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Recently we helped choose a colour palette for a historic log cabin renovation and new addition. It can be challenging to get colour right when blending new and old structures. Here’s a before and after look at this project.

🌟 Giveaway ALERT! Head to the bottom of this post for details 🌟

I’m so excited to share this eDesign project we worked on a while back. My eDesign team and I don’t always have the satisfaction of seeing how the projects we consult on turn out and this one is a stunner!

Historic Log Cabin Renovation eDesign

Here is the email I received recently from the client:

“We were eDesign clients back in 2019.  We’ve finally completed our addition and landscaping.  Our architect has added our project to their website and credited you all for the color consultation.  I’ve included their website link below. 

We are thrilled with the outcome and we hope that we’ve done you proud.  The color advice was one of the most important pieces of information that I used during the entire design and build.  I would show up at meetings with your presentation on my iPad and your large color boards in tow. 

I’m sure that the architects and builder thought that I was crazy at times when I rejected their suggestions and insisted on following your recommendations. 

For example, I had specified the Benjamin Moore colors you suggested.  The contractor showed up with painted samples of trim and paint that had been “color matched” using Sherwin Williams paint.  They did not match my large Benjamin Moore color boards so I insisted they use Benjamin Moore paint. 

Another time, they brought me samples of stone to use on the exposed lower portions of the additions.  They in no way related to anything on the old cabin.  I insisted that there had to be a better option and guess what, there was a better option.  In the end, they admitted that I knew what I was doing. 

My family has become Maria Killam converts, too.  When we watch a renovation show on HGTV and some crazy tile, countertop, and flooring combo shows up in the after, my husband will tsk and say, “What would Maria say about this?”! 

My oldest son bought a house last year and we’ve used the large color boards to make paint and carpet selections.  Everyone in the family knows what I’m referencing when I say, “White is complicated”. LOL!”

Every choice is a colour choice

Why was colour advice one of the most important pieces of information guiding their project?


Even if you’re working on a historic project that needs specific claddings that respect the original, the big question is still: what colour?

Pro architects have incredible expertise in function, form, and architectural styles, but that doesn’t mean they are all skilled colour experts.

A historical project definitely needs to be viewed through the lens of classic and timeless, and that is what I do!

This historic home was built in 1801! It already had timeless and classic charm. It was an exciting project to work on. Hats off to the architects who incredibly managed to make it even more special.

Using colour to blend the new with the old

The challenge in the All-Inclusive Exterior colour consultation we created for them was to use colour to make the new additions look like they belonged. We didn’t want the new parts to overwhelm the original structure.

Curious about the specific exterior paint colours in this project? I’m sharing those details exclusively with my Exterior Colour Selection Masterclass students! One of the most valuable lessons I teach is how to narrow down your choices to a select and optimal few – empowering you to make the RIGHT colour choices (AND avoid expensive mistakes).

Already enrolled in my Exterior masterclass? Head to the private Facebook group for details. 

The combination of weathered logs, metal roof and original local stone (above) worked well with the charcoal accents. But I thought it would look best to generously repeat the creamy colour in the chinking too.

First, I suggested matching the windows to the creamy green beige of the chinking. Then, I recommended adding this colour consistently in the entire colour scheme of the new addition as well (below).

Comparing the green beige (cream) window colour option to the chinking.

The windows were a colour from Marvin windows (Exact window shade is available in the Exterior Masterclass facebook page as mentioned above) .

It’s a really good colour because it reads like a richer cream on an exterior but it’s a little grayer than an almond or a dark green beige window.

It’s in between green beige and green grey so it’s more versatile with stone and doesn’t read too yellow. Sometimes almond windows can look too yellow compared to the current trend. 

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After with new addition Reader & Swartz Architects

Less is more

Because the existing charcoal colour related so well to the metal roof, one of my colour recommendations was that they continue with it. After all, less is more.

It is so lovely, isn’t it?

You might be wondering what my other exterior palette recommendations were – introduce more cream of course! I always give my clients 3 different colour palette options IF there are three equally good options. That is not always the case, especially if there is already a lot of different finishes on a given exterior.

They also sought guidance for the interior with my New Build eDesign package

The existing kitchen simply didn’t have the upscale rustic look suited for this historic log cabin update. 

COLOUR EXPERT TIP: See the matching small black pulls on every cabinet and drawer? This is a really common hardware mistake, especially now in the black hardware trend.

Notice how it creates an untidy and generic look? It’s much better to have pulls on the drawers only and smaller knobs on the cabinets, from a visual perspective. And, I know many of you prefer pulls for ergonomics, but it’s not worth sacrificing the overall look in my mind (that is, unless you have debilitating arthritis, in which case, by all means, do what you need to do). 

Read more: Less is more for kitchen or bath hardware

Back to this incredible beauty of a log cabin. The redesign they did of this kitchen and dining area is beyond perfect (below).

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I recommended a pale complex cream for the walls throughout to again pick up the creamy chinking of the interior log walls. For the cabinets, I suggested a warm green grey for a softer look that also related to the aged wood elements. Classic soapstone and wood countertops complete the historic (and timeless!) look of this kitchen. 

Beautiful lighting combinations

To create a more refined look with lighting, I proposed updated transitional brass lighting rather than overly rustic or farmhouse style fixtures. 

Read more: How soon will my farmhouse kitchen design look dated?

Lighting recommendation from my eDesign presentation

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In the photo below you can see the modest but charming dining area and great room before.

The new addition allowed for a much more spacious kitchen and dining area. Doesn’t it make you want to have a gathering immediately? Really beautifully done!

And ALL THOSE WINDOWS that go from floor to ceiling are such an improvement and add a considerable amount of natural light – not to mention offer beautiful views of the landscape!

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The choice to forgo upper cabinets lends an open feel that is both appropriate to the context and current in design. 

The blue of the oven range has been repeated beautifully in accents and artwork. Well done!

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An updated fireplace

They gave the old stone fireplace (before) a modern facelift. A classic cream or white fireplace is always a solid choice and compliments the rustic touches already in the space. 

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Antique decor inspiration

They also incorporated many of their antiques and well-loved decor into their room designs, which helps maintain an authentic feel in the new addition.

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It’s so dreamy and smart how there are windows for miles throughout this design. Antique log structures like this tend to have smaller windows (glass was a huge luxury back then). And more than anything, this is what brings the house into the present. They are surrounded by such a beautiful, natural landscape and it’s lovely how it’s visible everywhere. 

This pale blue moment in the sunroom is so fresh and pretty.

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Historic Log Cabin Renovation Exterior

And, here’s a look at the beautiful exterior with the new addition.

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It was such fun to work on such a special project and I’m delighted with how it turned out!

What’s your special project? My eDesign packages are here to help you with all those colour choices!

Curious about the specific exterior paint colours in this project? I’m sharing those details exclusively with my Exterior Colour Selection Masterclass students! One of the most valuable lessons I teach is how to narrow down your choices to a select and optimal few – empowering you to make the RIGHT colour choices (AND avoid expensive mistakes).

Already enrolled in my Exterior masterclass? Head to the private Facebook group for details. 

Enter My Giveaway!

Last week I announced the fall dates of my Virtual Specify Colour with Confidence workshop. And because the world could use more than a few new True Colour Experts, I’m giving away a FREE Virtual registration in my Specify Colour with Confidence. The winner can choose the date that works best!

September 29 & 30, 2021

October 2 & 3, 2021 (Weekend dates)

October 21 & 22, 2021

October 28 & 29, 2021

There are several ways to enter:

  • Add a comment below -OR-
  • Visit my Instagram and Facebook pages for even more chances to WIN!

The last opportunity to register for September 29 & 30 AND October 2 & 3 is September 8, 2021

The last opportunity to register for October 21 & 22  AND October 28 & 29 is October 1, 2021

Your boxes need time to ship, AND remember, those of you who pre-Covid were waiting for me to come to your city, and missed the opportunity to attend: The price of the virtual course has been reduced since it’s just two days now. Half of my participants were homeowners, so we’ve created a separate course for the Business of Colour.

COMING SOON: The Business of Colour AND the Business of eDesign will be available for design professionals or designers-in-training and can be purchased inside the workshops! 

If you’re a homeowner interested in choosing colours for yourself, or a colour enthusiastic interested in starting a career in design or decorating, you don’t need to worry that you won’t be able to keep up with the design professionals in the class.

My system teaches everyone a new (and useful) language of colour that lets you choose colour with confidence. And, like any new language, the more you practice, the better you will master it.

Register here.

Related posts:

8 Features Every Log Home Should Have (Incredible Kitchen Too)

Top Kitchen Colours Trends from the Last 50 Years

Do This BEFORE You Choose a Cabinet Colour

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  • Niamh says:

    Love this home! The cream on the exterior windows was a real game changer!
    Would love to enter your giveaway for the chance to learn your wisdom even further.
    I loved your exterior colours class!

  • Kristin Glad says:

    I love how the cream windows transformed the entire exterior, such a difference!

  • Susan says:

    I particularly love your lighting choices. Very current…appropriate for the home but not cliches. Please also enter me for the giveaway!

    • Kristen Allgauer says:

      Timeless is right on the money! Up to date without losing the historic charm! You are amazing! I keep trying to learn from you. I’ll get it some day. Maybe a class in my future.

  • Janelle Quow says:

    This is really a transformation! Absolutely beautiful. I especially like the large windows. Please enter me in the give-away.

  • Marte Rieser says:

    I love how the new items and colors honor the style of the home.
    I have been trying to freshen up my 1990s home that is very lodge like on the inside with tons of wood. When I ran across today’s post I was elated to see how beautiful a home could be with colors that tie into that style.
    I also would love to win the virtual class so I can use those skills to improve my home.

  • Karen says:

    I have learned so much from your site, and from your ebook. It was money well spent!

  • Gretchen DAndrea says:

    The way the landscape is incorporated in the design elements is pure genius.

  • Brandy McKinnon says:

    I love the windows being a lighter color! But such a huge house now. It was very quaint before.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’ve learned so much from your blog over the years. I have no doubt your classes are packed with practical advice and wisdom.

  • Rhonda says:

    Such a bold and fresh renovation in a beautiful location. Did I miss the general locale? Please enter me in your giveaway.

  • Damita Becknell says:

    For years I realized I didn’t have the “eye” for color. Still today it takes me forever to select colors because I realized my weakness and didn’t want to get it wrong. What I have learned from you is that “seeing” what colors go together can be learned! I would LOVE to take your course, especially since my house, which I purchased in 2015 is still waiting on me to select colors for my initial decorating – bit inside and out! Love all that you are teaching us! Thank you.

  • Melanie says:

    Just stunning. Please enter me in the giveaway – I’d be thrilled to win!

  • Jill Buckingham says:

    It’s hard to believe that the before and after are the same house, so beautifully done. Please enter me in the virtual class give-away!

  • elle says:

    Beautiful changes that honor the original structure but will function beautifully for a long time to come! (Emphasis on the beautiful!!). It is so interesting and educational to read posts like this and to see the before and after photos — thanks to you and your client!

  • Catherine L Brown says:

    I love the interior cream paint with the touches of blue accent.

  • Tom Adams says:

    Thank you, Maria, for all your amazing help. You’ve helped my craft a home where I get rave reviews from everyone who visits. I do, however, credit you properly and even slip in some of your advice from time to time. Your ebooks were a great starting point.

  • Sarah says:

    Absolutely stunning! Wow!

  • Andrea says:

    Beautiful addition. Colors are so well done. House has a very nice feeling to it. Fingers crossed for the give away! I would LOVE to take your color class.

  • Melissa Maupin says:

    I love how your client had the confidence to be firm with the architects!! She got what she wanted and it turned out beautifully! Awesome job Maria!

  • Debra Brown says:

    Stunning. I learn so much and receive so much inspiration from your posts. Thank you. I would love to win the give-away. The century old home I live in would greatly benefit!

  • Sheila T. says:

    I found your blog several months ago and went back and read every single one of your posts. I have learned so much already and would love to enter your contest for the free workshop to take it to the next level. I recently made a life change and now have the time to finally make this house my own (despite the pink beige Tuscan elements left by the last owner). 🙂

  • Deb says:

    Lovely! I used to live in a log cabin in Wyoming, helped the owner choose furnishings and window coverings. I love what you have done with this one. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  • Whitney says:

    I would love the class! I’m not a natural most days, but sometimes a bad choice sticks out like a sore thumb!

  • Janet says:

    Love how well the home fits into the beautiful setting. The new addition complements the existing historical building. Great job.

  • Andreanna Smith says:

    I feel like I’ve got a decent enough handle on color for my current projects, but as I bide my time before a kitchen renovation, I know I need some more training in order to make confident, timeless choices, so please enter me into the giveaway! In the meantime, this house might be the most beautiful reno I’ve seen!

  • Ashley P. says:

    Wow….absolutely stunning transformation! I love the brass light fixtures.

  • Catherine Hohenwarter says:

    I have been wanting to take your class for years but I was unable to make it happen – so I would love to be entered to win a spot in the virtual class!!!

  • Maria Bauer says:

    I am enjoying your blog so much and would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you.

  • Kimberly Froc says:

    Beautiful home!

  • Mary Rickrich says:

    Nothing dark and closed in about this log cabin! Beautiful blend of old and new.

  • Heather says:

    Truly beautiful.

  • Lorri says:

    Beautiful. Sure, go ahead and enter me!

  • JFC says:

    Fantastic transformation!! I would love to learn your system for color. Please enter me in the giveaway!!

  • gail diehl says:

    A skillful and beautiful renovation. Yes, please enter me to win!

  • Monica says:

    Beautiful! Do you think green cabinets are here to stay for a while? (10 year trend cycle, that you refer to). I am in love with them and the creamy white tones however you always say you can’t go wrong with white cabinets.

  • Liz in Oregon says:

    What a beautiful addition! I have happy memories of vacations with my cousins at my uncle’s log cabin. I would love to win a place in your virtual class!

  • Susan Johnston says:

    An absolutely beautiful and seamless transformation! Please enter me in your giveaway.

  • Jackie Patterson says:

    I am entering into “My Giveaway!,” hoping to be picked to attend the Virtual Specify Colour with Confidence workshop for October 2 & 3, 2021 (Weekend dates). I believe strongly that your system works and want to follow you and become a True Colour Expert! We have a Sherwin Williams store in town and could work with them. I realize this is a very huge offer and I appreciate your generosity. A comment on the Historic Log Cabin Renovation eDesign; it is the most absolutely beautiful dream I have ever seen! Love, love.

  • C Allen says:

    LOVE, love how smoothly it all flows! That’s such a gift – the ability to see how everything relates to everything else.

  • Nancy says:

    Maria – wow ! That house turned out beautiful.
    Love that you stayed true to the style of the home .
    I love that she took your advice and didn’t let others talk her out of what you designed .
    Love the colors has warmth but still
    Looks fresh .

  • Tracy K says:

    Beautiful transformation! Please enter me into the contest. 🙂

  • Susan Zegray says:

    Love your choices for paint colors! Learning so much from your posts. Thanks!

  • ronda hoxsie says:

    The new addition blends seamlessly with the original home. Exactly how an addition should work. The interior remodel is lovely. I’ve learned so much from reading your posts and your ebook. Would love to take a class someday or win a free one! Mahalo nui loa for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with us.

  • Paula says:

    This addition is just absolutely beautiful! Well done, Maria! I love the new window color. It is perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. As a longtime reader, I would love to attend your class. Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Sandi says:

    Beautiful transformation in a stunning setting! Love to see projects like this. Please enter me in the giveaway!

  • I own a historic property on the Oregon coast that has some of the feel of this log home that frankly is so inspiring! I read many blogs and have home design books and magazines galore – but you are my new favorite. I learn something in every post and I have now shared you with many of my friends who are either considering change or who love design and color.

    Also, I love seeing your mom in your postings and it just brings a smile to my face as I remember my own mom and how much she appreciated updates and more current and colorful additions in decor or accents in her home. I don’t follow a lot of people where I read their posts from beginning to end – but I love yours and am officially a fan.

    Your garden also was a delight to see and added a desire to add more cozy garden features to my acre of property with it’s historic barn. Thank you so very much.

  • Holly says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. The windows and the kitchen had me drooling. Opening up the ceiling with the beams where the fireplace was really caught my attention!

  • Linda janiak says:

    Gorgeous transformation! I have you books, boards and have taken several of your classes. Every time I read your blog I’m learning something new or strengthen what you taught. Thank you

  • DENISE Palisaitis says:

    The FIREPLACE is SOOOOO fresh. Luv the entire project!!!

  • Margaret Troje-Meade says:

    Maria, what’s not to love about this delightful before and after? I would love to know how you did this? Please enter me into the contest so I can attend your class and find out. Thanks!

  • Melissa says:

    I love these colors! The cream and earthy blues and greens look amazing. I would love to take your course!

  • Elaine Roblez says:

    What a beautiful transformation.. Please enter me in the drawing. I have followed you for a long time and would love to take the class.

  • Perfect in every way! Makes me want a log cabin now…

  • Emily Burden says:

    Your advice, and projects like these, always feel like a “breath of fresh air”. This is timeless design in a world of chasing after trends. While this home is obviously current, it mixes old and new beautifully. It’s WARMTH in a world of grey, black, white, and color-clueless designers. Happy day 🎉

  • Gillian Chartrand says:

    Love the way this project worked out. The colours are absolutely perfect for the home and the addition blends in seamlessly. Please enter me for the giveaway.

  • Nancy Lee says:

    Absolutely stunning! It would be a dream come true to take your course!

  • Janine Leitch says:

    I love how the log cabin turned out, especially the windows which frame the beautiful nature view. Thank-you for sharing both the finished home and your words of decor wisdom! I am a home owner who is not good at decor and colour, but am gradually learning from your blog, posts and e-books. Thanks!

  • Cyntia Chamberland says:

    This is amazing work they/you did on this cabin! Those windows and the lighting choice in particular, so beautiful! I would looove to participate in the contest please 🙂

  • Michelle Holland says:

    Being a true color expert would be a dream come true!

  • Janet R says:

    Absolutely stunning! I’m practically speechless.

  • Karen Dyck says:

    A beautiful home beautifully updated.

  • Kim M. says:

    Oh my, what a gorgeous transformation! It is simply stunning. I would love to win your giveaway!

  • Mary L says:

    This home is gorgeous, both in and out. I am a relatively new reader of your articles (I have just recently started to redo my home) and find them chock full of valuable information and inspiration. When looking at the photos, I found myself looking at the way colour was integrated and repeated, as well as repeated elements and textures across the lighting and other decor choices. The importance of repetition is a concept I have learned from your posts. Yes, please enter me for the class give away. This will truly make one reader very happy! Thank you.

  • Sarah Ferris says:

    What an amazing job everyone did in combining the new addition with the historic cabin. The house has so much character and beauty! Please enter me for the giveaway. It would be super fun to take one of your classes. Thanks!

  • Holly says:

    Also, please enter me in the workshop giveaway! 😁

  • Jessica Gardener says:

    This really is beautiful! ♥️ I have been following your work since the beginning. And have dreamed of getting to take your colour class but have never been able to afford it. I would be so grateful to be able to win your online class! It would be such a dream come true! I have learned so much from all that you give. And I have all of your colour books too! I would love love love to be able to take it further and become a True Colour Expert! ♥️

  • Claire says:

    Thank you for another great post.

    I would really love to enter for a chance to attend one of your classes please. You have helped me already with colour choices for my home and I am so pleased with them thank you.

    One thing that I have found from reading all your posts is that I can no longer see paint colours in the same way – every time I walk round my neighbourhood I see colour that just looks wrong – I can’t ‘unsee’ it now!! On the other hand it also gives me great pleasure to see really stylish selections made by people.

    Thank you for all your fantastic advice.

  • Keely says:

    Look forward to your posts always learn something. I would love to win your giveaway for you course!!

  • Lisa Glass says:

    This house looks amazing! Proof that your system works because all of the colors are perfect. I wish I had seen this 10 years ago when my parents owned a log home.

  • Caitie says:

    Stunning renovation! The exposed beams and columns are so beautiful and true to the original structure.
    Count me in for a fall SCWC Course!

  • Susanne says:

    I just love this look! Natural elements, off white and color thrown in for accents. I would say it’s farmhouse without all the signs which I don’t particularly like. I would love to win the color course giveaway!!

  • Renée says:

    Sarah expressed exactly what I was thinking so I’ll repeat it…. “What an amazing job everyone did in combining the new addition with the historic cabin. The house has so much character and beauty!” I lingered over each photo. There are so many things to highlight; I’ll only mention one. I really like how the kitchen and dining room are room but it does not have the vacuous feeling of modern open floor plans because of the architecture. So well done 👏 🙌 👏
    A fantastic remodel and add-on!

  • Came out great AND I learned a new word. I thought chinking? What’s that? A typo? And then I refreshed the page because the photos weren’t showing and I figured it out. I’m up for the drawing too. Thanks!

  • Kirsten says:

    What a beautiful place! Those windows are amazing. I dream of having rooms with windows like that someday.

  • Cindy Shaw says:

    I love the transformation and I truly look forward to each of your posts/blogs. I learn so much every single time! Thank you!

    I would love to be entered into the draw for your upcoming virtual class. It would be amazing to win! 🙏😁

  • Char says:

    Stunning update! It’s so much brighter and I love the addition of the brass.

  • Terry Parsons says:

    Wow! Just…Wow!

  • Beautiful home! Log cabins can be challenging and she has done an exceptional job here!

  • Lisa says:

    I enjoy reading all of your blog posts and learn so much from you. I’ve been wanting to attend one of your workshops for years now. Please enter me in your giveaway! Thank you!

  • MARGUERITE says:

    The transformation is beautiful inside and out! Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • Dini says:

    Beautiful update! You have taught me so much, I’d love to have to opportunity to join your class

  • Barb says:

    I didn’t think I would like a log cabin. But, gee whiz, what a remarkable transformation! It is now a dreamy place to live. What a smart choice in updating the fireplace. The selection of light fixtures were spot on to pay tribute to the historic home and balance the needs of a modern family. The family must be filled with joy every time they see these changes. This is magical.

  • Susan says:

    As always, everything you design or recommend is beautiful and timeless. I fell in love with the Sunroom. I would be so honored to win and thank you for the opportunity to enter.

  • Dana Emmendorfer says:

    WOW over the top beautify and classic. Every color choice is perfect

  • Amy Sumner says:

    I’m in awe of how well your system brought this beautiful home even more vibrantly to life. This was a wonderful post. Thank you for entering all of us into your giveaway–what a phenomenal opportunity! Thank you.

  • Kristen Wang says:

    Absolutely fabulous! No surprise though – your edesigns have always totally transformed our home with great success as well. 🙂

  • Tricia says:

    What a lovely home! I love these before and afters.

    would certainly appreciate being entered in the giveaway for the virtual class.

    Thank you.

  • Rebecca says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I never stop learning from your posts. Thank you for continuing to educate us!

  • SDC says:

    I’ve never had a dream home until I saw this one. It’s even complete with a chair I’ve long coveted in the sunroom – Stickley Furniture’s “Leopold’s Chair”.

  • Kathy phelan says:

    I love the beautiful contrast of the interior paint color with all of the wood. Still rustic but fresh and livable today. Hoping to win you course as a refresher. Best course I ever took for my decorating business! Thank you so much!

  • Janice McHale says:

    What a beautiful transformation. I love seeing your before and after posts. I am currently planning a kitchen renovation with the help of one of your kitchen cabinet color and countertop consultations I purchased a few months ago. I would love to be entered in your draw for this course too!

  • Wonderful changes!
    I never miss a post, love your blog and would love to win the giveaway!!!
    Thank you!

  • Nancy S Cornell says:

    Maria this project is perfection! You and the e design team hit it out of the park! The client sounds like she was amazing too!
    Thank you for sharing this! Would love to a shot at the giveaway please!!!

  • Alita says:

    Hi Maria,
    This build is, wow!
    My favorite parts of the story are that you were credited on the architect’s website and especially that the client could insist on what they wanted and what was specified in the face of all that pressure ;), because they worked with you. I love seeing how the timeless, classic merged with the historic.

    Do I have to say, please enter me in the draw? Does that go without saying? 🙂

  • Brenda says:

    Wooooooooowwwwwwww Maria!!!!!!! This is absolutely incredible! I am actually thinking about registering for your class, but enter me in the giveaway and if I don’t win, then maybe I will register instead. I think after reading your blog and following you religiously for the past 10(ish) years, it is probably time!!!

  • Barb Hartmann says:

    Little by little my design knowledge grows by faithfully reading your blog. This home is beautiful. I would absolutely love to win an opportunity to attend your class!

  • Jean C says:

    This post about combining the old with the new is inspiring! Thanks for showing us the potential in this treasured home.

    When I first came across your blog posts about undertones, it suddenly made sense why I was struggling so much with my own home. Though I have much to learn, your information has helped so much to identify why colors just don’t look quite right together. My 31 year old home has a lot of updating needed yet with its stained orangish-colored wood trim and pink beige carpets. I would love to win your giveaway and gain more info and courage to update our home into something I feel I can invite guests to.

  • Amy says:

    Absolutely stunning! I love the way the historic charm was still preserved while upgrading the house to a luxury property. All of the color and design choices are perfect. I would love to know the location. It reminds me late fathers estate on the border of New Hampshire and Vermont. Lots of beautiful country homes with views of the White Mountains.

  • Kathy says:

    The renovation turned out beautifully! Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol says:

    What a beautiful addition. The transitions are seamless and timeless… nothing dark about this log cabins. It seems so cosy and bright!

  • Beth says:

    This is an excellent post. I could really understand how your advice created this stunning house. Thank you. Your generosity in sharing your system, tools and blogs has enabled me to finally begin to understand what I like and why — just in timers plan our age-in-place retirement home.

  • Pamela says:

    What a beautiful cabin. Great job by the entire team involved! The virtual workshop sounds like a terrific idea, Maria. Would love to join!

  • LABuyer says:

    Love your posts. Colors and Accents are absolutely lovely.

  • Marta Mazus says:

    What a beautiful and unique home! Amazing work team Maria 🙂

  • susan says:

    What a stunning improvement! Love the colour choices and the huge windows. I think the three brass downlight pendants somehow weigh that kitchen area down. Especially since the kitchen space is sectioned off by the beam on the ceiling. while I know “three” is the trend in lights over islands, I think two would be balanced and allow more flow of space above the island and would connect the kitchen ceiling space to the two chandelier clusters over the big table. Just a thought. I chose to go with two pendant down lights over a twelve foot island myself for this very reason. Please enter me in the draw!

  • Sheila Pearson says:

    It would be a dream come true of mine to take your virtual color class!

  • Pam Blodgett says:

    This home is a seamless mix of historic charm and updated classic style. So beautiful!
    I just retired from teaching this year and finally have time that I would love to use to attend the virtual workshop. We just remodeled three bathrooms and I used everything I learned from Maria to inform my decisions. Thank you so much! The kitchen is next…!

  • Julie S says:

    This home is staggeringly beautiful!! I was going to comment that anyways and apparently I also get entered to win your fabulous course!

  • Margaret Jessen in North Texas says:

    A wonderful transformation! Please enter me in your giveaway color course, that would be so thrilling to win.

  • Naomi says:

    I’ve been following your blog for years. I find that many contractors are not savvy when it comes to color (painters included). So important to get professional advice when spending so much money on renovations or a new build. Please enter my name in the draw. I would be thrilled to attend.

  • Jenny Johnson says:

    This client should join your team! I’d love to do the virtual workshop!

  • Ryan says:

    What a beautifully done home! Great job everyone:)

    I would also love to take the class!

  • Brenda says:

    Beautiful!! Enter me please – I am an interested homeowner but also looking at a possible career change. I love your work and blog.

  • Sharon V says:

    Such a clever mix of modern and historic design. Such a beauty!

  • Tracy says:

    What a stunning interior! I’m in love with the kitchen and dining spaces. Your color choices are spectacular!

  • Sharon V says:

    Such a clever mix of modern and historic design. Such a beauty!
    Thanks for entering me in the contest…it would be such a treat to take one of your classes.

  • Kristy Sanders says:

    This makes me VERY excited about getting my eDesign advice!!! I’d love to learn more in the class!

  • Stunning transformation!

    And – oh gosh – Universe –!

  • Jessica Little says:

    Can totally relate to the client’s HGTV comment – Maria I feel like you’ve ruined me! No longer can I watch a renovation show and feel satisfied with every reveal. I now see certain color combinations and think, “well this just doesn’t work together.” Would love to attend your fall workshop! I’ve been eyeing them, but my husband and I finally tied the knot last month and the piggy bank needs a breather.

  • Caitlin Schaller says:

    Gosh Maria how I would love to be a fly on the wall while you hash these out ( or even better see into your mind haha)
    Or even better I guess… take your color training !! I always enter when you do a giveaway. Going this one is a lucky one!

  • Jane S says:

    Wow, what a stunning and homey transformation! The lighting choices…love!!
    I would love the chance to attend the True Color Expert workshop! Thank you, Maria, for sharing so much valuable information on your blog!

  • Kim Hunter says:

    What a feast for the eyes. The colours aren’t just repeated, they’re on a journey around the property. I aspire. I copy unashamedly. (And yes please enter me!)

  • Rebekah West says:

    Just gorgeous. The way the color is as harmonious as the nature all around it yet with its own internal order, intelligence and rightness is what impresses me the most about your palette. It feels nurturing, wholesome and livable. I bet those architects are proud to show it off! Beautiful! And, yes, please enter me!

  • Ann says:

    Stunning work, as always. I have had my own mini e-design with Maria, and she is the Color Queen! I would love to win the opportunity to take your color course!

  • Patti E. says:

    I knew I saw the WV flag in that beautiful cabin. It must be fate if I win the giveaway (ha ha)! This cabin is absolutely to die for, what a transformation and perfect choices by Maria and team. I am glad that other people here in WV have discovered Maria’s talents.

    • Barbie Bloom says:

      Good eye, Patti!! That’s an old West Virginia state flag that my husband had framed for my birthday a few years ago. It didn’t have a home until we completed the addition. We’re in the Eastern Panhandle in Berkeley Springs. Montani semper liberi!

  • Barb Geller says:

    Beautiful renovation. Perfectly balanced.

  • Alison F says:

    What a dream you helped these clients create! This long-time reader would love to win the class!

  • Renata OK says:

    Beautiful transformation! This is a gem. I am happy to see that people value history over cookie cutter homes seen on Pintrest. Absolutely stunning. Bravo!

  • Tammy Bourke says:

    Beautiful home! What an amazing escape from the real world we live in!

  • Alison Doyle says:

    Comfortable, and charming. A beautiful combination of old and new.

  • What a charming, bright and cozy redo!

  • Minda B McVetty says:

    This home is truly inviting. I love the blend of textures… wood, soapstone, brushed brass fixtures, baskets, etc. They all make for a warm, live-able space. The color choices are soothing and engaging and the blend of current and historic decor features all contribute to the timeless feel of the space. And, OH THOSE WINDOWS! Bravo to all on a home that is a joy to behold. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • Glenda says:

    Wow! A very complex project that could have gone horribly wrong. Congratulations on your determination and confidence in Maria. Beautiful result.

  • Betsy says:

    So lovely. They really did a good job making the new coordinate with the old. And the colors are perfect, as expected. Please enter me in your drawing!

  • Kaye Gomes says:

    This is ‘home” — perfect.

    • Kaye Gomes says:

      This is a beautiful addition-remodel. I’ve learned so much from Maria about color! Also being a custom home builder and working with architects and designers and owners — sometimes we feel “in the middle” when we know something designer/architect specifies is not going to work…………We eventually will talk to the owner about our concerns – such as wood flooring in a steam shower bathroom — Many years of
      building have earned us some input in the design and functionality of the home. This addition/remodel is beautiful!

  • Susan H says:

    Suitably impressed, again!

  • Lori says:

    I’m not a designer but I know good design when I see it. This is just awesome!

  • Beth Cugal says:

    This is beyond beautiful! Look forward to the day I can buy an edesign package for our kitchen.

  • J says:

    What an amazing cottage and so beautifully done, with the colors and also respecting the original structure.

  • Paige says:

    So beautiful!!! My favorite is the kitchen.

  • Shari says:

    So lovely! Maria, it’s fun to see the end results of your talent. Please enter me into the giveaway.

  • Shana says:

    This is fantastic! What a beautiful property and what you did just made it that much better.

  • Kathi Steele says:

    The link to the lighting did not work and I would love to know where to purchase the chandeliers. I love them!! I have admired the EFChapman individual lights, but the chandeliers are beautiful.

  • Gretchen Hood says:

    I’m usually not a fan of log cabins, but this one is super lovely. I could live there! Well done on all accounts!

  • Roberta says:

    Perfect timing! I’m about to begin a full renovation of my log home, and the exterior has been stumping me.
    Terrific job, Maria!
    And I’m grateful to be part of the FB group so I can get the details on the colours!!

  • Rebecca Schildroth says:

    There is always more to learn about color.

  • Kim Bullock says:

    Stunning renovation! Working on my 23rd house & taking your class would be amazing!! Love seeing all the different projects you work on.

  • Sheila Rowan says:

    Even though my style is midcentury modern, I can really appreciate the gorgeous colours and light filled rooms in this beautiful reno. I would love to take your course since I am trying to figure out what to do with a light filled bedroom with an east facing wall of windows.

  • Vivien Wulff says:

    Wow! Log cabins are usually do orange! Would love to be entered in your class giveaway draw! I’ve taken one of your on-line classes before and it was excellent! My hubby still remembers our brick island “is the boss”!

  • Shelby says:

    I’m a long-time admirer of your work. I love your practical advice and focus on classic looks. I would be thrilled to attend your workshop to learn from you first-hand.

  • Emily Green says:

    Lovely project! Thank you for sharing

  • Stunning as usual! Love all that you do and I would love to attend your Color Confidence course.

  • Diane says:

    The homeowners surely realize how fortunate they are to own this incredible home.
    Hard not to envy them…And I do!
    What a beautiful reno to highlight here. Anything but ordinary and kicked up yet another incredible notch by all they’ve learned from you, Maria.

  • Robin says:

    Wow! Sign me up!

  • Melissa says:

    I don’t know what I was expecting when reading “Historic Log Cabin Addition” but the results are astonishing! Congratulations to you, the homeowners and the architects. Great team!

  • Tammara says:

    Stunning addition! Love how the new flowed nicely with the old structure. Color choices were spot on, it’s nice to see real application/transition from your classes. Definitely captured my interest! Well done!

  • Jane Tidwell says:

    That is stunning. You did it again. Perfection.

  • Grace Hood says:

    The color choices are just perfect. I love the brass pendants in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing your design expertise for us all to learn!

  • ElaineChick says:

    I’ve never seen such a beautiful “log cabin”. Very interested in winning a spot in your class too.

  • stephanie says:

    Would love to further my knowledge! I’m signing up for the exterior class! Thank you for sharing your skills!

  • Heather Shirley says:

    Oh my teach me your ways! Your color course workshop is the missing link in my life. I’d love to be entered in your giveaway to get me to that next level in design.

  • Christine taylor says:

    Timeless and classic is always right. I’ve been following since 2007. You made sense then you do now. Just starting an addition to and renovating of an historic bungalow I would love to win.

  • Nancy St-Amant says:

    I want in the Free workshop!

  • I have done your exterior class and found it so helpful! Builders use so many colours and products it can be difficult to specify colours to clients who are updating their siding etc. Specifically your advice for roofing colours was the best! I look at roofs with a whole new perspective now! Thank you for you great blogs – I always pick up some new tip 🙂

  • Amina says:

    Love reading your blog (and excited to enter the giveaway)!

  • Angela says:

    Beautiful transformation! I never miss a post 🙂 Love how the connection to the outdoors is not only made stronger with all the huge windows, but also with the look and feel of the log and mortar on the inside and other heritage touches. The outside is pulled into the inside and never forgotten.

    Would love to join the course!

  • Debbie Fulton says:

    This is an incredible transformation. Thanks for the chance to win a place in your course.

  • Heidi says:

    That’s not an addition, it’s an engulfment! A beautiful engulfment, and I guess I’d rather they keep the old structure than tear it down and build new. Really gorgeous work, you!

  • Kim Barnett says:

    We are working on a log cabin now – so much inspiration here… Thank you for the opportunity to win a spot in your course, Maria. 🙂

  • Kelly Wiens says:

    Oh that sunroom – keeping notes as we plan our addition (much, much smaller!)

  • Paula Taylor says:

    Love the look you helped create: The outside shots remind me of the beautiful old lodges at US national parks.
    Please enter my name in the drawing! Thanks

  • Athena Nicolaides says:

    Hi Maria, I’d love to win! Please enter me into the giveaway.

  • Tracy Kusik says:

    Yet another lovely transformation. I’ve been learning so much about color and CLASSIC design. So glad I found Maria before building our next home! Would love to attend a masterclass with others who enjoy new adventures, too 🙂 Thank you!

  • Carly says:

    Love it!

  • Sandy says:

    I love the color selections for this cottage restoration. Learned another tip of pairing a complex cream with gray cabinets. I had the opportunity to do a number of color consultations as a TCE and I am still pinching myself to see clients so happy with the results!

  • Robin says:

    Hello Maria, I am currently un (underemployed) and scratching around trying to freshen my old house, no room of which measures more than 11’X10′.
    I would love a registration for one of your courses!

  • Helen Chin says:

    I really enjoy reading your advice and your no nonsense style. I would love to enter the give away.

  • A-L says:

    This might be my favorite project you have ever worked on, Maria, and considering that I’ve followed you for years, that is really saying something! I really could just walk in and live here. The owners did a fabulous job executing on the vision, and I’m very grateful it’s been shared with us.

  • Debbie says:

    I love how the color choices imperceptibly enhance the relaxed, expensive feeling of this bright cottage. So we’ll done!

  • Michelle says:

    So lovely and unique! Your talent with color and design has allowed so many the opportunity to create and live in spaces that would not otherwise have been possible. Please enter me in your drawing for Oct 28-29th – I would be thrilled to learn from you!

  • Elizabeth Rogers says:

    Love your blog-have learned so much! Would love to have a chance to be entered in your giveaway!

  • Karen E says:

    A stunning historic home and property beautifully enhanced for many decades to come. Looks like the perfect collaboration between client, solid architect and expert consultants—like you!

  • Karen Beasley says:

    The master of timeless beauty has saved this timeless log cabin! Absolutely beautiful. I have a timeless oceanfront home that hasn’t been touched in 35 years! I’m going to need your help! Please enter me in your giveaway!

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