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OMG I’m on the Cover of the Colour Issue!

By 02/23/2014February 4th, 201763 Comments

Okay it doesn’t come as a complete surprise, my fabulous photographer Tracey Ayton emailed me a few weeks ago and said to keep it hush, hush.

I was still holding my breath though, until I saw it myself until one of my True Colour Experts™, Sarah Hepburn-Smith posted a picture on our private Facebook page this weekend! She was one of the first to receive her subscription in the mail!

OMG I'm on the Cover of the Colour Issue!


I have loved this magazine for as long as I’ve been reading it and I am honoured and so grateful to not only have my home grace it’s pages but to make the cover!

Thanks so much to everyone at Style at Home, I am totally thrilled!!

I’ll post all the before’s and after’s when I get my issue which should arrive any day now! Finally, you’ll see my kitchen photographed properly, Tracey did a beautiful job and it was her styling eye that spotted my milk glass collection which we ended up displaying on the island! Can’t wait to show you!

Pirkko & Maria

Terreeia and I had a lovely dinner on Saturday night with Pirkko who is one of my Mom’s dearest and oldest friends! They met when my Mom and Dad first moved to Victoria when I was around two years old! Pirkko has become a dear friend of mine too over the years that we’ve known her family and it was so great to catch up!

Time to celebrate now. . . gotta run!

PS. I’m thinking it was worth it in the end, to choose drapery over Italy last fall, haha.

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  • Farha Syed says:

    Congratulations Maria

    It looks great.

  • Louise says:

    Two thumbs up!!!!!

  • Woot woot!!! Congratulations Maria! Your house is so gorgeous… I’m so happy to have gotten the personal tour! 😉 Can’t wait to see Tracey’s pics! (Is there snow out your way too?)

  • Kimberly says:

    Yes, drapery over Italy did pay off! 🙂 So happy for you!! Can’t wait to see all the photos!

  • Italy will be still there for a long time…a cover on a magazine? Priceless. So proud of you.

  • Sarah says:

    Congratulations!! It is hard-earned and well-deserved accomplishment, Maria. I’m excited to get this magazine and especially to see your kitchen.

  • Livia says:

    I had goosebumps when I saw Sarah’s post on our private Facebook page, I have goosebumps now as I read your post. If I see the April’s Style at Home on stands before I get it in the mail I buy it! Can hardly wait…

  • Gwen DeBruyn says:

    Congratulations Maria! So few designers are selected for a national magazine…and the cover!! A well deserved honor! I think I’ll celebrate too – time for a glass of wine and a toast to your success!

  • Sue markley says:

    Way to go…you deserve it because you are so talented.

  • congrats – you are an extra hard working designer who is always achieving more. I admire that about you Maria.

  • Joan says:

    Hey, Maria… Congratulations! Here’s to your ongoing commitment to creating beautiful spaces, ongoing learning, and sharing with all of us. The cover feature is well deserved acknowledgement of your work.

  • Kathy says:

    How exciting for you! Congrats!

  • I’m so happy for you!


  • Mary Lou Fritz says:

    That’s wonderful Maria,
    Mary in Ohio

  • What an inspiration you are – well done, from an interior designer down under.

    Congratulations!!!! 🙂

  • Mary Ellen says:

    Wow! How fabulous! Congratulations! This is such an honor – and a well-deserved one.

  • Bonnie says:

    Congratulations! The cover is beautiful.

  • Kathi says:

    Congrats Maria,what a honor-look at bright and fresh your dining room looks, we have been seeing it all along and now we can share you with the world!!

  • Mary says:

    I don’t care how cold it is, I’m running out to get my hands on your magazine. I HAVE to see my friend’s pictures!
    So proud of you!

  • Loribeth says:

    Congrats! So when are we going to see these infamous curtains????

  • Jane W. says:

    CONGRATS Maria!
    This is one of my all time favourite home decor magazines. Looks like you’re really made the big time!

  • Susan says:

    Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!
    This is soooo fabulous and soooo deserved:)

  • Ellen says:

    Congratulations Maria. The cover is beautiful ! Cannot wait for the reveal. Drapery was the better choice.


  • Anne says:

    Congratulation on your success. All your hard work and dedication paid off. It’s well deserved.
    Wishing you continued success.

  • Congratulations Maria!

  • Ginny says:

    My copy arrived and I must say it is the most stunning cover, just makes me happy to look at it on my coffee table! Your home is fabulous (not surprising) and it is so exciting to see your work featured in this magazine! Congratulations Maria, very happy for you!

  • Karen says:

    Maria – This is just one of your many ” highs” on your road to greater and greater fame. Well deserved. Congrats. And it is fun to follow your journey thru your blog.

  • Linda Leyble says:

    Congrats Maria…you deserve it! Can we get a copy here in the States? I know the magazine online, but i don’t think I have seen in in stores here.


    • Christy Sharafinski says:

      If anyone has it, Linda, it would probably be Barnes & Noble. Bet it’s worth checking out if you’re near one…

  • mrsben says:

    A BIG CONGRATS, Maria. I’ve been a subscriber of (Canada’s) Style At Home Magazine for years. Anxiously waiting to receive the issue. ☺ -Brenda-

    • mrsben says:

      Ah, just received my copy today. How is that for timing? No spoiler alert required and will just say; very impressive Maria and very happy for you. ☺ -Brenda-

  • Christy Sharafinski says:

    So happy for you! Your color combos deserve recognition like that, Maria! Job well done!

  • Congratulations, Maria! That is awesome, and the magazine cover looks fabulous 🙂

  • Tess says:

    Congratulations!!! Yay you!!! So exiting! xo Tess

  • Brooke says:

    Congratulations! Your daily readers knew you were destined for the spotlight years ago! Good things are happening for you Maria, so pleased for you and your family. xo

  • Karen Goodale says:

    I am so happy for you Maria!
    Congrats on your latest success!

  • Fran says:

    I’m so happy for you, Maria! Congratulations!

  • Michelle Ku says:

    Congratulations Maria! How exciting.

  • Lorri says:

    I only discovered this blog a few months ago and really enjoy it.

    Congratulations on not only getting published in the magazine, but also making the cover! What an honor.

  • Kim says:

    Woohoo! My favorite color girl is a star! Doesn’t surprise me at all:) Congrats!

  • I’m so thrilled for you Maria! What a wonderful illustration of the power of setting CLEAR goals. 🙂 Enjoy — you’ve earned it!

  • You are our Cover Girl…well-earned and an inspiration to us all that hard work, focus, and, as Carol says above, clear goals get great results! That’s wonderful Maria. Congratulations!

  • You have worked very hard for this, and deserve all the applause. Congratulations!

  • Carol says:

    Congratulations Maria……….can’t wait to see it!!!. Hope
    I can find a copy down here in the southern US!!

  • You should celebrate…. by going to Italy!!!!

    • Paula Van Hoogen says:

      I’ll SECOND that!!!
      You are a STAR, Maria!
      Happy to know you 🙂
      Blessings (are here!),
      xo, Paula

  • Karen says:

    Congratulations Maria! An extremely well deserved honor! Shalom!

  • Adrienne Gerein says:

    Congratulations Maria! this is a well deserved accomplishment. It doesn’t surprise me at all. I feel honoured to have you as one of my favorite mentors

  • GaBi says:

    Congratulations Maria, hard work bring results.

  • Carol Anne says:

    CongratulationsIt is hard-earned and well-deserved accomplishment, Maria

  • BillP says:

    Congrats on the cover! It looks so bright and fresh.

  • Sharon says:

    Congratulations Maria. I have had a subscription to Style at Home for the past few years after buying every issue for many years! I was pondering a while ago why you hadn’t made the cover with your home (when you lived in Vancouver) and certainly WHY they didn’t use you more in the whole discussion of colour and choices, etc. Well you have made it and hopefully with all the positive responses I am sure the magazine will receive they will be knocking on your door regularly!

  • Wow!!!! Congratulations!
    What a feeling:)

  • Betsy OShea says:

    Good for you Maria, I cant wait to see the before and after shots from the magazine….It is quite an accomplishment to get into a home décor mag let alone the cover. Where are those drapes??? Post them now….LOL

  • karen says:

    Maria, that is fabulous news! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations. Your home is gorgeous and it should be on the cover. What a great accomplishment. Looking forward to seeing it.

  • teresa says:

    congrats!!!! Can’t wait to see it all. You DESERVE it, really., especially after giving up Italy. (But hopefully, you’ll go another time.)

  • cathy gibson says:

    Great job Maria! Can’t wait to see your kitchen photos…..and pick up the magazine to drool over the cover ! Congratulations!

  • joanne says:

    Congratulations! I’m not a decorator but I am a loyal follower. I look forward to your post everyday.
    And someday hope to do a consult with you.
    But where to begin is the problem.
    I’m checking Barnes and Noble first thing tomorrow. So happy for you.

  • Mary says:

    Above average!

  • Linda Fitzgerald says:

    Ran to my gathering stack of decor mags I hadn’t got around to yet and voila – there you are! Congrats. I used to ‘scout’ (free-lance) and write for some of the big Canadian decor mags and was ‘over the moon’ when they made the cover. So exciting. Can’t wait for you to post the pics, so I can ‘pin’ them. I see you’re coming close to home in May, and am going to check that out, in case I can make it and finally get to meet you. Again, congratulations and I hope you celebrated well…

  • I received the magazine yesterday, looks amazing Maria! So beautiful and bright, well done! xo

  • Nancy O'Brien says:

    Dedication, talent and hard work pay off! Way to go!

  • Of course you are Maria! Very excited for you! Can’t wait to see more of the detail! Hope to see you in Atlanta!


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