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Styling, Waxing and Country Living in New York State: Before & After

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The following photos are taken with my iPhone 6 (not as awesome as usual ;)   My long distance client Lisa Partelow lives in Clinton Corners, New York with her sweet husband Harold, and her two boys, age 2 and 4. She says her dream in life was pretty simple. To live on acreage and be able to look out the… Continue reading

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How to Make Earthy Tile Look Expensive

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True Colour Expert Traci Zeller had a budget to manage for the model house she had been hired to decorate and she had to spread it around strategically to get the biggest bang for the buck. This is what a great designer does best and I talk about it all the time in my events. My favourite part of helping… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! Should my Carpet be Dark or Light Outside?

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Cream stone and cream cushions, lovely | source If you are not a colour expert or not even close, chances are, when you're considering which colour is right for your interior, whether it's flooring, carpets, furniture or paint, you might find yourself asking the question, do I go dark or light? Instead of the question you should be asking which is: Does… Continue reading

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Why a Colourful Sofa is as Timeless as Subway Tile

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Madcap Cottage Collection My favourite source for designer fabrics in Vancouver is the Robert Allen showroom. When I arrive to select a palette for a client, there's always someone available who is dedicated to helping me pull it all together and the best part is they usually have ALL the memo samples–in stock–so I can have them immediately. This way… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: About Carpets, Oak Cabinets & Dining Chairs

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I have received a few Ask Maria questions recently and some of the answers are too short for a whole blog post so I'm grouping four of them together in one. So here's the first one: "I have oak cabinets that I can't afford to replace. I need a smaller table for my kitchen.What color table Should I look for?" Normally,… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is My Living Room Too Beachy?

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Jeffrey Bilhuber  When I saw this Ask Maria question, I immediately thought of Jeffrey Bilhuber's recent spread in House Beautiful Magazine. The answer to your question today lovely reader, is inspired by my favourite decorator. Here's the question: I recently moved with my husband into our first house!  I have been so excited to make it our own, but I… Continue reading

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Which Colour is Perfect for This Room? (How Fast Can YOU See It?)

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Look first, before you read any further. Which undertones are the chair and sofa? My good friend Jan Romanuk and her husband recently moved into a new condo. She asked if I'd come over to evaluate her colours. She had a plan but also wanted my opinion. Jan has been such an amazing mentor to me over the years, I was thrilled to lend my… Continue reading

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Look, You Need To Know How to Have this Conversation

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Vanessa Francis Here it is. Your husband, your wife, or your client will often react in a negative way when something isn't complete. My clients spare bathroom had looked like this for three years (above). She wanted it to look nice, but she didn't want to spend a fortune and had tried to convince her Fiancé to let her decorate it. Last week, I… Continue reading

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Best Countertop for Stained Wood Cabinets

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{via Carriage Lane Designs} When I received this Ask Maria question asked slightly different two times recently, I thought it deserved a stand-alone post even though my regular readers will have read my opinion here: We are doing a complete gut job on our kitchen and starting over with high end shaker cherry cabinets.  I want to balance the dark… Continue reading

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Best Colours for a Basement Kitchen (1 Kitchen, 3 Ways)

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I recently received this question from a reader who sent me a photo of her kitchen: Hi Maria, I SO want to make my little basement apartment a haven that I love to call home. I want it to be as light and bright as possible since there is so little natural light… and I LOVE lots of light. Everything is… Continue reading

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