The Single Worst Mistake to Make During Your Bathroom Renovation

The perfect bath starts with an inspiration starting point like this mirror. When Jan and I were business partners, we renovated a few kitchens together, so when I managed the renovation of my kitchen five years ago when we bought the house we’re in, I was comfortable, I felt like I knew what I was doing. I have NEVER managed a bathroom renovation. I don’t do this for clients.  I ... Continue Reading

How I Saved $1500 in my Bathroom Renovation

Jan Romanuk and I were business partners years ago. If you are building or renovating a home (anywhere on the North Shore in Vancouver) and need a designer to choose everything or a project manager, she is the one. There’s very little that Jan doesn’t know about the world of renovations in every aspect. She knows exactly where to source every little thing that your house might need. Jan Romanuk measuring the ... Continue Reading

Maria’s Bathroom Renovation Plans: Lighting and Vanity Design

So I’m pressed for time, the demolition of both my main bathroom and master bathroom starts on July 10 and the electrician is coming July 12 to do all the wiring, this means I need to order my lighting ASAP. I’m installing wall sconces with shades in both bathrooms because I like the soft light from fabric shades the best.  If you have a steamy bathroom, fabric shades are not recommended, ... Continue Reading

Faucets: High or Low Profile? Yay or Nay

Waterworks faucets I’m actually afraid to write this post because I know y’all will post all kinds of links to faucets that I love that might be even better and I just placed my order this week, I just haven’t had time to write this post sooner. As many of you know, I am renovating all three of my bathrooms this summer. The master (which I’m calling ‘my’ bathroom, the main ... Continue Reading

What is the Best Kitchen Faucet? (Not Mine)

Oh wow, this morning, I went to make some coffee and the spout of my bridge kitchen faucet came right off. I am OVER IT. Over putting PRETTY over FUNCTION. Okay, well I’m not really over having a pretty faucet, but I wish I’d done more research (well even any research) into which faucet was really the best one BEFORE I installed the one I have in my kitchen. I was never ... Continue Reading

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 in front of my studio, my nephews liked to play ... 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. I corralled my dear friend Jan Romanuk (who designed my ... 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

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 from Hooked on Houses posted a review of her house ... 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 received all the images, they were so beautiful, I got a ... Continue Reading

My White Shasta Daisies have Exploded! Before & After

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 they’re so happy! I planted them in front of my ... Continue Reading

My Snowflowering Tree Blooms on my Birthday: Before & After

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 ago when we started planning my landscape project that started ... Continue Reading

Easter Time and my 500 White Tulips are Blooming!

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 ordered 200 more for the back yard. And 200 white ... Continue Reading

My Patio Plans this Spring (Include Snakes)

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 having the experience of Spring like so many of you, ... Continue Reading

My White Kitchen inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

Today I’m just showing my kitchen from the magazine shoot and I”ll show the pictures of the rest of my house next. Here’s my dining room on the cover of the April Colour issue, hooray! I thought I’d include the before pictures just for fun: Photography by Tracey Ayton Kitchen design by Jan Romanuk  Before Cabinets are painted Artisan White by Cloverdale Paint. Wall colour is Rice Paper by Cloverdale Paint. Bar ... Continue Reading