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Does Your Front Door Say Welcome for the Holidays? Part 1

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When Lowe's Canada asked if I'd be one of their holiday bloggers and gave me the task of decorating an outdoor entry, I immediately thought of my Mom's front door. My front door has a glass and metal screen door that I'm not willing to remove, (I know, how weird is that? But I love that it feels like an extra… Continue reading

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There are 9 Neutral Undertones in the World (see them here)

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I've been thinking about my bathrooms lately and how un-renovated and dated they are. It's a project I was going to tackle this year but honestly, they just don't bother me enough so I let it slide. Except for this: I have always loved taking baths but the tub in our master is too big and takes more than one… Continue reading

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24 Ways to Make Your Showroom More Beautiful, Current, and Profitable

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Wesley Hall I go to High Point Furniture Market every spring and fall to source furniture and artwork for my clients, get educated, and (of course) get inspired! If you are a retailer with a showroom, High Point is THE place to go. You'll discover unique ways to incorporate current colour trends into your showroom, create gorgeous vignettes, and design a space that your… Continue reading

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Gold Hardware & Lighting Should Replace Silver: Yay or Nay?

gold faucets

{via Domino} Gold finishes in hardware, lighting and furniture has taken its sweet time in becoming mainstream. Back in October 2011, when I wrote this post about choosing hardware for your kitchen, I declared that gold was too warm for a white kitchen. I see now that I was reacting to the lighting in that kitchen which I didn't particularly like. Is it… Continue reading

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Jaipur Rugs, Pillows and Poufs at High Point Market

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I'm a sponsored blogger again this Fall market and I was so happy to have the opportunity to blog about Jaipur Rugs, since a colourful area rug with some pillows are such a quick and easy way to breathe new colour and life into any room. Photo by Maria Killam This is how they had their showroom entry decorated. Of course I… Continue reading

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Does a Sexy, Reasonable but Comfortable Office Chair Exist?

Camel Chair

This is the question I have been wondering about for quite a while now. My office {photo by Tracy Ayton Photography} These are the chairs we have now (above). I bought them from Coscto about 4 years ago. I seem to remember that they were somewhere in the realm of $250. But now, if you get close to them, they… Continue reading

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"I've Got This" and Other Unrealistic Thoughts about Renovating

Brushed Brass pull

So, just in case you were wondering and losing sleep over this topic like I have, I've figured it out. The third week in my Renovate with Confidence™ Focus on Finishes for Renovations and New Builds is coming up and it's my best work yet! Now that I've organized all the advice I'm constantly giving my clients into a step-by-step format, the good news… Continue reading

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How Long will You Wait to Get The Sofa You Want?

cheap and fast is not good

I once helped a client decorate her guest room. She wanted everything NOW. The painting had to happen IMMEDIATELY! The furniture, delivered YESTERDAY.

In my experience, there are two types of clients who want furniture that fast.

When you move into a new house and you don't have any furniture to sit on, that has people get pretty impatient for new stuff, RIGHT NOW.

Second, the client who cannot decide. They don't want to make a mistake so they wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And put up with old, bad, and cheap for a very long time. Continue reading

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2014 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, of course, 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… 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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