This is a post written by Irene Hill, my Design Associate: It’s been two years since I’ve started working with Maria and it’s been about the same amount of time since I had a paying client, but occasionally I get an emergency call from a friend. Just recently my phone… Continue Reading →
We converted an old shed in my backyard into my interior design studio. See the complete transformation here. The transformation of my design studio is so amazing that it needs few words. Converting a backyard shed into a design studio Above is how it looked the day we took possession… Continue Reading →
Have you ever had this happen to you? You hire a designer, consult with them on all the decisions you need to make. All is well. They leave, and then the contractor, painter, tiler. . . in other words the trades who will be executing your project, arrive on the… Continue Reading →
In June 2013 when I was working on my landscape transformation, I was at the Nursery and I called Mary Anne White (my Landscape Designer) because I was shopping for Hostas and this was how our conversation went: “Mary Anne, I’m here and there are so many beautiful Hostas, I can’t… Continue Reading →
I was recently consulting with a client from Upstate New York. We were finalizing the colours and finishes for her kitchen renovation. As one last piece of advice, I told her to make sure she did not install the 4″ slab of granite on the backsplash so commonly found in… Continue Reading →
The other day my mom reminded me of an old Finnish proverb that goes like this: When a job is done right, no one asks how long it took, everyone simply says “It’s beautiful”. A client recently called me in a panic, her subway tile backsplash was being installed and… Continue Reading →
The biggest problem with renovations is deciding exactly what to do in any given situation. There are so many questions to resolve. Here are a few my lovely client in Dallas had when analyzing her kitchen.
1. Should I paint these cabinets or is the current colour okay?
A. The existing colour is definitely pink beige. I would paint them to update them but it depends on how you feel about them.
One of the biggest mistakes designers and homeowners make when choosing colours is definitely around the world of undertones but next up is mixing clean and dirty colours. Yes you can break any rule but most of the time the combination of clean and dirty will make perfectly good tile… Continue Reading →
Vancouver Interior Designer: What Should You Charge for the First Consultation? (For Designers Only)
When you complete my True Colour Expert Workshop you get access to a Private Facebook page for graduates only. This page has truly taken on a life of its own. It’s completely optional, it’s free (so far) and to date we have 50 members. This page has become a great… Continue Reading →
Remember that video blog I did a while ago ‘Will installing Granite sell your House Faster?’. Well here is the before and after of the kitchen I was talking about. The house has now been staged and is up for sale. My client just sent me these photos:
I have written so many posts, here and here on the money saving aspects of hiring a designer, the one I realized still needs to be written is this one. Sometimes, I have arrived at a clients house and it’s too late. Because they tried to do it all on… Continue Reading →
An expert is someone who has made all mistakes possible in a narrow field of expertise. Albert Einstein Whenever I have learned the most about the business of specifying colour, is when I’ve also made the biggest mistakes. Here are the two most important lessons I’ve learned: 1. I used… Continue Reading →
The most important word is because. Really. That is what you are paying for when you hire a designer or a colour consultant to help you with your design decisions. If you hire a colour consultant to help you select colours for your home and all you have at the end… Continue Reading →
Sometimes the best way a designer can help their clients is by NOT giving them what they want. Image disclaimer; if you are wondering how these images relate to my story, they don’t. I just included some pretty pictures from flickr to break up the copy. I tell my students… Continue Reading →
Is hiring a designer a luxury or necessity? When my installer handed me his invoice of $210.00 for an installation that lasted approximately 1 1/2 hours, I got to thinking; why is it that a home-owner seems to have no real issues with paying for labour? The painter, plumber, electrician,… Continue Reading →