white kitchens

Do Kitchen Appliances Really Need to Match?

Do your Kitchen Appliances Really need to Match?

When I went appliance shopping for my new white kitchen (the rest of the before's and after's are here) the salesperson informed me that I could always 'coordinate' my appliances, that they did not need to match. Pantry wall Before Knowing that my fridge and wall oven would be right beside each other (below), I did not even consider a… Continue reading

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My White Kitchen inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

Maria Killam's White Kitchen

Today I'm just showing my kitchen from the magazine shoot and I"ll show the pictures of the rest of my house next. Here's my dining room on the cover of the April Colour issue, hooray! I thought I'd include the before pictures just for fun: Photography by Tracey Ayton Kitchen design by Jan Romanuk  Before Cabinets are painted Artisan White by… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Help! I Don't Want the Same Kitchen as Everyone Else!!

Ask Maria: I Don't Want My Kitchen to Look like Everyone Else!!

Recently, I received this question from one of my lovely readers:  'I'm trying to come up with a color of floor tile that matches a kitchen with volga blue granite counter tops, white cabinets, very light grey walls, and stainless steel appliances.  I don't want wood in the kitchen or anything that looks like wood.  I think too many people have that look… Continue reading

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Dreamy Beach House in Kauai

Mom's Room

I have known my client and good friend for many years now. I first met her when I worked at Benjamin Moore in West Vancouver.  She had just moved into a new house with her husband and was looking for wall colours. When I said I could come out to her house to help her choose them she was so happy… Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Will My White Kitchen be Boring?

Ask Maria

My husband and I are gutting our white kitchen and putting in another white kitchen but with a better lay-out. While I would love custom cabinets and quartz counters, those materials would be an "over-renovation" for our neighbourhood and type of house. We chose Ikea cupboards in the white Applad door profile which is completely flat. We preferred the look… Continue reading

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White Kitchen Transformation in Upstate New York

White Kitchen Transformation

I consulted with my client Kay at the end of 2012 and this is the beautiful result! "I had been thinking about a kitchen remodel for a couple of years before actually doing it.  I was considering different options, including gray-blue cabinets, until I started reading your posts about white kitchens and realized that if I wanted a serene backdrop… Continue reading

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Warning: This Mistake Could Instantly Date your House

This Mistake Could Instantly Date your House

My Sister Elizabeth and her husband rent a trailer to camp at Christmas Lake each summer with their two boys.

When I walked into the one they had this year I asked "Is this trailer 15 years old?"

Elizabeth looked a little startled as she replied "No these are new, I'm sure not older than 2-3 years, they don't rent old trailers". Continue reading

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Ask Maria: Would you Put White Appliances in a White Kitchen?

Ask Maria

"Reading your blog is part of my long-range planning for the renovation of my kitchen, and like you I´m a big fan of white kitchens.  My Ask Maria question is, would you put white appliances in a white kitchen? When we had to replace our fridge before we were ready to renovate, I picked a white fridge that would match… Continue reading

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The Most Timeless Granite

The Most Timeless Granite

Granite has a bad rap on this blog, so I thought I would write a post on which granite I think is classic. 1. Absolute Black  Black granite is less pricey than black quartz so if you want black countertops, this is the way to go. Black is my second choice after white quartz with white cabinets because I like… Continue reading

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Renovation Inspired by Colour Me Happy: Before & After

After Entry

Is it possible to renovate your house from top to bottom just from reading my blog? As a matter of fact, yes it is! This set of photos with a few before's are from Karen. Thanks for sharing them with us! Hi Maria, we are selling our home and just wanted you to see a product of your advice, very… Continue reading

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