We had our annual holiday party (okay from now on we plan on holding it every year 🙂 last weekend and I was delighted with the photos taken by my photographer Macy Yap who also photographed my last two Specify Colour with Confidence events in Vancouver this Fall. Here’s a… Continue Reading →
Marilee Congo is an interior designer, fashion stylist and educator. She attended my Specify Colour with Confidence workshop last year, then volunteered at the September course this year. She works with her husband Jon who is a General Contractor and Project Manager in Surrey, BC. Marilee confided that doing my course gave… Continue Reading →
This is a guest post from my Senior Colour Designer Tricia Firmaniuk. Tricia is also an artist and I love her decorating style! I asked her to photograph her house for the blog! Enjoy! Traditional yet Fresh Holiday Decorating Happiest of holiday decorating! I’m sure most of you are already… Continue Reading →
Photo and photography training this day by Ted Kalrsalr with Omnilargess Photography Classes Every year on November 1, my two nephews William and Markus (My sister Elizabeth’s boys) pull out the Christmas decorations, they can’t wait to start decorating! Elizabeth says it takes her about a week, but then she… Continue Reading →
Terreeia and I decided to experience New York at Christmas this year and we brought my Mom with us for a few days as this was her first time! We arrived on a Saturday night and the city was magical as they were having their first snowfall of the season…. Continue Reading →
Kelly Parkinson Shortly after we hired Kelly (above) as my personal/design assistant a little over one year ago, she bought a new house with her husband Mike. They did the same kind of renovation I did with my house, replaced all the floors, moulding and the kitchen. You’ll see… Continue Reading →
This is a guest post from my Virtual Design Assistant Tricia Firmaniuk: Hasn’t this year whizzed past? I’m catching up to the fact that it’s already December and I’ve been busy gathering inspiration for holiday decorating. I have to say, I’m pretty excited about some of the trends I’m seeing…. Continue Reading →
Maria Killam | Black and white turtleneck, here. Beret from Kate Spade here. Welcome to my holiday tour! Don’t let my neutral wreath fool you, the colour starts as soon as you walk in. I just dressed to coordinate with the plaid wreath for this photo. The best thing about… Continue Reading →
Crystal Hasell and I have worked together on three projects now. First her summer/pool house when Crystal and her husband Rob decided to buy the lot next door to their house instead of a cottage 5 hours away. When you see their view, you totally get it. Their summer house… Continue Reading →
My neighbour Lois has lived in her house on the corner for 30 years with her husband Heinz. Before they bought this house, they lived in a 700 square foot house in the same town, different street. Every time she walked past this house to the library she would think… Continue Reading →
Welcome to my house! This is the pared down version since this year we leave for Palm Desert on Christmas Day and won’t return until the end of January. Because we aren’t going to be here for the entire season, I put up a flocked tree again in the family… Continue Reading →
My favourite part of the decorating process the styling. I love how a vase of flowers, along with some well distributed accent colours, can transform so many interiors into ‘Wow it looks like a magazine’. My sweet freelance writer and editor of both my eBooks Irene Hill, had a main floor that needed some… Continue Reading →
When I came home with a flocked tree this year, my sister Elizabeth decided she wanted one too. After all, she was hosting her husband’s office Christmas party again this year and a white tree would transform her decorations and make them look new again.
I’ve included a few photos from their Christmas tour in 2013 as well as this years flocked tree!
Decorating for the holidays takes me about three whole days! I love and so enjoy the result but it sure is a lot of work!
This year I was wandering around my local nursery wondering what to do that would give me a totally different look. I started chatting with Brian Minter (the owner) and he led me over to his flocked trees. Brian said an old hippie trolled the back woods of the Fraser Valley picking out perfectly appointed trees just for his store.
This year when I started looking for a design assistant to handle all the details involved with both my Exterior Colour Solutions and my NEW Interior Colour Solutions–colour advice via email, I was very happy when Tricia Firmaniuk applied. She is a True Colour Expert™ who was in Vancouver to… Continue Reading →
I was so excited to be invited by Lowe’s Canada to be involved in a holiday decorating project this season! I chose my Mom’s front door because it needed some serious curb appeal! Here’s the before picture below: My Mom’s door needed some TLC. A new light fixture, front door… Continue Reading →