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What it Looks like to be in a Private Forum

By 07/24/2013August 1st, 201820 Comments

What it Looks like to be in a Private Forum

Toronto location of my True Colour Expert Training this past Spring

Once you complete my Colour training, you are eligible to be included in my True Colour Expert private forum on Facebook. Ever wondered what that would be like? Well if you are a designer who works from home alone, this is a great place to be mentored by me and over 100 True Colour Experts from all over North America.

Do you ever get stuck? Have a question or need a place to vent? This is the place to be.

What it looks like to be in a private forum

(This excerpt was used with permission). . .

What it looks like to be in a Private Forum

Back row: Loretta Kukkonen, Leslie Huntley, Renee Crusell, Marilyn Cottier

Middle row: Schalene Dagutis, Kelly Lautenbach, Allyson Paris, Ginny Truyens, Dawn Johnson, Livia Drennan, Nancy Roberts, Carey Webster
Front row: Beverly Leeck, Janice Lindsay, Maria Killam, Susan Silverman, Karen Baird and Irene Hill

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We had lunch at Hogworths, where we looked for Harry Potter but did not spot him.

What it's like to be in a Private Forum

Question from a True Colour Expert Forum member

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Question to the group from a forum member

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What it’s like using my Large Colour Samples

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Dawn Johnson and Ginny Truyens

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Sometimes we just play. . .

What it Looks like to be in a Private Forum

Maria Killam & Leslie Huntley

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Question from a forum member. . .

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And the questions go on and on. . .

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Susan Silverman, Renee Crusell and Allyson Paris

What it Looks like to be in a Private Forum

We also loved our Vancouver location this Spring right downtown:

What it Looks like to be in a Private Forum

What it Looks like to be in a Private Forum

Question for the group. . .

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What people say about the Private True Colour Expert Facebook page. . . 

 I enjoy the lively discussion and differing points of view offered on the forum. I’ve learned so much and have met so many great designers, everyone is generous with their gifts and knowledge. I especially enjoy the priviledge of being able to tap the wealth of technical knowledge from professional painters and decorative artists. Not just the “Why” but the “How” can be learned from the forum! Hannah Dee Interiors

I love the sounding board the forum offers me. Its such a great place to bounce ideas off and get input on projects. We get to share the good, the bad and the funny. I absolutely adore my TCE girls. Heidi Nyline

Maria, this is a class in it’s own right! Each photo challenge is like an exercise in color undertones and placement. Plus a place to “get real” about how you feel about your work and customers! Thanks, Maria, for making this available!!! Paula VanHoogen

Even more than the technical and design resources, Maria’s “Secret” Facebook page gives us all a safe place to ask questions and support each other. The encouragement from this group of ladies is overwhelmingly supportive – and it’s a lot of fun as well! I look forward to checking in every day!” Jil McDonald


What it's like to be in a Private Forum

Back row: Max Ruthven, Mia Staysko, April King, Cathy Gibson, Lynette Husum, Robin Luchsinger
Front row: Cindy Ansley, Holly Holbrook, Maria Killam, Karen Goodale, Nancy DeVries

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April King, Cindy Ansley & Nancy DeVries

What people are saying about my True Colour Expert Training. . . 

Dear Maria,
You might be surprised to hear I think about you all the time.  But not in a creepy stocker kind of way.  More like I’m so grateful to have found you. I’ve learned so much from your blog and even more from the color workshop I attended last February.  It was a great investment in my business.  As a stager/designer I do color consultations frequently.  I use your large sample boards and the knowledge I have from your ebook and training.  The sample boards are THE best color tool I have.  I’m fascinated by color and your theory has had a huge impact in my life.  It’s like the express train.  I don’t know how long it would have taken me on my own to understand what you’ve created in your system. So, thank you.  I have my fingers crossed you’ll create an advanced class, please?
Thanks again for adding so much to my life/business. Ruth Chancellor Designs
The Toronto experience was rewarding in so many ways, so stimulating from a creative point of view and so supportive from a personal and professional point of view. Maria was incredible, she is so strong and business-minded, as well as talented, quite inspiring. I’m also really loving the Private Facebook Forum, what a stroke of genius she had in creating this! Allyson Paris


Attending Maria’s TCE workshop opened up a new world to me of how I see color! If that wasn’t amazing enough, she added a TCE forum that opened up a network of designers, color experts and color enthusiasts from across the US and Canada. My fellow TCE’s are so open with their knowledge and ideas and there to support me in my design triumphs and my failures. Through the forum, I am able to continue learning about color in ways I never thought possible and make a ton of new friends doing it. Andrea Anthony Brooks


Isn’t it time you became a True Colour Expert? 

Sign up here.

Related posts:

Maria’s Colour Training is IDCEC Approved

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If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk up to the front door, become a client. On-line or In-person.

Download my eBook, How to Choose Paint Colours – It’s All in the Undertones to get my complete step-by-step system on how to get colour to do what you want.

To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!

If you would like to learn how to choose colour with confidence, become a True Colour Expert. 

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  • Design & Decor says:

    Please come to Kelowna..I would love to take one of your classes..
    Shelley 🙂

    • Maria Killam says:

      Haha, Vancouver is the closest for you, unless you have 20 people who want to register in Kelowna, then I’ll come 🙂 Maria

  • Cathy Z says:

    The stars finally aligned and I’m signed up for the Toronto one and am so excited! This was a super fun post, quite the teaser.

  • Sarah Rideout says:

    going to one of your classes is on my bucket list! I was LOL at the start of this post, my neighbors painted their stucco home dark brown and black on the stucco trim above the windows, it looks like it has dark eyebrows!

  • Susan@Susan Silverman Designs says:

    Love this post. I feel like our workshop was just yesterday. But I especially love the private forum. Everyone is always so helpful and so much fun. I belong to other private forums, but nothing compares to this one. Thank you so much, Maria.


  • Franki says:

    Well…I would love to visit Toronto…beautiful photos!! franki

  • Lisa says:

    Hoping to attend in September!!

  • Heather says:

    Great post Maria. You really have captured the essence and import of your program. And imagine, taking your course in colour at the maginificent VanDuesen Garden’s in Vancouver! Almost makes me want to do the course all over again.

  • Lisa Groshens says:

    The TCE Private Forum is like a daily ‘continuing education’. After learning so much from Maria Killam, that knowledge is reinforced as it applies to all of our endless situations! This is an inclusive group that consults, counsels, supports and giggles every day! I feel extremely fortunate to to among such talented and wonderful people!

  • Valerie says:

    Hello Maria, I have been following your post for quite a while now and thoroughly enjoy everything you share, including updates about your lovely home. I would like to know what prerequisites or prior knowledge one needs to have to sign up for one of your True Colour Expert training courses. Thank you! – Valerie

    • Maria Killam says:

      That is a great question. Designers who have been in the business for years are in the same place as new decorators or homeowners because this is my system which everyone is learning at the same time. Anyone without design experience will fit right in. You just need to be in love with colour!

  • Connie says:

    I wish you would post some of the private forum questions and answers once in a while with common questions…..for those of us who “aren’t in the business” but would love to know for our own decsions….envy those lucky gals!

  • susan says:

    SF/North Bay Wine Country, please?

  • Bhavana says:

    Sigh, sigh. I second a lot of sentiments that Ruth Chancellor Designs feels. All the way here in India, just from reading your blog. You would do very well as a Professor too. You teach so well.

  • Lori says:

    Shelley…count me as #2 for Kelowna…next year?
    Lori from Nelson.

  • Dimi says:

    How about a tour in Europe? Start with Italy and hop over to Greece. You’d have to lower your prices a bit (we’re all unemployed, starving designers here you know…), but hey – we have lots of sun and greek food to compensate! I’d love to meet you in person and talk about the differences of designing in different countries!! (I was always fascinated about the ways in which the climate can affect the style of living). Cheers to you and Terreeia!

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