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Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don’t

By 06/07/2016February 21st, 201725 Comments

My last two Specify Colour With Confidence™ events held back to back in Toronto and then New Jersey were off the charts! I have been so inspired meeting designers and colour enthusiasts from all over the country who have followed my work for so many years. One designer in Toronto (who wanted to remain nameless) told me that after she did my course 4 years ago, her annual income went up from $30,000 to $100,000.

Another designer confided that after she started following my work, her sales in the furniture store she worked at went way up!

So if you can learn that much just from following this blog, imagine what you could learn at one of my events!

You still have to have the gift of creativity but moving from understanding colour from your ‘spidey senses’ or your ‘gut’ to discovering the reason ‘why’ your suggestions will work or not is INVALUABLE.

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam

Kim Mauney is an interior designer in Charlotte, NC. She wanted to attend my Charlotte course right before High Point in the Spring but it was sold out so when I posted the dates for Basking Ridge, NJ, she jumped in along with her long-time client and good friend Lindsay Rocco (below left).

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam

Lindsay Rocco and Kim Mauney

At dinner last Thursday night during my Specify Colour with Confidence™ course, Lindsay said, “Have you seen Kim’s house? It’s so beautiful”. Kim showed me her phone and I asked to post them, and here it is:


The range is  La Cornue (the cream one, not the white one), the unlaquered brass faucet in the kitchen is Waterworks, the mirror behind the sink and the chandelier are antique.

Kim’s house is painted BM OC-35 Spanish White. The trim is the same colour, she didn’t want her walls to read cream by painting the trim a contrasting white.

Apparently painting walls and trim the same white is a trend on the East Coast, have you noticed that?

She painted her floors as well, they are Spanish White and F&B Stony Ground Kim’s goal in painting the floor was to make the kitchen feel like a little jewel box. She thought brown floors would take away from that feeling.

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam


Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam



The zinc coffee table in the family room came from Bungalow Classic in Atlanta.

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam

The table and chairs are made by Minton Spidell.

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam

This fabulous blue was a custom shade.

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam




Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam




Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam

Kim Mauney, Interior Designer, Stone Sheep Studio

Here’s what Kim said about the course:

“I just want to tell you again how much I thoroughly enjoyed your seminar. I have spent my life analyzing color (hair color, fabric color, ocean color etc.), but hearing your explanation and thoughts on color made me see the world in an entirely new way. I have relied on my gut for color selection for so many years, but now I have your system when my gut isn’t sure. I hope to see your level two class listed soon!”

I will be back in Charlotte right before High Point in the Fall and this past Spring it was sold out for over 2 months prior to the course, so if you want to catch it this October, register here.

And if you’ve been waiting for me to come to LA nows your chance in September, register here.

Spidey Senses Only Work Until they Don't | Maria Killam

Fabulous group of women in Basking Ridge, NJ

There were a group of 9 designers from the Interior Decorators Network and Melissa Bolinger from Seattle (lower far left) wrote this super fun post about the course here.

In other news, it’s my 49th Birthday today, so I’m going to finish this post and go sit out on my deck while the weather holds with a glass of sparkly!

Have a great week everyone! xoxo Maria

If you would like to transform the way you see colour, become a True Colour Expert.

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  • Fran says:

    Happy birthday, Maria! Whatever you’re doing, keep it up . . . you’re looking great! I hope this will be your best year yet.

  • Kendal says:

    Happiest of happy birthdays to you!! I’m with Fran, you are looking amazing 🙂 Still absorbing the fun and knowledge from your Dallas class! xoxo

  • Great post, Maria, and many happy returns of the day! What a beautiful home, Kim! It was so nice to meet you in Basking Ridge 🙂

  • Hope you are having a happy, relaxing birthday after an intense two week stretch of hard work and travel!

    I am so grateful for being one of your students in NJ last week. Kim explained the benefits of your True Colour Expert™️ workshop so well, I agree with her.

    Thank you for the great article. Kim’s house is so beautiful, I could cry! What an inspiration! Kim is not only a brilliant interior designer, but she is also humble, down to earth, gorgeous, and a lovely person!

    Thank you, also, for giving my blog post a shout out today!

    Big hugs to you and Terreeia!

  • diane @ color harmony says:

    Happy Birthday!

  • Robin says:

    Happy Birthday!

  • Rocky Kirkeby says:

    Happy Birthday dear Maria!!!!!

  • Angela N says:

    I knew I liked you for a reason, as a fellow gemini!! Happy Birthday! I would love it if you came to FL!

  • Mary-Illinois says:

    Shut up! You are NOT 49 today! I always thought you were in your late 30’s. I am blown away.
    You need to start posting how you take care of yourself. Cuz you look amazing! Happy Birthday.
    Don’t forget your salt & vinegar chips to go with your wine. It is your birthday after all.

  • Jeri says:

    I’m going to have a glass of sparkly in your honor tonight, Maria!
    Wishing you as much fun and color as you shared with us in Basking Ridge last week! Thank you again for an awesome seminar.
    Shout out to Terreeia – hey girl!

  • Deborah says:

    Happy Birthday fellow Gemini! I started following you a few years ago, one blog lead to another and I have learned so much. My house looks SO much better and friends are coming to me for design advice. I am always telling people about Maria Killam, the color expert.

  • Linda says:

    A Gemini fest! Me too and 69th (WHAT?) this Saturday.

    I love Kim’s home, especially the kitchen and bathroom (claw-foot love) and pale, checkerboard floors are one of my ‘things.’ You have not mentioned returning to Toronto and I had suggested another place just across the NY state border at Niagara Falls NY. It’s ‘Niagara-On-The-Lake’ (NOTL). You would love it and it’s a perfect spot for you and Terreeia to spend time. Beautiful, quaint and historic with incredible places to dine – stay at The Prince of Wales Inn or one of many in the town. If the Shaw festival is on at the time, take in a play. I am really considering taking your course, but you have to come back please.. please?

    And of course, Happy Birth DAY.


  • Connie says:

    Today’s my birthday, too, so wishing you a great day–and BTW I really enjoy reading and learning from your blog!

  • Norma says:

    Happy Birthday Maria! Toast the bubbly!

  • Melanie Glick says:

    Happy Bithday Maria! Wishing you a
    year of Fun, Laughter and wonderful
    Blown away too! You look fabulous darling!

  • Gayle Ahrens says:

    Maria…..such a fabulous seminar. Last week changed the way that I see and use color in all aspects of my life but especially in my design work.
    Thank you for your insight, your knowledge and for sharing your life experiences….. Your seminar was a delightful learning experience sprinkled with magic and wonderful people❤️

  • Brenda says:

    Happy Birthday Maria !!! You are fabulous — keep up the great blog!!! And I agree with the others you do look GREAT!!!

  • Anne says:

    Happy Happy Birthday to someone that certainly doesn’t look her age! Thanks for all your inspiration too!

  • GaBi says:

    Happy birthday ,good health and lots of happiness

  • Carol says:

    Happy Birthday Maria!!!!! I think you have found
    your true calling and how great is it that you bring
    so much joy and happiness to others thru it….You
    should truly be satisfied with all you have done!!!

  • Judy says:

    Love these photos, such beautiful spaces.
    Happy Birthday to you. Enjoy your special day. ❤️

  • Ana Alicia says:

    Happy Birthday Maria!
    Great post, love Kim’s home!
    It was fun to see my fellow friends and redecorators from the IRN on your post!
    Be pampered! You and Terreeia look great!

  • mrsben says:

    BELATED, HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO YOU Maria. Hope you had a wonderful day. Glad to hear that your seminars were a success. (Such a wonderful group of ladies.) Kim’s home is beautiful BTW and very inspiring, so thank you both for sharing. -Brenda-

  • Karen Asbell says:

    Happy Birthday!

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