white kitchens

This is the Home Dreams Are Made Of: A Private Tour

Portland Street of Dreams

Today's guest post is from Ruth Chancellor, a Decorator, Stager and True Colour Expert™ from Portland, Oregon.

Ruth decorated a gorgeous home in blues for the Street of Dreams in Portland this year.

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How to Choose Granite For Your Kitchen Island


Granite is an expensive element of your kitchen renovation budget. It also has the potential to be a really expensive mistake. What should you know before choosing granite for your kitchen island? How can you make sure to do it right? Continue reading


Ask Maria: Must my Kitchen Coordinate With the Dining Room?


I’m am a big fan and follower of your “Ask Maria” series. I’ve never done anything like this before so I thought I’d give it a go.  We're looking to update our kitchen and our dilemma is what color to paint our cabinets and island. Our cabinets are in good condition so we can’t justify replacing them. The sink, faucet… Continue reading


How to Make a Man Love Pink (Carriage House Tour)


My mom, Hellen If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might know that my love of colour comes from my mother. One of the big reasons I moved out to the country (from Vancouver) is to live closer to her. She is one of my best friends, and I will do pretty much anything for her. Once in a… Continue reading


Gold Hardware & Lighting Should Replace Silver: Yay or Nay?

gold faucets

{via Domino} Gold finishes in hardware, lighting and furniture has taken its sweet time in becoming mainstream. Back in October 2011, when I wrote this post about choosing hardware for your kitchen, I declared that gold was too warm for a white kitchen. I see now that I was reacting to the lighting in that kitchen which I didn't particularly like. Is it… Continue reading


Fresh Solution to an Expensive Problem: Kitchen Valance


My sister Elizabeth called me and said "Now that the Christmas garland draped above the window above my kitchen sink is gone (below) it looks sooooo empty." Photo by Tracey Ayton And, she really hated looking at the bad transition between the end of the backsplash tile (below) which could not continue above the window. The builder had installed rounded… Continue reading


The 4 Categories of Whites Everyone Should Know via Holiday Photos

dining room

Since so many of you bought my White is Complicated eBook during my launch this past week, I thought it would be fun to post about holiday white rooms and talk about which category of whites they fall under inside my system. {via Style at Home} And here you can see that the staircase is basically painted a true white. How… Continue reading


Soft Blues, Ethereal Whites & Grays: Before & After

blue ceiling

Remember the exterior transformation of this navy blue house I showed you awhile ago? Well, here's the interior. Clearly my sweet reader and client Nicole has a wonderful creative eye and just needed some colour direction from me.  Lovely medium brown floors. Before  Walls – BM Stonington Gray After Before  After The blue ceiling is BM Healing Aloe. Walls are BM… Continue reading


Indigo & Turquoise Summer House in the Fraser Valley: Before & After

coffee table vignette

As promised, here are the photos from the guest house with a pool that my clients built beside their home on Promontory Hill. They don't have to drive when they go away for the weekend! Here she is looking so pretty in her navy dress on photo shoot day! The main house is on the left side (not shown).  Loungers ready… Continue reading


How to Coordinate White & Cream (If You Made a Mistake)

cream and white kitchen

Just in case you thought that you can't mix white and cream, you certainly can. But sometimes it can look like you made a mistake. Or maybe you finished the room and it doesn't seem quite right. For example, what if you chose all your kitchen finishes, countertops, flooring and backsplash in white or cream, with only one exception? You… Continue reading


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