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 glimpse of my tree this year which always sits in the family room (above).
When I posted my living room pics at the beginning of December and mentioned how much I missed my flocked tree from past years, people said “Where is your faux green tree from Costco?”. So here it is.
Me and my amazing Mom Hellen Junttila
Here’s a photo of my sister Elizabeth Jacobs and I in the middle of the party and in front of my garland (below).
I am so happy to live so close to two of my sisters (I have three sisters and two were at my party). Elizabeth and I were roommates many years ago and if you follow my Insta stories, you’ll see us together often! And of course you’ll have recently seen the most beautiful room in the world here (as we’ve named it) if you follow the blog.
She makes me laugh and is one of the most loving, sweet souls I know (next to my Mama and my wife of course).
And here’s my Mom again with my good friend Patricia Kramer (below right).
Patricia is a very important person in my life. Really, she’s the reason I’m here writing for you.
She was the one who told me Benjamin Moore was hiring colour consultants many years ago.
And that saved me from wasting my time in yet another hospitality job that I was sure to be miserable in.
One important thing I’ve learned in work and life is that if something makes you miserable, that’s the inner nudge telling you to make a change. If you ignore it, you’ll waste precious time or worse. I’m so grateful I didn’t waste anymore of mine thanks to Patricia.
I had just moved back into town from Toronto, was heavily in debt, and as I said, about to accept a job that would have killed my soul.
I am forever grateful I called her that day.
AND if that wasn’t enough, several years later, she recommended me to the Dean of Vancouver Community College as a colour theory instructor.
Patricia was already teaching the window coverings module at the college and not only tipped me off that they were looking for a colour theory teacher, but once again, helped open an important door for me.
My three years of teaching colour to interior design students made it much easier for me to be able to condense a 10 week curriculum into a three day workshop when I launched the course on the blog way back in 2010.
These days you can find Patricia at Premier Audio Video Integration in Vancouver where she is the window coverings expert. And it’s so fascinating what she has to say about that:
“So many new builds have home automation systems and the easy answer for window coverings is roller blinds. And in a contemporary space that is really great as a start, but not in a more traditional space, also one has to ask the questions as to how they sleep/live and want things to function.
I have been brought on board to ask those questions and to provide the client with better solutions than just the one.
The interesting thing is that in the case of home automation, it is the husband not the wife okaying that part of the budget and so the funding tends to be so much higher than when it is in the decorating budget.”
Thanks Patricia (below right) for being such an amazing friend and beautiful person in my life!
Amber Welton (above left) is a good friend whom I met in one of those classes I taught. She is now married, has a very successful career as a designer and true colour expert, along with two adorable children.
Shannon (above right) is a super sweet and stylish fashion blogger who you should follow here.
Here’s my sister Elizabeth and I with Marilee Congo. I recently shared her lovely home decorated for the holidays here.
Macy suggested the sisters and Mama, step outside for a group photo because the light was better and then it wouldn’t be strictly a holiday photo. She was amazing! Follow her on Instagram here.
Flowers by Simply Perfect Flowers in Abbotsford
Terreeia hired a local chef to help her prepare all the food and it was delicious!
I’m so grateful to be married to such a talented gourmet cook, who is also my right hand and the VP of Business Development for Maria Killam Inc. Since she joined me on the road leading my workshops all around North America they are better than ever before because of her ongoing contribution.
Terreeia is a huge part of the success of our business and I am so lucky to be married to my soulmate in this world.
Terreeia Rauffman and Maria Killam
Thank you to my readers for your love, support and comments that always make each post even better with your thoughtful insight and feedback! I am so grateful to you all!
From my family to yours, we wish you a happy and magical holiday season!
PS. HGTV recently featured my home decorated for the holidays on their blog, check it out here.