Earth Tones that Feel like 2014 NOT 2002

Coffee Table

{Oak Bay Beach Hotel} Recently I received a comment from a reader saying it would be great if I would write an occasional post about earth tones because she preferred them over the current white/black/grey colours that are popular and trendy right now. Well, dear reader, the opportunity presented itself this weekend. It's my Terreeia's birthday and we arrived yesterday,… Continue reading


Is Cognac Leather Furniture as Neutral as Denim? Yay or Nay

Cognac + Purple

I'm so happy that camel coats and cognac leather furniture are on trend. Although last week I bought a camel coat from Nordstrom and when it arrived it looked like a sack on me so back it went. Sigh. I guess it was a little too late in the season to have any kind of selection.   {Click on images… Continue reading


Wood Stained Kitchen I Like

Wood Stained Kitchen I Like

I know you thought you'd never see the day when I'd stick a wood stained kitchen in this blog, but there's a first time for everything! Continue reading


Builders Don't Care About Trends: Yay or Nay?

Classic White Kitchen

I know this is not a complete absolute truth because it won't apply to the high end market but I do a lot of design and colour consulting in brand new homes and the homeowner is usually saying things like, "The builder only gave us two options, so we chose the lesser of the two evils". Barbara Barry's Classic White… Continue reading


My Sister's Fresh New Backsplash: Before & After


My sister Elizabeth inherited her kitchen with glazed creamy cabinets, chocolate brown walls (that's what they were before we painted the walls CA100 Beechwood or BM HC-45 Shaker Beige or PPG 414-4 Dusty Trail) and a very busy and blotchy laminate countertop. The first thing we changed was the colour soon after they moved in. "Can I have blue walls?"… Continue reading


Which Stone Colour is Best for Your Fireplace Surround?

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The stacked stone trend for fireplaces and the exterior of homes is a big one. I have even been in a home where the builder used stacked stone like an accent wall in the entry which was connected to the bi-level stairs. Can you imagine how much that would hurt if you banged into it or your child fell down… Continue reading


Vancouver Colour Consultant: How to Choose a Safe Colour

Friday afternoon I was told to step away from my computer and my partner took me on a ferry up to the Sunshine Coast where we had a fabulous dinner at the West Coast Wilderness Lodge last night. This is the view from the restaurant. We had a lovely table on the deck. See this little private island? One of… Continue reading


If Gray is like Skinny Jeans, then what is Brown?

I received a great question from a reader about brown the other day: Image via Cote de Texas'So I've seen your posts about gray and brown, but what I really want to know is if brown is going to the 'mom's jeans' of the decorating world? I mean is it going to be so out that no on should use… Continue reading


Is Colour the Best Neutral? Yay or Nay

Brown trend > Gray trend (source) For months now in most of my consultations in-person or on-line all over the country in US and Canada, my clients have been asking for the same thing. ¬†And it is this: "How can I eradicate beige and caramel/orange tones from my home and replace it with the cooler 'trendy' grays and whites". I… Continue reading


How to Make your Brown Sofa Sing a Happy Tune

 Macy's Now that gray is here to stay as the new brown, what do you do to make your brown sofa look more current? Can you introduce gray walls? What about all the bright and happy colours, how do you bring those in? Image via Marcus Design I get a lot of emails with these very questions. February's newsletter this… Continue reading


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