Decorating Advice

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

How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays | Maria Killam

  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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How to Coordinate Unusual Colour Combinations

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{More funny texts from moms} It's 5:00 AM and my phone pings with a text from my Mom: "Come for coffee now! I'm up but I'll nap later". (Except she writes it in Finnish, I can read it but do not ask me to have a conversation in Finnish, that's where my dual language ability ends). "Ok" I text back, and… Continue reading

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Happy 4th! Summer House vs. Beach House

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I have a client who lives up on Promontory Hill in Chilliwack. They have one of the best uninterrupted views I've ever seen. Looking out their living room windows, you feel like you've driven for five hours to a cabin in the woods, to get that kind of stunning view. So it made sense that when property came up for sale right beside their… 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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Best Ideas for Creative Kids Rooms: Before & After

Dinosours Gathering

This post is written by my Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill:

Last week at this time Maria and I were just finishing up the last touches of our magical home makeover for my sister, Aimee and five of her kids. They were all glowing with happiness and pride in their "new" home.

Four months ago, when Maria and I started this project of love, I carefully interviewed each of my nieces and nephews to find out what would make them love their rooms the most. I found out what they were interested in and spent hours scouring the internet to get all the little pieces exactly right. At the end of the day I wanted to see wonder and awe in each set of eyes and was over the moon that we managed to do just that! Continue reading

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Aimee's Happy Home Makeover: Before & After

Ottoman Vignette

This weekend Irene's sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene "I never understood the term 'eye candy' until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there's something pretty to look at."
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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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