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
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
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
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
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
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
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