Decorating Advice

Happy 4th! Summer House vs. Beach House

outdoor canopy

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

Painting

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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Anita's Pink Beige & Yellow Living Room: Before & After

Anita's Living Room

After Since my sister Anita renovated her kitchen almost four years ago and opened up her kitchen to her living room she has schlepped home approximately 11 area rugs. "Maria, the one I have is a $200 placeholder from Costco and I even broke the cardinal rule and got the pink beige one because I didn't know what else to do!"… Continue reading

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10 Styling Necessities to Transform your Home ASAP

Birds

In a few weeks, there will be magic happening at Aimee's house in Port Alberni thanks to all of you! Irene will arrive with a team of 10 volunteers to assemble IKEA furniture and then the following weekend I'll be there with my car full of accessories and lamps to hang artwork and create some tablescapes. I've been compiling a list of basic… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: I Can't Find the Perfect Area Rug

Red Bedroom

This readers question is such a great example of a lesson we can all learn from because I think we can get a little too used to looking at our own stuff and stop seeing it objectively. The answer here is not an inexpensive fix, but if you want to move forward, start counting colours in your space. Sometimes, there's just too many and… 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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My Newest Bed Obsession

Wrought Iron Bed

This is what I see when I walk by my guest room every day. I picked up this print at HomeSense years ago and seeing the big flowers just make me happy. The vintage dresser is Terreeia's. The wall colour is SW 6422 Shagreen. I love the two small pieces of art on the middle of the wall on the… Continue reading

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