When you pick the wrong colour

The Easy Way to Decorate Around a Tan (Pink Beige) Sofa


If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know there's nothing neutral about a pink beige sofa. You also know that pink beige is so EVERYWHERE that it's probably not your fault if you have it in your home. There's just too much of it out there. Here's how to decorate around it so it looks intentional. Continue reading


How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting

How to Choose Paint Colours that Work with Your Lighting | Maria Killam

I recently received this question from Shelley, asking how useful it would be to custom mix a paint colour to get it right with the light in her home. "I’ve recently used BM Manchester Tan in a pantry that has a large fluorescent light fixture, and it looks lovely — right at the happy intersection of warm and cool. But in our front entry… Continue reading


"I've Got This" and Other Unrealistic Thoughts about Renovating

Brushed Brass pull

So, just in case you were wondering and losing sleep over this topic like I have, I've figured it out. The third week in my Renovate with Confidence™ Focus on Finishes for Renovations and New Builds is coming up and it's my best work yet! Now that I've organized all the advice I'm constantly giving my clients into a step-by-step format, the good news… Continue reading


Aimee's Happy Home Makeover: Before & After

Ottoman Vignette

This weekend Irene's sister, Aimee experienced a makeover so big that by the end of the day Saturday, she said to Irene "I never understood the term 'eye candy' until this happened to my house. Now, everywhere I look, there's something pretty to look at."
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6 Biggest Colour Mistakes I've Made (Been there, Done That)


Love this vignette I was invited by Style at Home to be on a Twitter chat about colour a few weeks ago and one of the questions the editors asked was "What's your biggest mistake choosing colour" and I immediately chimed in with "I have a few" and immediately listed three: So here they are, with a few more just for fun:… Continue reading


Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

Take Risks with Your Decor Rather than your Clients

In 2011 when we were living in our townhouse in North Vancouver, I chose the wrong fabric for my new chair and ottoman. I was so embarrassed. That's why it's taken me this long to tell you about it. I had my yellow sofa (above) and that was an easy choice for me to make. I love yellow. But I was having… Continue reading


Uncommon Goods Giveaway

uncommon goods giveaway

  I love finding websites with unique and funky, off-the-beaten path items, so when uncommon goods approached me to do a giveaway worth $200, I thought it was a great idea. UncommonGoods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. Their mission is to support and provide a platform for artists and designers and in fact half… Continue reading


How Often does Lighting Change the Undertone?

Dinner at the Cactus Club

One question I get a lot during my Specify Colour with Confidence Workshops is about lighting, what it does to colour, how to manage that effectively, etc. Basically the answer to that question is this: If you notice that the colour you chose went pink beige (or the wrong beige/grey) in the lighting, the possibility that you actually chose the… Continue reading


Should you pay for a room to be re-painted if you chose the colour?

This post is for anyone in the business of specifying colour. And the question is: “Should you pay for a room to be re-painted if the colour you recommended either looked terrible when the room was done or the client simply didn’t like it?” This was the question posed by the wonderful bloggers at The Skirted Roundtable this week. Having… Continue reading


Authenticity. . . the currency of the Future

‘We know it when we see it, and we love the people who live it—the ones we can count on, always, to be brazenly, exhilaratingly themselves.  In the age of spin and truthiness, authenticity is the real deal: speaking up for what you believe in, refusing to be ruled by the desire for acceptance, listening for the difference between the… Continue reading


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