We arrived home from Italy yesterday at noon and I couldn’t stay up past 4:00 pm and then I slept 12 hours! San Gimignano, Italy I’m so happy to be home after being away an entire month! The trip was fabulous, and it was even more amazing to be able… Continue Reading →
I just arrived in Toronto yesterday from LA and I’m here with Terreeia (pronounced Maria with a T) on a sad occasion. Her only sister passed away just over a week ago. Thank you so much for all your kind words! In the meantime, Tricia Firmaniuk, my talented virtual design… Continue Reading →
Four years ago, I decorated Elizabeth’s living room with IKEA upholstery. It was the quickest and most inexpensive way to get the whole room done at once. Go here to see the before, before pictures her kids were older and it was time. First, here’s the entry, the MERETTE grommet curtains… Continue Reading →
Four years ago my sister Elizabeth and her husband bought this outdoor sectional (below). It was too modern for their house, but it was reasonable, so they snapped it up for the patio. Elizabeth and Bill love to entertain, and they also host their staff parties throughout the year. When it came time… Continue Reading →
Often when I see a Persian or oriental area rug, I think DATED. In fact, I have an Ask Maria post about this very subject where I simply told my reader “This rug will NEVER be amazing”. Well, as I have said many times in this blog (often in the comments) I’m willing to… Continue Reading →
I have worked with many couples over the years as they plan their renovation or new build. And here’s what I’ve noticed. They get overly worried about the exterior being boring so they go with a combination of stucco, siding AND shingles. Oh, but we’re not done yet, don’t forget… Continue Reading →
Last year my sister Elizabeth decided it was high time the kids had a decorated bedroom. My Mom had painted it green a few years ago (it was black when they moved in). Elizabeth and her husband Bill found the bunkbeds on-line and–without consulting me about placement or colour, but I’m… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
When Terreeia and I were in Toronto for my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Event in May, we had dinner with a good friend. We were talking about the extremely hot real estate market in Toronto (and Vancouver). In the last two weeks for example, homes in Toronto are selling for up to… Continue Reading →
I emailed my client Barbara and asked if she had painted her bedroom yet (the room was finished but just needed the new wall colour). She replied “Yes, I have the bedroom painted … AND …. it looks fabulous! Love Love Love it!” Here it was before the transformation… Continue Reading →
Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home.
When I decorated my client Barbara’s dining room, she had too many chairs already and didn’t need anything more than new chair covers, an area rug and custom drapery.
But when I found this upholstered chair from Pier 1 (below) that would make her dining room feel much more collected and less ‘matchy-matchy’, she bought them right away.
Traci Zeller is one of my very first true colour experts, and she’s from Charlotte, North Carolina. If you love blue as much as she does (and don’t we all?), you don’t want to miss her advice about the four shades you absolutely cannot live without.
Today’s guest post is from Ellen Rhett, a certified colour designer and True Colour Expert from Mountainbrook, Alabama. Ellen has such a timeless eye for colour that her own living room, decorated over 18 years ago, still looks fresh and current. See for yourself!