So I’m an 80s child and lately we’ve discovered Apple Music for our iPhones. At Christmas, Terreeia and I treated ourselves to a new portable Bose stereo which, of course, are now wireless, and then we started creating Playlists on our phones.
I created an 80s playlist which I listened to for a while in my car, but then got sick of it pretty fast.
Raise your hand if you love ABBA? I used to be embarrassed that I still love their music so much, but I’m over it.
Anyway, last year when I was in Charlotte, my good friend Lisa Mende attended my Specify Colour with Confidence workshop, (she wrote about it here on her blog).
Lisa is a maven and a great connector! She knows everyone and she has the kind of personality that makes you just want to be in her space no matter where it is. She has also decorated some amazing show houses, here’s one of her rooms:
Then, during her interview with the three gals at Ballard (below), she mentioned my Understanding Undertones System and how along with using my Large Paint Samples, they practically choose the colour for you.
After conducting thousands of colour consultations, where I first discovered the three undertones of beige and then as time passed, all nine undertones, which now complete my colour wheel, I noticed that I used the same collection of neutrals over and over again.
That’s why you pretty much need just the 50 in my Core Collection, the bonus collection is the VIP collection which includes many of the most popular greens and blues. None of these colours have been randomly selected, they have been carefully curated over years of working with colour.
Anyway, I even received a direct message on my Instagram from a designer in Vancouver who said, Maria, I knew you were famous but now you’re really famous because Lisa Mende is gushing about you on her podcast with Ballard. Listen to the podcast here.
And stay tuned, when I get to Atlanta for one of my workshops in October, Karen, Taryn and Caroline will be interviewing me for the podcast! Then I’ll really be famous, hooray!
Anyway, That’s when I started listening to podcasts in earnest, while driving.
The problem with video is that it needs your full attention, there are so many videos that go unwatched sitting in my emails.
Podcasts are a multi-tasking medium. You can even listen to podcasts while doing your housework.
The only issue with listening while driving, is that I find myself looking up furniture they are talking about or even some design terms I don’t know at stoplights – eeeek.
When Miles Redd talked about decorating his parents house and how he switched out his Mom’s lampshades to Empire shades, I was like, Whaaaat? In all my years of decorating, I’ve never heard of this shape referred to as an empire shade. He says he prefers Empire shades to drum shades which are more modern. So in case you don’t know either, here they are:
I’ve suddenly become a big fan of Ballard furniture listening to all these podcasts as well. My shopping list is getting long. (I hope Terreeia is not reading this)
When Suzanne Kasler talked about her outdoor collection with Ballard along with her best-selling indoor/outdoor Campaign chair, I screeched to a halt to find it on my phone:
Sometimes I get asked what dining set should replace one that looks like this:
In case you have something similar and are looking for an upgrade, this one from Suzanne Kasler is the one:
Then, when Ballard’s bedding expert Beth Mars Dean talked about the preparation that it took to gt a bed ready for a photo (minimum half a day) I felt validated because that’s how long my fabulous assistant Kelly Parkinson took to iron all the bedding for a photo shoot we did in May (below).
Beds are really hard to photograph.
Here you can see a sneak peek of the laundry room I designed for this house (above). And here’s a sneak peek of the bed:
Pretty wrinkle free don’t you think? Thank you Kelly!
Crystal Hasell’s home (Studio Director and Owner of Studio B, follow her here on Instagram)
See the bed above? Beth says she covers her mattress in duvets FIRST before she does anything else. Minimum two sometimes three duvet’s depending on how thin the mattress is.
Look closely at the mattress above? See how poufy it is? And she says she uses two flat sheets, you can see that the flat sheet has been draped on top of the fitted sheet for the final shot.
When I heard that on the podcast, I laughed because it’s the very reason this photo (below) did not make it into my portfolio when I had this project photographed last year.
It looks like I strictly have a flat sheet on top of the bed because that’s exactly what it was. The duvet cover looked better folded on top of the bed and it worked for this shot (below). But not for this photo (above).
Interior Design and Styling by Maria Killam
My favourite conversation was when they talked about how many people make their bed everyday?
When they conducted a poll with their podcast listeners, the percentage of people who made their bed every day, was very high (I think it was around 80%) but listeners of a decorating podcast, care about decorating.
If you care about design and decor but you don’t make your bed, then all is lost one of them said, haha. And it’s true, I’m the one who cares, so I make the bed every morning (below).
Maria’s Master bedroom (see my full house tour here)
Why have a room that looks like it’s right out of the Four Seasons if you don’t even make the bed? That is exactly right!
Let us know if you make your bed every day!
And now that we are on the topic of beds, I am on the hunt for sheets that feel like some of the hotels we stay in.
Crisp yet soft? How much do you have to pay? This is what I’m wondering. I already know that thread count is not all it’s cracked up to be. I once bought some sheets with a very high thread count that instantly pilled.
I’d love your opinion!