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How to Take Charge of Your Bossy Tile

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The minute we walked into our room at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport last night, I declared, "This room was decorated BEFORE the brown trend!" It's a game I like to play with anyone who will listen everywhere I go. What's the dead giveaway? The colour of the wood-stained furniture: it was all orange and yellow with no espresso brown in sight.… Continue reading

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How to Photograph Your Projects to Get More Business

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Advice for new decorators and designers sounds like this: "Pay a professional photographer to take photos of one great project, or even one room decorated well, and show that on your website." And before you tell me that you barely made any money on the job so you can't afford to pay to have it photographed, that's not how you should calculate… Continue reading

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Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After

blue ceiling

Remember the exterior transformation of this navy blue house I showed you awhile ago? Well, here's the interior. Clearly my sweet reader and client Nicole has a wonderful creative eye and just needed some colour direction from me.  Lovely medium brown floors. Before  Walls – BM Stonington Gray After Before  After The blue ceiling is BM Healing Aloe. Walls are BM… Continue reading

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The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

Maria in Yellow

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There's… Continue reading

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Indigo & Turquoise Summer House in the Fraser Valley: Before & After

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As promised, here are the photos from the guest house with a pool that my clients built beside their home on Promontory Hill. They don't have to drive when they go away for the weekend! Here she is looking so pretty in her navy dress on photo shoot day! The main house is on the left side (not shown).  Loungers ready… Continue reading

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Sneak Peek of a Summer House in Blues

Blue Towels

When my client and her husband built a summer house right beside their home in the Fraser Valley and we started talking about the colour scheme, my first suggestion was an indigo coloured sectional which inspired the summery, nautical theme as well as created flow from the exterior since both homes were blue and white outside. This is also their guest… Continue reading

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How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)

Blue, green & Yellow

  This post is also an "Ask Maria" question. So here it is: "I have painted my family room with BM Clay Beige except the focal fireplace wall which I selected SW Exclusive Plum (6263).  I am happy with those colors.  I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s)… Continue reading

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Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After

Navy Blue Exterior: Before & After | Maria Killam

  When Nicole moved into this house in Bucks County, PA three years ago, she hired me to help her come up with a conceptual plan for finishes and colours inside as well as exterior colour. I'll show you the interior befores and afters in another post, she reported that her house sold within three hours of going on the market! We both immediately… Continue reading

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Need an Extra Window Somewhere? (Do This Instead)

Need an Extra Window? (Do this Instead)

  When I saw this living room designed by True Colour Expert™ and Interior Designer Jennifer Reynolds my first thought was: "OMG look at those awesome drapes! Wait, are the windows smaller than the drapery? No, it's art in between each set of panels!" Is this a brilliant idea or what? You have to go here to see the before… Continue reading

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Five Ways to Keep a White-on-White Modern Kitchen Warm

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I know, you think I'm going to say yellow (since it's my favourite colour), and yes, this colour will certainly warm up a white, modern kitchen, but actually here's how you do it. First, this kitchen was designed by my good friend Interior Designer Lee Stergios, who specializes in kitchen design. At the end I'm going to show you his… Continue reading

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