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

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Learn how to coordinate granite with stained wood cabinets {image source} So, for those of you who are missing out, you can still sign up here and catch up! Last week we focused on planning your renovation using my proprietary Colour Confidence Method™ and this Week #3 we're covering the Step-by-Step plan for new builds. It's Wednesday at 11:00 am PST time and… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate White & Cream (If You Made a Mistake)

cream and white kitchen

Just in case you thought that you can't mix white and cream, you certainly can. But sometimes it can look like you made a mistake. Or maybe you finished the room and it doesn't seem quite right. For example, what if you chose all your kitchen finishes, countertops, flooring and backsplash in white or cream, with only one exception? You… Continue reading

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Got Inspiration? 10 Steps to Create the Rest of the Room

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A reader recently asked me if this piece of art (below) could be used as a jumping off point for a colour scheme in a living/dining/kitchen area. First. This is exactly what y'all should be doing. Most people think: "Once I get the wall colour nailed down, I'll be able to breathe," but as I've said — numerous times before — doing it that way… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: How do I Find a New Area Rug to work with my Old Furniture?

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  Since many of us are now incorporating fresh and happy colours into our homes, I have started seeing a lot of living rooms with bright new geometric area rugs that mostly don't relate to the upholstery in the room. You don't want a look in your living room that screams "Old, tired sofa, happy new area rug!". Last week I received a… Continue reading

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6 Biggest Colour Mistakes I've Made (Been there, Done That)

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Love this vignette I was invited by Style at Home to be on a Twitter chat about colour a few weeks ago and one of the questions the editors asked was "What's your biggest mistake choosing colour" and I immediately chimed in with "I have a few" and immediately listed three: So here they are, with a few more just for fun:… 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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The Key to Great Design is Contrast

Kelly Wearstler Surf Boards

I still laugh to myself when I think about the fact that I blogged for an entire year before I figured out exactly what 'my look' was. I started my blog in October 2008 and even wrote a post in March 2009 about what my Interior Design Style was but it wasn't until months later that I figured it out. Continue reading

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Should your Great Room Fireplace Relate to the Kitchen?

Green & Blue

Yes it definitely should.

Here are some kitchens and great rooms that are not necessarily from the same house (actually only the first one is) but sure look like they could be: Continue reading

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I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

I'm an Interior Decorator NOT an Interior Designer

Let's just be clear, I believe a room can be totally transformed with exactly the right throw pillows. In fact, a dated room that looks tired and sad, can also be completely brought to life with the right updated pillow. I do it with my clients all the time and there's nothing more fun. In fact, I get so many… 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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