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 →
Prepare yourself. The transformation of my sister Elizabeth’s living room (now library room) is so big, you might actually fall over. You’ll probably need to grab a strong beverage to calm yourself down. Are you ready? Okay, so here’s the story. This room was still filled with black leather furniture… Continue Reading →
I found Alison McGivern through my sister Elizabeth Jacobs. Over the years, I have become accustomed to the facials I receive in her home spa. It’s at the point where I rarely book facials anywhere else because I just end up laying there getting more annoyed by the second, because… Continue Reading →
I’m so excited to share the before and after photos of my wonderful client Crystal and her husband Rob who live in Promontory Hill in Chilliwack. We renovated and decorated the two top floors of her house over a year ago now, and the main floor will be published in… Continue Reading →
I just arrived in Toronto yesterday from LA and I’m here with Terreeia (pronounced Maria with a T) on a sad occasion. Her only sister passed away just over a week ago. Thank you so much for all your kind words! In the meantime, Tricia Firmaniuk, my talented virtual design… Continue Reading →
Maria Killam and Mom Hellen (Junttila) When I originally helped Mom decorate the first floor of her carriage house (built six years ago) we had found this area rug (below) as the inspiration starting point because she loves turquoise. Then, we painted her upstairs living room coral and in the end,… Continue Reading →
Last Fall, my sister Elizabeth and I walked into the Harvest Cafe in Chilliwack to have breakfast. The art that was displayed in the restaurant took my breath away! James Wiens (price on the site) If you’ve followed my blog for a long time, you’ll know I really love large… Continue Reading →
I recently received a collection of photos from a reader who said “I am not certain if I will retire here or move so I don’t want to do too many drastic investments, yet I would like to update my living room” First, before we proceed, notice that her room is… Continue Reading →
How do you choose the colour of your front door? Well if you have a white or cream house (or another pretty neutral shade) without any fixed elements, technically, your options are endless. But are they? The way to create flow from the outside to the inside is to look… Continue Reading →
source: Best Friends for Frosting My virtual design assistant Tricia who lives in Edmonton is an artist as well as a True Colour Expert™. She sees undertones from miles away and is truly gifted! And what’s even more amazing is she has my aesthetic. She is the ‘team’ in my exterior and… Continue Reading →
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… Continue Reading →
Jeffrey Bilhuber When I saw this Ask Maria question, I immediately thought of Jeffrey Bilhuber’s recent spread in House Beautiful Magazine. The answer to your question today lovely reader, is inspired by my favourite decorator. Here’s the question: I recently moved with my husband into our first house! I have… Continue Reading →
Take a walk with me through my house for a real-time example of how to create perfect colour flow in your home.
Today we welcome guest poster Laura Brzegowy, a True Colour Expert and Ben Moore store colour consultant from Bloomington, Indiana. As the one who replaces the paint chips in store every week, Laura has a unique perspective on which colours are hot, which are not, and the beautiful colour that she NEVER should’ve chosen to use for an entire exterior.
My guest poster today is Laurel Colins, a True Colour Expert from Nelson, B.C. Laurel uses the time-honoured principles of Feng Shui in all her colour consultations, and she’s got some tips to share about the colours you definitely should (and definitely should NOT) use for your bedroom.
Crystal called me to help her pull together her new house. This was her request:
“I used to have a colourful condo. Oranges and yellows have always been a favourite of mine, and in the last 5 years, I’ve loved pinks. I hired a designer about 6 years ago, and I guess she was successful at convincing me that colour was kids’ stuff and neutrals were sophisticated.
So out with all my stuff and in with the new. Cream, chocolate browns, and greens. I found it bland and lifeless, although yes, very nice and sophisticated. So I started adding pink with Designers Guild bedding, decorative pillows, etc. I also bought some whimsical paintings with colour punches (I’ve attached photos of them).”
I was very impressed by your colourful portfolio and would love your help.”
See the before and afters here. . .