Colour in Tiles

Ask Maria: Help! The Previous Homeowner Installed Granite to Sell

bathroom

This homeowner reached out to me with photos of two bathrooms in her own house. Who can see what's wrong here? It's the old "granite to sell" trick and some would say it worked but the new granite makes the floor and cabinets look especially dated. How can you tell that the granite is the new addition? That 4" kick along the… Continue reading

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Do's & Don'ts for Decorating with Black Tile

black grout

The dangerous part about any new trend is when you start incorporating the old with the new and the black tile trend is no different. Here are some guidelines to think about if you are considering black tile in a bathroom or kitchen: DO Paint your walls black instead of tiling. You'll get a similar look and feel and then it's… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Which Cream Subway Tile is Right?

backsplashtile

One of my lovely readers emailed this great question about cream subway tile that I thought would be so useful for many of us. Also, note that her kitchen countertop is pristine and she even left a decorative jar in the photo when she snapped it for me. If you have an Ask Maria question, please clean up the room, it'll have a higher… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Which Countertop Should I Choose (What Were They Thinking??)

tileilike

"Here is my kitchen that was built in 2006. I wish I stumbled across your blog years ago because the thing I dislike about the kitchen the most is the busy tile! And is this tile the dreaded pinky-beige? And my knotty alder cabinets have yellowed considerably over the years. So I'm pretty sure we have a major undertone problem… Continue reading

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The Zen of a Perfect Green Backsplash on The Today Show

The Zen of the Perfect Green Backsplash on the Today Show

My friend Lisa Mende invited me to Monday night at The Proximity at High Point with her pal Libby Langdon, a designer and TV personality along with Chrissy Shields. From left to right {Lisa Mendes, Chrissi Shields, Libby Langdon and Maria Killam} When we walked into the restaurant, Libby was already there and when she came around the bar in our direction I thought… Continue reading

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"Interesting" to Classic Kitchen Counter and Backsplash Makeover

Desert Limestone

via {pinterest} Glenda in Langley, called me to help her choose new perimeter countertops and backsplash to coordinate with the existing granite on her kitchen island. The current countertop was a laminate and she was upgrading to stone and the busy, multi-coloured backsplash had to go. I wish I had the photos to show you how we chose the colour but… 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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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes On Demand Training with Maria Killam

Townhouse

When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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Why Choosing Granite is so Hard

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I came across this comment on my blog the other day, I had forgotten about it. This reader expressed what so many of my clients have told me over the years but she was just super entertaining in her distress. . . How did I end up with this crazy granite choice that is glaring at me from the counter?! I'm crying… Continue reading

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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

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