15 years ago, when I was discovering and creating my Understanding Undertones™ system, by doing consultation after consultation (which added up to thousands), I would often encounter this scenario:
I would arrive at a beautiful house in an expensive neighbourhood where after I was greeted by the wife upon entering the house, her husband would walk out of his home office, say hello and walk back in.
I decided then and there, that would be ME one day, and now it is (well the working from home part, not the expensive neighbourhood part ; )
So, if you love colour or if you've decided this is the year you're going to have colour be your strongest skill, my course is the Here's-how-you-do-it-in-the-real-world no fluff, just the best colour course you'll do this year.
Stay tuned for a colour lesson (from the hotel our course was at in Corte Madera) at the very end of this post!
One of the best things that happened in my business last year was getting approved for a Visa to be able to hold my courses anywhere in the US. In order for that to happen, we had to prove that over 75% of my business came from the United States already, we had to show significant revenue for three years in a row plus I had to have a unique niche that no one else could teach.
Luckily our approval went down without a hitch!
Our first course was held in Chicago in May at the Harrington College of Design. My Visa was approved four days before we flew down. Terreeia and I were sweating bullets, losing sleep at night, worrying what would happen if we didn't get approved!
My next course in the Fall was in Corte Madera, located right over the Golden Gate Bridge (below) right across from the most beautiful outdoor shopping mall I have ever seen (above).
With all the travelling I did last year including our 3 week vacation to Italy and then a week long cruise after that, suddenly my dresses didn't fit : ( no surprise right?
I have worked out on my own and with a personal trainer for years now, there's some muscle underneath the extra pounds for sure ; ) ; ) but I had just gotten lax about my eating habits. Plus if you're trying to lose weight as a vegetarian it's more difficult because I can't just eat chicken and salad for lunch. That's when I discovered Millet. It's amazing! It fills me up so I'm not walking around hungry 2 hours later and it's a super healthy grain, I'll post a recipe on a future blog if you're interested.
It's easier to travel when you know all your clothes fit so I'm back on a healthy eating plan that I'll need to figure out how to maintain with all my travel this year!
Here I am talking through one of the in-class projects. We really do have fun in my courses!
Back Row: Carla Ernst, Malissa McLeod, Judie Tull, Lori Knicely, Alison, Lisa O'Neill, Scotti Moser, Karen Archuleta, Elizabeth Francis
Then shortly after Corte Madera in October, we flew down to Houston, my class was held at the Bay Oaks Country Club.
Here I am in a new Kate Spade top and matching shoes! And some new specs from Italy!
Ellen Rhett volunteered to help out in this class! She participated in my True Colour Expert Training in 2011 so this was a good re-fresher for her since my course is never the same and I am constantly working on ways to make my Understanding Undertones™ system easier and easier for students to learn! Here's what Ellen said after this course:
I liked Maria's course so much that I have been a two-time attendee!
The course just keeps getting better and better.
So many things have changed in design trends since I first attended in early 2011, but the advice Maria gives and the techniques she teaches, are TIMELESS.
Maria has a system, and it is a system that works beautifully. You will never look at colour the same way again.
Design professionals: this will become one of the most important arrows in your quiver.
Design enthusiasts: if you are a DIYer, you will come home with the knowledge to select your own paint colours, fabrics and fixed finishes with confidence.
Front row: Terreeia, Arianne Bellizaire, Tamra Armstrong, Toula Stegman, Maria Killam, Kelly Barry, Keti Abazi, Greer Blair, Mercedes Behm, Sharon Trial
Photographer & participant: Laura Wardlaw (not shown)
Here's a video testimonial from one of my fabulous students Keti Abazi from Dallas:
For mobile users click here to see the video
Okay so for all the colour enthusiasts out there, here is the lesson of the day. At the hotel in Corte Madera, this was the lobby (below):
The lobby had two dramatic, curved sofas. You can see that there are two different neutral undertones in the space and we have a hit of colour with bright artwork and pillows.
What are the undertones in the photos below (including the fireplace stone) and what works and what doesn't work about this room? Post your assessment in the comments below and I'll post my answer in a few days.
Can't wait to meet you in one of my courses this Spring! xoxo Maria