COTE DE TEXAS: Summer School!

Summer School!

One of my favorite bloggers is Maria Killam who is also a sponsor on Cote de Texas.  Maria and I both started blogging around the same time all those years ago!  She is a color expert and is my go-to lady for any questions I might have about tone and shade.   Her collection of paint boards HERE are wonderful – and I use them on almost every job I do.   Maria is a great hands-on writer and her blog, Colour Me Happy, is filled with stories and tips about decorating and color that readers find invaluable. 
Last year Maria hosted a very successful webinar called “How To Choose Exterior Paint Colours With Confidence” HERE.  The response to her course on Paint Colours was so positive she decided to put together a new webinar on decoration called “Renovate With Confidence - Focus on Finishes.” 
Maria asked if she might introduce her course here – in case any Cote de Texas readers are interested in enrolling.  Below is a short description of the webinar which I am presenting today.  If you are interested in the course, it will be discounted if you enroll before Sunday evening @ 11:59 pm. 

Maria told me that classic and timeless elements are the foundation of every post she writes on decorating as well as the courses she teaches,  which is how her new course evolved.  Over the years she has received the same email over and over:
“Maria – when are you going to offer a decorating workshop for us homeowners?  I’ve read everything you have written about color on your blog and try to incorporate what you say in my home but I still need more help on decorating!”
Because of all these requests, Maria has created a new 4 week training webinar that is a journey for homeowners, renters, and design enthusiasts.  The course will held guide you on how to see and choose colour for your new house or your renovation.
The course is called “Renovate with Confidence – Focus on Finishes:  Summer School with Maria Killam.”

Through this course Maria will reveal the step by step order she uses to choose finishes for new houses.  For those who are renovating, her “Colour Confidence Method™” will give you the tools to look at any house through the eyes of a designer and make sure you spend your precious renovation dollars correctly.
This training is for you if:

1. You are planning a renovation but you're paralyzed by all the choices you need to make and you don't know where to start.
2. You are building a new house and would love to learn a step-by-step process on what to source first. When do you choose the countertops, flooring, walls, trim colour and everything else? 
3. You look at paint colours, countertops and tiles and ask yourself any of these questions: Is it beige or gray? Is it the right gray? Will I love this countertop when it's installed? Will this white look too dingy or too cold? Will I love this turquoise shade when it goes up or will it turn into another colour all together? 
4.  You look at endless colour chips and feel your eyes roll into the back of your head with overload. 
5.  You wish there was a 'system' that would help you organize colour in your mind. (There is.)  
6.  You rely on your best guess and cross your fingers in hopes you've chosen the right colour and the right finishes. 
Ask yourself:  How much money have you wasted on mistakes in the past?   This course will teach you when to follow the rules and when you need to break them in order to get the beautiful result that you want.
 Maria promises her webinar will teach you all the answers to these questions, and more.
The course lasts four consecutive weeks – with live video sessions with chat.  It starts on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00 am, PDT and continues through the next three Wednesdays for 1 1/2 hours each time.  Each webinar will be taped and the recordings will be sent out to you to listen to over and over again. 
To help you get the best hands-on training, you'll receive a download in advance of the course with instructions on the Benjamin Moore paint chips you'll need to collect and a pre-course exercise for you to complete. 
During the webinar, Maria will walk you through more exercises so it will feel like she is in the same room with you. 
  Throughout the training you'll get additional downloads with fill-in-the-blank worksheets that will help you identify and create a custom plan for your renovation or new build. 
Week 1:  Wednesday, July 30, 2014
11:00 - 12:30 PM PDT
Renovate with Confidence will introduce you to the most important ways to see colour: 
Why understanding contrast is critical to achieving a look you'll love.  The most important information you'll ever need to know about neutrals, whites and colour with regards to choosing finishes and paint colours.  How to compare colour so you never again make the same mistakes you've made in the past.  Four categories of white (which are the only ones you really need).  Hands-on exercises that will have you see colour in a whole new way (it's always the biggest 'aha' moment in Maria’s live courses). 
Week 2:  Wednesday, August 6, 2014
11:00 - 12:30 PM PDT
Renovate with Confidence will focus on choosing finishes for a new build:  
Learn the two "big picture" ways to view your new build - before you start to make choices and decisions that will make you sad/frustrated/crazy.  Learn how to choose your foundation palette, which will make all the rest of your decisions much easier.  Get a complete list of which colours and finishes must be chosen first to achieve a look and a feel that flows throughout your entire home.  Learn exactly when your wall colours should be chosen.  Hint: It's not at the beginning and definitely not at the very end!   How to design your new build so that it's classic and stands the test of time. 
Week 3:   Wednesday, August 13, 2014
11:00 - 12:30 PM PDT
Renovate with Confidence will focus on how to develop a master plan for your renovation: 
Learn how to best allocate your precious renovation budget.  Complete an easy exercise that will reveal the right starting point for all the rest of your decisions.  Learn how to choose the right finishes to coordinate with a wood-stained kitchen (not just a white or cream one).  Learn how to incorporate new finishes in combination with your existing fixed elements that are not changing. Get the step-by-step on how to choose colours for every room in your house. 
Week 4:  Wednesday, August 27, 2014
11:00 - 12:30 PM PDT
Renovate with Confidence  - all about your renovation or new build! 
Ask Maria anything. Submit your questions and photos to: before Sunday, August 17, 2014 and we'll compile them into a power point to fill this 90-minute Q & A time.  Maria will answer as many as possible in the time available.  If she runs out of questions, she will open up the webinar chat to get more in real time. 
Don't worry, if you can't be there live, Maria will send you the link to watch the classes later.  Maria says this is the one class not to be missed – one mistake will pay for the course itself!!
The cost of the webinar is $497, but you will receive a $100 discount if you register before this Sunday at 11:59 PM – bringing the cost down to $397. 
To sign up for Maria Killam’s new webinar:   please go
Remember, a $100. discount will be given until this Sunday night at 11:59 pm! 

Thank you all so much for reading about the class.  My regularly scheduled blog will return shortly!!


  1. I hope Maria does well with her course. It sounds interesting... Wonderful for those who may be into renovating.

  2. I love to read her blog too! Her summer school program sounds intriguing, i wanna join too! But as I have tons of work to do in summer... I can't. T^T

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