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Why Choosing Granite is so Hard

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I came across this comment on my blog the other day, I had forgotten about it. This reader expressed what so many of my clients have told me over the years but she was just super entertaining in her distress. . . How did I end up with this crazy granite choice that is glaring at me from the counter?! I'm crying… Continue reading

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Why You've Never Had a Good Contractor

Why You've Never Had a Good Contractor

Obviously this statement doesn't apply to everyone, but I've heard it a few times lately from clients. And I've been thinking about why. And since that's what I do best – figure out the answer to the question why – I've come up with a theory. Here it is: Since I'm a decorator and not a renovator, I'm not consistently… Continue reading

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Two Magic Words to Move Your Design Project Forward

Two Magic Words To Move your Design Project Forward

Pinterest This post is written by my fabulous Design Associate Irene Hill: For about the past year I’ve been telling people my husband and I are in the middle of a renovation project. That’s not really accurate. Three years ago we purchased this little 1,000 square foot rancher in a nice neighbourhood. As Kevin and I are both self-employed and… Continue reading

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What do Dining Rooms & Internet Marketing Have in Common?

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You know when you hit a sales page for something on the internet because it goes on and on and on with testimonials and all kinds of pitches. And you wonder, 'Is this person for real? Am I being scammed?' Continue reading

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The Quest for the High End Client

The Quest for the High End Client

It's pretty much agreed among most designers that the measure for success seems to be to design for the upscale, high-end client with lots of money. It's kind of like this, once you get this client, you have hit the pinnacle to some degree. We all know that's never enough and once you get there, you'll need the next level… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: How to Coordinate Finishes with Oak Cabinets

Oak cabinets

Dear Maria, We have those dreaded honey oak cabinets in our kitchen.  We are not interested at this point in changing or painting them.  I just want to choose a laminate countertop and a backsplash and a wall colour that will look reasonably good together.  I prefer lighter colours for the counter and backsplash.  Could you give me any suggestions? … Continue reading

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Builders Don't Care About Trends: Yay or Nay?

Classic White Kitchen

I know this is not a complete absolute truth because it won't apply to the high end market but I do a lot of design and colour consulting in brand new homes and the homeowner is usually saying things like, "The builder only gave us two options, so we chose the lesser of the two evils". Barbara Barry's Classic White… Continue reading

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What it Takes to Have a Classic House

Classic brick house

This not-to-be-missed post about what kind of house to shop for and what constitutes 'good bones' in an exterior or interior has been percolating in my head for months. I could not figure out the best way to articulate it, until today. Sadly, I did not write this post. Joni from Cote de Texas did instead. However, it is so… Continue reading

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Vancouver Colour Expert: How Long does Beautiful Take?

White kitchen with kelly green subway tile

The other day my mom reminded me of an old Finnish proverb that goes like this: When a job is done right, no one asks how long it took, everyone simply says "It's beautiful". A client recently called me in a panic, her subway tile backsplash was being installed and the advice she had received on the layout was clearly… Continue reading

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Is Painted Furniture on Its Way Out?

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I received this great question from Tamara recently: source 'I love your blog and have learned so much about undertones and choosing colors.  We've all noticed the plethora of painted wood furniture lately.  At first I thought it was just a trend and that dark wood will be back, but I'm not sure anymore.   What do you think?  I have… Continue reading

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