Best Fix for Ugly Tile in Bathrooms

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Some of you will know that I am a huge fan of Jeffrey Bilhuber. So I decided to buy his first book the other day (I already have the other two), Jeffrey Bilhuber's Design Basics. It's full of great tips but the best one that has never occurred to me is what he said about bad tile in bathrooms. Probably… Continue reading


Ask Maria: What's Next After Subway Tile?

Ask Maria: What's Next After Subway Tile?

"I'm a big fan of your blog, and your e-book helped me choose paint colors I love when we bought a house last year. I love the look of subway tiles, but I've noticed they've been around for awhile. I know here in New York, I've been seeing them for about 10 years (they could have been around for longer… Continue reading


Urban Industrial Chic Renovation in West Vancouver


Whenever anyone asks me if I know of a great kitchen designer, I always refer them to Jan Romanuk. She designed my fabulous white kitchen last year and Quality Cabinets installed the cabinets. Not only is she a wonderful kitchen designer but she has been renovating high end homes for so long, there is nothing she doesn't know about the… Continue reading


The Best White Bathrooms

The Best White Bathrooms

I believe all bathrooms should be white. Unless the rest of your house is filled with earthy, warm and rich colours that would dictate a creamy tiled bathroom because it would flow better. And I have three bathrooms to renovate sometime very soon. And they will be white as that will flow with the rest of my house. Here are… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Lip or No Lip?

Ask Maria: Lip or no Lip?

I am a long time reader and have thoroughly enjoyed your blog ! I'm currently in the midst of a master bath update.  I am replacing my laminate countertop with Cesarstone Organic White Quartz.  This will be placed on a white cabinet in a primarily white bathroom.  There is a full plate glass mirror unframed that meets with the current… Continue reading


Vancouver Interior Decorator: Is your Bath Perfect or Perfectly Nice?


Waterworks new faucet (source) The newest and most fabulous showroom in Vancouver for everything to do kitchens and bathroom is Cantu. source The co-founder and Vice President of Waterworks Barbara Sallick, was their special guest on Wednesday evening last week. source She gave a talk on what it takes to have The Perfect Bath. 'Design integrity in bath means that… Continue reading


Abbotsford Colour Consultant: Rules for Specifying Quartz Colours


source I received some new quartz samples the other day. This is how they were packaged when they arrived. . . Every single sample had to be pried off with a screwdriver and taken out of the packaging. Why? Because it's virtually impossible to choose the coordinating colour for your walls or cabinets with the sample glued and surrounded by… Continue reading


Update on My Turquoise Bathroom


Last week when I posted my main bathroom colour (I'm not touching this bathroom until the renovation except for colour, light fixture and accessories) I got this email from one of my lovely readers Sherri Wheeler: 'What you have done so far is a huge improvement but I think the towel bar really ruins it. A large piece of art… Continue reading


The Rule of More


source I chose two different faucets for both of Mom's bathrooms in the carriage house she built last year. And so because I see them all the time (different from a client's home) one day I said to her, I like the faucet downstairs so much better than the one in your master. And she said, 'I agree, I wish… Continue reading


Maria's Main Bathroom: Before & During


This is one of our dated bathrooms which will be renovated next summer. It was so hard for me to get past just the colour in here. See the chair rail? If you have it in your house and you don't have wallpaper above it take it out! Photos by Maria Killam I didn't touch this bathroom except to paint… Continue reading


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