renovation Columns

August 15, 2016
A hand-painted baseboard enhances this enchanting guest room.

Give your baseboards a boost with my decorating tricks this week…...(read more)

June 2, 2014

Dear Debbie,


Our urban backyard is “fenced off” by a concrete wall. It looks rather bleak. We love colour and wonder if painting the concrete would be a mistake. It would cheer up the garden. Thanks.


Dear Monica,

There are so many ways to bring colour to your backyard. Of course, nature is inspiring with all the brilliant blooms of spring and summer. But for a year-round solution, why not paint that wall?

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April 28, 2014

Of all the rooms in a home, the kitchen reigns as the most used. And as such, its updating is one of the big priorities when thoughts of renovating come to mind.

There is no shortage of information on the subject. Design magazines, decorating books, TV shows and the Internet overflow with inspiration, new products, timely tips and trendsetting styles. I’ve produced shows and written books that feature old or tired kitchens transformed with paint and imaginative design solutions. And I am always on the lookout for the next best thing, a style that rocks, a design that makes the heart of the home work and look the best it can.


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