How (and When) to Buy Appliances for your New Kitchen

source Did you know that until you have chosen and purchased your appliances, you can’t begin designing your kitchen? Jan Romanuk (my long-time dear friend and past business partner) says many of her clients are surprised to learn that this is the first step inside any kitchen renovation. Three years ago when we bought this house and renovated the kitchen, Jan designed it for us. She has been renovating and ... Continue Reading

Vancouver Interior Designer: Maria Killam in the Washington Post

I’m working on the press page for my new website (my new blog will be located at when it goes live) and we need one place to link all my Washington Post mentions (five) so that’s why you are getting this recap today! How to Shop for Wallpaper: Washington Post blog watch, September 17, 2009 Photo by Maria Killam Click here to get a great tutorial on the easiest way to ... Continue Reading

How to Shop for Wallpaper

Thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, September 17, 2009! There’s wallpaper that you can buy off-the-shelf in a paint store–rolls of it, pre-selected in bulk quantities—but the choices are slim. To get the best selection, ordering through wallpaper books is the best way to do it. Usually higher end paint stores will have a wall of books to choose from. And of ... Continue Reading

How to Create a Vignette or Tablescape

Lets talk about how to create a vignette or tablescape. First, thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, August 13, 2009! Last week while vacationing in Toronto, I did a little shopping (of course). Walking in and out of all the wonderful stores on Avenue Road and Davenport (see first 3 images below) I came to the realization that it’s a miracle that ... Continue Reading

Interview with Colour Expert; Janice Lindsay

Thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, July 9, 2009! Some of you know that I recently purchased Janice Lindsay’s new book called “All About Colour” [below] and then wrote a post about the first thing I read when I opened the book here. Janice Lindsay is one of Canada’s leading colour designers. With a column in The Globe and Mail newspaper and ... Continue Reading

Colour me Happy it’s a Day for Celebration!

For the second week in a row my blog is in the Washington Post Blog Watch.  This week it was for the post I just wrote on the 5 Questions to consider when selecting a new colour for your kitchen!  So I just had to post this image sent to me by Rebecca Sherman at Houses Gardens People (love the name of her blog).  It’s wallpaper and look at the wee dog. ... Continue Reading

5 Steps to Selecting the Right Colour for your Kitchen

Thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, March 26, 2009! One of my clients generously allowed me to photograph her kitchen [last week] so that I could walk through [with you] the new colour we chose and why? flickr colour wheel This is the countertop and backsplash tile. You can see that the backsplash has a pink undertone and that the existing wall ... Continue Reading

Colour me Happy in the Washington Post

It took 3 comments this morning for me to clue in that my blog was in Washington Post’s “Our picks to click this week”.  That is very exciting!  My client Suzanne (whose apartment I featured) in the post “The right way to create flow using Colour” and I are about to be famous 🙂  Well in the blog world anyway! Related posts:Insider Secrets to Testing & Selecting Paint ColoursWhat Everyone ... Continue Reading

The Right way to Create Flow using Colour

Thank you to the Washington Post for including this post in your blog watch, March 19, 2009! When a client calls me to inquire about a colour consultation, here’s the question they need answered more than anything else: How do you create flow, and how do you transition the colour from one room to another? In addition to this, people want to know why the colour works or why it ... Continue Reading