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 some articles you might have missed:     source   ... 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 another True Colour Expert Workshop October 3, 4 & 5th, ... Continue Reading

Will the Colour Fashion Trend be Dated Next Year?

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 “The reason this trend is so important is because of ... Continue Reading

Which Stone Colour is Best for Your Fireplace Surround?

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 the stairs and right into the jagged stone wall? Ouch! ... Continue Reading

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

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 & Gardens It’s time for my December newsletter so to ... Continue Reading

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

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 have been in so many show homes where I know ... Continue Reading

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

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 worms” phenomenon that I give my clients every day is ... 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 Floor is the Most Timeless” and “My Top Five What Not ... 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 avocado green ones did from the 70’s. Pinterest It’s time ... 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 with your exterior if you are painting your house this ... Continue Reading

Which Hardwood Floor is the Most Timeless?

You know what I find fascinating?  At the same time as we all want to know the latest trends in colour and design, we also search high and low–as well as conduct polls with our family and friends, dogs and cats–in order to discover which look is the most timeless. It’s not this one (source) Flooring is a huge design decision to make when planning a renovation or building a ... Continue Reading

My Top 5 ‘What not to Buy’ for your House

 What NOT to eat; green eggs and ham (source) Copyblogger recently wrote a post about the show ‘What not to Wear’ and explained how this approach works well to illustrate ‘what not to do’ rather than always focusing on ‘what to do’. It’s easy to show beautiful rooms with the ‘right’ furniture (below) but harder to translate into your own space. source It’s time for my April Newsletter so if ... Continue Reading

Is your New Countertop Perfect for your Kitchen?

My sister is right in the middle of her kitchen renovation so I obviously have kitchens on my brain because this month I ended up with 4 posts about kitchens and finishes.  Spring is almost here and that’s when most renovations and decorating projects begin so I thought I would gather all my kitchen posts together in March’s newsletter to make it easy for yours to be beautiful. Image via ... Continue Reading

How to Make your Brown Sofa Sing a Happy Tune

 Macy’s Now that gray is here to stay as the new brown, what do you do to make your brown sofa look more current? Can you introduce gray walls? What about all the bright and happy colours, how do you bring those in? Image via Marcus Design I get a lot of emails with these very questions. February’s newsletter this month is all about how to do that!  Click here ... Continue Reading

Got a Sad Room? How to make it Happy, Easy & Cheap

It’s January and either raining (here in Vancouver) or cold and frosty in most parts of the country. The Christmas lights have been put away for another year and it’s time to refresh and update. I just received a timely press release and decided my special article for this months newsletter is a great place to share it with you to get some cheap and easy inspiration for your home ... Continue Reading

5 Recession-Proof Decorating Tips

For this months newsletter, I have researched the back issues of my favourite magazines to find you some creative and fun ways to perk up your space—and just in time for Christmas!  You can save them for January too as the living room will be looking lonely after the lights and glitter from the holiday get packed away! source This list will be in my December newsletter coming to you ... Continue Reading