Exterior Colour

10 Tips To Transform Your Exterior

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I specify lots of exterior colours during the spring and summer each year, but because most of it is done online, I rarely get an after picture. When I do get one, the sun is slanting on the house, which kind of wrecks the shot, or there's no grass in the yard. . . and I really should just be there… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! Should my Carpet be Dark or Light Outside?

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Cream stone and cream cushions, lovely | source If you are not a colour expert or not even close, chances are, when you're considering which colour is right for your interior, whether it's flooring, carpets, furniture or paint, you might find yourself asking the question, do I go dark or light? Instead of the question you should be asking which is: Does… Continue reading

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Don't Make These 5 Common Mistakes with your Exterior Colour

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House Beautiful Choosing fixed elements in the current, dark trendy neutral. Recently I consulted with a couple on their new build. They spent 3 1/2 hours with me in my studio and we chose colours for all their major fixed elements for their interior like hardwood floors, countertops, tile, and then outside. When we got to the conversation about exterior colour and… Continue reading

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My Mom's Front Door Transformation In Progress | Part 2

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It took a village to transform my Mom's front door. When I arrived with my car full of stuff, my nephews came outside to help me unload. Here's William with the lanterns. Markus who resists smiling for the camera when asked, so I need to catch him in action! I found these adorable striped hats at Lowe's for the kids… Continue reading

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Does Your Front Door Say Welcome for the Holidays? Part 1

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When Lowe's Canada asked if I'd be one of their holiday bloggers and gave me the task of decorating an outdoor entry, I immediately thought of my Mom's front door. My front door has a glass and metal screen door that I'm not willing to remove, (I know, how weird is that? But I love that it feels like an extra… Continue reading

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Make Something Ugly almost Disappear with Disney's "Go Away Green"

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I know it seems like I'm on vacation AGAIN! Because I am. . . with my adorable nephews in Disneyland this week. However, this vacation (which included a three day cruise from Vancouver to LA) was booked months ago. It's Markus (6) and William (8) first time in Disneyland and Terreeia and I didn't want to miss it! Maria & Markus A… Continue reading

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Exterior Colours

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Today's guest post is from Patsy Overton from Atlanta, Georgia. She's seen far too many homeowners choose the wrong exterior colours, so she has a three-step process that'll save you from making the same mistake.
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My Sister's Robin Egg Blue Front Door: Before & After

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My sister Lea lives in the Eco Village just down the street from my house. She noticed her neighbours started painting their front doors so she called me and said "I want to paint my front door robin's egg blue, can you help me pick the right one?". I said "Great idea! But what about your dull red cushions (below),… Continue reading

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10 Classic Outdoor Wall Sconces

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Is it time to replace the lights beside your front door? Here are some of my favourites along with some inspiration photos to help you decide which one will work for your home:  {via pinterest} Medium Price {source}   Low {source}     {via pinterest} High {source} Low {source}   {via RWA Architects} High  {via Hinkley Lighting}   Low  {via… Continue reading

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The One Thing You MUST Do Before Choosing Exterior Colours

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My tulips are already blooming! It's exterior season! Even though your house might still have snow all around it and you can't call the painter quite yet, I know you're thinking about colours. I am starting to receive Ask Maria questions for exteriors, and I get it. You want to spruce up your home's curb appeal, maybe introduce a new siding… Continue reading

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