Decorating Advice

Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

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Jacqueline called me and said:

"Help! My laundry room is finished, it's white, I followed all the advice on your blog right down to copying the shelves in your laundry room, but now that I have a white Maria Killam laundry room and I can do anything I want, I have no idea where to start!

What colour should I paint it? I painted it BM Grey Owl because I had some leftover paint but it's doing nothing for me!"

I said, "First, Grey Owl is almost like a neutral, muted blue/green grey that would look great in a bathroom with lots of blue grey marble that coordinated with it, but for your laundry room to look fabulous, it needs a colour! Continue reading

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4 Ways to Decorate Around Your Charcoal Sofa

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Today's post is about decorating with charcoal, really important to know since it's such a popular neutral right now!

If you have a charcoal sofa (just like during the brown trend, when most neutral-loving shoppers purchased a brown one) it's time for me to help you bring this colour to life.

Why?
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How to Update your House From the Tuscan Brown Trend

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I was recently in a Mediterranean style home that had been built and decorated completely inside the Tuscan Brown Trend. Dark (pink beige & butterscotch) Travertine floors throughout the main floor, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark wood stained cabinets throughout, yellow walls everywhere and 8 bathrooms outfitted in very expensive finishes, most with conflicting colours in floors and countertops. My client told me that she… Continue reading

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How to Finally Pick the Right Colour for Your Kid's Room

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I have a treat for you today! My friend Barbara from YES Spaces is here to share on a topic I haven't covered before: choosing the right colours for kids' rooms. Barbara took my Specify Colour with Confidence course several weeks ago, she also has five kids of her own, and along with her passion for designing rooms for kids she's also been… Continue reading

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The Problem with Your Orange/Yellow Floors

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I get this question so much, it's time to focus on it for a moment. A lot of people have this problem. Or should I say "problem"? {Yellow/orange floors. Anything wrong here?} So here's the question from a reader: "Have you ever had to decorate around a maple floor? Yes, I have just moved into what was an elegant maple floors +… Continue reading

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The Best Way to Choose the Colour of Your Curtain Rods

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{via pinterest} One of my lovely readers recently asked if I would write about curtain rods. What size, what colour, which finials? Trendy or timeless? Wood, metal, or something else? Rods can frame a room, or they can be made to visually disappear. Generally speaking, they should be chosen with contrast in mind. Think of them like eyeliner: they're there to… Continue reading

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Fresh Solution to an Expensive Problem: Kitchen Valance

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My sister Elizabeth called me and said "Now that the Christmas garland draped above the window above my kitchen sink is gone (below) it looks sooooo empty." Photo by Tracey Ayton And, she really hated looking at the bad transition between the end of the backsplash tile (below) which could not continue above the window. The builder had installed rounded… Continue reading

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6 Ways To Beat the January Blues in your Home

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Isn't it funny how the second Christmas is over, so is the holiday feeling? It's hard to get inspired to buy even a random snowman at 75% off once the feeling is gone. That's how I feel anyway. Then, all the sparkly lights that brought so much atmosphere into your house are suddenly gone and many of us are left with a… Continue reading

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How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays

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  Recently a designer friend of mine called me in a panic! Her client had fallen in love with all things cream in a show house and asked her to order a custom made sofa with a chaise in CREAM for her family room. When it arrived, her client said "OMG I didn't realize it would look THAT white!". I have… Continue reading

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How to Coordinate Coffee & Accent Tables like a Designer

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Ever noticed that designers usually don't buy matching sets of three coffee tables? One of the comments I heard a lot when we toured showrooms at High Point at Market (by the salesperson giving us the tour) this Fall was "This is all too much together of course, but individually, just fabulous".  {Pottery Barn Coffee table Cube and End Table} The worst is… Continue reading

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