The Trends You Need to Know Right Now for 2016

I’m back from High Point Market, the furnishing-industry-only tradeshow that showcases and forecasts upcoming trends in home decor. It’s one of my favourite shows to visit because it means I can tell you all about what’s trendy, and then hear from you about whether you’re going to put it in your own home. Want to know what’s coming up for next year? I know you do.


How to Update your House From the Tuscan Brown Trend

I was recently in a Mediterranean style home that had been built and decorated completely inside the Tuscan Brown Trend. Dark (pink beige & butterscotch) Travertine floors throughout the main floor, yellow/gold granite countertops, dark wood stained cabinets throughout, yellow walls everywhere and 8 bathrooms outfitted in very expensive finishes, most with conflicting colours… Continue Reading →


Ask Maria: How Do You Keep Up with Current Trends? And, is Gray Out?

I recently received this question about trends:

“I have decided to look for a new position and each job posting requests being ‘up-to-date with current trends and products.’ I understand wanting this skill but I am curious how you keep up-to-date with current products, materials, trends, etc. I try to read a lot, visit show homes (which in reality, by the time they are built, new trends and materials are already available) and I join as many webinars as possible.

I’m curious if you have a favourite website, author, magazine, seminar, stores to keep yourself current. I know you enjoy Pinterest but is there more? Would love for you to include this in one of your blogs.

[Here’s something] interesting. I am reading your White is Complicated book and received a design email yesterday stating that gray is no longer ‘in.’ However, in Calgary, Alberta, gray is still very popular!