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Decorating with Red: Before & After

Living Room After

Paula from Salad in a Jar hired me in April for an on-line consultation to help with colours and decorating updates on her house. Two hours later, she had a plan and three months later, here is the fabulous result! This is what she said: "Thank-you again for helping me a few months ago. You gave me a lot of confidence which made… Continue reading

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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

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Ask Maria: Should my Roof go Black on my Tudor Home?

Traditional Tudor Scheme

Before we launch into today's post, I just had to say, considering how many hours we spend in our beds, it's no surprise that so many of you had such great reviews and opinion on mattresses the other day!! Thanks so much for all your comments! Okay, onto the dilemma of the week. . . "I wish I'd come across… Continue reading

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Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

Two years ago, when we lived in our townhouse downtown, I chose the wrong fabric for my new chair and ottoman. I was so embarrassed. That's why it's taken me this long to tell you about it. I had my yellow sofa (above) and that was an easy choice for me to make. I love yellow. But I was having… Continue reading

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3 Ways to inject lots of Colour without going Bohemian

Flowers on the grand pianos in the middle of the room (they don't miss a detail here) It's Elizabeth's 38th birthday weekend and after a little shopping at the Fashion Show Mall in Vegas yesterday we stopped into the Encore Hotel to have a cocktail in the lounge overlooking the pool. Elizabeth Jacobs  Photos by Maria Killam You know the… Continue reading

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The Gray, Black and White Trend is Here to Stay

People are still telling me the ‘gray trend’ will not last and I’m here to tell you, yes it will.  Just like the brown trend which started in 2002, it will have a 10 year shelf life before it’s on to the next one. Take the home of Courtney Cox, featured in this months Elle Decor Magazine. Gray flagstone throughout… Continue reading

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10 Ways to get a Fresh Look with a Black Sofa

There are just as many black leather sofas in family rooms as brown ones these days all over the country so if you are looking for an update or need black or a dark colour because you have kids, here are my recommendations: 1. How about this one in fabric?  This is IKEA’s Stockholm sofa. It comes in two pieces… Continue reading

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Vancouver Colour Expert answers the question; Why your Teenager wants a Black Room

My personal trainer Ruth Voss at Innovative Fitness asked another question about black  the other day (Note to Ruth: there seems to be a trend here :).  Why do teenagers want a black room?  There are a few answers to this question; 1.  As self-expression becomes more important, kids — especially tweens and teens — search for ways to make a… Continue reading

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Black is the new Brown

I was at a new ‘Joey’s’ last night on Burrard and Pender and I thought the washrooms were so great!It seems like all the trendy, ‘upscale casual’ restaurants these days are in competition to see who can design the coolest bathrooms so here’s yet another one. I especially liked the floor tile I think because it’s in the shape of… Continue reading

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The Little Black Dress

I thought I'd share with you this site by Gwyneth Paltrow I stumbled upon while blogging one day. You can subscribe to her newsletters where she talks about clothes, menus, travel, etc. It's like getting a personal email straight from Gwyneth, approximately once a week. Since we are in the season where we all need a cute little black dress,… Continue reading

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