Can Gray be Dirty? Yellow Exterior (Before & After)

Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I’m talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was as a second home, she wasn’t moving up North, some ... Continue Reading

Trend Alert: Pink for Exterior

source: Best Friends for Frosting My virtual design assistant Tricia who lives in Edmonton is an artist as well as a True Colour Expert™. She sees undertones from miles away and is truly gifted! And what’s even more amazing is she has my aesthetic. She is the ‘team’ in my exterior and interior econsulting services. Recently, we had a client who asked for a shade of pink to sample for her exterior and ... Continue Reading

Sell Your Classic House in 24 Hours Flat

When Terreeia and I were in Toronto for my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Event in May, we had dinner with a good friend. We were talking about the extremely hot real estate market in Toronto (and Vancouver). In the last two weeks for example, homes in Toronto are selling for up to a million dollars OVER the asking price with bidding wars everywhere. Terreeia’s friend had her condo up for sale in ... Continue Reading

Exterior Accents Change Everything: Before & After

The owners of this lovely home (below) purchased the trim/accent on-line colour consultation . Despite it’s classic bones, this house was just not living up to it’s potential. It was feeling a bit tired. We wanted to address a few issues including unifying the trim with the right colour, which will be painted next season. In the mean time, they put our suggestions for accent colours for the front door and shutters ... Continue Reading

A Fresh and Classic Dream Home in Texas

Exterior colours: Sherwin Williams Colonnade Grey, Shutters: SW Breezy I recently received this email from Lori in Texas who bought my White eBook during the design phase of her dream home, and here is the beautiful and classic result! I purchased your e-book,  White Is Complicated: A Decorator’s Guide to Choosing the Right White, while we were in the design phase of our dream home. See, we recently retired from the military after serving ... Continue Reading

Styling, Waxing and Country Living in New York State: Before & After

The following photos are taken with my iPhone 6 (not as awesome as usual 😉   My long distance client Lisa Partelow lives in Clinton Corners, New York with her sweet husband Harold, and her two boys, age 2 and 4. She says her dream in life was pretty simple. To live on acreage and be able to look out the window and see her two horses. And that’s exactly what ... Continue Reading

10 Tips To Transform Your Exterior

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 to take the picture. If you do have a good ... Continue Reading

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

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 this ______ relate to this room? Does this ______ pull ... Continue Reading

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

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 started looking at stone and brick colours, I informed them that ... Continue Reading

Make Something Ugly almost Disappear with Disney’s “Go Away Green”

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 while ago, someone sent me this article on Disney’s Go ... Continue Reading

Three Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing Exterior Colours

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. ... Continue Reading

My Sister’s Robin Egg Blue Front Door: Before & After

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), they’ll have to go. Why don’t you find some new ... Continue Reading

10 Classic Outdoor Wall Sconces

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 Horchow} {via pinterest} Medium price {source} Low {source} {via pinterest] {via ... Continue Reading

The One Thing You MUST Do Before Choosing Exterior Colours

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 or trim, or perhaps you’re considering a bright and bold ... Continue Reading

Jelly Bean Row: Test your Colour Eye

The residents of St. John’s, NFLD (Canada) must be used to tourists taking photos of their colourful homes, happily, the second day we were there, the sun came out. The reason their homes are so colourful is because most of the downtown core was burned in a fire in 1892 and the quickest way to rebuild the homes was to build row houses. In order to distinguish one row house from another, the residents ... Continue Reading

The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There’s a golf course across the harbour which is what makes ... Continue Reading