Holiday

Merry Christmas + My Family Holiday House Tours

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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

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Christmas Tour of my House 2015: Flocked or Green?

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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.
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The Iris Apfel School of Holiday Decorating

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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… 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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4 Steps to a Simple yet Stunning Scandinavian Holiday Mantle

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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… 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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What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway

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 {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… Continue reading

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Happy Christmas to All

Happy Christmas to All | Maria Killam

{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… Continue reading

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How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays

How to Keep a White Sofa WHITE over the Holidays | Maria Killam

  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… Continue reading

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