Before and After

Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Exterior Colours

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Today's guest post is from Patsy Overton from Atlanta, Georgia. She's seen far too many homeowners choose the wrong exterior colours, so she has a three-step process that'll save you from making the same mistake.
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My Sister's Robin Egg Blue Front Door: Before & After

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My sister Lea lives in the Eco Village just down the street from my house. She noticed her neighbours started painting their front doors so she called me and said "I want to paint my front door robin's egg blue, can you help me pick the right one?". I said "Great idea! But what about your dull red cushions (below),… Continue reading

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7 Ways to Use What You Have While Decorating: Before & After

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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."

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

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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

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Sneak Peek: Transformation from Brown to Blue | Before & After

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My client Barbara and her husband had built seven homes together. Every time they would start a new build, she would say, "Can we please save enough money to decorate at the end?"

That day never seemed to arrive.

Last year, her husband passed away, and Barbara decided it was now or never. She'd been following my blog for years, so she felt she could trust me to give her the look and feel she wanted. In January, we started the decorating project: the living, dining, kitchen, and master bedroom. Continue reading

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Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

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Jacqueline called me and said:

"Help! My laundry room is finished, it's white, I followed all the advice on your blog right down to copying the shelves in your laundry room, but now that I have a white Maria Killam laundry room and I can do anything I want, I have no idea where to start!

What colour should I paint it? I painted it BM Grey Owl because I had some leftover paint but it's doing nothing for me!"

I said, "First, Grey Owl is almost like a neutral, muted blue/green grey that would look great in a bathroom with lots of blue grey marble that coordinated with it, but for your laundry room to look fabulous, it needs a colour! Continue reading

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How to Make a Man Love Pink (Carriage House Tour)

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My mom, Hellen If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my love of colour comes from my mother. One of the big reasons I moved out to the country (from Vancouver) is to live closer to her. She is one of my best friends, and I will do pretty much anything for her. Once in a… Continue reading

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When White Walls are the ONLY Solution

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{via pinterest} In the very beginning of my design career I was fortunate enough to have some great mentors. One was a very talented designer who probably couldn't tell you about undertones but she had amazing spidey senses when it came to choosing colour. As designers working in a paint store, our job was to book in-home appointments with customers who came into the store… Continue reading

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The Very Best Way to Choose Your Main Neutral

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Lynda was moving into this pretty little house in a new subdivision: She needed some help with a new colour scheme and was stuck on wall colours. One on-line consultation with me and she had a plan. Lynda had some existing furniture and artwork she wanted to work with, and she sent me a glimpse of her last house (below). She was… Continue reading

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Before & After: The Pinterest School of Styling

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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

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