Photo shoot styling

The Best Way to Display your Keurig or Nespresso Coffee Pods (A Styling Tip)

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via Pinterest Since it seems like EVERYONE has a pod coffee machine because it's the latest and greatest convenience, I thought I'd show you how I styled them last week AFTER a photo shoot. Not to be confused with the image I created for Pinterest and Instagram ;) ;) First, here is what my clients butlers pantry looked like before it was styled for the… Continue reading

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Refresh your Dining Room with Upholstered Chairs: Before & After

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When I decorated my client Barbara's dining room, she had too many chairs already and didn't need anything more than new chair covers, an area rug and custom drapery.

But when I found this upholstered chair from Pier 1 (below) that would make her dining room feel much more collected and less 'matchy-matchy', she bought them right away. Continue reading

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Mixing Metals: How to Update a Brown Kitchen by adding Brass

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Barbara built this house with her husband 5 years ago ago. He wanted a wood stained kitchen and although she'd love to have a white kitchen now, she wasn't prepared to paint it in this phase of the decorating project.

Her biggest complaint was with the pendant lights, they created a lot of visual glare and she wanted them replaced.

Also, she needed drapery to block out the sun in the wintertime when it slanted through the windows. Continue reading

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Where to Start When You Have a Blank Slate

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Jacqueline called me and said:

"Help! My laundry room is finished, it's white, I followed all the advice on your blog right down to copying the shelves in your laundry room, but now that I have a white Maria Killam laundry room and I can do anything I want, I have no idea where to start!

What colour should I paint it? I painted it BM Grey Owl because I had some leftover paint but it's doing nothing for me!"

I said, "First, Grey Owl is almost like a neutral, muted blue/green grey that would look great in a bathroom with lots of blue grey marble that coordinated with it, but for your laundry room to look fabulous, it needs a colour! Continue reading

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Before & After: The Pinterest School of Styling

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Interior design & styling by Maria Killam As I lay by the pool on my recent vacation in Kauai, I had already read both of the beach novels that I brought, so I went through my client's library  and pulled out The Alchemist. My sister Elizabeth posing for my photo Three years ago, when my client was building this house in… Continue reading

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How to Photograph Your Projects to Get More Business

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Advice for new decorators and designers sounds like this: "Pay a professional photographer to take photos of one great project, or even one room decorated well, and show that on your website." And before you tell me that you barely made any money on the job so you can't afford to pay to have it photographed, that's not how you should calculate… Continue reading

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Indigo & Turquoise Summer House in the Fraser Valley: Before & After

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As promised, here are the photos from the guest house with a pool that my clients built beside their home on Promontory Hill. They don't have to drive when they go away for the weekend! Here she is looking so pretty in her navy dress on photo shoot day! The main house is on the left side (not shown).  Loungers ready… Continue reading

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Photo Shoot Preparations

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My photographer came today to shoot my house, now that I finally made a decision on my drapes and they have been installed–I'll give you a hint, they're HOT PINK–so Tuesday I drove into the city to buy flowers and Elizabeth came with me. Here's where we went: 12:20 pm We arrive in Vancouver and it's time for lunch. We… Continue reading

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The Best Inspiration for Styling a Room for a Photo

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On the third day of my True Colour Expert Workshops we talk about the business of colour. The best way to sell a colour consultation, etc. My advice to any designer setting up a website is NEVER use photos that are not professionally taken. Jeffrey Bilhuber I talked about this here, with some great visuals. If you don't have a… Continue reading

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How Important is Pretty?

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When I had my first website designed, I consciously chose to show only after photos in my portfolio. I did this because when I looked at interior design portfolios that I admired, I saw just one pretty picture after another. Pinterest My advice is to show just the after, keep your website as pretty as possible. The reason why Pinterest… Continue reading

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