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Ask Maria: Is My Living Room Too Beachy?

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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… Continue reading

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Holiday Transformation of My Mom's Front Door | Part 3

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I was so excited to be invited by Lowe's Canada to be involved in a holiday decorating project this season! I chose my Mom's front door because it needed some serious curb appeal! Here's the before picture below: My Mom's door needed some TLC. A new light fixture, front door handle, decorative pots, a new front door mat and of… 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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Best Colours for a Basement Kitchen (1 Kitchen, 3 Ways)

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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… Continue reading

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

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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

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

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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."

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Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

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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

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4 Ways to Decorate Around Your Charcoal Sofa

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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?
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