How to Coordinate Unusual Colour Combinations

dirty and clean

{More funny texts from moms} It's 5:00 AM and my phone pings with a text from my Mom: "Come for coffee now! I'm up but I'll nap later". (Except she writes it in Finnish, I can read it but do not ask me to have a conversation in Finnish, that's where my dual language ability ends). "Ok" I text back, and… Continue reading


The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

Maria in Yellow

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There's… Continue reading


Aimee's Happy Home Makeover: Before & After

Ottoman Vignette

This weekend Irene's sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene "I never understood the term 'eye candy' until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there's something pretty to look at."
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Of Course I would Love THIS Exterior

Orange front door

I can't wait until my How to Choose Exterior Paint Colours with Confidence webinar is here next week! I've been rounding up images to whip it into shape and yesterday, I snapped a photo of this house in the middle of a very traditional neighbourhood downtown.   It's so rare to find such a modern and fun colour scheme, I immediately… Continue reading


My Family Room Inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

My Family Room Inside Style at Home

Okay, this week I'm showing you the after's of the family room in this months colour issue of Style at Home, it's really fun to see the transformation! Here is what the drywall return doorways were like! These angled corners, had to go!! The adjoining family room was too narrow to make opening up this entire wall practical but we… Continue reading


The View into my Guest Bedroom


This is the first thing I see when I walk out of the master bedroom and down the hallway towards my living room. I love the way the art picks up the hallway colour (and the sorbet orange in the office right beside it. Next I need drapery throughout the entire house. Guest room Cloverdale 7809 or SW6415 Hearts of… Continue reading


I Hate My Closet Contest & Maria's New Closets

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Photos by Maria Killam (partial view from my living room) Chris Isfeld from the Designer Closet Guys arrived the day before we moved in last week to install our closets! He had everything packed in his designer truck. Here's all the boxes, ready to be installed. The orange closet is Cloverdale 7983 or SW 6661. Chris arrived at around noon… Continue reading


My Best Friend's Living Room


My best friend Tami moved into our townhouse complex in December. It's been so fabulous to have her living just across the garden from our living room windows. How often does your best friend move next door? So that's the only sad part about moving out a whole 1 hour and 15 minutes away. My pal Tami is NOT afraid… Continue reading


A Happy Yellow Living Room: Before & After

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Eun emailed me for an on-consultation because she had some questions about colour as well as decorating her living room. She wanted to buy a new sofa. The yellow on the walls and orange drapery were already here when she moved in and she liked the existing colours. Before Notice her carpet is pink beige but we decided to ignore… Continue reading


Maria's Master Bedroom: Before & After

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One thing I'm very happy about is that my new house will accommodate all the furniture I have bought for this townhouse over the past two years. This is the last room in my house tour that you've seen for the past couple weeks. Photography by Jennifer Houghton I bought this bed from Martha Stewart furniture in a natural linen… Continue reading


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