Decorating my Place

Maria Killam's White Garden Transformation: Before & After

Petunias

It's fascinating to have a Perennial garden designed like mine. There's always something that takes turns blooming, so finally when my white Shasta daisies along with my white hydrangeas were looking their best, I had my photographer Tracey Ayton come out to take photos. She also photographed a summer house I've been working on for a client and when I… Continue reading

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My Snowflowering Tree Blooms on my Birthday: Before & After

Shortcut to Patio

You know when you finish decorating or designing a room and the after photo is so pretty you think "Darn, I wish I had that exact same angle for the before photo?!!" Well, today, I have it for this angle on my back deck. This was part of the collection of photos I sent my Landscape Architect MaryAnne White 18 months… Continue reading

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Outdoor Vignette on my Patio: Before & After

Outdoor vignette on my Patio: Before & After

  As you know, I'm decorating my patio this Spring. Our deck most definitely needs to be replaced, but we can't do that without replacing the vinyl siding first. As we're not prepared to go there quite yet, I'm decorating instead. I'll show you everything soon, today, I'm just showing you the vignette I created on my Pottery Barn console that arrived… Continue reading

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My Patio Plans this Spring (Include Snakes)

Pottery Barn Pillows

We have lived in our new house in the country for exactly two years now. We took possession in the middle of April in 2012. First, we renovated the interior and replaced the kitchen. Then last Spring at the end of April 2013, we totally ripped out the front and back yard.  So it's taken two years but I'm finally… Continue reading

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What I did on the Way to a Super Bowl Party

Seattle Space Needle

Since we live in the West Coast of British Columbia and are only 2 1/2 hours from Seattle, most of us cheer the Seahawks. And, as you know, they won last night, hooray! That's enough about that, haha. I hung out with the Mom's upstairs at the party because truthfully, I have no interest in football.
I was in Portland last week (more about that another day) where I did a little no-tax shopping and Continue reading

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Eclectic Art in the Hallway

Eclectic Art in the Hallway

{Front Door Colour: Cloverdale 7669} The art wall in my hallway has looked like this almost since we moved in over a year ago. I couldn't stand the wall sitting empty so I filled it with mostly empty frames in the hopes that it would inspire me to fill them faster. It didn't. Every time I walked by, I was… Continue reading

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The Counter Stools in my Kitchen

The Bar Stools in my Kitchen

Have you noticed that you can't stick any old bar stool at your kitchen island? They really do have to be customized to coordinate with your kitchen. I have received a few emails asking if your counter/bar stools or kitchen table and chairs should coordinate with your kitchen and the answer is, yes they absolutely should. Here's the ones I… Continue reading

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The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

The Ivy Wall Inside my Design Studio: Before & After

I decided to order the wall of ivy instead of the very cool, huge leaf because I wanted it to look like a real garden wall right inside my studio. Here's the lonely blank wall, waiting for some inspiration to hit me. I have so many other walls in the house that will have a collage of frames that I… Continue reading

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Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

Two years ago, when we lived in our townhouse downtown, I chose the wrong fabric for my new chair and ottoman. I was so embarrassed. That's why it's taken me this long to tell you about it. I had my yellow sofa (above) and that was an easy choice for me to make. I love yellow. But I was having… Continue reading

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Waiting for Drapery

Waiting for Drapery

Well my Silhouettes have arrived and curtain rods installed so that I could get the exact measurement for the finished length. And NO they won't puddle, haha. Clearly I was so stuck on that romantic image that I couldn't see past it. For most of my clients, I install both the rods and drapery at the same time but in… Continue reading

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