7 Ways to Use What You Have While Decorating: Before & After


Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request:

"I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids' stuff and neutrals were sophisticated.

So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them)."

I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help."

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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


Maria Killam's White Garden Transformation: Before & After


It's fascinating to have a Perennial garden designed like mine. There's always something that takes turns blooming, so finally when my white Shasta daisies along with my white hydrangeas were looking their best, I had my photographer Tracey Ayton come out to take photos. She also photographed a summer house I've been working on for a client and when I… Continue reading


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

Raspberry Drapes

Okay, here's the rest of the photos inside Style at Home's colour issue this April! Thanks again to everyone at Style at Home for including me in this issue AND on the cover! Here's my family room and this post has my kitchen photos.   Here's what it looks like in the magazine (above). Here's the REAL ESTATE PHOTO –… Continue reading


Be My Fresh Valentine!

Be my Valentine

Pat from Santa Monica sent me this beautiful image of a room perfect to post on Valentines Day! She said "I've found a pink living room that just makes me sigh with relaxation every time I pull it up". I totally agree. Thanks Pat, you totally inspired this post!  Photography by Clive Tompsett Farrow & Ball Middleton Pink #245. The placement… Continue reading


13 Ways to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

How to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

View from the Master Bedroom In early 2014 I went down to Portland to work with a design coach.  I called my friend Barbara Miller who lives there to find out if we could have a visit. Barbara said "Yes that sounds great, and why don't you stay in my Mom's 6 million dollar house while you're here. She's in Palm… Continue reading


Hot Pink Front Door: Yay or Nay?

Hot Pink Front Door: Yay or Nay?

We received 481 possible front doors to choose from for my Free Choose a Colour for your Front Door Webinar this Friday. Irene curated them all for me and I added the colours! You'll be interested to know that the big theme is orange!!  There are countless orange roofs and lots of orange brick out there! It's going to be… Continue reading


How to Get Light to Play in a Room

Barbara Barry

In 2013 I attended the  LA Design Bloggers Conference. Sign at HD Buttercup at the first nights reception Barbara Barry was the one that gave the lesson on light at the sold out Design Bloggers Conference in LA this week. The first morning Windsor Smith was the keynote speaker.  When I looked for my notes on what she said, I realized I had been too busy… Continue reading


Maria's New Laundry Room: Before & After


  Our new house has three bathrooms, one in the master, the main bath which you've seen and the powder room. The one thing I did not like about the layout when we first saw it was that you had to walk through the laundry room to get to the powder room, but that was before the happy transformation. And… Continue reading


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