Happy Turquoise & Purple Exterior in Christina Lake

Lake Motel

  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… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading


Need an Extra Window Somewhere? (Do This Instead)

Need an Extra Window? (Do this Instead)

  When I saw this living room designed by True Colour Expertâ„¢ 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… Continue reading


Exterior Trim: White is Nautical; Yellow is Heritage

Red house with White Trim

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,… Continue reading


My Living Room Inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

Raspberry Drapes

Okay, here's the rest of the photos inside Style at Home's colour issue this April! Thanks again to everyone at Style at Home for including me in this issue AND on the cover! Here's my family room and this post has my kitchen photos.   Here's what it looks like in the magazine (above). Here's the REAL ESTATE PHOTO –… Continue reading


My Family Room Inside Style at Home (Including the Befores)

My Family Room Inside Style at Home

Okay, this week I'm showing you the after's of the family room in this months colour issue of Style at Home, it's really fun to see the transformation! Here is what the drywall return doorways were like! These angled corners, had to go!! The adjoining family room was too narrow to make opening up this entire wall practical but we… Continue reading


13 Ways to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

How to Create Flow with a White Kitchen

View from the Master Bedroom Two weeks ago, I found a new business coach. Julia decided my business needed an intervention and if I didn't come to see her, it would be months until we sorted things out on the phone together. Fortunately for me, she had two days that she was able to re-arrange on short notice to fit… Continue reading


Waiting for Drapery

Waiting for Drapery

Well my Silhouettes have arrived and curtain rods installed so that I could get the exact measurement for the finished length. And NO they won't puddle, haha. Clearly I was so stuck on that romantic image that I couldn't see past it. For most of my clients, I install both the rods and drapery at the same time but in… Continue reading


Should my Living Room Drapes Puddle? Yay or Nay

Should my Living Room Drapes Puddle? Yay or Nay

Okay so I desperately need drapery in my living room. I can't believe we've lived here over one year and still don't have drapery anywhere in the house. At first I thought I'd just wait and install everything at the same time but that has caused all the windows to remain unhappily uncovered. The biggest reason my living room is… Continue reading


Ask Maria: Which Trim Colour is Right for my Kitchen?

Ask Maria: Which Trim Colour is Right for my Kitchen?

I have read all your posts about white and cream and still have one more question: our house has white vinyl windows, and I have painted the wood trim around them Cloud White to make them disappear. Is this the right white for all the trim? There is a big window in the eating area of the kitchen, and the… Continue reading


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