Hardwood Floors

My Sister's New Kitchen: Surprise! It's NOT White or Subway Tile!

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When my sister Lea and her partner were getting ready to move into the Eco Village in our town, I helped Lea choose finishes, colours, and lighting.

Greg wanted wood-stained cabinets (not white) and Lea really didn't mind either way, so I specified a light maple, along with medium brown engineered wood flooring.

She did NOT want subway tile because she thinks it's boring (clearly not brainwashed enough by reading my blog, sigh), but agreed that we would stay away from accent tile and keep it off-white to coordinate with the quartz. We settled on this moroccan pattern. Continue reading

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Warning: Rant Alert on The Tackiest Advice Ever

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I'm not usually this cranky, but I recently came across some of the fluffiest, dumbest interior design advice I've ever read. Continue reading

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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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Ask Maria: Must my Kitchen Coordinate With the Dining Room?

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I’m am a big fan and follower of your “Ask Maria” series. I’ve never done anything like this before so I thought I’d give it a go.  We're looking to update our kitchen and our dilemma is what color to paint our cabinets and island. Our cabinets are in good condition so we can’t justify replacing them. The sink, faucet… Continue reading

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The Problem with Your Orange/Yellow Floors

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I get this question so much, it's time to focus on it for a moment. A lot of people have this problem. Or should I say "problem"? {Yellow/orange floors. Anything wrong here?} So here's the question from a reader: "Have you ever had to decorate around a maple floor? Yes, I have just moved into what was an elegant maple floors +… Continue reading

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Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After

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Remember the exterior transformation of this navy blue house I showed you awhile ago? Well, here's the interior. Clearly my sweet reader and client Nicole has a wonderful creative eye and just needed some colour direction from me.  Lovely medium brown floors. Before  Walls – BM Stonington Gray After Before  After The blue ceiling is BM Healing Aloe. Walls are BM… Continue reading

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How to Make Standard vs. Custom Colour Choices

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Have you noticed that you can listen to a salesperson list all the features and benefits of a product all day and all night, but if you don't know what colour to buy. . . ? You hesitate. You fret. You lose sleep at night. And unless you are in a position where you're forced to make decisions, like choosing finishes… Continue reading

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How to Quiet a Small Herd of Elephants

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This is another post from my genius Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill. It's been just over three years since she came into Terreeia's and my life and we cannot imagine being without her. "For those of you who have been following Maria's fabulous blog for awhile, you probably read the Two Magic Words post I wrote in October of last… Continue reading

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Can you have White Cabinets with Espresso Hardwood Floors?

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I was on google this afternoon, and three times in a row, with different searches, this post kept showing up right at the top: How to completely mess up your kitchen remodel: a step-by-step tutorial. This is the kitchen she coveted This DIY blogger named Kelly is a great writer and so entertaining. She generously shared her mistakes so that others could… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! I Don't Want the Same Kitchen as Everyone Else!!

Ask Maria: I Don't Want My Kitchen to Look like Everyone Else!!

Recently, I received this question from one of my lovely readers:  "I'm trying to come up with a color of floor tile that matches a kitchen with Volga blue granite counter tops, white cabinets, very light grey walls, and stainless steel appliances.  I don't want wood floors in the kitchen or anything that looks like wood.  I think too many people have that… Continue reading

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