I just arrived in Toronto yesterday from LA and I’m here with Terreeia (pronounced Maria with a T) on a sad occasion. Her only sister passed away just over a week ago. Thank you so much for all your kind words! In the meantime, Tricia Firmaniuk, my talented virtual design… Continue Reading →
Four years ago, I decorated Elizabeth’s living room with IKEA upholstery. It was the quickest and most inexpensive way to get the whole room done at once. Go here to see the before, before pictures her kids were older and it was time. First, here’s the entry, the MERETTE grommet curtains… Continue Reading →
Four years ago my sister Elizabeth and her husband bought this outdoor sectional (below). It was too modern for their house, but it was reasonable, so they snapped it up for the patio. Elizabeth and Bill love to entertain, and they also host their staff parties throughout the year. When it came time… Continue Reading →
How do you choose the colour of your front door? Well if you have a white or cream house (or another pretty neutral shade) without any fixed elements, technically, your options are endless. But are they? The way to create flow from the outside to the inside is to look… Continue Reading →
I often receive emails like this: Hello Maria, I retired a couple of years ago and I have been taking interior design classes at the local community college. I would love to take your color workshop. Do you think this would be beneficial for a novice, Interior Design student? This… Continue Reading →
Ever notice when you move, the furniture you bring from your last home often doesn’t work in your new one? You had a sectional and now there’s no space for one. Or your end tables are suddenly all too small because your new house is bigger. Or they are all too… Continue Reading →
Vanessa Francis Here it is. Your husband, your wife, or your client will often react in a negative way when something isn’t complete. My clients spare bathroom had looked like this for three years (above). She wanted it to look nice, but she didn’t want to spend a fortune and had tried… Continue Reading →
I recently received this question from a reader who sent me a photo of her kitchen: Hi Maria, I SO want to make my little basement apartment a haven that I love to call home. I want it to be as light and bright as possible since there is so little… Continue Reading →
Today’s guest post is from Susan Hargraves, residential stylist and owner of Rooms that Work™ on Vancouver Island, B.C. Susan loves drama and she’s going to share with us, how she creates it in her interiors.
My sister Lea lives in the Eco Village just down the street from my house. She noticed her neighbours started painting their front doors so she called me and said “I want to paint my front door robin’s egg blue, can you help me pick the right one?”. I said… Continue Reading →
Lynda was moving into this pretty little house in a new subdivision: She needed some help with a new colour scheme and was stuck on wall colours. One on-line consultation with me and she had a plan. Lynda had some existing furniture and artwork she wanted to work with, and she sent… Continue Reading →
So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house… Continue Reading →
As promised, here are the photos from the guest house with a pool that my clients built beside their home on Promontory Hill. They don’t have to drive when they go away for the weekend! Here she is looking so pretty in her navy dress on photo shoot day! The main… Continue Reading →
We’re here in Christina Lake for a few days camping! I really prefer room service, but when you have kids, you either go to the cottage in the summer or you have a trailer and camp by the lake which is where my sister Elizabeth and her family are this… Continue Reading →
This post is written by my Director of All Things Wonderful, Irene Hill:
Last week at this time Maria and I were just finishing up the last touches of our magical home makeover for my sister, Aimee and five of her kids. They were all glowing with happiness and pride in their “new” home.
Four months ago, when Maria and I started this project of love, I carefully interviewed each of my nieces and nephews to find out what would make them love their rooms the most. I found out what they were interested in and spent hours scouring the internet to get all the little pieces exactly right. At the end of the day I wanted to see wonder and awe in each set of eyes and was over the moon that we managed to do just that!
View from the Master Bedroom In early 2014 I went down to Portland to work with a design coach. I called my friend Barbara Miller who lives there to find out if we could have a visit. Barbara said “Yes that sounds great, and why don’t you stay in my Mom’s… Continue Reading →