It Took a Village to Create my New Website (Here are the details)

I’ve been blogging for a little over 8 years. My blog was on blogspot for the first 3 years. Just a free site and I did EVERYTHING myself. If you have the patience to read and follow basic instructions, it was pretty easy to insert all the widgets to get your sidebar looking good, etc. This was the first logo on my first website which cost $6000 (including the photography of my ... Continue Reading

The Barbara Barry Guide to Instagram (Through My Living Room)

Styling & Photo by Maria Killam I recently bought Barbara Barry’s book Around Beauty and became completely obsessed! Amazon In the introduction, the author writes that after you read Barbara Barry’s book, you become even more aware of simply finding the beauty in every day, and that is exactly what happens when you read her book. You suddenly find yourself dusting off your teacups (or buying some if you don’t have any). ... Continue Reading

The Coco Chanel Guide to Uncopyrighting (That’s What I’m Doing)

Have you read Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History? It’s the story of how the #1 luxury brand in the world was created. Coco Chanel was a self-made multimillionaire before she turned 40, and she was the founder of what is still the highest-earning privately owned luxury-goods manufacturer in the world. ‘Every day millions of women awake and costume themselves as some version of Coco Chanel, choosing from a vast array of simple and reproducible ... Continue Reading

My 5 Rules for Life

{via pinterest} Have you ever thought about this statement with regards to an area in your life? “Every single day people stop when they don’t know what to do.” I talk to clients every day who tell me they have stopped shopping for their house because they’ve bought so many mistakes in the past and they don’t want to buy any more. Designers who don’t make as much money as they ... Continue Reading

My 6th Blogoversary is Here + My Best Blogging Tip

I started this blog on Saturday, October 31, 2008. It was Halloween. Ever since I hit publish on my first post, a day never goes by when I’m not thinking about what I’m going to write next. My nephews William & Markus Since Halloween was the day it started and I am not a fan of anything scary, it’s my nephews dressed in costume that makes this day fun for me! ... Continue Reading

Two Reasons to ALWAYS Keep Learning

In the last year, I have been travelling and spending a lot of time in hotel ballrooms learning how to take my business and website to the next level. Finding the right guru to get you there is not an easy task, let me tell you! I’m always the ONLY colour expert/decorator in a room of around 700 people. However, after a few false starts and stops I am now on ... Continue Reading

3 Burning Questions Answered (Finally) at BlogHer14

Outdoor decor at the McDonalds closing party at Blogher14 Since I’ve blogged for over 5 years now, I come to a blogging conference because there’s always more to learn. There’s lots of beginner information that I’ve sat through in hotel ballrooms all around the country, but then someone says something that makes it all worthwhile. Here are the nuggets I’ve picked up this week: Should you sleep your way to the ... Continue Reading

How to Sell Toilet Paper and Learning to say No

So I’m here at BlogHer’14 in San Jose with my good friend Barbara Miller from Yes Spaces. We had registered for the conference months ago but I am so bad because I usually only read what I absolutely have to read. So I don’t check out the conference agenda until the night before my flight and I realize that if I don’t register for their Pathfinder Day, I’m a whole day early!! ... Continue Reading

Your Laptop is the New Mom & Pop Shop

I'm constantly hearing statements like "I should've started my blog when you did", or "It's too late now, look at how many new blogs are launched every day!". So, just in case some of you thought you were off the hook, or fully believe it's too late, I'm here to tell you that the majority of people in the world are not even on-line yet. And three billion more will be by 2020. ... Continue Reading

Is Marketing to Past Clients Ridiculous? Yay or Nay

Penelope Trunk and I have one day left in our blogging webinar and it’s so great! We’re learning so much and having so much fun, here’s what people are saying: “I sure hope this webinar is the first of many! I subscribe to a lot, A LOTTT of webinars…and this one has by far exceeded my expectations! About 6 months ago I attended Alt Summit in New York city (the U.S. ... Continue Reading

Having an Opinion is More Important than Being Right

I’m so excited that Penelope and I are doing this blogging seminar together that I asked her to write part of the post to include with the one I wrote the other day. Then, after she sent it over, I called her and said “How do I marry them together?” “They don’t really go together”, she said.  “Okay, I’ll post yours after mine.” I told her. Here’s Penelope’s post: Maria ... Continue Reading

Webinar: Jump Start your Design Business with a Blog

BE YOUR OWN BOSS The best way to figure out how to have a successful blog is to learn from big bloggers. Yaay that’s me! This is what Penelope Trunk and I will be doing live the first week of December 3 – 6, 2013. It’s going to be fun! THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE ON DEMAND HERE. Today I make well over 6 figures as a designer and colour expert, but ... Continue Reading

Tips for Bloggers: Do’s and Don’ts for Working with the Media

I first met Mary Leigh Howell at the Design Bloggers Conference this past February in LA. She’s a PR Professional and although there was a group of us that were about to have dinner together one evening, it suddenly turned into just the two of us. During dinner, I asked her why she was at the conference. She replied “To network and create relationships with bloggers, I’ve pitched you three ... Continue Reading

How Long can You Escape Technology?

Okay so this post is just for fun. Don’t get upset because I’m mostly teasing. Plus if you’re reading my blog this most likely doesn’t apply to you, so just be entertained. So here’s the thing, if you are thinking you can still get away with having your assistant print out your emails (I met a businesswoman like this just two years ago, no joke) and just slide by this ... Continue Reading

20 Best Tips from Jon Morrow (The God of Blogging)

This week I was lucky enough to be on a 2 1/2 hour webinar with Jon Morrow (The God of Blogging – no joke). The webinar was about how to go from 0 – 10,000 blog subscribers. Jon used to write for Copyblogger (here’s a not-to-be-missed post I wrote as a result of reading that blog). Now he’s started his own blog and it’s fabulous. So here are the best tips ... Continue Reading

Rules are for Amateurs, Exceptions are for Professionals: Yay or Nay?

‘We have always tried to solve colour conundrums with rules. In my experience, every rule about colour is a rule that colour will break, but this doesn’t stop us from trying’. Quote from Janice Linsdsay’s book, All About Colour. source I find it fascinating that it‘s human nature to want to break the rules or at the very least be the exception to the rule. “Please let me be the ... Continue Reading