

Elizabeth & Maria

It's a good thing my brother-in-law Dr. Bill Jacobs is a good holiday planner because he's directly responsible for the fact that Terreeia and I are here in Scottsdale, Arizona with my sister Elizabeth and my sweet nephews for 5 nights. William & Markus We're staying at the Kimpton Firesky Resort & Spa. When we arrived in our looong stretch limo (men are all… Continue reading

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Time for a Powder Room Update (The Toilet's Gotta Go)

Time for a Powder Room Update

We need a new toilet in our powder room. It doesn't flush properly and it's a problem when you have to have the plunger permanently installed like an accessory. Our powder room is off the laundry room which is the first room you enter when you walk in through the back door (below). If we get a new toilet, a new… Continue reading

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