Sneak Peek of Christmas with the Owner of Studio B Yoga

Crystal Hasell and I have worked together on three projects now. First her summer/pool house when Crystal and her husband Rob decided to buy the lot next door to their house instead of a cottage 5 hours away. When you see their view, you totally get it. Their summer house was published in the 2015 Canadian Home Trends summer issue. Crystal & Maria. Lululemon had a pop-up shop at Crystal’s ... Continue Reading

The Holiday Home of my Neighbour, the Rose Whisperer

My neighbour Lois has lived in her house on the corner for 30 years with her husband Heinz. Before they bought this house, they lived in a 700 square foot house in the same town, different street. Every time she walked past this house to the library she would think to herself, “I would like to wake up in one of those attic bedrooms and have breakfast in that room ... Continue Reading

Holiday Tour of My Home 2016

Welcome to my house! This is the pared down version since this year we leave for Palm Desert on Christmas Day and won’t return until the end of January. Because we aren’t going to be here for the entire season, I put up a flocked tree again in the family room and installed a more simple mantle. For those of you that aren’t familiar with flocked trees, they are preserved ... Continue Reading

  My favourite part of the decorating process the styling. I love how a vase of flowers, along with some well distributed accent colours, can transform so many interiors into ‘Wow it looks like a magazine’. My sweet freelance writer and editor of both my eBooks Irene Hill, had a main floor that needed some styling magic. Irene and her husband have lived through a very long renovation. As long as I’ve known her (almost 6 ... Continue Reading

Merry Christmas + My Family Holiday House Tours

When I came home with a flocked tree this year, my sister Elizabeth decided she wanted one too. After all, she was hosting her husband's office Christmas party again this year and a white tree would transform her decorations and make them look new again. I've included a few photos from their Christmas tour in 2013 as well as this years flocked tree! ... Continue Reading

Christmas Tour of my House 2015: Flocked or Green?

Decorating for the holidays takes me about three whole days! I love and so enjoy the result but it sure is a lot of work! This year I was wandering around my local nursery wondering what to do that would give me a totally different look. I started chatting with Brian Minter (the owner) and he led me over to his flocked trees. Brian said an old hippie trolled the back woods of the Fraser Valley picking out perfectly appointed trees just for his store. ... Continue Reading

The Iris Apfel School of Holiday Decorating

This year when I started looking for a design assistant to handle all the details involved with both my Exterior Colour Solutions and my NEW Interior Colour Solutions–colour advice via email, I was very happy when Tricia Firmaniuk applied. She is a True Colour Expert™ who was in Vancouver to attend my Specify Colour with Confidence training over 2 years ago. On the True Colour Expert private forum, when other ... Continue Reading

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

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 course some Holiday cheer! Here’s the after photo in the ... Continue Reading

My Mom’s Front Door Transformation In Progress | Part 2

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 to wear just for this occasion. Doesn’t Markus have the perfect ... Continue Reading

4 Steps to a Simple yet Stunning Scandinavian Holiday Mantle

I always decorate for the holidays the first weekend of December. This year, I wanted to create something easy and totally different from previous years, yet still wanted to use decorations I already own. I have so much Christmas decor stored in plastic bins, that we had to have a small storage shed built alongside our house. When I arrived at Minter Country Gardens Nursery to pick up some glittery Poinsettias on the ... Continue Reading

Does Your Front Door Say Welcome for the Holidays? Part 1

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 window anytime of year when the door is open), and ... Continue Reading

What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway

 {via pinterest} Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about having a significant other. It can also be a day when you express your love to the people in your life whom you love! So what or who do you love in your life? Post a comment below and I’m giving away a set of my Sherwin Williams 25 large painted colour boards in whites and greys (a $167 Value). You’ll ... Continue Reading

Happy Christmas to All

{via pinterest} {via pinterest}   {via pinterest}   {via pinterest} {via pinterest} Ever seen the holiday decor at the White House? It’s not to be missed here.  I am so looking forward to this two week break! And I have some news! I have been nominated for an education award by Withit, the awards dinner will be at the Las Vegas Furniture market this January, I’ll be there with Terreeia! ... Continue Reading

How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays

  Recently a designer friend of mine called me in a panic! Her client had fallen in love with all things cream in a show house and asked her to order a custom made sofa with a chaise in CREAM for her family room. When it arrived, her client said “OMG I didn’t realize it would look THAT white!”. I have 3 teenage kids and a red wine drinking husband! “What ... Continue Reading

The 4 Categories of Whites Everyone Should Know via Holiday Photos

Since so many of you bought my White is Complicated eBook, I thought it would be fun to post about holiday white rooms and talk about which category of whites they fall under inside my system. {via Style at Home} And here you can see that the staircase is basically painted a true white. How can you tell? By comparing the white of the stairs to the off-white stockings. Here in ... Continue Reading

2014 Holiday Tour of My House inside Canadian Living Magazine

I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the number of you who bought my White is Complicated, A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White eBook in the past two days since I launched it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, it makes all my hard work for this launch so worth it! Your emails and feedback have been so much fun to read! Onto my holiday tour! I have had ... Continue Reading