For some time now, there’s been talk about browns and warmer neutrals coming back to replace gray. Last week, when someone asked if I would write a post about taupe because Sherwin Williams recently claimed one as their colour of the year I responded: “When my readers or clients start asking me for Taupe,… Continue Reading →
I’m currently in Austin, Texas at a Mastermind group (working on something I’m creating for all my True Colour Experts this year) at the Omni Hotel downtown! Then I leave for Dallas to lead my Specify Colour with Confidence™ event next week. What should we do on Sunday in… Continue Reading →
Image via Design Sponge I have a treat for you today! Our virtual Director of Customer Service & Delight/Event Coordinator Lisa Borton, based out of Naperville, Illinois, has written a guest post for us. We asked everyone who applied for this position to write a blog post and I… 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 →
Vanessa Francis Here it is. Your husband, your wife, or your client will often react in a negative way when something isn’t complete. My clients spare bathroom had looked like this for three years (above). She wanted it to look nice, but she didn’t want to spend a fortune and had tried… Continue Reading →
When it is right, and when is it a mistake, to choose colours for your home based on personal choice?
Most of the beautiful architecture in Italy is perfectly symmetrical. That’s amazing enough in itself, and it sure makes for beautiful photos, but I learned there’s a much deeper, more important reason for all that symmetry.
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. . .
I used to think I could get away with using my little instant camera when taking photos of my work. A year of lessons has shown me what’s really possible when we take professional photography seriously, even in so-called uninspiring spaces like boardrooms and offices. Come on in for a peek at some photos I took of my own photography instructor’s new space.
Wesley Hall I go to High Point Furniture Market every spring and fall to source furniture and artwork for my clients, get educated, and (of course) get inspired! If you are a retailer with a showroom, High Point is THE place to go. You’ll discover unique ways to incorporate current colour trends into your… Continue Reading →
I’m not the first person to write this post but there might be a few tips here you haven’t read somewhere else. Is it time to get your TV off the console or get some artwork around it? Read on for my advice. . .
The corridors of apartments and hotels set an important tone for the building as a whole. Here’s how to choose colours that coordinate with each other, address the challenges of these common spaces, and make a designer statement.
Interior design & styling by Maria Killam As I lay by the pool on my recent vacation in Kauai, I had already read both of the beach novels that I brought, so I went through my client’s library and pulled out The Alchemist. My sister Elizabeth posing for my photo Three… Continue Reading →
I have a client who lives up on Promontory Hill in Chilliwack. They have one of the best uninterrupted views I’ve ever seen. Looking out their living room windows, you feel like you’ve driven for five hours to a cabin in the woods, to get that kind of stunning view. So it made… Continue Reading →
In a few weeks, there will be magic happening at Aimee’s house in Port Alberni thanks to all of you! Irene will arrive with a team of 10 volunteers to assemble IKEA furniture and then the following weekend I’ll be there with my car full of accessories and lamps to hang artwork and… Continue Reading →
It’s Mother’s Day weekend and my mom is away on a trip to Toronto with her best friend Pirkko from Victoria. I’m including some of my favourite images of gardens along with some quotes about parenting starting with my amazing Mother. Every day I am filled with gratitude that I get to… Continue Reading →