My Take on Pantone's 2015 Colour of the Year: Marsala


My Mom knew the colour of the year before I did. About a week ago, I saw her knitting a scarf, and I said "Mom, that's such an old, dated colour, are you really going to knit a scarf in that colour?" "Well, I found this yarn and decided it would be fun to make one, she said." My mother… Continue reading


Nova Scotia is Red & White

Red Barn

Today we've driven almost entirely around the North side of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. These were the muskoka chairs sitting outside the B&B we stayed at in Maitland. I love that so many people have one chair of each colour. This is the main house that was built in 1859. The wood flooring was installed by shipbuilders and… Continue reading


Decorating with Red: Before & After

Living Room After

Paula from Salad in a Jar hired me in April for an on-line consultation to help with colours and decorating updates on her house. Two hours later, she had a plan and three months later, here is the fabulous result! This is what she said: "Thank-you again for helping me a few months ago. You gave me a lot of confidence which made… Continue reading


Ask Maria: I Can't Find the Perfect Area Rug

Red Bedroom

This readers question is such a great example of a lesson we can all learn from because I think we can get a little too used to looking at our own stuff and stop seeing it objectively. The answer here is not an inexpensive fix, but if you want to move forward, start counting colours in your space. Sometimes, there's just too many and… Continue reading


Exterior Trim: White is Nautical; Yellow is Heritage

Red house with White Trim

Getting your white right on the exterior and interior of your house is critical. For a blue or red house, it's the difference between your house looking nautical or heritage.   Red with White Trim   Red with Yellow Trim Blue with White Trim Blue with yellow beige trim That's my tip of the day! Off to enjoy my weekend,… Continue reading


Holiday Exterior Lights with Before and After Grays

Creative Outdoor Lights

When Betsy found my blog and read this post, she realized her white house was just a little too white paired with the more earthy brick columns and railing. A few days ago she emailed me her exterior holiday lights and I asked her to send all of the images if she had them. Here's what she sent, thanks Betsy!… Continue reading


Elizabeth's Turquoise & Red Family Room: Before & After

Elizabeth's Turquoise & Red Family Room: Before & After

Remember when I told you about the room I designed for Elizabeth's 40th Birthday present from her husband? Well it's almost done and her party was this past weekend. So I'm going to show it to you. This is Elizabeth and her husband Bill Jacobs. The guy who understands that a Happy Wife is a Happy Life. My sister was… Continue reading


When to Choose Low over High while Decorating

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  We are going with Turquoise + Red My sister Elizabeth is turning 40 in July and for her birthday she wants the family room painted and re-decorated. Her kids are almost four and six, they have not bought any new furniture since they got married and had kids. The living room furniture currently has her husband Bill's 16 year… 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


7 Ideas for Happy Colour

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Last night IKEA had a media party to launch their brand new store in Richmond. They built one 3 times bigger right beside the old one which will apparently be torn down. EIVOR   It's always fun when colour trends arrive at big box stores and become totally affordable. This black and white throw will be a staple in everyone's… Continue reading


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