Decorating Advice

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)

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via Pinterest Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it's the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I'd show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram ;) ;) First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is my Fireplace too Earthy for a White Kitchen?

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Rue Magazine Okay so a while ago when I changed the 'Ask Maria' questions to 'Send me your what's bothering me', questions ya'll pretty much stopped sending them, so obviously that wasn't the best idea I've ever come up with. So please keep sending them to me here. And by the way, when you do, remember to include an image… Continue reading

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3 Ways to Add More Colour Without Pattern

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Last week when I was in New Jersey leading my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event and the second evening at dinner, I was sitting next to a designer who asked me a question about kitchen valances she was designing for a client. She was having trouble finding a fabric that her client liked. I suggested a solid fabric (below) with contrasting tape or a… Continue reading

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It's a Charcoal Tile Intervention (Don't Miss This One)

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Pinterest I'm depressed. My Mom is looking for a cottage trailer up in Vernon (as a second home). It's 5 hours from here, warmer and dryer in the summer and she already spends a lot of time there. This means less time with my Mom here in the country (where I already moved to be close to her) because she'll… Continue reading

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The Secret to Feeling at Home

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  Image via Design Sponge I have a treat for you today! Our new virtual Director of Customer Service & Delight/Event Coordinator Lisa Borton, based out of Naperville, Illinois, has written a guest post for us. We asked everyone who applied for this position to write a blog post and I loved hers so much, I'm sharing it with you!… 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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The Best Way to Handle the Time Change This Weekend

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via pinterest The other day I was on the phone with my friend Penelope. She is a very busy woman. In addition to running her business, she also home schools her two boys. Whenever I get her on the phone (which is not often), I always try to be as interesting as possible so that she'll stay on the phone as long as possible. Sometimes… Continue reading

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Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour

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Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading

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Mixing Metals: How to Update a Brown Kitchen by adding Brass

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Barbara built this house with her husband 5 years ago ago. He wanted a wood stained kitchen and although she'd love to have a white kitchen now, she wasn't prepared to paint it in this phase of the decorating project.

Her biggest complaint was with the pendant lights, they created a lot of visual glare and she wanted them replaced.

Also, she needed drapery to block out the sun in the wintertime when it slanted through the windows. Continue reading

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7 Ways to Make the Most of What You Already Have | Before & After

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Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request:

"I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids' stuff and neutrals were sophisticated.

So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them)."

I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help."

See the before and afters here. . . Continue reading

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