Colour in Tiles

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

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{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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Ask Maria: Help! I Don't Want the Same Kitchen as Everyone Else!!

Ask Maria: I Don't Want My Kitchen to Look like Everyone Else!!

Recently, I received this question from one of my lovely readers:  'I'm trying to come up with a color of floor tile that matches a kitchen with volga blue granite counter tops, white cabinets, very light grey walls, and stainless steel appliances.  I don't want wood in the kitchen or anything that looks like wood.  I think too many people have that look… 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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8 Features Every Log Home Should Have (Incredible Kitchen too)

Features Every Log Home Should Have

1. An abandoned swallows nest on the kitchen window sill. 2. Incredible limestone tile throughout and including the countertops (chosen by Brooke & Steve Gianetti from Velvet & Linen during a trip to LA) Such a great way of working with all the ORANGE wood, providing a break from it as well as creating a balance of warm and cool.… Continue reading

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How to be Smart in a World of Dumb Designers

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After I posted my goals for 2013 last week sharing my dilemma on finding images that I could use to show 'What not to do with undertones', I received this very generous email from one of my lovely readers (no names will be used here), who said I was welcome to share her story: I have made literally every mistake… Continue reading

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What Everyone Should Know about Porcelain Tile

Carrera floor

It's all mostly bad (maybe). Marble floor source I was on the phone in an on-line consultation today looking at a photo one of my clients had sent me. She had selected about 6 porcelain tiles and she wanted me to help her chose one for her bathroom. This was a traditional bathroom with a Kohler Memoirs pedestal sink and toilet.… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate New Tile with Old Tile

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I recently wrote a post giving my advice for matching old tile to new tile and yesterday I arrived at a consultation where my client was facing this exact dilemma. Their tenants had just moved out and the hardwood flooring in the master bath was connected to a steam shower where they had clearly allowed their two children to splash… Continue reading

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Vancouver Interior Designer: When Can You Combine Patterned Stone or Tile?

Granite with solid backsplash

source Kirsty Swain from Hyphen Interiors wrote a post today showing a great example of how she saved her friend from making the mistake of combining a pink beige backsplash with a yellow beige granite countertop in her new kitchen. I have written about this before here but I think this topic is so big that it needs a dedicated… Continue reading

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Vancouver Interior Decorator: Is your Bath Perfect or Perfectly Nice?

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Waterworks new faucet (source) The newest and most fabulous showroom in Vancouver for everything to do kitchens and bathroom is Cantu. source The co-founder and Vice President of Waterworks Barbara Sallick, was their special guest on Wednesday evening last week. source She gave a talk on what it takes to have The Perfect Bath. 'Design integrity in bath means that… Continue reading

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