Before and After

How to Convince Your Spouse to Paint Your Brick House

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Amazon Painted brick homes is a trending topic right now. Because this blog is about colour, I get a lot of questions from clients asking for a solution for their brick exterior. They have two questions, should I paint it, or is there a colour that will complement the brick? Sometimes your spouse needs to be convinced. There are two reasons why… Continue reading

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How Styling Saved this Kitchen and Why I love HomeSense: Before & After

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the comments and emails you sent me this last week on my anniversary post! It truly did warm my heart and make my day week! Thank you so much. My favourite part of the decorating process is the styling part. I love how a vase of flowers, along with some well distributed… Continue reading

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One Carrara Marble Bathroom: Four Colours

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I was in Montreal a few weeks ago and snapped a picture of this classic Carrara marble bathroom in the hotel we stayed in. You'll notice that this bathroom is painted a green beige. Since Carrara marble has a blue undertone, I wouldn't call this the best choice even though it doesn't clash. So I did a poll and I… Continue reading

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Can Gray be Dirty? Yellow Exterior (Before & After)

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Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I'm talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was… Continue reading

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How to Fix your White Room (If it Turned Green) Before & After

All summer (okay maybe more than just the summer) Tricia (my Virtual Design Assistant) has been obsessing about her living room and how the green from outside turns her lovely shade of cream, green. She's sampled a bunch of colours but really she just wants the room to be cream and not green. So I said "Paint it and we'll post it… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Can a Novice Benefit from my Course? Before & After

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I often receive emails like this: Hello Maria, I retired a couple of years ago and I have been taking interior design classes at the local community college. I would love to take your color workshop. Do you think this would be beneficial for a novice, Interior Design student? This post covers two questions. What does it look like to… Continue reading

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Do you have an Odd Chair in your Habitat? (Well you should)

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  I am seriously delayed in posting about Lauren's book, Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, she said her publisher sent me one last year but I never received it. So I stopped waiting and bought it myself last weekend. I've known Lauren as long as I've been writing this blog because we started our blogs around the same time, almost… Continue reading

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A Contemporary Yaletown Project: Before & After

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Ever notice when you move, the furniture you bring from your last home often doesn't work  in your new one? You had a sectional and now there's no space for one. Or your end tables are suddenly all too small because your new house is bigger. Or they are all too big because you've downsized. And if you are committed to… Continue reading

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3 Lessons I Learned When Installing My Garden 3 Years Ago

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This Spring I partnered with Lowes Canada when I planted annuals for my white-on-white garden that I installed 3 years ago. See the post I wrote for them here.   Here are 3 lessons I learned along the way: Before the garden was installed. Go here to learn how to choose the right flagstone colour. When the stone steps were first installed… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)

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via Pinterest Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it's the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I'd show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram ;) ;) First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading

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