Ask Maria: Should my Roof go Black on my Tudor Home?

Traditional Tudor Scheme

Before we launch into today's post, I just had to say, considering how many hours we spend in our beds, it's no surprise that so many of you had such great reviews and opinion on mattresses the other day!! Thanks so much for all your comments! Okay, onto the dilemma of the week. . . "I wish I'd come across… Continue reading


Sherwin Williams Sample Board Giveaway

Agreeable Gray

  SW Agreeable Gray I'm very excited to announce that as we speak, I am getting large sample boards painted in Sherwin Williams best greys and whites. There will be 25 per set and they should be ready by the end of the month! I have received many requests for large samples in SW colours, since there are many parts… Continue reading


Holiday Exterior Lights with Before and After Grays

Creative Outdoor Lights

When Betsy found my blog and read this post, she realized her white house was just a little too white paired with the more earthy brick columns and railing. A few days ago she emailed me her exterior holiday lights and I asked her to send all of the images if she had them. Here's what she sent, thanks Betsy!… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Is my Roof the Right Colour?

Ask Maria

'Just read your post about roofs. Because our house is in FL, we were advised to go with a lighter roof.  Matter of fact, we may even get more credit on homeowner's insurance now!   There were not a lot of choices.  This was NOT even the lightest grey/slate color; there was only one darker than this one.  Now, though,… Continue reading


Urban Industrial Chic Renovation in West Vancouver


Whenever anyone asks me if I know of a great kitchen designer, I always refer them to Jan Romanuk. She designed my fabulous white kitchen last year and Quality Cabinets installed the cabinets. Not only is she a wonderful kitchen designer but she has been renovating high end homes for so long, there is nothing she doesn't know about the… Continue reading


Is Grey only for Happy People? Yay or Nay

Is Grey only for Happy People? Yay or Nay

  Some people say that decorating with grey is not for everyone, that if you're someone who suffers from depression, then you should stay away from it. The reason for this misconception is because of the tendency that many people have towards decorating with the current trendy neutral. Just like everyone bought a brown sofa when the espresso brown trend… Continue reading


What Colour Should your Concrete Driveway be?


My sister Elizabeth with Markus & William When we started getting quotes for a new concrete driveway, the contractors were quick to tell us we could 'Choose a colour'. I assured them we would not be selecting anything different than the natural colour of concrete. Quick! Close your eyes and answer this question: What's the undertone of a sidewalk? via… Continue reading


Trend Alert: Grey is getting Cooler, Yay or Nay?

Gray Owl

Colour trend fascinate me. But not in a "I'm in love with you" kind of way. By the way, it's totally okay if you love charcoal and just want it everywhere. It's only because I'm in the design industry that I don't feel the same way about the current trendy neutral. Interior design by Maria Killam When the brown trend was… Continue reading


How to Get Light to Play in a Room

Barbara Barry

Thank you so much everyone for your comments on my last post, I was truly moved by your love and support! I love my readers!! I'm here at the LA Design Bloggers Conference, I fly back tomorrow (Wednesday afternoon). Sign at HD Buttercup at the first nights reception Barbara Barry was the one that gave the lesson on light at… Continue reading


Answers to the Best Questions on How to Choose Paint Colours

3 Undertones of Beige

I'm re-launching my eBook today. I never liked how brown the original cover ended up since day one.  The point of showing a medium brown floor was to suggest that it's the most timeless colour for flooring. I didn't know at the time how badly wood would photograph, so in the end, I did not get the pretty medium brown background… Continue reading


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