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Happy Turquoise & Purple Exterior in Christina Lake

Lake Motel

  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 week! So where my nephews are, that's where you'll find… Continue reading

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Best Ideas for Creative Kids Rooms: Before & After

Dinosours Gathering

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! Continue reading

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13 Ways to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

How to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

View from the Master Bedroom Two weeks ago, I found a new business coach. Julia decided my business needed an intervention and if I didn't come to see her, it would be months until we sorted things out on the phone together. Fortunately for me, she had two days that she was able to re-arrange on short notice to fit… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: My Walls Bother Me, Can You Help?

Ask Maria

Mary, one of my long-time readers (since 2009) booked a consultation with me. When we got on the phone, the first thing I said to her was "What are we doing here? I love your space!" She said, "This is BM Quiet Moments and it's everywhere in my house but it bothers me in the living room and I don't… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Is my Roof the Right Colour?

Ask Maria

'Just read your post about roofs. Because our house is in FL, we were advised to go with a lighter roof.  Matter of fact, we may even get more credit on homeowner's insurance now!   There were not a lot of choices.  This was NOT even the lightest grey/slate color; there was only one darker than this one.  Now, though,… Continue reading

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Elizabeth's Turquoise & Red Family Room: Before & After

Elizabeth's Turquoise & Red Family Room: Before & After

Remember when I told you about the room I designed for Elizabeth's 40th Birthday present from her husband? Well it's almost done and her party was this past weekend. So I'm going to show it to you. This is Elizabeth and her husband Bill Jacobs. The guy who understands that a Happy Wife is a Happy Life. My sister was… Continue reading

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Happy Outdoor Living: Before & After

Happy Outdoor Living: Before & After

  My sister Elizabeth called to tell me her husband had found a sectional for a great price for their patio. "We need pillows" she said, "And I'm worried that it's the wrong size for the space. Before "That's because it's right up against the house" I said. So after I moved it away from the walls, we went shopping.… Continue reading

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When to Choose Low over High while Decorating

Quote by Thom Filicia

  We are going with Turquoise + Red My sister Elizabeth is turning 40 in July and for her birthday she wants the family room painted and re-decorated. Her kids are almost four and six, they have not bought any new furniture since they got married and had kids. The living room furniture currently has her husband Bill's 16 year… Continue reading

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PEI Cottage Gets a Dose of Colour Me Happy

Console with Lamps

I was so thrilled when one of my clients recently shared these images with me of our on-line consultation in July. Here is her note as well as the images of the total renovation of their cottage. The exterior before shot is at the end of the post. Hi Maria, Had a session with you in July and I think… Continue reading

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How to Choose Carpet Colours: Before & After

carpet after

When you don't have carpet in the master bedroom, the floor is freezing in the middle of the night! So finally, I narrowed it down to these three. Never, ever choose carpet from the tiny little sample you get on the boards. Always ask for a bigger sample, it usually takes about a week to get them in. So the… Continue reading

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