The gate to my backyard party!
This has been an incredible year for Maria Killam Inc. so far! We had five sold-out Specify Colour with Confidence events in Austin, Toronto, 2 in Chicago, finishing off our Spring lineup in San Francisco! I’m so thrilled and grateful at the response from participants all over the country!
I just received an email from someone who said he’s working with 2 designers trained by me and he needed a lead on a third designer because he said ‘Colour experts trained by you are the Best’. High praise indeed!
To celebrate my 50th birthday, I am giving away 50 gifts including one ticket to my Specify Colour with Confidence workshop this Fall including hotels and airfare! Stay tuned until the end of this post for all the details!
When Terreeia asked what I wanted for my 50th birthday I said, a garden party with my friends. Since catering and events was what Terreeia did before she became an executive coach and consultant, she was in her element when planning the party.
She went back and forth with the caterer until he was asking “Who the heck is this woman?” until he arrived at our home and then he got it, haha.
It rained all week, but we have a large covered deck so we weren’t that worried, but miraculously, the sun came out on Sunday afternoon, just in time for the party.
It would have been even more amazing if the garden had been in full bloom, but we have had a very cold and rainy Spring, so all the blooms are behind.
Nevertheless, the garden was lush, green and gorgeous because of the eDesign project I did 4 years ago, long distance with my Landscape Designer MaryAnne White.
Terreeia rented chairs and tables for the garden (above). This garden looked very different 5 years ago when we first took possession of this house. For those of you that missed the before & after transformation, go here.
We even had live music (below). It was very civilized to hear a violin playing in the background. This was a brother and sister duo, their company is called West Coast Strings.
The Veuve and prosecco was out for the party!
And here is a photo from the other side of the garden (below):
Maria and Terreeia
My lovely client Deborah and her husband Paul (above) arrived just in time for the seafood spread! We are working on their house right now. I helped Deborah with the colours for her kitchen before we started the transformation of the rest of her house.
Anyway, I loved her new hood fan so much, that when it was installed, I decided to get the identical one made for my kitchen this summer. Here is a glimpse of her hood fan on my Instagram page. It will be installed at the same time as my bathroom vanities during the renovation.
The beautiful food was catered by Design by Desire. They did a great job and not only was the food pretty, it was delicious!
The only food item that Terreeia made were the devilled eggs. Because they were a 60s thing.
Maria & Terreeia (pronounced Maria with a T)
The gorgeous daisy cake was made by Wendy at Cakeaters in Burnaby. One layer was lemon and the other was chocolate, it was so good!
Apparently I needed help blowing out 3 candles! Love this picture of the two of us!
I bought the white lace skirt the day before at Joe Fresh because I had no time to shop before this weekend. It also came in Navy.
Here I am cutting the cake (above), Markus is beside me with Patti, and then my decorator friend Nancy DeVries who is also a True Colour Expert (she lives in North Vancouver) and her husband Brad and my sister Lea on the far right.
My good friend Dale is standing on the left in this pic (above) and there’s my sweet sister Elizabeth (@juicygreengirl)
Here I am with my sweet nephews Markus and William
My Mom and her long-time friend Beatriz hanging out on the sectional.
One of Terreeia’s dear friends Patti!
My sweet friend Amber Welton had everyone in stitches when she told the story of how we first met and how I told her I would mentor her and teach her everything she needed to know about design and colour. Obviously I loved her instantly!
I got Amber a job at both the Benjamin Moore stores that I had worked in (and got fired in) and I had forgotten that she used to call me DURING her consultations, when she would arrive at a house that was decor-challenged and she would have no idea what to do.
She’d tell her client that she was going upstairs to get a ‘feel for the house’ and she’d go into a closet and call me:
“Maria, I need you, I am in this house with pink beige fireplaces and gold ceilings, I have no idea what to do”. I’d give her colours and she’d go back downstairs and say “Well, I’ve taken a look around, and out of the thousands of colours in my deck, this is THE one.”
Amber is one of the funniest women I know and I’m so happy that she is one of my dear friends!
Terry Shein is Terreeia’s best friend (above). They’ve known each other for 30 years and he was the MC at my party. He created this fun Jeopardy game and ya’ll can guess what the answer is to this question!
Photography by Sarah St. Pierre
Okay here’s the list of gifts I’m giving away to celebrate my birthday and to celebrate YOU:
- One seat in one of my Specify Colour with Confidence events this Fall. Airfare and 3 nights in the Hotel is included. Open to North Americans only, and limited to the course of your country. So if you live in Canada, that means you’re flying to Vancouver. (Value, approximately $4000)
2. Two sets of my Large Paint Samples – Core Collection (Value $297 each)
3. Two sets of my Large Paint Samples – VIP Collection (Value $297 each)
4. 15 Renovate (and New Build) with Confidence webinars (which is the closest to my live training)
Value $497 each
5. 10 How to Choose Exterior Colours with Confidence (Value $297)
5. 10 How to Choose Paint Colours; It’s all in the Undertones eBooks(Value $37 each)
6. 10 White is Complicated; A Decorators Guide to Choosing the Right White eBooks(Value $37 each)
Prizes may not be redeemed for cash.
To be eligible to win, please post a comment below and let me know the best lesson you’ve learned from my blog, that would be an amazing gift for my 50th birthday! To be entered a second time, follow me on Instagram too and I will add you in the draw again (or if you already follow me on Instagram make sure you note that in the comments). I will draw the winners on Canada’s 150 birthday on July 1.
I really love my readers, thank you so much for supporting me, posting comments, because of you, my world is so much more enriched!
My One Big Secret you Don’t Know (When I introduced Terreeia on the blog)
The First Mistake a New Colour Consultant will Make Every Time (My 42nd Birthday post)
My Favourite Birthday Weekend in June 2013 (my sod got installed–hooray)