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What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway

By 02/14/2015February 21st, 2017232 Comments

What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway {via pinterest}

Valentines Day doesn’t have to be about having a significant other. It can also be a day when you express your love to the people in your life whom you love!

So what or who do you love in your life? Post a comment below and I’m giving away a set of my Sherwin Williams 25 large painted colour boards in whites and greys (a $167 Value). You’ll also receive my eBook White is Complicated – A Decorator’s Guide to Choosing the Right White.

I’ll start. . .

I love YOU! For being a part of my community! For your comments and emails, for your support and love back!

What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway

Maria & my Mom (Hellen)

I love my favourite Mom in the world (above). I dropped her off at the airport this week, she’s going on a trip to Toronto and then Germany and will be gone for an entire month, so I snapped a selfie of us! I will miss our 5:00 am coffees together! 

And of course my sweet partner Terreeia. 

What else do I love about my life?

What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway

I am so grateful to have a renovated house from the inside and outside (well not the bathrooms yet, I’m thinking we’ll renovate two of them this year).

What Do You Love About Your Life? + a Giveaway

I love my most adorable nephews Markus (left) and William (right). It’s so much fun to live two minutes away from them along with my sister Elizabeth and now my sister Lea too!

I love that I have a business that can be operated from my laptop!

And I love this affirmation video from Jessica. Most of you have seen it I’m sure because it’s old but it’s fun to watch again!

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Over to you my lovelies! What do you love about your life? Post your answer below and I’ll draw a name for a set of my SW colour boards in a few days.

Related posts:

The Best Pinks to Celebrate Valentines Day

Maria Killam’s White Garden Transformation: Before & After

A Window of Happiness


Don’t forget, for those of you who live in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, I will be giving a talk in the Benjamin Moore store in Chilliwack on February 25 at 6:30 – 8:30 PM.  My talk will be:

Deconstructing Whites for Interiors

Discover the five essential categories of whites and learn which one is right for walls, ceilings, cabinets, trim and woodwork.

What do You Love About your Life?

Make sure you call to RSVP as space will be limited!

I will stay afterwards to answer your questions one-on-one.



  • Farha Syed says:

    I have much to be thankful for. Thhe love of my life my husband and the two wonderful sons we are both blessed with together.
    The fact that I have a business of my own which is dedication to my mom ( Who is not with amongst us anuanymore). And I am constantly working hard to serve my clients the best results.

  • Lucy HAINES says:

    Maria, So many things and people to love! First I love living in a free country where we can build our dreams and expand our horizons. I truly love my family and my one sister who is the only one I have left. (I had three sisters). She lives back east and I live on the West Coast but I call her every day. Also I love my clients who become very special to me and not for the monetary part. I love you Maria for giving me more knowledge about a lot of things. Just wish I had the knowledge 30 years ago. I love that I keep learning new things every day. Life is good!

    Enjoy you Valentine day but love comes every day not just once a year.

  • Lynn Payne says:

    I love that God takes delight in the things that I am passionate about. After all, he made all the colors in the world and they are beautiful!

  • Linda Hartford says:

    I love my husband… we have been married for 33 years. I love my beautiful children & grandchildren. I love my cats. I love my new home that we built last year. I love the paint colors that I picked after reading your book about undertones. I love the ceiling in my kitchen/dining room…. I painted it blue like you told me in the webinar last summer…. LOVE it & get so many compliments!!

  • Marjorie says:

    I love that God gave me a husband and partner who loves me no matter what!

  • Kathy says:

    I love living at the beach in my dream house that I envisioned for the last 30 years. I love sharing it with all the people we LOVE. That’s what life is for…sharing it with the ones you LOVE.

  • Mary says:

    I love my hubby- married 35yrs ago this weekend, in a blizzard, just like today! And of course my children and friends and family. But most of all, I love my creator and savior who made all the rest possible.

  • Lisa says:

    I love my husband and the life we’re building together. I love to travel and am so grateful for the wonderful vacations we have taken. I love our families and the time we spend together, especially at the lake.

  • Karen says:

    I love my life…my husband, my children, my grands…my friends…my home that is a refuge in spite of a mishmash of undertones…my classroom where I continue to work with students as a 40+ year career continues…I love my life!

  • Cindi says:

    I love everything about my life! My husband of 30 years, my family and friends. My new home in a new town that I’m having so much fun with, blending the old things I brought, with new things. I am grateful to have such a good life full of people and things I love.

  • martha says:

    I love that my children and grandchildren live nearby. It makes my life complete every day that I get to spend some time with them! And having the best husband in the world doesn’t hurt either!

  • Claudia says:

    I love that I get to do what makes me happy (home staging and redesign), and get paid for it. I love sharing my life with my devoted husband who is my best friend. And I love sharing my talents with others helping them ease the stress of buying and selling a home. And I thank God that I am able to do all this!

  • Jennifer says:

    great post Maria and happy Valentine’s Day!! I LOVE my family and I’m so happy for the freedom to get to do what I love with my life and spend it with who I love most! xoxo

  • In addition to my husband and son, I love writing about green initiatives done by extraordinary ordinary people on our own Salt Spring Island. And my secret love is Monday night art class at U Vic.

  • Susan says:

    I have been blessed with the most wonderful husband and children. Sometimes I wonder what I’ve done to deserve such special people in my life. Life is good!

  • I love that my son had surgery yesterday, and despite the pain he is in, it is a long way from 2 years ago when we were trying to stabilize him after an accident, that has resulted in several surgeries. It has been a long road, but I love his strength, his stubborn will to get better, and being blessed with doctors & people along the way that really do care. I love that I called his surgeon at 3:30 in the morning last night reaching out for help for his pain after surgery, and she called me right back and soothed my fears, his pain, and I love that he got to sleep finally. I love our road to healing.

  • Jen Pollard says:

    I love the exciting new avenues that are opening to me. I am a stay at home Mama, and while I love love love the time with my two boys I wasn’t feeling totally fulfilled intellectually or creatively. Thanks to the ideas and support of some wise women (you included!) I recently decided to revisit a passion of mine and enroll in Interior Decorating classes. You’ve helped me see that the field isn’t nearly as daunting as some would make it out to be. I love the sense of rejuvenation I’m feeling learning new things and applying new skills. Thank you.

  • Donna ellis says:

    I luuuvvv my family! I love this wonderful 70 degree weather here in Houston today.. Luuuvvv my valentine husband of 34 years and the super-duper sangria we had at lunch!! ❤️

  • Nancy says:

    I love you back Maria for your blogs .
    For your inspiration and your sharing .
    For all I have learned from you.
    Love my husband for his kind gentle ways.
    Love my grandchildren and my children.
    So much to love so blessed , that i couldn’t even begin to name them all but these are a few..

  • June says:

    I love the simple pleasures in life–sipping morning coffee on the deck of my cottage by the sea, while the morning breeze gently floats my white cotton nightie about me.

  • Joanne says:

    You have opened up my world, Maria. Thank you, for all you do for us.

  • Jeannene says:

    I love my family. My wonderful husband who puts up with my constant re-shuffling of our house, and my sweet smart sons who bring me such joy. I also love all the wonderful art museums near my home. I love to look at art!

  • Lee says:

    What I love about my life best is the continuous process of expanding my consciousness and emotional capacity wider and wider every day. As I get older, I identify more with Don Henley’s words in “The Heart of the Matter,” namely: All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again.

  • Marcia says:

    I love that I have a great family and two sweet dogs. I love waking to the sunlight pouring in the windows every morning. I love that my roof is still intact under the weight of all the Boston snowstorms this month!

  • Audrey Grantham says:

    I love that on February 6, 2015, my husband and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary, and were delighted to celebrate earlier in August 2014, with our three sons, and their familys, in 4 cottages at Cavendish Resort, PEI. I love that we have a great photo of the occasion.

  • Kristen says:

    I love my amazing, astounding life and my wonderful, new to me husband. Mid life blessings are all the sweeter for being unexpected.

  • Michelle Holland says:

    I totally love making our home and garden beautiful for my husband and I to enjoy together! I feel we are all made to create beauty just as God created all the beauty that surrounds us, after all we are made in His image! How wonderful! Michelle
    PS I would totally love your color boards and white book!!! Pick me!

  • Cathy says:

    There are too many to name but I especially love my hubby who encouraged me to consult with you when we were redoing our kitchen this fall. It turned out so beautiful and I love the peace of mind you gave me. Thank you!

  • Kim M. says:

    My first husband died from cancer a few months shy of our 20th anniversary. What I love most about my life right now is that I’ve been so fortunate to find another wonderful man to share it with me. We met online and were married in 2013. Every day just keeps getting better and I fall more in love with him. 🙂

  • Nancy Jane Williams says:

    I love the beauty of nature and all its forms and colors which are free for the looking every precious day.

  • leslie l says:

    Love my kiddos more than anything!

  • Deborah says:

    I love that my husband and I are making our recently-purchased house into a home together, as a shared project, with help from Maria, Maria’s blog and books, and sites like Houzz, where you can see a zillion pictures of any decorating idea you may have.

    I thought this process might be stressful but we’ve been having so much fun doing it!

  • Joan says:

    I love the quiet of the early morning hours, all is calm and orderly and the light is beginning to fill my room, the day’s adventures are all in front of me. I love when I return home, loving arms of family await me and all is right with the world.

  • Ann says:

    I love family gatherings with my children and grandchildren. I love setting a table for 10 on a snowy Valentine’s Day while a pot roast simmers on the stove.

  • Alisa says:

    I love sitting in my family room on a cold winter day while the sun reflects off the snow and fills the room with warm, beautiful light.

  • Paula says:

    I love YOU for helping make my house a beautiful and cozy place to enjoy my life, my husband, and everyone else who walks through the front door. That phone call a few months ago was worth every dime.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I love life!! And I’m forever grateful for the wonderful people in my life who make each day worthwhile and amazing – my husband, my children, my grandchildren, my pets, and my friends! Thank you all for making me smile so often!!

  • Linda Fitzgerald says:

    I love my own determination to survive and still be grateful enough to see them as gifts or life-lessons; but, most importantly, instead of hiding them away to manifest into something physically harmful, I choose to share them, as an illustration of the ‘choices’ we make that move us forward in life.

    That was hard to write down…

  • Pamela says:

    I love my husband and best friend of 42 yrs! Our two children, two granluvs, my mom and our puppy. My home, garden,and living on the water off the Intracoastal in South Florida.

  • Brenda Arnau says:

    Hi Maria,
    I love the Lord Jesus! He gave me a life that is overflowing with love and a family. A husband who adores his wife and kids. There are too many blessings to note here. Happy Valentines Day!
    P. S. Will see you at BM in Chilliwack on the 25th.

  • Karin says:

    In short, I love my life. I’m very grateful for what I have, my loving man, a cat that is so amazing he should be cloned and great friends and family. I will love life a little more once the remodel is done:))))

  • Beverly says:

    I love my two boys, my new white kitchen, and later this year I will love my new bathroom!


  • A-L says:

    I love my husband and our darling baby boy. I love our faithful dog. I love having supportive family members. I love having affordable health insurance to take care of medical concerns. I love living in the south where there’s never a month that goes by where there’s not at least one day in the 70s. I love living in a historic neighborhood with unique architecture elements to admire on our evening walks. I love my church where people from all walks of life join together and try to follow Christ to the best of our ability. I love God and thank our Creator for all the many blessings I have been given.

  • Betsy Butters says:

    I love my family – husband of 16+ years, 2 kids and black lab. The rest is all just a bonus.

  • Tami says:

    I love the fact that I’ve be able to live many years on this beautiful planet; to be given the opportunity to love, to be loved, and to learn how to love myself. And finally, I love the idea of being able to grow older as many others were never allowed the chance.

  • Sandy says:

    I love my sweet husband of 46 yrs. Hard to believe.
    I love listening to radio replay at night with the hubby and lights out. I love my wonderful children who bring us joy.
    I love friends fun and decorating. I love my church ‘ community and country I LOVE MY LIFE –YAHOO
    Wish I could be in Chilliwack next but I have a friend coming to the Island. Happy Valentine’s Day

  • Teri says:

    I lost my Mom this week, and am so thankful for the love of the rest of my family and the support of all my friends. I love my daughter-in-law for bringing new life into our family, and new lives (babies) into the world.

  • cathy says:

    I love that I can say I love my life, even though struggles and frustration are a daily part of it. I have a husband of 26 years and two children. Through my children God has shown me how to love in such a capacity I did not know existed. My 15 yr old daughter is severely physically and cognitively disabled and I could not imagine a life without her. She makes me laugh everyday. I love how my 13 yr old son with ADHD and high functioning autism helps me to dig deeper in understanding love and I am truly believing love will conquer all things.

  • Lisa says:

    ALthough I love to decorate; it’s not the material things that matter. It’s the people in my life that make life worth living. I love the caring, compassionate, bright, loving friends in my life.

  • Kathy Larson says:

    I love that Maria Killam is so unselfish and not afraid to share her amazing gift of seeing and teaching color! Many others are fearful of others “stealing their ideas” and are not willing to share their knowledge of a particular subject that they have mastered.
    I absolutely love that Maria wants to gift and bless others with the God-given skills and talents she has mastered!

  • Lynda says:

    I love that I now have time to make my favourite dreams come true – if I want to! I love the idea of moving to Vancouver Island and starting a home staging company and doing something I love. I want to help seniors sell their homes when they need to downsize. I love animals and trees and blue skies and soft sunlight and shadows at dusk and sun showers. Our earth is so beautiful!

  • Christine M says:

    I love my wonderful husband…we are perfect for each other and I’m so blessed to be his wife. I love my beautiful children and grandchildren. I’m grateful.grateful.grateful. <3 Thanks for this great give away! Happy Valentines Day!

  • Pam says:

    I love my sweet supportive husband of 30 years and my kind college age son who just called me to say I was his valentine. Life is good.

  • Lynde knight says:

    I thought today would be tough being solo after a huge loss this year, but my heart is open wide and I see love in all things that surround me. l celebrate the simple gift of love by giving encouragement and kindness to others, knowing that my day in the sun will come, and that love can’t help but circle back from the source of which it came.

  • Karine says:

    I love most of all my 2 amazing daughters. I feel privilege to be part of their life 🙂

  • sue says:

    I love growing older! I am grateful when simple solutions present themselves in life! I appreciate that my dear friends taught me there is no limit to the positive energy exchange of loving kindness in the world.
    I am excited that that your blog, Maria, helped me find my decorating style, one I call “Manhattan Farmhouse”! I now make decisions with confidence and never have “decider’s remorse”.

  • Linda says:

    I love friends, family and my home. I love decorating my home to make it a haven for my family. i love that because of technology I can learn to do this better by reading your blog. I love that I have freedom to live my life the way I please. I love eating a good rich dessert with strong black coffee. I love beautiful gardens and flowers. I love exploring new places. I loves dishes and serving a delicious meal with a pretty table. I love a good movie. I love God and all that he has done for me.

  • Karen says:

    Maria – I love the joy you bring to so many – your family, your friends and your fans! I did not read above that anyone was thankful for stuff – the economy runs on stuff but the world runs on love. Happy St. Valentine’s day to you.

  • Sarah says:

    I love my husband, who is never afraid to try one of my crazy design or construction ideas, and who has built the majority of the furniture in our home!

  • TJ says:

    I adore my nephew and nieces who have brought joy back into my life and taught me it’s never too late to start over.

  • Julie lovin says:

    I love hiking the Superstition Mountains while vacationing in Arizona and loving the live desert color palette.

  • Mary in California says:

    I cannot begin to count the blessings in my life… including all the family and friends that are so precious to me. I love them all. I also love all the ways that I can continue to grow, evolve, and become the best me that I can be. Reading blogs such as yours, Maria, and learning something every day is a big step towards that. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Norine says:

    I love that my life is getting better with age and new experiences. I love that the internet is bringing so many new ideas (and explanations of complicated concepts) into my life.
    I also really like that you asked this question so we could all take the time to inventory and express our thanks.

  • Bobbie says:

    I love my daughter and husband who both believe in me. I just completed my interior design course and starting a renovation project for a family member. My hopes are to create beautiful rooms for people and their families to come home to every day. Every week my daughter and husband tell me to believe in myself as I am so nervous. Encouraging words have the greatest effect, as so far my project is coming along so nice and I am learning tons!!

  • BethB says:

    I love that learning is never over, and that aha moments can come from the most unexpected places, things, events or people.

    I love my husband, our cats and dog, and the amazing birds I can watch (and feed and water) from my home. I love a bald eagle has been visiting one of our oak trees and that he looks like he’s framed in a heart.

  • Victoria says:

    I love the creative spark that each of us has within us and how much joy we get in sharing it with others. I love all of the senses sight to view beauty and sound to hear a wonderful concerto or the cooing of a newborn child. The scent of blossoms and baking lasagna and then the taste of the latter. I love the touch of those I hold dear to my heart my family and friends. I love freedom and the opportunity it affords me. I love your blog and appreciate all the hours of education and entertainment it has given me over the years. Thanks for asking Maria.

  • teresa says:

    I mainly love the people in my life and especially my dad, and BF and best friends. I really like my house and garden and the fact that i am self employed and set my own hours, long though they may be. I love this blog, too!

  • Millicent says:

    Maria, I love my husband and that we are able to live in a home on the water. It is such a blessing for me. Finding contentment in life is something else I love.

  • Mary Jane says:

    I love living in the sunny Okanagan and spending time with Family and friends.
    I love that I have a job that is new everyday and that I am able to be creative.
    I truly feel blessed to be living this great life!

  • Juanita says:

    I love my family, my health and the fact that people take my advice on color and design for a living. I would never have thought this would be my life! I love the fact that talented designers are willing to share their knowledge on blogs from all over the world.

  • Susan says:

    I love that I have loved, been loved, love and am loved. I love how life goes on. I love second chances.

  • rose polozzi says:

    Sometimes there are days or chunks of time when nothing seems to be going right. Its at those times a beautifully serene blue sky will start peeping out from behind thick blugray clouds. I love my life because I have the ability to see the beauty although circumstances are temporarily challenging.

  • Pam Griffin says:

    I love my four daughters ! Just like the four sisters in my favorite childhood book ” Little Women ” by Louisa May Alcott. I feel so blessed to be their mother and mentor. I LOVE to sneak over to their house and decorate a room or special corner! He HE. I have such good taste, I get away with it. HA

  • Liz Z says:

    Happy ‘celebrating love’ Day to everyone! I love where I live (Vancouver), and am grateful every day for the freedom I get to live & enjoy my life with. I love to sing! And while it is love & friendship that are most meaningful for me, I do love a beautiful environment so thx for all the great advice Maria!! :))

  • Elle says:

    I love my family–littles and bigs, all quirky, all kind, all generous. And my friends, many like family now. And this beautiful, astonishing world. I love life!

  • Gloria says:

    I love the gift of being able to love – to feel the joy of feeling my husband of 55 years reach out to hold my hand as we fall asleep in the evening, to put my arms around one of our loving sons as he hugs me and reaches down to kiss my cheek, and my heart nearly explodes with love when my husband and I are surrounded by our six amazing grandchildren all so loving and excited to be with us. I feel saturated with love in every facet of my life and feel so blessed to be able to share love, a friendly smile, or a simple hug with anyone in my path that might just need that special touch of a little love in their heart…….

  • Susan Hilger says:

    I love my husband who calls me “beauty” as a pet name. I love my dog who is always happy to see me. I love my life. As the years go by, the days become more precious, beautiful, and full.

  • Diane Symonds says:

    I love my husband of 36 years! High School sweethearts!

  • Debbie says:

    I am especially grateful and happy that I still have my husband of 37 years. I almost lost him to a massive infection in November. He has been so patient and understanding while the past year I have spent so much time reading your blogs and studying your PDF on understanding undertones. I have now repainted almost all of the interior of the house and we are enjoying the results. I love my husband and our beautiful home we enjoy so immensely. Thank you for sharing your wonderful knowledge of color!

  • Diane says:

    In the past 15 months, our family has experienced the death of my husband’s brother, his mom, my dad, and my best friend. Of course I miss them all, but I know I will see them again in heaven. Our faith in Christ gives me this assurance. I love my God and Savior for the perfect kind of love he first showed to us. I try to pattern my love for others after this. Thanks, Maria, for reminding us that we can our think of more than romance today:).

  • Barb says:

    I love The Lord for allowing me to live after a truck hit me while crossing the street April 13,2013.

  • sandyc says:

    I love my house and the three kitties who share it with me – OK that they haven’t learned to drink a morning cup of coffee with me – drinking it alone while reading your blog especially and a couple of others I enjoy is great, and a new neighbor and I have started a once-a-month breakfast together which we hope will become a tradition. I’m eternally grateful that I was able to buy the house – never expected that, and I’m also grateful, though occasionally slightly impatient, that after two years, I’m still pretty cash poor. The upside is that I’ve carefully thought through (didn’t “angst” over) ever decision I’ve made and ever penny I’ve spent – the new air conditioner, new fridge and new washer/dryer (all replacing almost 30-year-old stuff) are completely paid for as are all the other delightful finds over that time. Even the financing of 1350 sq ft of new flooring could become possible this year without having to win a lottery or come into an inheritance. I love the past two years of “classes” with Teacher Maria and I’m eager for more. And I love that, even though I haven’t formally consulted with you yet, I really do wake up every morning with a smile on my face that grows wider as I walk through my house opening all the drapes and curtains (because of what I’ve learned from you.)

    And I love that, since I already have the Sherwin Williams color boards and your white e-book, I can say “if my name comes up, gift it on”.

  • Diane says:

    There is so much to be thankful for, being loved and loving is at the top of the list. Being able to volunteer in my community, having enough to live and help out others.

  • Dawn says:

    I love and am truly thankful for my best friend John that I married 34 years ago today. He has been there for me through all the good and bad times. He truly is my rock.

  • Ursula says:

    I love natural beauty all around me, there for the seeing… blessings all around me, freely given.

    I love this community, generous and considerate.

  • Becky says:

    I love my husband and my kids who keep me on my toes and feeling young, and my home – the beautiful place in which I live. My house is nice, but it wouldn’t be a “home” without the love that lives here every day. We love to spend time outdoors in the mountains and my house is a reflection of our love of nature and “practical” beauty.

  • camille says:

    I love….myself! Not in a vain way, but in a really happy, content to live my life as it happens and enjoy every minute of it way. It’s an accomplishment that I want to celebrate as that kind of self love took a long time to achieve.

  • Anne K. says:

    I love my husband of 48 years,my three wonderful guys,my three adorable grandchildren,but also the house we moved into 1 &1/2 years ago when we retired. It’s my dream home & location.

  • Diane says:

    I love my wonderful husband who I have been married to for 37 years and our two beautiful daughters. They make my life so worthwhile.

    I love the Jessica video, Maria! I have never seen that before. Thanks for sharing on this special day.

  • Debbie says:

    I love my family. I love friends. I love the woods.
    Thanks for all of your loving and helpful posts, Maria.

  • Cynda says:

    I love that the senior years of retirement allows for me the time to look at the details of life. To notice the feathers on birds, crooked smiles on great grandchildren, embroidery on napkins, words of old songs, love lines of old friends and family, and colors of the world God has given us.

  • I love that we live in a country where there is freedom and peace. A country where those I love will not be taken from me, a country where women are counted as equals, and a country where I can go out at any time of night and day and be safe on a long dog walk. And yes, I love my dogs, my husband, my children, my sisters, cousins and aunt, and my friends near and far. Even though many may not know it there’s always a warm place in my heart for all of them.

  • Betsy OShea says:

    I too love second chances at life…and third and fourth….I love my sister, nieces and best friend Tim. Plus my little beagle CoCo. I love the colors of nature …the beautiful gray blue Violet colors of the sky at dusk, the light blue and coral pinks at dawn and in my garden which inspire me. I too appreciate what I’ve learned about color on your Blog and webinars. I am setting up an exterior/Interior color consulting biz on Long Island, New York. Wish me luck! Thanks for all u do Maria

  • Kim says:

    First and foremost I love my family, but I also want to mention given all the craziness going on in the world, I love living in a country where I feel safe everyday (thank you Canada!). And thanks to you Maria for being so real, and making our lives more beautiful everyday.

  • Kim says:

    I love my family — my sweet husband of almost 24 years who loves, cherishes, and encourages me, and my three wonderful children who are truly a delight to me. I am thankful for a God who loves me and cares about the specific details of my life, and I love that because of His Son, Jesus, I have hope!
    I also love learning, and I’m thankful to have learned so much from your blog and your books, Maria!

  • Laura says:

    There are so many things I love, starting with the amazing man in my life. He is smart, sexy, loving, thoughtful, and endlessly patient with me.
    I love my sweet pets, they are a source of joy for me every day.
    I love my little house that, like Maria, I’ve been renovating and making my own. I’m so close to being done with it.
    I love the inner core of strength I found after the death of my husband, I’ve started my life completely over and I’m so happy with it.

  • Margaret Yani says:

    I love my husband of 30 years and our two beautiful daughters. With them by my side I am whole.

  • Margaret Yani says:

    Sandi C. you are a special lady! As someone once told me, if money is the problem then you REALLY don’t have a problem! God has always provided in unexpected ways when we were at our most challenging times of need.

  • Rhonda says:

    I love my wonderful husband Dean and my great kids Branden and Sydney who are competing in Biathlon at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Go Team Saskatchewan.

  • Vicki andrea says:

    I love the unconditional love of my husband and how he makes me laugh! I love the unconditional love of my Lord and savior. I love the unconditional love of my yorkie Squirt and how she too makes me laugh, and I love your blog, it has changed my sales ability in the decorating field immensely! I love the way you write and teach! Happy valentines day maria and I would LOVE the sample boards!

  • Jean says:

    Today is Valentine’s Day, and also my 28th wedding anniversary. Being my anniversary brings to the front of my list of what I love about my life, loving memories of my mother-in-law. She passed in 2009. I thank my mother-in-law for my Valentine’s Day anniversary. She encouraged my husband and me to move up our wedding date, so that we could be married when we settled into the house that we bought together. To make the Valentine ’s Day wedding happen, in less than 3 weeks, Mom made my wedding dress, using pale pink satin, overlaid with white French lace; piecing together 3 patters to create my dream dress. Mom was supportive and loving to me, always. I love that I had such a loving fantastic mother-in-law.

    But to really answer Maria’s question, I’ve been thinking of what I love about my life now. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in mid-December. I started chemo just 3 weeks later. I certainly cannot say that I love that I have cancer, but I do love what it has brought into my life. I moved to my current home just 6 months ago. But as soon as my new neighbors learned I was going thru chemo, they have brought food, offered to drive me to appointments, and sent me cards that are funny, encouraging and uplifting. And my friends, neighbors and church family from my previous city, where I lived for 25 years, have rallied around me (although long distance) with love, prayer and support. It is amazing the care and love that people extend when it is needed. It renews my energy and uplifts my soul. I love that having cancer has not brought me down emotionally. I am determined to have a positive attitude, eat well and exercise, and not complain. I’m rethinking what I want in life, materially. It’s OK to want things, but I now evaluate based on what will really make my and my husband’s quality of life better. We moved into a home that was decorated about 15 years ago. So I am removing wall paper and repainting. I plan a major renovation of the kitchen and master bathroom. The entire exterior will be repainted in the spring, and I am picking colors for inside and out. So what do I love about my life? I love that I have life, blessed and filled with many wonderful friends and family.

  • Madeline says:

    I love my husband my sons and the time I dedicate to my yoga mat. I love reading anything Maria writes and I would love a set of her colour boards. I love that I am still learning, Maria has opened my eyes to undertones. Now instead of having an uncomfortable feeling that “something” is wrong with my decor I can analyze the undertones and make the appropriate adjustments. So I guess you could say I also love all things Maria! Happy Valentines Day 🙂

  • JenniferG says:

    I love my parents, my husband, my husband’s family, my extended family, my puppy Ramsey, the ocean, the complicated color red, and the subtle color of white. I love a good coat, fine stationery, gold, white subway tile and absence of clutter and a clear night sky. I love beautifully crafted rooms and simplicity of a good morning routine.

    Thank you for writing your blog and demystifying color. I have been forever changed by taking your color seminar. I am confident about color and that I love.

  • Frances says:

    I love my husband & sweet children!

  • Sharon says:

    I love how richly God has blessed me. I have a caring, helpful husband, a responsible and beautiful 24-year old daughter, we all have good jobs, and we have a beautiful home in Sunny California. And I like that the owner of my company has been letting me convert my bonuses to time off so that I have more time to exercise and take better care of myself for a change. And I really enjoy your blogs, Maria!

  • Karen says:

    I loved being outside today – a beautiful 60*. Worked in the garden and walked with a friend. The temperature is dropping to 20* tonight with the forecast for an ice storm tomorrow. So thankful for the sunshine today and for my cozy warm house tomorrow!

  • Roberta says:

    My heart is full of love and gratitude for my beautiful healthy family, and especially today for my 91 year old Mother who has shown me by example True Love through her patience, kindness, generosity and graciousness. It has taken me a lifetime to realize this and we are all so blessed to have her in our lives.

  • NancyK says:

    I love my furry kids–my cats.

  • Sonja Bermingham says:

    Dear Maria,
    I am thankful for everything and everyone in my life, including YOU! You are such an inspiration, a sunbeam in the world of colour. Thank you so much!!!

  • Lily says:

    I love my life. A great, funny husband who still romantic after 30 years together; a wonderful teacher who brings into my life his young and energetic students–the children we never had. A sweet and lovely tubby kitty about to turn thirteen. A cute and green home, part of it a log cabin, that we remodeled and still enjoy working on. My work as a wildlife biologist that takes me to beautiful places outdoors and makes me feel I’m doing something worthwhile. 

  • Gretchen says:

    I love that I’m exactly where I should be right now – with a wonderful husband and great children. Blessings abound.

  • Kristen says:

    I love my children. When everything else seems to be going sideways, just looking at them reminds me how lucky I am.

  • Carolyn says:

    Great question! So many answers! I’m so thankful for and so in love with my grandbabies, whom I’m spending Valentines night with so my daughter and son-in-law can have a special date tonight. I’m grateful to be able and available (retired!) to spend lots of time with this loving, beautiful family.
    My two daughters, my three sisters, my home, my cat, my wonderfully supportive friends, no snow to shovel in TX, my freedom to travel, my enjoyment of my yard and nature all around me and my right to practice any religion of my choice. For all of these and so much more I’m humbled to be given these gifts of love!

  • Patty says:

    I love my 5 year old granddaughter for asking me, after my mother died, if I still can still love her. It turned into a memorable, meaningful conversation about how love grows.

  • Laura says:

    I love God, my husband, our four children, all of my family and friends, flowers, cooking for others, decorating my home, my job as a nurse, our dog and dark chocolate.

  • Lisa says:

    I appreciate you have offered me the opportunity to reflect on what I love most in my life. There are so many things I love and they all seem to be non-material and simple. I love my family and friends, getting together to enjoy each other’s company and laughter. I love quiet winter nights with a warm fireplace and cool summer nights with soft rain falling.

  • Robin Di Valentino says:

    I love everything about my life. From my morning coffee snuggled up to our dog to going to bed at night, both of us snuggled up to her. In between my day is filled with the people I like and love and the interests I pursue. The absolute best thing about my life at this stage is that I have the ability to help my children…and soon a grandchild, when they need it and a husband (whom I love) who does the same!

  • Dawn says:

    I love being a mother, but I love that I get to further my design education while being a Mom

  • Arlene says:

    I love my life, my precious husband of 50 years, our 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren and 2 son in laws. I love my friends and unknown people I see while out and about. I love our log cabin that is shared with family and friends. I love yoga, line dancing, and having fun. LOVE is a feeling that flows out of me continually. I am so grateful for love – it makes my life worth living. Maria I love your blog and you as you share beyond educating lay people like me being able to see the works in technicolor. Congratulations to whomever you think wrote the most honest info about LOVE.

  • Joanna says:

    I love that I got to spend a sweet day with my 2 year old twins, doing art, shoveling snow, shopping, having a quiet dinner together, going out for breakfast with my parents. My husband is out of town, but it was nice to have this little day with just them and my one in a million dog.

  • Mary-Illinois says:

    Yes, I love my family. But what I’m working on is loving myself. (I can be a bitch sometimes.)

  • Brenda says:

    I love that my husband doesn’t mind “to” much when I play color “expert” in my spare time with my five adopted, home-schooled kids and dream of one day being really good at it! Oh, and that he doesn’t immediately say “Are you kidding?” when I drop hints of going to one of Maria’s seminars!!!

  • Wendy says:

    ~I love my family and friends who are so precious they feel like family.
    ~I love that I get to do this thing called Interior Design to help others love their spaces.
    ~I love that I have gotten to live throughout the USA and the world.
    ~Finally, I love that we live in an age that we can connect and learn from others online who we would have never crossed paths with in real life.

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

  • Sue says:

    I love my family and how we’re celebrating valentine’s day making heart shaped raviolis with the kids. I love that the people I share my home with don’t complain about all of the holiday decor that happens around here. They love life and so do I.

  • Sabrina says:

    I love my husband and son, who get more precious with each passing year! And my few dear friends, who have stuck with me through thick and thin. 🙂

  • Nola says:

    I love my family, my friends, my sweet doggie Beau, my home and the opportunity to continue learning how to make it beautiful thanks to you Maria. Freedom and the opportunity to share my abilities with others make my days happy. I love that I have the time and resources so I can share what I have learned. And I especially love the sunshine, blue sky and beauty of Colorado! Thanks for this chance to share.

  • Krista Marcheschi says:

    I love my husband, kids and parents who helped me to laugh at some severe decorating mistakes! Their love and support reminds me daily that family is more important than a perfect kitchen!

  • Martha says:

    I love being to decorate any way I love!

  • I love my husband because, even though he’s an engineer and doesn’t really care as much as I do about color and decorating, he accepts me for who I am and I get to change a lot of things and re-paint and do lots of do-overs! I love my kids and step-kids and all my wonderful grandchildren!

  • Susan Silverman says:

    I love my family and I love the fact that my married children live within 2 km. of me so that I can get to see my grandchildren anytime I want to. I feel blessed!

  • Janet says:

    I love doing stock research and finding a good company to invest in.

  • Robin says:

    I love my life and everything about it. My wonderful husband, my great kids and their wonderful significant others, my amazing parents, my beautiful baby sister, amazing friends, and that I get the privilege of making a living helping others “turn ordinary spaces into extraordinary homes”!

  • Linda Selvage says:

    I LOVE that, in making great efforts to work doing the thing I LOVE most (design!), I have discovered incredibly talented and generous people that motivate and inspire me to be my best self just by them being their own best self!

  • Robin says:

    I am blessed, I love my life and everything about it. My wonderful husband, my great kids and their wonderful significant others, my amazing parents, my beautiful baby sister, amazing friends, and that I get the privilege of making a living helping others “turn ordinary spaces into extraordinary homes”!

  • Joanna says:

    I love my sweet husband and beautiful babies. I love my parents and siblings who spent their Valentine’s celebrating my birthday and scheduled their own dates for other evenings.

  • Dottie says:

    I dearly love and am grateful for my faith in God, my family, friends and you, Maria, for sharing with all of us your family, friends and your love of colour. I have learned more from you about colour in one year than in all the rest of my life. Thanks for being the caring and compassionate, vivacious person that you are. Happy Valentine Day.

  • Isabel says:

    I love my family!! 🙂

  • Pat says:

    Love is what makes my chimes ring. I find it in smiles and laughter, hugs and warm cuddly times. It’s in tears and sorrows, mine and my friends. It’s chance encounters and pets. Shoot love is everywhere. I choose to keep my eyes open and see it…

  • KA says:

    I love my parents and sister and her 2 kitties. I love my 18 year old kitty kid. I love that I’m in good health and can support all of them as everyone but one of my sister’s cats has had major health issues (especially my sister’s degenerative brain disease) over the past year.

    I love that you have inspired me to build a new business.

    AND I LOVE THAT WHEN I TOOK A BREAK FROM PAINTING MY KITCHEN THE COLOR YOU RECOMMENDED IN MY CONSULT LAST SPRING, I SAW THIS POST! What a great coincidence! Finally, I am getting my kitchen cabinets installed after many family health bumps! It’s like the cobblers kids not having shoes! I’ve been doing kitchens since 2005 and finally have the chance to work on my own. Yay!

  • Angela Taylor says:

    What I love most about my life are the wonderful family and friends that fill my days with joy and laughter. I love my home that I have made with my life partner. My garden that is always changing. The opportunities to learn something new every single day. And I love that I am able to enjoy living in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

  • Parisgirl says:

    Of course like all of you I love my family that goes without saying. I love my little dog to bits as well. I would like to share with you that I love living in Australia, a land that is free and where rights and freedom are valued. Australia is a place where the right to vote counts and people can and just did (in Queensland) within three years toss out a Government that broke its promise. My home has blue skies all year round, clean blue oceans to be enjoyed and pristine wilderness to be explored. We have a wonderful standard of living and healthcare available to all. I was not born in this country but it is my home and I feel safe and blessed to have lived most of my life here. I have travelled a great deal in my days and have seen much of the world some of it wonderful some not so good. I love my piece of paper that says I am an Aussie and my Australian passport.

  • Suzanne says:

    I love Spring! I feel so fortunate to live in a warm climate where often Spring comes in February. I just spent a super fun day with my family outside and then home later to grill a yummy dinner.

  • Carol Hunter says:

    After losing my mother and with several friends who are battling cancer, I am truly thankful for my good health. Good health is everything.

  • I love that I have found a love of life working with clients to create the very best space in their homes. I “work” 10 hours each day but funny thing is, it seems like just 5 minutes has gone by. It is true what they say, find what you love and you will never work a day in your life. And you Maria were a large part of my day becoming easier when I discovered your large painted boards. It is so simple to select colours now… my clients have complete confidence in my selections. Thank you!

  • Holly Lichtman says:

    Love my family. I’m as happy as they are, so strive to be involved, concerned, and uplifting. I’m embarking on the scary adventure of building a new home. Always thankful for opportunities.

  • carol says:

    I love my beautiful grandchildren and my husband of 36 years. I’m blessed to have a daughter who’s such an awesome mom and my amazing son in law. My son who is so talented and works so hard in the retail world. I thank and love God that I have a roof over my head and food on the table. And. I love reading blogs! Thanks Maria for all your decorating and color advice. Don’t ever stop blogging.

  • Malissa McLeod says:

    I’m so in love with my husband! And finally, after being a late bloomer, I love my work as a designer. And those two things are not unrelated – he gave me the support to take the leap!

  • Lois says:

    I love that my Mom shared your blog with me and it led me to design consultation with you that started me on a whole new path!

  • Paula ryan says:

    I love that my husband and I both survived cancer and have been married 24 years. I love watching both of my kids find their way in life and that I have had a part in their amazing lives. I love that I have gotten more confident in myself and have grown in my business…a lot has to do with Maria’s blog, books and paint samples! (I’m not writing that for brownie points…it’s true! )

  • For 25 years I had a job that supported my family and paid the bills. Not only am I married to the love of my life, have five children who are all well and wonderful, I also have the priviledge to make a good living doing what I love and serving others. There is joy in every single day.

  • Liz Salvo says:

    I LOvE your color boards!!! And your advice, I day dream of having you over for a color consult<3
    I LOvE Valentine's Day. My three special Valentines are my son & daughter and my daddy.
    Thank you Maria for all of the great blogs. LOvE yA

  • Lynn says:

    Sending love to you in return! You are a true inspiration!
    I must share that in my life I love my husband and family dearly. The Lord has blessed us great and small, both in good times and troubled, and to Him I give give my offering of praise.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Elizabeth Smith says:

    I love my husband! We have been together 20 years in 2015 & he has been my rock! I am retiring from my job this summer & I am so looking forward to spending more time with him golfing, traveling in our RV & enjoying life! I am so lucky to have him as my husband. The perfect partner is soooo important in life!

  • Gina says:

    My first daughter taught me how to love and live each day. She lived only 5 years, 4 months, and 19 days. She taught me to continue loving life in spite of my broken heart. We had a 1 year old son at the time, then had another sweet boy. After contemplating having any more children, I had another girl…….on Valentine’s Day! What’s not to love???

  • Chris says:

    I love my teen son. He is my favourite person in the entire world. He is kind, smart & funny. He is my biggest fan & champion & I am his. When I drop him at school he says bye & tells me he loves me & if it’s one of those hectic mornings when we’re late & he rushes from the car without saying it he stops & returns to the car smiles & says “I love you mum”. He is truly special.

    • Maria Killam says:

      This comment brought tears to my eyes. Amazing that a teenage boy would be like that 🙂 Love that!

  • Angelle Lyman says:

    I love Marc, my high school sweetheart and husband of 21 years. He rocks! I love our teens Katie and Kemper, two amazing kids who have been a pleasure to raise. I am proud to call them mine. I love the privledge and honor of being a homemaker. I love serving my family and finding creative ways to make our home a beautiful and comfortable place where we can all relax and connect. I love having the opportunity to enjoy hobbies such as painting, decorating, jewelry making, and scrapbooking. I love my authentic friendships, faith in a good God, a healthy body, and financial security which allows me to be a blessing to others. I love living in South Louisiana near so many lakes, rivers, and bayous. I love good food, mild winters, and a community of friendly people who smile and offer a helping hand where needed. I absolutely LOVE my life and am grateful for all of my blessings.

  • Merle Etzkorn says:

    I love that I have such wonderful memories of travel and those travels are reflected in the way I decorate my home. . . with memorabilia that I collected along the way.

  • Robin Reid says:

    I love my community and all the people in it. I am so fortunate to live in one of the most amazing places on earth!

  • Deb Landy says:

    So many beautiful comments about family and people we love. That’s how love shows itself, through our connections with people (and living things like pets)
    What I am truly grateful for is the opportunity we have each day to begin again to show and share that love with those we love.

  • Donna says:

    I love my husband and children!

  • Kathi says:

    I love just being alive-so many friends and family are no longer on this earth and i really. really miss them.

  • Jennifer Smith says:

    I love my 11 year daughter, Audrey and my husband Paul. Also, my 4 dogs/administrative assistants. Happy Valentines day Maria!

  • Kim says:

    I love everything about my life, a great husband, great family and friends, and endless opportunities to do the things that I love.

  • Janice says:

    I love my family, my fur babies, friends, nice people, people who are not so nice, people who are like me, people that are not like me, my home, the stars, the moon, the blue sky, my country. I love life. Thanks so much for all you do Maria! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  • Shirley says:

    I love my husband,my sons,my sister,my friends and my dear newly departed dog.

  • Marion says:

    I love my three lovely children, my 8 grandchildren. Also a very satisfying career in interior design. Love my-co workers all of whom are extroadinary and fun. I love and appreciate the technology that makes my work so much easier and fun. Also love your blog!

  • Cynthia Miller says:

    I love my sweet husband and my family. They are all such blessings to me. I am truly thankful…

  • Mary says:

    I love that I’m able to see my grown children working hard to live good lives and teach their children the most important lessons that have been passed down for generations: be kind, be patient, work hard and enjoy the gift of your life.

  • Anne says:

    I love my family, my warm comfortable home, the community I’m a part of, and my cat!

  • Denise says:

    I love and am grateful for my sister, Janine, my best friend, Michael, my beautiful house, my loving kitties, Chatter and Squeak, and the peacock that has taken up residence on my veranda and who I’ve named Liberace.

  • Michelle says:

    I am so grateful for my chaotic, love filled life! Being the mom of two boys and wife of the most incredible man makes me happy and thankful for all I have. My days start at 5:30am and end around 10pm, with not a lot of “me time” in between but, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Donna says:

    Love doesn’t describe how open my heart is ! For my ability to be happy, peaceful, calm, playful, joyful is due to staying in the moment, for an unconditional love for myself and my fella, and happily working when so many aren’t happy or aren’t working. I am grateful to be ! <3

  • Cathie says:

    Reading all these comments made me so happy. I’m grateful for the love of friends, family, and 2 crazy pets. I love living in Victoria and being so close to the beach.

  • Agnes says:

    I love my life! I couldn’t say that a couple of years ago, but I took a leap of faith and landed in the sweet spot that I had always wished for and imagined. And I’m thankful for it every single day.

  • Boleyn says:

    I love looking out the window and seeing ‘sunshine’ even on cloudy days. I love being surrounded by nature. I love my rambunctious kids. I love my husband who continues to love me me always. I love the quiet and serenity I am now in. I love the opportunity to wake up each day and start a new fresh day. Thanks for asking..

  • liz says:

    i love gratitude~ what a joy to read all of the comments and stories above! life is so what you make it. it would be a shorter list to tell you what i don’t love about my life. my top few: my three beautiful healthy happy college age daughters, my husband of 28 years who said on my birthday a couple of days ago “i wake up before you every day, and can’t wait until you get up so i can be with you. i love our extraordinary ordinary life” (swoon, right?), my darling pair of shih tzu babies, and lastly, that i get paid to do what i can’t *not* do, interior design. my clients are such a pleasure! it comes easy for me, but i sometimes struggle with explaining the why of my work when it just comes from my gut. you have given me the language to tell them why colors work and don’t work, thank you so much! so, life is good1 thank you for the opportunity to talk about it! happy sunday!

  • Elaine says:

    I love the colors that God created in our world. The whites of winter, blues of the summer skies, oranges of autumn and the pinks of spring. Being able to bring those “outside” colors into our homes so that we can enjoy the moods and emotions that our favorite colors evoke in us, is very rewarding.

  • KJ says:

    I love my family (hubby of 16 years, 12 year old daughter and 9 year old son). I am so happy with them all!

  • Raylene says:

    I love all the patient people in my life. Who put up with my constant repainting and redesigning. I love having great friends that love to do the same thing and sharing their ideas with me. And I love this blog… great ideas shared everyday.

  • Dee says:

    I love my daughter…who is about to head off to college. The childhood years have passed too quickly!

  • Cindy says:

    I love my husband, our kids and our kids-in-law, and our beautiful grandsons – I love my mom and all my siblings and all my wonderful nieces & nephews. And, I love decorating!

  • Jadyn says:

    I love my husband, my two-year-old son and my 3-month-old daughter. My hubby and I are tired every day from broken up nights and chasing after a toddler, but of course I wouldn’t change it for the world. 🙂

  • TracyB says:

    I love my family and friends and my sweet dog. Every day he teaches me what joy means.

  • Mary says:

    I love my hubby of 37 years,,and I love that my son, his wife and my grandson live right next door, and I can see that gorgeous boy anytime i (or he) takes the notion! I love summer too! (Windchills of -37C here today,,,and yesterday,,and the day before that,,and I’m fairly sure it’s still going to be that cold in July at this rate!)

  • Linda says:

    Maria I love your generosity in sharing your knowledge. You may not know how far and wide it travels. Recently I was selecting tiles from a local paint/tile centre for a renovation. While there a lovely assistant was helping me with my selection and I mentioned the word “undertones” which in this region is a word that is as foreign as another language. Suddenly she eyed me curiously, while replying she had recently learnt all about undertones from a woman overseas. I was so excited I blurted out “was it Maria from Canada? She confirmed that is was you & she had bought your paint sample boards whilst visiting Canada. Where do we live? In regional Victoria Australia!!!

  • Adeline says:

    I have so much that I love and am grateful for. An awesome husband who has been in my corner since 1988 and who is MY number one fan. His love and support is all encompassing. A wonderful huge family – starting with my mother – there are 43 of us. Yup, 43. I have 8 siblings and there are 5 generations of us. Family reunions are a wonderful, fun time and we all look forward to seeing each other every second year for Christmas. Ma is 84 years old and is still full of energy and love. She bakes, knits, cleans, babysits, gardens and runs errands for “her little seniors” who can’t drive any more. Isn’t she fabulous ! I have very dear friends and the years and the thousands of miles have not dimmed our friendship. And new friends that I met through training in Neuro Linguistic Programming. Such an incredible, eye opening expericence ! I love having connected with Maria and her wonderful world of colour. My husband and I can take a house apart and renovate it from the foundation all the way up to the roof but we were stonewalled by a mere paint chip. Now a whole new colourful coordinated world has opened up and I am having fun with it and in it. Our house, instead of just being a residence, is now our home – it reflects who we are and how we want it to feel.

  • Linda says:

    The list would be long so I will make it short. I love my family. And I love my renovated white kitchen. I had the confidence to do an all white kitchen even though some skeptics thought it would be boring. I believe it was a success because of all I learned from you Maria. Thank you for your generosity of sharing your knowledge.

  • CJ says:

    I love my husband who I married on Valentine’s Day 26 years ago. I love my little Scottie dog. I love my parents and feel very grateful and blessed that they are still around. As my father says, “we’re still kicking”! I am grateful to have such a good life full of great friends, family and co-workers. Life is good!

  • Sandy says:

    I would have to say that I love God first because without him, the other things and people I love would not existent. And Maria, I absolutely LOVE the fact that I found you, your blog, your website and your color knowledge! It has simplified my life when it comes to color consults and I have many happy clients because of it..and I don’t even have your color boards nor have I attended your class! I’ve just followed, studied and read a TON! Thanks so much for this blog and for sharing your knowledge!

  • Franci says:

    Like so many have already said, I love my family. Without them, life would be empty. Everything else is just icing. Thank you for the giveaway, fingers crossed!

  • Kelly says:

    I love love love my home. I love the way I feel when I pull up to it. I love the way it just instantly lowers my stress level when I walk through the door. I love that it shelters the people and things I love most. In short, it’s perfectly imperfect and I’m so glad I get to live here. 😉

  • Nancy Schneider says:

    I am grateful for a loving God that made everything we have – colors in everything that He created whether in nature, people or creatures great and small.

  • Trish Todd says:

    I love that God is there to give me love, peace and guidance and that he has blessed me a wonderful husband (32 yrs.) and loving son. I love decorating and reading Maria’s posts!

  • Dorinda says:

    I LOVE your blog!

  • Babs Loyd says:

    I am recuperating from double cataract sugeries. What I love is that I can see colors clearly now. My family holds first place in the LOVE category and our three furballs, Maltese brother and sister, and Poodle-mix, keep my true love husband of 37 years and me laughing because of their daily antics. We are going to update our house rather than move, so the expert advice you offer in your books and posts will be a big help. Any chance you will come to TEXAS for one of your workshops? I would really LOVE that!

  • Kelly says:

    I love my sweet boys, Noah and Dylan… that I have a wonderful hubby and loving lab! I am happy that I am going to pursue my dreams of doing art and color consultations – of course! Thanks to people like you who stepped out and took a risk. Life is short, love it!

  • Jenice says:

    I love my life! I love my husband, my 4 sons, my awesome friends, my parents, my job and I am so happy that I get to enjoy this all in an amazing and blessed Country (even if my part, Northern Alberta, gets darn cold ; )

  • mary says:

    I love my sweet family: handsome hubby and three precious children that I’ve been blessed with. I love decorating our new three level town home. Most of all, I love when I get creative inspiration that comes directly from God- the best creator and decorator- to make beautiful things.

  • Brenda says:

    I love my wonderful husband of 43 yrs and for always being there with me through the bad and the good. And, Maria I love that you take the time to have this blog and allow us to share in your life.

  • RC says:

    I love my life in general and the people I share it with especially my children and hubby. Aside from that I love hope and perseverance, to continue with a smile, to embrace change, to set new goals…It’s just beautiful. And I love that I found your blog Maria, I don’t think I would be living in my beautiful dream home that is sooo perfect, because I followed your advice! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas with us and the world!

  • I love that I am creating a business doing all of the things I love and can help other people create a life they love and create environments they can love to live in!

  • Nancy says:

    I love family, friends and life. Every day is unique.

  • Lisa A says:

    I love my husband and the life we have created together, full of laughs, connections, adventures, admiration and respect.

  • Sylvia says:

    I love the little things…a warm day with a cool breeze, the way leaves sometimes quiver as sunlight filters through them, a big bright moon on clear and starry night, the silky feel of my dog’s fur between my finger tips. And I love the important things, my loving and supportive husband and faithful family who are there for me no matter what, good friends…I love life itself. And I love this blog. Thank you, Maria.

  • Fran says:

    There’s a lot to love in this life — my dear husband and son, my wonderful mother, great friends and work that I enjoy. I’m also grateful for you and your blog, Maria. You have enriched my life ever so much!

  • Paula Van Hoogen says:

    Maria, wow. The Lord has enabled you to touch the lives of ALL these people! Even in the asking of this question, you’ve opened the gratitude floodgates and God is praised! I love that! Life unfolds and we look around and WE are in the folds….. Patient husband Neil, my daughter who teaches me to exercise understanding and to see through spirit eyes, the transformed lives of my stepchildren, and good health, swimming! The privilege of prayer and the answers. You–Little Sparkle….

  • Julie says:

    I’m thankful for my family. This great country I live in, a God who loves me. Oh and color!

  • Shawna says:

    I love my adorable niece and nephew even though I don’t get to see them often enough. I also love everything I learned reading your blog.

  • Patrizia says:

    Of course, I love my family. I thank God every day for my daughter with mental disabilities that has taught me patience and compassion. And finally I love my profession. I am a teacher and I could not imagine doing anything else.

  • Andrea says:

    I love that I have a stable career that will sustain me through retirement (in only 10 years), and possibly beyond if I do jobs here and there. My dream was to be an interior designer but non-wealthy women (and possibly men) are effectively shut out of this career due to the high training and start-up costs — especially if you have children.

    Above all I love my children, now young adults in college. They are the joy of my life and my reward/forgiveness for all the mistakes in my life — including but not limited to marrying their father, who I have stuck with for 20 unhappy years due to said wonderful children.

    Now in late middle age it is time to take action to free myself from the terrible bind I’m in. Believe it or not, I love the thought of the freedom I will attain to live life on *my* terms and not those of a bullying, verbally abusive spouse who long ago broke the sanctity of the marital bond (long. ago.).

    All you women with wonderful, best-friend husbands are so fortunate and have every reason to love your lives. I look forward to the same, if not with a husband or partner, at least on my own!

    Lastly, Maria, I love you too. You are a role model and inspiration to me as you definitely live life on your own terms! I know it’s not always easy, but you seem strong enough to overcome obstacles and keep your values and goals clear. I love your life!

  • Lynn says:

    I love God. I love my husband, my family, and my home. And I love the sunshine.

  • Lena says:

    I love how everyone in my life is healthy and happy. I am so grateful to have a wonderful job with flexibility. And I’m so happy to be in love with a wonderful man:)

  • Mary says:

    I love your emails and website Maria. Thank you for sharing. I love living in Canada where we are free to be ourselves and follow our passion whatever it might be.

  • maria says:

    I love my mum, she’s my family. I love my friends, especially Domy, my best friend, I could always rely on his help. I love all the people who are – and have been – kind with me because when you are kind with people you make their lives better.
    And I love the way you explain the subtleties of color, Maria!

  • Connie says:

    Late to the party, but I love my wife and that we could finally be legally married after 33 years together.

  • Kathy kniep says:

    Love my husband,kids,in laws, grandkids. Love my home, views, friends,country, God.

  • Ann says:

    I love my yard in the summer time. I love to mow the grass and take care of all my landscaping.

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