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Colour Me Happy Articles You Don't Want to Miss

I have a free newsletter that goes out once a month. It started in September 2009. I always write a special article that is ONLY available to subscribers.  If I ever have a sale on my ebook, or anything else cool and special it mostly shows up there. So if you are not a subscriber to my Newsletter, here are… Continue reading


10 Ways to Love the Home You're In Using Colour


Next weekend where I'll be speaking on the main stage at the Calgary Home + Design Show and my talk will be 10 Ways to Love the Home You're in Using Colour! If you live in Calgary I'd love to meet you, please come by and say hi! source Then 2 weeks after that I'll be in Toronto to lead… Continue reading


Will the Colour Fashion Trend be Dated Next Year?

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I was having a conversation with a friend who said she was resisting buying jeans in a bright colour because 'Really Maria, won't they be out next year'? Pink Peonies I wrote about this last year when Vogue talked about it in their September issue, so read that post if you missed it. Bottom line, this is what it said… Continue reading


Which Stone Colour is Best for Your Fireplace Surround?

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The stacked stone trend for fireplaces and the exterior of homes is a big one. I have even been in a home where the builder used stacked stone like an accent wall in the entry which was connected to the bi-level stairs. Can you imagine how much that would hurt if you banged into it or your child fell down… Continue reading


Vancouver Interior Designer: Five Quick Ways to Decorate Your Mantle for Christmas

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Recently I was asked to donate four hours of my time to be auctioned off at a Holiday dinner for charity. Next Monday afternoon I will be decorating the lucky winner's home for Christmas (I'll take photos if I'm allowed).  There are so many wonderful and creative ways to decorate your mantle for the holidays, here are my favourites: Better Homes… Continue reading


Vancouver Colour Consultant: How to Coordinate Undertones in Tiles & Countertops

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In my True Colour Expert Training last month a participant asked a really good question. “Okay, so now I can see the undertones and I get it, now what?” source I recently met with a homeowner who was building two duplexes. She hired me specifically because she wanted to make sure all her finishes and undertones worked together. She said, “I… Continue reading


Vancouver Interior Designer: How to Avoid the "Can of Worms" While Decorating or Renovating

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It happens all the time. You install new flooring in the kitchen and suddenly your cabinets look old. You buy a new sofa and it makes the rest of your furniture look tired. The bathroom countertop you just replaced makes the floor tile look like it was installed in 1974. The best, money saving advice to avoid the "can of… Continue reading


Vancouver Colour Consultant: Three Ways to Choose a Colour for Your Hallway

source It's time for my September newsletter. I was hoping my new website would be up by now but it's going to be another week hopefully at the most! Pinterest If you'd like to read my special article about hallway colour, subscribe here to my free monthly newsletter. You'll also get access to two years of special articles like, "Which Hardwood… Continue reading


How to Choose the Colour of your Kitchen Appliances

I get this question a lot along with “Should they all Match?”.  There are many ways to do it but only a few that look good.  There’s white, black, stainless and of course the high end look of paneled appliances.  I’m not even going to mention actual colour options (like bronze) because I think they will date as fast as the… Continue reading


Don't make this Dirty Mistake with your Exterior Colour

Last month when I was in Toronto for one of my True Colour Expert Workshops I took a day trip to Toronto Center Island (below).  Photo by Maria Killam On this island I photographed an exterior to show you because it’s such a great example of mixing clean and dirty colours. It’s a good lesson for what not to do… Continue reading


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