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Trends from Spring Market at High Point

Traci Zeller's Pillows for C.R. Laine

The last time I attended High Point was 3 1/2 years ago in the Fall. I remember it being pretty much greys and charcoals. There was very little colour although I looked for it. Maria Killam, Alicia Connolly & Barbara Miller (Picture from Day 1 at Market) My friend Barbara Miller (above right) and I walked the Suites at Market Square… Continue reading

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My Favourite Go-To Designer Fabrics

Maria's Master Bedroom

When I first started decorating and selecting fabrics for my clients, it took me a while to figure out the best upholstery fabrics to use. One day, I was in the Robert Allen showroom and one of the designers whispered that Orvis was her personal favourite. A great herringbone texture that comes in a multitude of colours. It's also really… Continue reading

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Colour Forecast for 2015 from Palm Springs

Colour Trends for 2015 from Palm Springs

Click on image for sources The speaker on our first morning was Michael Shamassian, president and owner of Shmaze Industries. His presentation was very inspiring. He talked about how his passion for colour began at 19 when he started painting cars for a living while attending college at the same time. Fast forward, he is now in the business of coatings.… Continue reading

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The Case for Matchy Matchy Decorating

The Case for Matchy Matchy Decorating

via Pinterest (click on image) Recently while consulting with clients around their fixed finishes like tiles and countertops or exterior stone I have have been hearing phrases like: 'It's matchy, matchy but I think it's okay'. or 'It's matchy, matchy is that okay?' or 'I don't want it to look matchy matchy'. This same conversation came up again in Toronto… Continue reading

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Tablescapes at the IDS Show

IDS Show Highlights

This was the post I wanted to show you Friday but I couldn't upload the images into WordPress. The media event at the IDS show this past weekend was filled with herbs mixed with boxwood and pansies. Here's a glimpse of some Swiss Chard. I want to send a very special shout to Nour Enayeh.  Nour attended the colour course… Continue reading

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Traci Zeller Home Giveaway

Traci Zeller's new Fabric Line for Kids

I'm excited to share my good friend Interior Designer Traci Zeller's new fabric line with you! She was my first True Colour Expert back in May 2010 when I launched my Colour Training.   Traci is a mom of twin boys and she's done a fabulous job of establishing her niche as an expert in creating beautiful interiors that are… Continue reading

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Smart Light Control for my Living Room from Urban Aesthetics

Smart Shades for my Living Room from Urban Aesthetics

Well am I ever glad I asked whether I should puddle my drapes or not. And Terreeia is even happier because she was right, haha! When I read all your overwhelming "Absolutely not Maria, your living room is way too clean and contemporary" comments, I thought "Duh, of course".  It's not like I would ever have specified puddling drapes for… Continue reading

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Maria's Tastemaker Collection at Arcadian Home

Maria's Tastemaker Collection for Arcadian Home

  Arcadian Home asked me to curate a flash sale that starts today and runs until Tuesday, July 2, 2013. I've included lots of lighting, which, as you know, is more important than even having the right colour on the walls. Colourful accessories, artwork, area rugs and more. Here are some of my favourites: This orange bud vase I have… Continue reading

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How to Choose the Colour of your Gentek Gutters

How to Choose the Colour of your Gutters

Part of Mary Anne White's (my landscape Architect) plan for our landscape project in addition to extending the portico with new stone treads, was to beef up the column (below). Then once the new column was built, we were going to install the downspout behind the column instead of right smack in the front where it was. However, once the column… Continue reading

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Nena Von Custom Drapery Giveaway

Brown & Green Living Room

I think most of us have a room that could use some drapery panels, so here's your chance to win a pair of drapes worth $250 from Nena Von Custom Drapes and Designer Pillows! And, if you can't use drapery, they also have a wonderful selection of designer pillows to choose from.   Of course this yellow Dwell fabric is… Continue reading

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