Renovating my House

3 Lessons I Learned When Installing My Garden 3 Years Ago


This Spring I partnered with Lowes Canada when I planted annuals for my white-on-white garden that I installed 3 years ago. See the post I wrote for them here.   Here are 3 lessons I learned along the way: Before the garden was installed. Go here to learn how to choose the right flagstone colour. When the stone steps were first installed… Continue reading


Bathroom Dilemma: Rectangular or Oval Sink? Yay or Nay


via Traditional Home So last year at this time I said I would renovate my bathrooms in the Spring but then it didn't happen. I got busy, did not have a contractor and that was the end of that plan. It was a client living here in Chilliwack (who I'll tell you about very soon) that jolted me into action.… Continue reading


Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour


Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. Continue reading


A Peek Into My Spring Garden


I have received a few emails asking how my garden looks in the winter, so I thought I'd show you some pictures, along with a few of the before photos thrown in. Can't resist those!

This yard has undergone such a transformation from just two years ago, when MaryAnne White found me and helped transform the ugliest landscape on the street into one of the prettiest.

When we moved in, this was the walkway to the front door: Continue reading


Maria Killam in Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine + my Last two Homes

big ideas

I'm so delighted to have my entire house which was featured on the cover of Style at Home this Spring spotlighted again in the September issue of Small Spaces, Big Ideas Magazine! For those of you who haven't seen the 'before' photos when we started the renovation project a little over two years ago, you can see them here.   Julia… 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 White Shasta Daisies have Exploded! Before & After

White Umbrella

Thank you everyone for your condolences the other day. I didn't know how comforting your words would be until you wrote them! I so appreciate you!! When MaryAnne White designed my major landscaping project last year (long distance from New York), I trusted her to specify almost everything. One of my requests was for Shasta Daisies because I just think… Continue reading


My Snowflowering Tree Blooms on my Birthday: Before & After

Shortcut to Patio

You know when you finish decorating or designing a room and the after photo is so pretty you think "Darn, I wish I had that exact same angle for the before photo?!!" Well, today, I have it for this angle on my back deck. This was part of the collection of photos I sent my Landscape Architect MaryAnne White 18 months… Continue reading


Easter Time and my 500 White Tulips are Blooming!

White Tulips View from Driveway

I planted my white tulip bulbs last year in November and December. And then I worried that they wouldn't be in the ground long enough and wouldn't come up. It's funny, when I first ordered 300, that number seemed like an incredible amount but then when I started planting, well I barely got the front yard done. So then I… Continue reading


My Patio Plans this Spring (Include Snakes)

Pottery Barn Pillows

We have lived in our new house in the country for exactly two years now. We took possession in the middle of April in 2012. First, we renovated the interior and replaced the kitchen. Then last Spring at the end of April 2013, we totally ripped out the front and back yard.  So it's taken two years but I'm finally… Continue reading


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