My Favourite Things

Does a Sexy, Reasonable but Comfortable Office Chair Exist?

Camel Chair

This is the question I have been wondering about for quite a while now. My office {photo by Tracy Ayton Photography} These are the chairs we have now (above). I bought them from Coscto about 4 years ago. I seem to remember that they were somewhere in the realm of $250. But now, if you get close to them, they… Continue reading


My Favourite Work-out These Days


My sister Elizabeth and her husband own a personal training gym located right beside their Chiropractic office. She goes twice a week, Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm and although I could go with her, I really don't like working out at night (hate it actually) and Tuesday mornings don't work for me because, well… Continue reading


My Mom's (Soooo Easy) Famous Corn Salad

My Mom's (Sooo Easy) Famous Corn Salad

  Via Pinterest Since it's corn season, especially out in the country where we live, it's time that I shared this recipe with you. Chilliwack is known for their triple sweet Jubilee corn. My Mom is really good at one dish meals and since we are vegetarians, this salad is all we need for dinner. For everyone else though, it's… Continue reading


How I Discovered my System of Understanding Undertones™

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Have you ever wondered exactly how I discovered my system of Understanding Undertones™ that I teach to designers, decorators, architects, home stagers and colour enthusiasts from around the world? I didn't see the subtle undertones in neutrals myself until I started using large colour boards. So really, they are a huge contribution to the existence of my entire system. There… Continue reading


How to Get Exactly What You Want for Christmas

Gold hoops

source Year ago when I was in a course by Landmark Education called The Wisdom Course, this woman came up to me and said "Maria, the reason why you're single is because you're too powerful. Men are intimidated by you", you should do this course called Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women. source Whether THAT statement was true or not is debatable,… Continue reading


How to Feel Luxurious in Your Dated Bathroom

shower head

source This past February at the Design Bloggers Conference in LA, Waterpik had a booth there and they gave away a shower head to everyone in attendance. My current DATED bathroom with a new paint colour Since I was renting at the time, I didn't install it, (in hindsight I should have). Now that I'm a homeowner, I can't even… Continue reading


My Top 5 Picks for Fall Fashion

Gap sweater

My sister Elizabeth and I were in Seattle this weekend for a little fall shopping. The rain held off for most of the weekend and we loved walking through the streets kicking leaves in between the stores.   Kate Spade We hit the outlets on the way into town and I picked up this purple bag from Kate Spade. My… Continue reading


Rule for Chairs

Orange egg chair

Awhile ago, I fell in love with Tara Dillard's garden blog called Vanishing Threshold: Garden, Life Home. source Her posts are so simple, interesting, sometimes funny, and yet so profound. I subscribed to her posts because I was suddenly fascinated with landscaping since my new house needed tons of it. Maryanne White (My landscape designer) suggested a garden urn to be… Continue reading


My 5 Favourite Things at West Elm


Attention all Home Decor Lovers! West Elm has arrived in Vancouver to South Granville! It's very difficult to find basic, stylish furniture, and home decor items in Vancouver. So many times, I will arrive at a consultation where my stylish client walks me through their entire house and basically everything is from a certain big box home decor store in… Continue reading


10 Ways to Save Money NOW By Creating a Focal Point


I am on vacation this week and I'm re-posting a few of my best posts, this one was originally written in June 2009. This is my all time favourite because creating a focal point (or another more important place to draw the eye) is such a great way to distract from something you don't like in the room. Try it,… Continue reading


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