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The Best of Colour me Happy 2010

By 12/31/2010January 27th, 201719 Comments


It’s almost New Years and I’m off tonight to celebrate. Dinner with friends downtown and a night at the brand new Fairmont Pacific Rim with the love of my life. So here’s the round-up for this years posts that got the most comments, tweets and links in case you missed one:



For anyone that already has a design blog or is considering starting one don’t miss this article.  Some of them are (tiny) pet peeves which I cleverly turned into tips.  Hey sometimes you need to know what doesn’t work in order to determine what does, right?
This tongue-in-cheek post about men and their love of wood struck a cord. Ladies, I don’t think the battle is over yet but your husband might get a chuckle out of this one 🙂
My posts on blogging are always popular and this one was no exception. If you waffle on how to handle negative comments, here’s two opinions (mine and Adam Baker’s).
This post gets a lot of hits through google searches because it is a very important question. And a sofa highly dictates the look and feel of your living or family room. So if you still don’t have a new sofa because you are not sure which colour you should buy? Read this one. Since we are taking about sofa’s here’s my take on when leather is appropriate.
Everyone loves to weigh in with their opinion and this post was no exception.  Was it the headline that made this one so popular?  Only you know for sure.
My dear friend Liz died a little over a year ago and I miss her so much. She was a wonderful designer, mentor, friend, mother and wife. She lived life full out and this post outlines the best lessons I learned from her. Read on, if you are a designer, it’s a good one.
Photo by Maria Killam
I always get lots of lovely comments when I post my own projects. This office was inspired by The Devil Wears Prada and I think we were all in love with the Colour of 2010 which was Turquoise.
This post is not just for designers.  It’s for anyone in the service business who needs to be reminded (again) not to work for free. Boundaries–we all need them–and it’s hard when our clients become our friends too! My clients are the best!
Happy New Year everyone!
If you would like your home to fill you with happiness every time you walk in, contact me.
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  • Susan Seale says:

    Happy New Year, Maria! I have so enjoyed reading your blog these last few months. I wanted to let you know about another blog I love (it's not a design blog…it's a music therapy blog)

    Rachel recently moved her entire blog from blogger to wordpress. I recall you mentioning that you wished you were using wordpress. If you scroll down to the bottom of her blog page you will see that she is offering to assist others with creating a blog on wordpress.

    Wishing you much happiness and prosperity in 2011!

  • Splendid Sass says:

    I am so happy that I found your helpful and beautiful blog this year. I can't wait to see what you have planned for 2011!
    Happy New Year!

  • Ideezine says:


    Great round up of 2010. Perfect advice for 2011 and wonderful learning tools in between. It's been great following you and commenting blog to blog. Keep up the great advice and examples we're all learn something for sure.

    Have a wonderful time ringing in the new year cheers!


  • camdesign says:

    Best Wishes for 2011 to you Maria, Regards, Carol Ann

  • Polly @ Make Mine Beautiful says:

    2010 zipped by us so quickly, and there was an explosion of new decorating blogs, so there was a lot to see. So much so, that I seem to have forgotten so many of the good posts. Thanks for the reminder. I always enjoy reading your posts and appreciate the research you've put in to them.

    Raising a glass to you for another great year of success ahead! Have a very happy new year!

  • Cindy from Cin Design Studio in MA says:

    Happy New Year! I always make time to read your blog – many nights spent clicking deeper and deeper until I'm cross-eyed… 2011 is going to be a big year for my design business – I moved to a new space in a busier hipper building and plan to take my business up a level. You are an inspiration and I look forward to hearing from you in 2011!

  • Mary says:

    Happy New Year, Maria!
    I have to say your post about Lessons from Mad Men made me feel guilty about asking you about painting my kitchen. I appreciated your advice though. I painted it Quiet Momnets & I'm very happy with it. This spring we are getting hardwood floors & I'll be able to paint my cabinets white. I'm so excited for the Spring!
    Enjoy your evening with the "love of your life". Sounds like he makes you happy. Which makes me happy.

  • Karena says:

    Maria, those that I have read I loved; and will now take a look at the others! So many great blogs and I just need nore hours for reading!!

    Happy New Years!

    Art by Karena

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year with the love of your life. I love reading your blog and continually learn new things from your posts. I remember all the posts you mentioned in your list. It's funny I just did a post on some little blue Tiffany boxes that appeared under our Christmas tree ( I had a blast doing the Tiffany box photo shoot because they are just so darn pretty.

  • Luciane From says:


    You inspire me every day and all I can say is thank you for all the beautiful post you do with so much care.

    May you have so many blessings in 2011!


    Luciane at

  • Brillante Home Decor says:

    All your posts are great and I am looking forward to a year of new ones.
    Happy New Year to you and your loved one.

  • Hey Maria, Happy New year! I'm looking forward to another year of learning with you. Thanks for everything in 2010.

  • Design Elements says:

    Happy new year, Maria! Wishing you a great year full with love, laughter, joy and success! Wonderful round up.

  • Donna says:

    Happy New Year Maria! I loved ALL of these posts! I remember them very well and the comments were so fun..and funny to read. You can always tell when we ladies, or gents, are passionate about a subject. I confess to clicking on the Is Quartz sexier than Granite for the obvious reason..what does quartz have to do with that adjective…is it subliminal..I don't know. Lol! I just couldn't help myself..Ha!

    And that post on wood..and men..was just fantastic and true as it could be. Hilarious!

    I'm so glad I met you Maria. You've become the dearest bloggy friend I have except for a couple of real life ones who also blog. :O)

    Have a lovely new year!

    Donna @ Comin' Home

  • Jennifer says:

    Happy New Year!
    Thank you so much for this post. I read every single one of your posts and sometimes as time goes on, I forget certain points. Maybe one post is more valid to me the second or third time reading it depending on what I'm working on or who I'm working with. It is great to refresh on your past posts so thank you for the reminders that they are there!

  • bbrunophotography says:

    Maria, I'm going to have to read these favorite posts the way I eat chocolate kisses – verrrry slowly. Thanks for the link via Twitter!

    Have a fabulous new year.

  • Mona Thompson says:

    Maria, I have enjoyed your blog so much this year. I don't think I missed any of these posts the first time and certainly enjoyed re-visiting them today. I've learned a lot from you. Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2011. Happy New Year! Mona

  • classic • casual • home says:

    Bravo to you for such interesting and fun posts. Great to read some again. Happy New Year!
    Mary Ann

  • Laura@Developing Designs says:

    Happy New Year! As always, any blog post you compose is always a favorite of mine. Looking forward to more in the fab year ahead…. Keep on being happy. xo

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