Hardwood Floors

How to Make Standard vs. Custom Colour Choices

Wood Floors

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 in the kitchen or anything that looks like wood.  I think too many people have that look… Continue reading

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The Minimalist Way to Inject Color: Before & After

Blue Accent Wall

When my sister Elizabeth and her husband Bill first took possession of their house she asked if she could paint the walls in her kitchen blue (they were brown at the time). I said unfortunately no, because it would look like she was ignoring her countertops and her backsplash. At the time we had to go with HC-45 Shaker Beige… Continue reading

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The New Timeless Hardwood Floor

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The article that everyone keeps asking me about is basically the answer to: Which Hardwood Floor is the Most Timeless? So, here is the link to the newsletter article I wrote.  So many people are still installing espresso brown flooring and while it's certainly dramatic, keep in mind it shows every spec and will give you a life designed around… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Which Colours Don't Work with Honey Oak Trim

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I get a lot of questions about which colours work with honey oak trim, so I thought it would be easier to just show which colours are not so fabulous.   Since honey oak trim has an orange/yellow undertone, I would generally advise against using any shade of pink beige colour with it. In my system of understanding undertones, the… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: About Pink Beige and Yellow Tone Floors

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  "Hi Maria, In all my years of design school and working with a designer I have never learned the amount of knowledge about undertones and color as I have from you and your eBook. My home has Baltic Brown Countertops, with a blue green island, cabinets that are a red undertone and yellow wood floors in the kitchen. Also… Continue reading

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Spectrum Stone and Maria's New Countertops

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Did you know that you can't measure for countertops until after your cabinets are installed? Well, that's why it took an extra few weeks of camping outside when we first moved into our new house. Felix (the owner) & Vincent (sales) Then measurement day came, yay! One of the reasons I used Spectrum Stone to do the finishing was because… Continue reading

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Pravada Floors – How to Choose the Right Colour Wood Flooring

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My new house had 3 types of wood flooring when we moved in. Engineered in the entry hall, laminate in the adjoining family room in addition to another colour of laminate in the adjoining master. This is what the transition looked like going into the family room. I posted about this common mistake many homeowners make here. Walking through a… Continue reading

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