Get a New Problem And You’ll be Happier

I have been in a funk all weekend. First, Terreeia and I went to a personal development course this past Friday so we could work on improving our communication. It’s not easy being married AND working together 24/7. Terreeia and I have participated in a lot of personal growth work and our relationship and communication is pretty amazing because of it. But there’s always room for improvement, especially when you work together ... Continue Reading

I’ve been thinking about how much holiday decorating I want to incorporate in my house this year because we leave for Palm Springs on Christmas Day for 5 weeks. Every year Terreeia talks about leaving the dark and the rain in January, so this year it’s finally happening. We have lived in three homes since I started this blog in 2008. The first two were rentals and until we moved ... Continue Reading

I recently received a question with a picture of a bedroom. A reader was selling her home and she wanted to know which colour would make her bedroom look bigger. Pinterest If you are searching the web to find a magical colour to make your room look larger, possibly to sell your house, a paint colour all by itself, is not going to do that for you. However, it is true, that ... Continue Reading

Interior Design by True Colour Expert Andrea Brooks I usually don’t have time for a manicure until the day before my colour workshop begins. Last Tuesday, I was in a nail salon in Tampa, chatting with the woman sitting next to me. She said she actually followed my blog because she was renovating her house. This is how our conversation went: BM Edgecomb Gray Decor pad I painted my walls Edgecomb gray but ... Continue Reading

How to Fix your White Room (If it Turned Green) Before & After

All summer (okay maybe more than just the summer) Tricia (my Virtual Design Assistant) has been obsessing about her living room and how the green from outside turns her lovely shade of cream, green. She’s sampled a bunch of colours but really she just wants the room to be cream and not green. So I said “Paint it and we’ll post it on the blog, this is a common problem right now ... Continue Reading

Bathroom Dilemma: Rectangular or Oval Sink? Yay or Nay

via Traditional Home So last year at this time I said I would renovate my bathrooms in the Spring but then it didn’t happen. I got busy, did not have a contractor and that was the end of that plan. It was a client living here in Chilliwack (who I’ll tell you about very soon) that jolted me into action. I corralled my dear friend Jan Romanuk (who designed my ... Continue Reading

10 Questions for Maria Killam

Well it’s been a very long time since I’ve been tagged in this kind of post so I couldn’t resist! Centsational Girl listed her own 10 and here’s mine: 1. Winter or Summer Definitely summer and this year we are having the best summer we’ve had in a while here in the North West. I love watching the new garden we installed two years ago change and grow. After   ... Continue Reading

Best Advice Ever: On Wood Finishes, Bad Sofas, and Area Rug Placement

There are times when I hit a blog and sorely wish that I had written the post I find there. The last time this unfortunate day happened ; ) ; ) was with Joni at Cote de Texas. She wrote a post about what it takes to have a classic house, and it’s so good, I now send it to every future True Colour Expert a few days before they attend my ... Continue Reading

A Classic Cream and White Bathroom (How to get One)

As you might have figured out by now, I travel a lot! I’ve seen many hotel bathrooms over the years that I’ve been writing this blog and never felt compelled to show you one, until today. When I held my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago and we stayed at the Palmer House Hilton. Hotels especially need to install classic, white or cream tile ... Continue Reading

The Best Way to Cover Dated Shower Doors

Terreeia and I had a lovely visit with our friends recently. As soon as I saw one of their bathrooms, I knew I had to show you. It was so clever! If you have dated glass shower doors, you’re going to love this. All you need for this insta-update is a decorative shower rod and some off-the-shelf curtains to match your decor. I actually didn’t know you could buy such attractive tension/retractable decorative shower rods ... Continue Reading

Front Doors in Toronto

I’m here in Toronto leading one of my Specify Colour with Confidence™ Trainings and I was walking by these two front doors and had to show you. You know what’s cool about front doors? Because they are an accent colour and you want them to be noticed, they can be brighter and cleaner than usual. I tried to guess what the colours are but I don’t think they are in the fan ... Continue Reading

Thanksgiving or Christmas: Which is Your Holiday?

Better Homes & Gardens Since Canadian Thanksgiving happens in October I’m always a little impatient for American Thanksgiving to be over so that we can get on with Christmas! Mostly I’m envious that your Thanksgiving is almost as big as Christmas, AND  y’all have Black Friday too! source Have you ever seen a blue pumpkin? source I am so thankful for all my American readers, I hope you have a ... Continue Reading

Decorative Pillow Giveaway

Many of you know that I never design a room without toss pillows, I truly believe they are one of the most important accessories in a living room. There are so many beautiful ways to make a pillow. Pillows by Dezign is hosting a giveaway of their beautiful toss cushions and one lucky readers will win a gift certificate for $200 each! Enough for almost 4 pillows for your sofa to freshen up your look. ... Continue Reading

One More Day Before the Launch

Okay, tomorrow is the day. . . the day my site will go live. This is me, waiting without a lot of patience! Pinterest It will happen sometime in the afternoon if all goes well. We are still working on last minute issues with transferring all my blogger posts over to WordPress. See you next on my new site! Download my eBook, It’s All in the Undertones. If you have ... Continue Reading

How often do you buy Flatware?

Vintage is really the prettiest (source) So I have a confession. Call me unsophisticated but I had no idea cutlery (which is what I thought it was called) or silverware is actually called flatware. And I’m pretty excited because on the way home from Seattle yesterday we stopped at Crate and Barrel and bought a new set. This is the pattern we chose: Charlemagne This set would have been my ... Continue Reading

Colour me Happy and Penelope Trunk

Here I am in Madison with Penelope Trunk! We emailed back and forth months ago and she invited us to come and visit her and the farmer on the farm in Wisconsin.  The cornfields go on and on here in Madison! We took a walk on the property to find the cows. Along the way, Penelope asked what I thought of the idea to turn this rusty metal into a coffee table ... Continue Reading