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Daisies are Perfection

By 06/29/2012February 20th, 201729 Comments

Anyone that has read my blog from the very beginning might remember that until I had a custom header designed, the banner at the top of my blog was just daisies. I would rotate them whenever I found one I liked even better.

This Monday I went out for my one and only run this week (eeeeek, I am seriously falling down on the work-outs, renovations totally disrupt your normal routine) I noticed there were wild daisies everywhere, so I picked some.

This is the only vase I could find, since my kitchen is still without countertops, most of them are still in boxes.

See the faux fur throw on my white barcelona chair? I think fur (fake of course) and leather just go together (well technically they are together at first). Everytime someone comes over and walks into my living room, they always run their hand over the throw.

You can see I finally hung the mirror over my sideboard, I have yet to figure out what I want to put on it. So far, I’m liking the clean look of my living room.

Daisies are so simple and happy, I just love them!

Blue ceiling is Cloverdale 7388 or SW 6224 Wall colour Rice Paper, Cloverdale CA-037 or SW 6105

Here you can see my yellow hallway and how it relates to my sunflower yellow sofa and chairs. Love!

By the way, here’s what you should know about my living room colour. It mostly looks like sand on the walls (I used it in the family/kitchen/living/dining room) but in some lights of the day (especially in the kitchen) it looks slightly pink on some walls (because it officially has a pink undertone, not green) but that does not bother me. If the colour started out a screaming pink beige, that would be a HUGE problem, but to get a barely there, sandy look without going to green, some pink is required.

And just before you think this is a great solution for your dark basement? It’s not. In a dark room it will just look dingy and sad.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xo Maria

Related posts:

A Light Colour will Never Come to LIfe in a Dark Room

My new Living room: Before & After

Are Sunken Living Rooms 70’s? Yay or Nay

Download my eBook, to learn which neutral will work in your house. How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s All in the Undertones.

If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me.

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  • Donna Frasca says:

    Your home is coming along so beautifully Maria!

  • Dianne Tant says:

    your house looks great! love the yellow

  • Maria – your living room is stunning – bright and sunny just as I imagine your personality. Enjoy the weekend!

    And I love the little tutorial on the pink undertone.

  • Claire says:

    Maria, the white and yellow daisies are the perfect compliment to your cheery decor! Often, around my home I use wild daisies (although the look is not nearly as coordinated as yours – love what you’ve done in your new home). In addition to dasies, my favorite “wild” flowers for bouquets are blue chicory, Queen Anne’s lace, coneflowers and blackeyed susans.

  • Cherie says:

    I agree about the simple perfection of daisies. My bridesmaids carried daisies! And they must be happy flowers; they make people happy!

  • Bonnie says:

    Love your living/dining room! A Georgia O’Keefe print would just pop on that wall.

  • carol jane says:

    I thought for sure you would go with a gray for tor walls. The rooms is nice though. Im not a big fan of yellow. Im more of a coastal gal. Blues and grays and white.

    • Maria Killam says:

      Hi Carol Jane,
      To me a sand colour is close enough to gray. I am not a big fan of blue grays and I had green grays in my last house. I was actually thinking about painting the living/dining room white but changed my mind because my sideboard is white so there wouldn’t be enough contrast. Thanks for your comment. Maria

  • Susan @ Susan Silverman Designs says:

    Hi Maria

    Love the “lightness” of your new living room but I thought you would have gone with a pale gray for a more “contemporary” feel.

    Funny that you are writing about daisies. Daisies are my favourite flower… a matter of fact, a single yellow daisy dots the “i” in “designs” in my logo and I have a huge pale yellow “outline of a daisy” watermark on my business stationary.

    Enjoy the Canada Day weekend.


  • Hi Maria! I love your blog and read it daily! Your home is a designer’s dream– the color scheme is audacious (yellow & green really pop) yet the theme flows poetically from one room to the next. I also appreciate your take on mixing textures, such as fur and leather together! Funnier yet is your reasoning that they were initially together; you are a trip!

    I love that your writing is as colorful as your work! Take care!

    Demetria Loukas
    Olney, MD

  • karen says:

    Love the colours and the simple lines of your home Maria. Its so beautiful and fresh! The daisies, the perfect flower to have in your home.

  • Kay says:

    Your rooms look fabulous–so cheerful. The spareness is very attractive, although when you add more I’m sure that will look great as well.

  • sandra says:

    Maria – … your home looks beautiful – and I agree with Bonnie – a large art piece over the sideboard would animate that space.
    Can’t wait for pix of your gorgeous new kitchen!
    and daisies are the best…such a happy flower…

  • StagerLinda says:

    Perfections! I love how the green buffet lamps, throw, pillow, etc. carrys the green from your front door.

  • cathy says:

    I chuckled when I read your post because the picture at the top of my blog…. is daisies. I am a rather new blogger and I know I need to take the plunge and get a custom header for my blog but that flower is just so happy.( I also have a daisy board on pinterest). I have learned so much from your blog!

  • Andrea May says:

    Maria, I am loving the clean look you have going and now we have the perspective to see the great detail on the back of your dining chairs. Fantastic! xo

  • SandyCGC says:

    Although I’m going to have a very significant tp me piece of hanging over my sideboard in my new place (and I like that look), I also don’t have that magnificent piece of art hanging on the side wall which doesn’t need or want competition from another art piece. Absolutely love your yellow sofa. Mine would be green and I hope I have the nerve to choose it when the time comes. Thanks for the pic showing a portion of your entryway and the living room. Gives a better idea after your post yesterday about your yellow hallway and the picture at the end of it. Again, my eyes wouldn’t have any problem taking in and enjoying either view. Obviously don’t know you personally but your house really does seem to fit the personality I envision you having. LOVELY!!!

  • Susan says:

    What a beautiful home, Maria. I love your dining room set-up. The chairs are wonderful.

  • Lori says:

    A happy light filled space. Love the pops of colour!

  • Mary says:

    Daisies Don’t Tell…Remember that movie?
    Have you selected a chandelier for over your dining table?
    I tried doing a clean look when I re-did our living-dining room. My husband hated it. He needs “stuff” around. He kept saying it looked like we just moved in.

  • Deb says:

    I love the cloverdale rice paper color on your walls. where can I purchase this in PA?

  • Carol says:

    What fun watching your new home come together. It’s amazing how “finished” your rooms look. And I’m curious…where did you put that glorious console that was behind your sofa in your last place?? My fav piece of all time!

  • Bronwen says:

    I LOVE your Barcelona chairs and the throw! I especially love that it is not real fur. I use faux fur throws with leather, too…it softens the harder lines.

  • Robin says:

    How I wish I’d had your ebook and found your blog before I had my living room painted. I wanted a beige that was neither green nor pink, and I must have gone through 20 color samples of paint before I got it right by custom mixing (adding umber, etc). Now I like my color “ok”, but in some lighting it is a little too yellow. The room is too large with vaulted ceilings to easily repaint, but your guidance on beige is very valuable! I’m enjoying your blog.

  • I love daisies too – they really are the friendliest flower! They look fantastic in your living room.

  • debbiecz says:

    This post proved to me that I must always read a book/article to the very end. As I was reading your description of the LR color I was thinking of our church basement, currently under construction. We need to pick a color and I was thinking “Yes, Maria has found the color” but you finished with just the right advice…neutrals can easily cross over into dingy so thank you, thank you. I promise to always read your posts to the last word!

  • Sharon Pace says:

    Dear Maria,
    I love the colors in your living room!
    Another room I like is the design set living room of the movie – The Change-Up. I want to replicate the colors in that living room. One article specified that the trim color was BM Linen White but they didn’t give the wall color. It looks like a light warm gray but I have no way of telling what color it is, especially with lighting distortions. My goal is to paint my room in that wall & trim combination. Is there any way you can tell me what the wall color might be? I’ll include a photo. In general, is there a technique of translating colors you see in a photo to the room you’re trying to decorate? Thanks for your time and expertise.
    I can’t paste the picture so I’ll give you the link.

  • Kristen says:

    Can you please tell me what color your yellow hallway is? I’m having a hard time getting the shade I’m looking for. This looks exactly like what I’m looking for! Thank you!

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