This is another post written by my Design Associate Irene Hill: Irene Hill By now many of you recognize my name – I've met over 150 True Colour Expert™ graduates and written a few guest posts for Colour Me Happy. To be honest, I receive a bit of reflected glory just by being around Maria. It's flattering and oddly disconcerting… Continue reading
This is a post written by my Design Associate, Irene Hill: We've just finished another three-day training in the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario. Winter is right around the corner and the weather was sunny, bright and starting to get really cold. Perfect for wearing coats and scarves. One of the beautiful paths at Trinity College Linda Burnham drove her… Continue reading
You know when you hit a sales page for something on the internet because it goes on and on and on with testimonials and all kinds of pitches. And you wonder, 'Is this person for real? Am I being scammed?' Continue reading
Here is my latest class of True Colour Experts™ from September's course of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. I'm always so amazed and thrilled to see how far people come to attend! (Back row) Becky Noelker (St Louis, MO), Andrea Shaw (Tswassen, BC), Lisa Loeppky (Steinbach, MB), Lisa DiGiorgio (Lopez Island, WA), Lori Begley (Richmond,… Continue reading
This is a post written by Irene Hill, my Design Associate: It's been two years since I've started working with Maria and it's been about the same amount of time since I had a paying client, but occasionally I get an emergency call from a friend. Just recently my phone rang with a plea for marriage counselling. Over a design… Continue reading
Ugh. . . I just had a couple come into the store (Benjamin Moore) who were determined to paint their 90's Surrey Stucco cup-de-sac home Chocolate Fondue with Black Bean Soup Trim. When I tried to steer them away they bristled at me; it became clear that they hadn't come in for advice, only my agreement. These in my opinion can be the most difficult customers and the tight rope walk between "The customer is always right" and "Lord, save this house!!" is a tricky one. Welcome to exterior season everyone, may the spirit of diplomacy be with you! Continue reading
Well I'm kicking off the first day of Learn How to Specify Colour for Interiors Summer School tomorrow with my Rules for Whites, Rules for Neutrals and Rules for Colour. Then we'll jump right in to learning my 7 basic principles and questions I always have in my back pocket at every consultation.
Next week will be a step-by-step to choosing colour in every area of your home, what to paint and what can't be painted.
Here's a sneak peek of one of the colour rules: Continue reading
What is the one, two rewards you want to experience after specifying colours for yourself or for your clients? 1. You want a good night's sleep. You want to finish your consultation and leave with the confidence that you specified the right colours and your clients are going to be happy with the end result. You want them to know the… Continue reading
When I give the participants in my colour training an in-class exercise, or homework (hey you get your money's worth with us) I notice that when they select colours to create a colour palette they take the undertone of whatever paint chip/s they have to work with and repeat it. So if I show a blue green, and they need… Continue reading
We're right in the middle of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Training and tonight Janice Lindsay hosted us in her fabulous home just blocks away from the University of Toronto where the course is being held. You know when you see the list of credits in the beginning of a TV show and there's the special guest stars? Well, Janice… Continue reading