True Colour Expert Training

The Minimalist Guide to Decorating with Charcoal

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Photos by Maria Killam Recently, I had a consultation with a client who needed help creating a colour palette for her new home. She didn't want to make the same mistakes she had made in the past and was looking for a plan. She sent me this inspiration photo for her house:  {via pinterest} I spent a few minutes asking more questions to make… Continue reading

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A Good Professional is like a GPS but Better

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Tuscany When was the last time you got lost? If you're anything like me, you're tempted to say it's been awhile. Technology has made getting lost pretty much impossible. If we take even one wrong turn, Google Maps will frantically start recalculating to put us back on course before we hit the next intersection. It feels like a relief to those of us with no sense… Continue reading

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When White Walls are the ONLY Solution

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{via pinterest} In the very beginning of my design career I was fortunate enough to have some great mentors. One was a very talented designer who probably couldn't tell you about undertones but she had amazing spidey senses when it came to choosing colour. As designers working in a paint store, our job was to book in-home appointments with customers who came into the store… Continue reading

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True Colour Experts Know Colour

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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)

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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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