Renovating my House

Maria Killam's White Garden Transformation: Before & After

Petunias

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

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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

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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

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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

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

Maria Killam's White Kitchen

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… Continue reading

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My New Decorative Gate: Before & After

Gate Hardware

When MaryAnne White, my Landscape Architect and I were discussing the decorative fencing and gate for the side entrance to the backyard, she sent over this picture with a note that said "Your gate should look like this". And of course, that's just what I installed. Here's the before with the endless amounts of concrete we inherited last year when… Continue reading

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Ignorance is Truly Bliss: Before & After

Ignorance is Bliss: Before & After

"I'll tell you what really bugs me about your house", MaryAnne (my Landscape Architect) said to me one day. What? I held my breath waiting for her reply. . . "The two stovepipes that stick out of your roof!" (below) Before (the day we took possession, that's my nephew) I literally ran out of my studio that morning, to the… Continue reading

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My Design Studio: Before, During & After

My Design Studio: Before, During & After

The transformation of my design studio is so amazing that it needs few words: The day we took possession. After we renovated it last Spring six weeks later. After the flagstone was installed this Spring. After   Here's another angle while shooting pictures so that my talented Landscape Architect MaryAnne White could start the design all the way from New… Continue reading

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The Best Place to Buy Vinyl Shutters?

How to Measure for Exterior Shutters

So I'm looking for white shutters for the two lonely windows on the right side of my house. Keep in mind the link goes to my old images, I haven't posted new pictures of the landscaping transformation, but I will very soon. Okay so back to my story, since I currently have vinyl siding I decided to buy vinyl shutters. I… Continue reading

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