Ask Maria: Can a Novice Benefit from my Course? Before & After


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 post covers two questions. What does it look like to… Continue reading


A Contemporary Yaletown Project: Before & After


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 big because you've downsized. And if you are committed to… Continue reading


The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)


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 clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading


Sell Your Classic House in 24 Hours Flat


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 a million dollars OVER the asking price with bidding wars… Continue reading


Master Bedroom in Serenity; Pantone's Colour of the Year | Before & After


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 (above). We needed an area rug, a new duvet and… Continue reading


Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour


Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading


Refresh your Dining Room with Upholstered Chairs: Before & After


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. Continue reading


4 Shades of Blue You Can't Live Without


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. Continue reading


How to Make Timeless Choices in a Trendy World


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! Continue reading


The Best Paint Colours for Your Oak and Maple Cabinetry


Do you have oak or maple cabinetry? DO NOT pick a paint colour to coordinate without reading this guest post from Kelly Bernier, a True Colour Expert from beautiful Rhode Island. She's sharing a lesson directly from my Specify Colour with Confidence course (which is $200 off right now, with the special offer code at the end of this post). Continue reading


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