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Danger: Free Advice will Sabotage Your Expensive Renovation

Danger: Free Advice will Sabotage your Expensive Renovation

I was recently consulting with a client from Upstate New York. We were finalizing the colours and finishes for her kitchen renovation. As one last piece of advice, I told her to make sure she did not install the 4" slab of granite on the backsplash so commonly found in kitchens. source She said "I am so glad you mentioned… Continue reading


Why You Can't Afford NOT to be on Houzz

Liza & Maria

These photos are from my townhouse last Christmas. The rest of them are posted on my Houzz portfolio. Holiday Design by Vancouver Interior Designer Maria Killam A couple weeks ago Houzz and CB2 on Robson Street, hosted an evening where they invited local members, designers, architects and contractors to a presentation. Liza Hausman, the VP of Marketing from Houzz was… Continue reading


Vancouver Interior Designer: What Should You Charge for the First Consultation? (For Designers Only)

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When you complete my True Colour Expert Workshop you get access to a Private Facebook page for graduates only. This page has truly taken on a life of its own. It's completely optional, it's free (so far) and to date we have 50 members. This page has become a great place to not only get advice about projects you are… Continue reading


You Don’t Suck if you Don’t Book Every Client

‘If you can’t say no to anything then you’re living in scarcity. The universe doesn’t need to be selective with what comes your way because you’ll take anything.’ Source unknown. In other words, you’re still a rock star (just like my nephew : ) The other day I was following a forum where designers were discussing clients and how to… Continue reading


Vicente Wolf in Vancouver

Interior Design by Vicente Wolf So, I arrive at the Buildex show downtown this afternoon early enough to grab a seat in the front row to hear Vicente Wolf speak.  I’m happy because I’m sitting there feeling smug. My big plan is that instead of taking notes like everyone else, I’ll just tape the whole talk on my iphone.  Anyone… Continue reading


What would You Do? Advice for Designers/Consultants

It took 10 years of experience before I could answer this question with confidence. In addition to an entire year of blogging–posting only images that I loved–before I could tell you exactly what ‘my look’ was.  As a new designer, I would say “I can do anything, any style, I take your look and make it beautiful”, because I needed… Continue reading


Decorating for Family; How Much is too Much?

My youngest sister, her husband and two small children are moving even further into the country than they already are, Abbotsford to Yarrow. This is happening in February. And when they move they will need help decorating their house. The last time my sister moved (about 7 years ago) we spent many weekends over the years shopping and painting furniture… Continue reading


Kimberley Seldon & What they Don’t teach you in Design School

The first time I saw Kimberley Seldon speak at a designer event (approx. 5 years ago) she polled the room and asked “Who here is charging less than $100 per hour?” At the time I was charging $75 so I raised my hand along with a few others, and she responded “Shame on you! Do you think you have less… Continue reading


Clients and the Law of Attraction

Last week when I posted this article, one of my readers emailed me and said “Sounds like you’ve had a recent very bad experience or maybe a series of sorta bad. . .” and I responded that I can count on one hand how many ‘bad’ experiences I have had with clients in my business and that was mostly in… Continue reading


Negotiating Lessons from Mad Men

We were watching season 3 of Mad Men last weekend (I’m hooked on that show) and I was fascinated with the conversation ‘Don Draper’ had with ‘Conrad Hilton’ in one of the episodes. I love this show because there’s so much intelligent dialogue. Anyway, here’s how the conversation went: The Presidential Suite today at the Waldorf Astoria Don has been… Continue reading


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