Can Gray be Dirty? Yellow Exterior (Before & After)

Pinterest As many of you know, over 4 years ago, Terreeia and I bought a house one hour East of the city of Vancouver so we could live close to my Sisters, my Nephews and my Mom. Now that I’m talking about my Mom, a few months ago I mentioned that she was looking for a mobile home but it was as a second home, she wasn’t moving up North, some ... Continue Reading

The Barbara Barry Guide to Instagram (Through My Living Room)

Styling & Photo by Maria Killam I recently bought Barbara Barry’s book Around Beauty and became completely obsessed! Amazon In the introduction, the author writes that after you read Barbara Barry’s book, you become even more aware of simply finding the beauty in every day, and that is exactly what happens when you read her book. You suddenly find yourself dusting off your teacups (or buying some if you don’t have any). ... Continue Reading

Maria Killam’s Trend Forecast for 2016

image source The look of 2016 is White, Colourful, and Organic. Here’s how I want you to read this forecast. Trend reports are generally about what’s NEW. It doesn’t mean that the trends I talked about in 2015 or 2014 are OLD. After all, trends in interior design cannot be in one year and out the next. No one could keep up and we’d all be broke trying to do that. For ... Continue Reading

Tour My House: Learn the 6 Best Ways to Transition Colour

Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home. ... Continue Reading

Cream is Old, White is New, and Other Thoughts About Italy

Turns out, Italy doesn't always follow the same rules we do when it comes to colour! There's something about that place that means they can do forest green and a bunch of different undertones with abandon, and somehow, it all still looks amazing. I can't wait to tell you about my trip, show you some photos of beautiful exteriors, and share a recipe for my favourite Italian cocktail! ... Continue Reading

How Becoming a Certified True Colour Expert™ Changed My Business and My Life

I’m in Atlanta at the Withit conference this week. My first guest post in the True Colour Expert™ series is from Sheri Bruneau! October 2014 was a total game-changer for me. That was when I was fortunate enough to attend Maria’s Specify Colour with Confidence™ course in Vancouver. Before attending the course, I worked with real estate agents, organizing and staging properties to get them ready to sell. Seeing the ... Continue Reading

My Sister’s Robin Egg Blue Front Door: Before & After

My sister Lea lives in the Eco Village just down the street from my house. She noticed her neighbours started painting their front doors so she called me and said “I want to paint my front door robin’s egg blue, can you help me pick the right one?”. I said “Great idea! But what about your dull red cushions (below), they’ll have to go. Why don’t you find some new ... Continue Reading

4 Ways to Decorate Around Your Charcoal Sofa

Today's post is about decorating with charcoal, really important to know since it's such a popular neutral right now! If you have a charcoal sofa (just like during the brown trend, when most neutral-loving shoppers purchased a brown one) it's time for me to help you bring this colour to life. Why? ... 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 corners all throughout the house (now THAT was NEVER a ... Continue Reading

How to Coordinate Unusual Colour Combinations

{More funny texts from moms} It’s 5:00 AM and my phone pings with a text from my Mom: “Come for coffee now! I’m up but I’ll nap later”. (Except she writes it in Finnish, I can read it but do not ask me to have a conversation in Finnish, that’s where my dual language ability ends). “Ok” I text back, and jump out of bed, slip on my Ugh boots and ... Continue Reading

Jelly Bean Row: Test your Colour Eye

The residents of St. John’s, NFLD (Canada) must be used to tourists taking photos of their colourful homes, happily, the second day we were there, the sun came out. The reason their homes are so colourful is because most of the downtown core was burned in a fire in 1892 and the quickest way to rebuild the homes was to build row houses. In order to distinguish one row house from another, the residents ... Continue Reading

The Happy Colours of Lunenburg

So this is the level of my colour obsession. I brought a fan deck in my suitcase and as we walked around in and out of the shops in Lunenburg yesterday, I matched the colours as we went along. This turquoise house is BM 644 St. Paddys Day First blue house is 798 Blue Suede Shoes with SW Snowbound Trim. There’s a golf course across the harbour which is what makes ... Continue Reading

Happy Turquoise & Purple Exterior in Christina Lake

  We’re here in Christina Lake for a few days camping! I really prefer room service, but when you have kids, you either go to the cottage in the summer or you have a trailer and camp by the lake which is where my sister Elizabeth and her family are this week! So where my nephews are, that’s where you’ll find me eventually. Markus (my youngest Nephew) and Terreeia We arrived on ... Continue Reading

Maria Killam’s White Garden Transformation: Before & After

It’s fascinating to have a Perennial garden designed like mine. There’s always something that takes turns blooming, so finally when my white Shasta daisies along with my white hydrangeas were looking their best, I had my photographer Tracey Ayton come out to take photos. She also photographed a summer house I’ve been working on for a client and when I received all the images, they were so beautiful, I got a ... Continue Reading

Need an Extra Window Somewhere? (Do This Instead)

  When I saw this living room designed by True Colour Expert™ and Interior Designer Jennifer Reynolds my first thought was: “OMG look at those awesome drapes! Wait, are the windows smaller than the drapery? No, it’s art in between each set of panels!” Is this a brilliant idea or what? You have to go here to see the before picture. You could also simply hang framed mirrors in between ... Continue Reading

Exterior Trim: White is Nautical; Yellow is Heritage

Getting your white right on the exterior and interior of your house is critical. For a blue or red house, it’s the difference between your house looking nautical or heritage.   Red with White Trim   Red with Yellow Trim Blue with White Trim Blue with yellow beige trim That’s my tip of the day! Off to enjoy my weekend, have a great one! x Maria Related posts: 5 Best ... Continue Reading