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

Statement Necklace Giveaway

  This necklace just needs a pretty dress (source) I am hosting a rare and beautiful giveaway from Sheyna! The value of this necklace is $189.00 and all you have to do is post a comment. If you do not have a google account, please post your email address so that I can reach you if you win. Iolite and moonstone briolettes create a stunning statement necklace. What’s unique is ... Continue Reading

What do your Books say about You?

Anytime I find myself standing in front of a bookshelf in someone’s home, I’m always fascinated by the titles that I see. It gives you insight into who that person is don’t you think? Well the library in the home of my friends in Toronto was wonderful and cozy and filled with lots of books to curl up with. pinterest   While there I pulled out a little book by ... Continue Reading

Custom Colour Mixing; Yay or Nay?

A designer emailed me the other day asking whether taking a few drops of red out of Muslin would give her the perfect colour she needed for a clients bathroom. It’s been so long since I tried to ‘tweak’ a paint colour for a client, I forgot that I used to think it was a necessary component of specifying colour. Pinterest So I’m here to tell you, it’s not.  As ... Continue Reading

Outdoor Spaces – Is it Summer yet?

Interior Design by Suzanne Kasler Here in Vancouver, we have had 50 days of rain out of 60 in the past two months, everywhere you go, everyone is talking about it! So I’m wistfully looking outside at my patio and wondering when I’m ever going to get to sit outside for dinner! Interior Design by Maria Killam It’s time for my June Newsletter and this month for subscribers only, my ... Continue Reading