True Colour Expert Training

True Colour Experts Know Colour

yellow doors

In the fall of 2012, Gwen Debruyn, the proprietress and designer behind Bayberry Cottage, came to Toronto from Michigan to attend my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course. She was a delight to have in my class. At the end of the first day, she said "Only two more days!" On the second day, she said, "So sad, only one more day :… Continue reading

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The Coco Chanel Guide to Uncopyrighting (That's What I'm Doing)

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{via Pinterest} So deeply has the Chanel aesthetic been impressed upon us that we no longer see it—like the air we breathe, it is everywhere but invisible. -Mademoiselle Have you read Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History? It's the story of how the #1 luxury brand in the world was created. Coco Chanel was a self-made multimillionaire before she turned 40, and she was… Continue reading

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My Creative Business Model and How it's Evolved

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{maybe not this cold}  Some of you may have noticed that my posts have shifted considerably over the past few months to less rather than more. In the last year with all the time I've spent sitting in freezing cold hotel ballrooms looking at my business and thinking about what to do to make it better, I've learned that less… Continue reading

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23 Things ONLY a Designer will Tell You

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 {via pinterest} This post is really fun because I asked all my True Colour Experts™ to give me their best advice and this was the first tip that arrived in my in-box, it might be the best one yet: Measure your furniture BEFORE you go out to shop for coffee tables "Okay, so you're going out the door to the store… Continue reading

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Comparison is Just Trouble (Here's How to Get it Right)

Comparison

The best part of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ training is the hands-on exercises. Participants learn first, how to show their clients the colour they are suggesting is the right one, and second, they learn how to explain why it's correct. And not just for wall colours. . . My recent on-line consult (above) her adorable little boy kept photobombing all her pics… Continue reading

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Need an Extra Window Somewhere? (Do This Instead)

Need an Extra Window? (Do this Instead)

  When I saw this living room designed by True Colour Expert™ and Interior Designer Jennifer Reynolds my first thought was: "OMG look at those awesome drapes! Wait, are the windows smaller than the drapery? No, it's art in between each set of panels!" Is this a brilliant idea or what? You have to go here to see the before… Continue reading

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A New Way to Design Accent tile: Ceramic Architecture

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I first learned the term 'ceramic architecture' when the VP of Waterworks gave a presentation and I wrote this post afterwards about perfect vs. perfectly nice bathrooms. When I searched 'ceramic architecture' on google, I was fascinated that absolutely nothing comes up with regard to tile layouts. As many of you know, accent tile has a bad rap on this blog and… Continue reading

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Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes On Demand Training with Maria Killam

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When I was a brand new designer, it scared me to choose tiles. There were so many of them. Thousands of clients and years later, I realized that 80% of tiles, shouldn't even be in the store. Most of them are bad and ugly, it's the pretty tile that I want to teach you to see. It's such a permanent decision! It's… Continue reading

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Can Your House be Trendy & Classic at the Same Time?

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Hex Tile On vacation these last few days when I posted a restaurant rest room and an ice cream parlour, both happened to have hex tile floors. Someone asked if they were trendy and I said yes. White Kitchen Then another reader posted that they are classic and date back to the early 20's or maybe even before, just like… Continue reading

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Check out my Latest Video on Colour Confidence

Designers

I have a new video on my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training! I was at a business conference this past weekend and realized that my current video really wasn't great at explaining the true value of my course, so I re-wrote it. (Well truthfully, once I figured out how it should be done, changing my video became an emergency!) I… Continue reading

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