Best Ideas for Creative Kids Rooms: Before & After

Dinosours Gathering

This post is written by my Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill:

Last week at this time Maria and I were just finishing up the last touches of our magical home makeover for my sister, Aimee and five of her kids. They were all glowing with happiness and pride in their "new" home.

Four months ago, when Maria and I started this project of love, I carefully interviewed each of my nieces and nephews to find out what would make them love their rooms the most. I found out what they were interested in and spent hours scouring the internet to get all the little pieces exactly right. At the end of the day I wanted to see wonder and awe in each set of eyes and was over the moon that we managed to do just that! Continue reading


Ask Maria: How do I Find a New Area Rug to work with my Old Furniture?


  Since many of us are now incorporating fresh and happy colours into our homes, I have started seeing a lot of living rooms with bright new geometric area rugs that mostly don't relate to the upholstery in the room. You don't want a look in your living room that screams "Old, tired sofa, happy new area rug!". Last week I received a… Continue reading


Can you have White Cabinets with Espresso Hardwood Floors?

espresso floors

I was on google this afternoon, and three times in a row, with different searches, this post kept showing up right at the top: How to completely mess up your kitchen remodel: a step-by-step tutorial. This is the kitchen she coveted This DIY blogger named Kelly is a great writer and so entertaining. She generously shared her mistakes so that others could… Continue reading


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


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