Bathrooms

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 Every Time (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… 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 WEBINAR: Summer School 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?

hex tile

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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Best Fix for Ugly Tile in Bathrooms

fresh bathroom

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

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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

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Urban Industrial Chic Renovation in West Vancouver

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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

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