The Best Colour for your Childs Bedroom Furniture (Before & After)

Last year my sister Elizabeth decided it was high time the kids had a decorated bedroom. My Mom had painted it green a few years ago (it was black when they moved in). Elizabeth and her husband Bill found the bunkbeds on-line and–without consulting me about placement or colour, but I’m okay with it–had someone assemble it and stick it in the corner of the bedroom. This left us with a ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Choose a Front Door Colour from Palm Springs

How do you choose the colour of your front door? Well if you have a white or cream house (or another pretty neutral shade) without any fixed elements, technically, your options are endless. But are they? The way to create flow from the outside to the inside is to look inside your front door. What are the colours in your entry or your adjoining rooms? That’s where you’ll find your ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Update Oak Furniture: Before & After

I love it when my clients send me before and after photos from my eDesign consultations because it’s so rare! And we all love a good before and after right? Jann from Newton Custom Interiors is a window coverings expert who lives in Illinois. It was time to give her home a fresh new look and she needed advice on what colours to paint her oak kitchen cabinets. Plus she had ... Continue Reading

My Take on Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year: Greenery

Perfect. I’m on board. This green evokes the first green of Spring. It’s about regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. That’s the news from Pantone. My house in the December Issue of Canadian Living Magazine 2014 It’s the shade of green in my living room and dining room (above) and very close to the shade of the bannisters I recently had painted in a clients home (below). My shoes in the summertime! ... Continue Reading

The Barbara Barry Guide to Instagram (Through My Living Room)

Styling & Photo by Maria Killam I recently bought Barbara Barry’s book Around Beauty and became completely obsessed! Amazon In the introduction, the author writes that after you read Barbara Barry’s book, you become even more aware of simply finding the beauty in every day, and that is exactly what happens when you read her book. You suddenly find yourself dusting off your teacups (or buying some if you don’t have any). ... Continue Reading

Ask Maria: Is My Living Room Too Beachy?

Jeffrey Bilhuber  When I saw this Ask Maria question, I immediately thought of Jeffrey Bilhuber’s recent spread in House Beautiful Magazine. The answer to your question today lovely reader, is inspired by my favourite decorator. Here’s the question: I recently moved with my husband into our first house!  I have been so excited to make it our own, but I have gotten our living room stuck in a rut!  I ... Continue Reading

Best Colours for a Basement Kitchen (1 Kitchen, 3 Ways)

I recently received this question from a reader who sent me a photo of her kitchen: Hi Maria, I SO want to make my little basement apartment a haven that I love to call home. I want it to be as light and bright as possible since there is so little natural light… and I LOVE lots of light. Everything is being painted… the cabinets, all the walls, etc. So I ... Continue Reading

Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour

Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. ... 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

7 Ways to Make the Most of What You Already Have | Before & After

Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request: "I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids' stuff and neutrals were sophisticated. So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them)." I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help." See the before and afters here. . . ... Continue Reading

Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

Jacqueline called me and said: "Help! My laundry room is finished, it's white, I followed all the advice on your blog right down to copying the shelves in your laundry room, but now that I have a white Maria Killam laundry room and I can do anything I want, I have no idea where to start! What colour should I paint it? I painted it BM Grey Owl because I had some leftover paint but it's doing nothing for me!" I said, "First, Grey Owl is almost like a neutral, muted blue/green grey that would look great in a bathroom with lots of blue grey marble that coordinated with it, but for your laundry room to look fabulous, it needs a colour! ... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Decorate Around Your Charcoal Sofa

Today's post is about decorating with charcoal, really important to know since it's such a popular neutral right now! If you have a charcoal sofa (just like during the brown trend, when most neutral-loving shoppers purchased a brown one) it's time for me to help you bring this colour to life. Why? ... Continue Reading

The Zen of a Perfect Green Backsplash on The Today Show

My friend Lisa Mende invited me to Monday night at The Proximity at High Point with her pal Libby Langdon, a designer and TV personality along with Chrissy Shields. From left to right {Lisa Mendes, Chrissi Shields, Libby Langdon and Maria Killam} When we walked into the restaurant, Libby was already there and when she came around the bar in our direction I thought “I wonder if that’s her”, because she literally sparkled. Is that ... Continue Reading

How to Coordinate Unusual Colour Combinations

{More funny texts from moms} It’s 5:00 AM and my phone pings with a text from my Mom: “Come for coffee now! I’m up but I’ll nap later”. (Except she writes it in Finnish, I can read it but do not ask me to have a conversation in Finnish, that’s where my dual language ability ends). “Ok” I text back, and jump out of bed, slip on my Ugh boots and ... Continue Reading

My New Favourite Dark Grey

I saw this cottage makeover yesterday (the before pic is so covered with shrubs that it’s not worth posting) and I’ve been swooning over the shutters ever since.  {via HGTV} Here’s what I’d like you to notice about the colours. The main body colour is basically a gray/brown (BM Iron Mountain) but the shutters painted in BM Pale Avocado bring it to life and give it a sophisticated cottage feel. ... Continue Reading

How NOT to Choose Paint Colours (But Everybody Does It)

  This post is also an “Ask Maria” question. So here it is: “I have painted my family room with BM Clay Beige except the focal fireplace wall which I selected SW Exclusive Plum (6263).  I am happy with those colors.  I personally like colors that make you feel lifted, happy, and free, especially with punch of a nice color(s) here and there.  So, this new trend that is coming ... Continue Reading