August 25, 2014

Dear Debbie,


We are redecorating an older home that has less-than-perfect walls. I have read about your paint techniques that can camouflage dents and cracks, but what about wallpaper? Our style is modern and I don’t think textured paint finishes would work here.


Dear Sandra,


The paint techniques that camouflage imperfections are typically ones that suit styles that incorporate frescoes, marbling effects or layers of shading (aging techniques) that break up the solid surface to such an extent that the mars on the wall almost become invisible, or simply don’t matter. These are a great solution for rooms that are Victorian, Italian Renaissance or other styles that suit aged or complex patterns. Modern rooms call for simpler techniques. You can texture your walls, but with a more contemporary pattern. That’s where the new textured wallpapers come in. Of particular interest are the paintable wallpapers, as you can paint them any colour that fits your decor. 

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August 18, 2014

One of the most joyful decorating experiences has got to be preparing a nursery. All the dreams and good wishes for our children start here. This room represents a starting point, and a safe haven where bunny rabbits can talk, bees whisper secrets, wild animals are our best friends and birds teach us how to fly.

We spend many hours in the nursery, day and night, feeding, changing, reading and singing to our babies, so this room is a haven for moms and dads too. You have a happy range of colours and themes to choose from, and my advice is to go with what your inner child loves.


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August 11, 2014

Dear Debbie,

We have ordered a new garage door that comes primed but not painted. Our 40-year-old house has natural cedar siding and some brown trim, somewhat arts and crafts style. The garage takes up approximately 50% of the front façade. Do you have any colour suggestions? Think fun. We are in our 70s, and want fun/tasteful/pretty. Many thanks.


Dear Sue,

Colour is an individual choice, but it also needs to work with the colour of your home’s exterior cladding. What could look fabulous on your garage door is a smoky grey/green-blue colour. Think turquoise that is softened with grey. Any shades of blue go well with wood shades, and this choice has lots of life to it. Although front doors and trim look good in a high gloss finish, because the garage door is so large, use a satin finish. ...(read more)