I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

Let's just be clear, I believe a room can be totally transformed with exactly the right throw pillows. In fact, a dated room that looks tired and sad, can also be completely brought to life with the right updated pillow. I do it with my clients all the time and there's nothing more fun. In fact, I get so many… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Which Colours Don't Work with Honey Oak Trim

Pink beige walls

I get a lot of questions about which colours work with honey oak trim, so I thought it would be easier to just show which colours are not so fabulous.   Since honey oak trim has an orange/yellow undertone, I would generally advise against using any shade of pink beige colour with it. In my system of understanding undertones, the… Continue reading


Answers to the Best Questions on How to Choose Paint Colours

3 Undertones of Beige

I'm re-launching my eBook today. I never liked how brown the original cover ended up since day one.  The point of showing a medium brown floor was to suggest that it's the most timeless colour for flooring. I didn't know at the time how badly wood would photograph, so in the end, I did not get the pretty medium brown background… Continue reading


How to Disappear a Bad Beige


Paint the walls so dark that it takes all the attention away from your carpet, tile or furniture that is the wrong neutral. source All you notice in the dark and dramatic interiors of Atelier Abigail is the drama. Beige? What beige? Do you dare go this dark? Related posts: Beige is only Blah when it's Wrong Does your Colour… Continue reading


Are Patterned Sofas Trendy? Yay or Nay


One of my lovely readers Becky, sent me this email earlier this week: yesterday in the New York Times Mag I noticed an ad for a couch from….a British Company that is now in the Big Apple.The sofa has two different types of upholstery, one on the base, another on the cushions…photo of sofa (plus puppy) is attached.  I… Continue reading


Are Neutrals the only Time we are Concerned with Undertones?


Day 12 in my 37 Days of Learning Undertones Series is on my Facebook fan page right now! Come on over and join the conversation, we are having fun! In Day 11, one of my readers asked the above question so I thought I'd answer it here in a quick post: Are neutrals the only time we are concerned with… 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


How to Inject Fresh into Your Earth-Toned House

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Yesterday I posted my Styled Interiors board from Pinterest on my Facebook Fan Page and one of my readers commented that it was her favourite board and wondered if I would post more images on tablescapes for coffee tables and end tables. So I clicked over to Ralph Lauren Home because I adore the styling in all his images. There's… Continue reading


6 Ways to Choose the Perfect Neutral Paint Colour


I received this question the other day and realized that even though my ebook covers it in comprehensive detail, I don't have a single post that answers this question directly. So here are the 6 best ways to choose one: 1. Start with the living room because that's where the entire colour scheme for the house is usually determined. Consider… Continue reading


Knowing your Options Helps you Move Forward

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The biggest problem with renovations is deciding exactly what to do in any given situation. There are so many questions to resolve. Here are a few my lovely client in Dallas had when analyzing her kitchen.

1. Should I paint these cabinets or is the current colour okay?

A. The existing colour is definitely pink beige. I would paint them to update them but it depends on how you feel about them.
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