In the fall of 2012, Gwen Debruyn, the proprietress and designer behind Bayberry Cottage, came to Toronto from Michigan to attend my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course. She was a delight to have in my class. At the end of the first day, she said “Only two more days!” On the second day, she said, “So sad, only one more day : ) : )”
“Loved the class! First time ever and was sorry for each day to end!”
– Gwen Debruyn
I happily bumped into Gwen again at an event in High Point this past fall, and she confided that one of her projects was going to be in Coastal Living this spring! And guess what! Here it is!
Love the lamp!! Gwen shops the world for her clients; see more from her shop here.
A gorgeous window seat overlooks a colourful spot to hang with friends by the river!
My courses are open to designers and design enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs. How can that possibly work? It’s because true colour expertise is not taught in schools. My students all arrive on similar footing in regards to their understanding of colour, and when they leave, they know their stuff better than 90% of the professionals out there. Their eyes are totally transformed to see colour in new ways, and they go back out into the world to do amazing things!
Left to right: Barbara Southwick, Cathleen Clucas, Faith Varghese
Back row, left to right: Faith Varghese, Joanne Galbraith, Barbara Southwick, Richard Rabel, Dena Houssian, Ginny Truyens, Elaine Keire
Front row, left to right: Cathleen Clucas, Janice Ha, Angela McKinnon, Maria, Beth Batke,
Barbi Williams, Dalia Tunaitis
Remember the post I wrote about New York Interior Designer and Art Consultant Richard Rabel in December? Well here is what he said about the course:
“There are so many things in life that we think we know just for the mere fact we are breathing beings. One of them is color. Correctly understanding and specifying color is a learned skill and understanding the almost invisible color nuances that make or break a space is a priceless skill as a designer. This is why I loved Maria’s course. It developed me into a more skillful specifier of color.” Richard Rabel
MaryAnne Ryan and Keatin Holly
Back row, left to right: Heddy Bing, Barbara Miller, Lyla Veinot, Sandra Wiebe, Sheri, Keatin Holly, MaryAnne Ryan
Front row, left to right: Jane Baker, Elaine Zulak, Nancy Stevenson, Maria, Marnie Martin, Kimberley DePiero, Cindy Abiko
Colour Experts: Kayla Lok, Janet Riediger, and Allison McKenzie
Two weeks ago, I spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at Benjamin Moore. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to learn about colour and whites, and thanks to the staff at BM who decked the store out entirely in white to celebrate!
Teaching live is one of my favourite things because I get to interact with all of you in person and show you real-life examples of colour done right (and wrong). Getting to know all of you has been the absolute best part of blogging so far, and it is always so gratifying to know that the things we learn together in those rooms have such an impact on your personal and professional lives.
As many of you know, I’m taking my show on the road again in a few months. Spaces in my classes are limited to allow for hands-on training and interactivity, and the classes are filling quickly. Register here.