Help! My New Kitchen Makes the Rest of My House Look Old


Source This post is written by Tricia Firmaniuk, my design assistant who handles my eDesign: So often people find Maria’s blog AFTER they have already made some costly mistakes in their renovations; when they realize it’s not coming together the way they had hoped, and they go looking for answers on Google. DIY design has some common pitfalls. One of… Continue reading


Ask Maria: How Much Colour is Too Much for a Kids Room?


Enise emailed me this photo the other day with a great 'Ask Maria' question: ”I have a very colourful antique kilim that I would like to use in my daughters bedroom. Since the kilim is so colourful, I am confused on choosing the bedding. I know that I can use some colours from the kilim pattern but those are very vibrant colours so… Continue reading


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


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


Trendy or Classic? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions


Photo by Maria Killam at Maison & Objet When I wrote my trend report from Maison & Objet last week, truthfully, I was kind of depressed that all evidence points towards black as the next trendy neutral after grey. In this case, I hope I'm wrong. It seems that in my 20 year colour career I've now seen trend colours go full… Continue reading


Is Black the New Grey? Trends for 2018 from Maison & Objet


It was an interesting first day at Maison & Objet on Friday. Everyone had different opinions about the trends because I think everyone looks for whatever interests them. For example, I'll be at High Point market and someone will say "I saw RED everywhere" and I'll think "Really? I didn't see much red" but that's because red is not my… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Are Stainless Appliances Going out of Fashion?


via pinterest Today's question from a reader is: "Maria, I am renovating my kitchen from scratch, I love white and would love all white appliances and white cabinets and white walls would this be to much? I hear that stainless is going out of fashion. " What do you think? Recently, I opened my October edition of House Beautiful (my… Continue reading


The 3W's of Colour: What Works? What Doesn't? What to do About it. . .


Today's guest post is from Susan Hargraves, residential stylist and owner of Rooms that Work™ on Vancouver Island, B.C. Susan loves drama and she's going to share with us, how she creates it in her interiors.

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Do's & Don'ts for Decorating with Black Tile

black grout

The dangerous part about any new trend is when you start incorporating the old with the new and the black tile trend is no different. Here are some guidelines to think about if you are considering black tile in a bathroom or kitchen: DO Paint your walls black instead of tiling. You'll get a similar look and feel and then it's… Continue reading


Maria Killam's Trend Forecast for 2015

gold bed

The look of 2015 is dramatic, modern, and rich. How was your holiday? I am rested and rejuvinated and excited to see what 2015 has in store!  Back to the gym too, it's fun to eat whatever you want during the holidays but it's time to stop having a chocolate for desert at breakfast, lunch and dinner, haha. Black  This… Continue reading


Christmas Spirit has Arrived!


We always get our tree and decorate the first weekend of December but I'm still working all day and all night preparing for my white eBook launch for another week so all we have up so far is a holiday wreath at the front door and the house has a white string of lights outside!

I love the holidays, the rain and cold never seems bleak to me in the weeks leading up to Christmas because of all the sparkly lights and decorations!

So while we patiently wait for that day to come, here are some holiday photos to inspire you. Continue reading


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