Monday, March 9, 2015

Cozy Cool Family Room Design Board


St. Tropez Light Blue Beach Chairs Print – Gray Malin - $999.00
http://www.graymalin.com/photography/st-tropez-light-blue-beach-chairs.html
Ella Yellow Table Lamp – Crate & Barrel - $99.95
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/ella-yellow-table-lamp/s199249

Suspend Media Console – CB2 - $1199.00
http://www.cb2.com/suspend-media-console/s339955
Bow Detail Shearling Teddy Bear – Burberry - $995.00
http://ca.burberry.com/bow-detail-shearling-teddy-bear-p39581561
Knitted Yellow Pouf – CB2 - $99.95
http://www.cb2.com/knitted-yellow-pouf/s657866

Love,
Amanda xox

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Easy + Glam Home Office Concept


GLAM HOME OFFICE

Le Bicyclette Print – Anna With Love - $30.00

Element White Chandelier - Urban Barn - $179.00

High Gloss White Dresser – Black Rooster Décor - $1,615.00

Kate Spade Gold Stappler – Indigo - $28.00

Mint Paris Pocketbook – SS Print Shop - $10.00

Get It Girl Pillow Cover Gold – Society Social - $38.00

Strike Gold Pen Set – Kate Spade - $25.00

Ruler Celadon – Indigo - $7.00

KASSETT Box – Ikea - $5.99

Oh Chair Rainbow Splatter – Umbra - $60.00

Mid-Century White Desk – West Elm - $776.32


Amanda xoxo

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to get a "Fifty Shades" Bedroom (Happy Valentines!)



 Happy Valentines Day,
Amanda xoxo

Friday, January 9, 2015

Vintage Pink Glamour

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Rablabs Rose Quartz Kivita Coasters (set of 2) – Gramercy & Co. - $140


How To Steal A Million, Audrey Hepburn, 1966 Premium Photographic Print - Art.com - $96.99


Black Slub and White Stripe Pillow – Society Social - $96


The Queen Anne Blush Wallpaper – Rifle Paper Co. - $135 Per Roll


Safari Animal Bottle Stopper – C. Wonder - $28


Threshold™ Tufted Bench – Target - $99.99


Safari Wool Rug - West Elm - $1,999


Retro Swirl Switch Plate – Anthropologie - $28


Amanda xox

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Years Eve Party Decorating 2014




Mickey Mouse Balloon – Party City - $12.99
http://www.partycity.ca/product/mickey+mouse+party+supplies.do

Gold Glitter New Years Top Hat – Party City - $4.99
http://www.partycity.ca/product/gold+glitter+new+years+top+hat.do?from=Search&navSet=top hat&bypass_redirect=1


Happy New Year!
Amanda xoxo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Marilyn Denis Show Family Gift Guide With Amanda Forrest

Gifts for Family Fun

Design expert, Amanda Forrest, shares her picks for family gifting this season.


Mattel Board Game Gift Pack, $65
www.mattelholiday.ca
  • Bounce-Off is the ultimate head-to-head competition game for young adults and families
  • Pictionary® is a game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses, which now features a new board for faster game play
  • Apples to Apples® is the wild, award-winning card and party game that provides instant fun for four to ten players

Movie & Music Gift Pack
, $92
www.hmv.ca
Includes:
  • ‘Maleficent’ DVD/BluRay
  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ DVD/Bluray
  • ‘Elf’ DVD
  • ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ DVD
  • One Direction “FOUR”
  • Dallas Green & Pink “You + Me”
  • HMV’s double compilation Christmas album “OMG! The Ultimate Christmas Album”

Yummi! Dessert in a Jar, $32
www.bakerstreet.ca

Baker Street has just launched a new line of desserts called Yummi! Desserts in a Jar.
Yummi! Desserts in a Jar are delicious layers of moist cake sandwiched between creamy mousses and icings. Individually sized desserts that come in re-sealable, portable Mason jars. The Yummi Mason Jars are available in eight delicious flavours including: Red Velvet, Black and White Truffle and Gluten-free Chocolate.


Sabra Dips, $260
www.sabradips.ca
  • Sabra is best known for its topped hummus flavours like Roasted Red Pepper and Supremely Spicy
  • Sabra now offers guacamole and five fresh salsa flavours like Mango Peach

Let It Snow, Man! Pjs for the whole family, $180
www.pajamagram.com
Canadians call 1-800-GIVE-PJS to order

Pajamagram offers matching holiday pajamas for the whole family in fleece, flannel and cozy knits. Perfect for a comfy family night! From classic plaids to fun fleece you can outfit the whole family: from infants to adults, and don’t forget your cats and dogs. Holiday stripes, winter whimsy, gingerbread fun, and hoodie-foodies; no one has more styles than Pajamagram!


Disney On Ice ‘Treasure Trove’, $28+
www.ticketmaster.ca

Disney On Ice presents ‘Treasure Trove’ playing at Rogers Centre from December 19-28. An annual holiday tradition, Disney On Ice presents ‘Treasure Trove’ is coming to Toronto this December for the first time. With eight movies and more than 50 Disney characters featured, including your favourite Disney princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, Mulan and Snow White, Disney On Ice story for every generation. Disney On Ice is a skating spectacular featuring an international cast of talented skaters including some Canadian performers. 


Night Out Cineplex VIP Cinemas, $80
www.cineplex.com

VIP Cinemas are Canada’s most refined movie-going experience for adults, complete with luxurious seats you can reserve in advance. A VIP menu of appetizers and entrees, as well as all the traditional movie snacks – available through in-seat menu service; and licensed auditoriums and lounge – where you can enjoy a beer, wine, cocktail or martini before, during and after the movie!


Beyondtherack.com Gift Card, $150
www.beyondtherack.com

Beyond the Rack is the hottest online shopping club for men, women and children, where you can get all your favourite brands in designer fashions, accessories, toys, beauty products, electronics and home décor all up to 80% off retail prices. It’s the perfect destination for all your holiday shopping!

SHOEme.ca Gift Card, $200
www.shoeme.ca

Find the exact shoe you want and try it on in the comfort of your home, without the hassle of paying additional charges such as duties. Returns are incredibly easy, so there's no need to worry about what to do in case the fit, colour or style isn't perfect.
The first original footwear line of women’s shearling boots is called PIKA, designed to be a casual, comfortable lifestyle brand for Canadians seeking quality materials with classic and timeless looks for the winter season. SHOEme.ca currently offers over 400 different brands on the site. There’s something for everyone on your list this holiday!

Via:Marilyn.ca

Happy Holidays,
Amanda xoxo

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Organize and Decorate Your Entryway

Here are some inspirational ideas that will help you spruce up your front entrance. Three different looks, all beautiful in their own way, a little something for any style!
Modern Elegance

Mirror with Mirror Frame – Bouclair - $99.99

Noah Armchair – Structube - $499

Southern Enterprises Chelsea  Mirrored Console – Target - $319.99

Marimekko Korsi 13049 Wallpaper – New Wall – Price Upon Request 

Dior Couture Hardcover – Amazon - $78

Concerto 6-Light Black Chandelier – Home Depot - $152

House of Silk Flowers Artificial Phalaenopsis Orchid in Urn – Wayfair - $35

Daisy Place Chinoiserie Vase – Kate Spade - $75



Rustic Charm

Salvaged Wood Trestle – Restoration hardware - $1895

Glass and Wood Domed Tray – HomeSense - $24.99

Quadrige Ashtray – Hermes - $610

Maurice Moose Décor – Urban Barn - $19

Blacktail Bird in Water Art – Pier 1 - $199

Dorobo Collection Rug 60” x 84” - Bouclair - $89.99


Framed White Berry Branches Print – West Elm - $179


Letter A MDF Classic Font Wood Letters 9.5” – Stuff 4 Crafts -  $2.94

Natural Woven Trays - Serena & Lily - $98

'Maison Noir - Crisp Champagne' Scented Candle – Nordstrom - $31.98

 Traditional Eclectic
 
Esme Bruno Pedestal Table – Crate & Barrel - $599

LANCASTER – CINNABAR Area Rug – Ralph Lauren - $650

Ginger Jar III Print – The Eastate - $15 each 

Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks Hardcover – Amazon - $94

Grace: A Memoir Hardcover – Amazon - $28.22

Decorated Corners Frame – Zara Home - $29.90

Golden Leaves Frame – Zara Home - $35.90

Navy Velvet Chas Ottoman – Pier 1 - $229.95

Gemstone Globe with Nautical 3-Leg Stand - Alexander Kalifano - $96

Love, Amanda xox

Friday, November 28, 2014

Winter Wonderland Design Featuring Weaver & Loom


We recently had the opportunity to peruse some fine rugs offered through Weaver & Loom, this has inspired us to create a winter wonderland theme using one of their beautiful rugs as inspiration..

Area Rug E47326 - Weaver & Loom – Price Upon Request http://shop.weaverandloom.com/

Addyson Chair Ivory Leaves item: 2523315 – Pier One Imports - $329.98
http://www.pier1.com/Addyson-Chair---Ivory-Leaves/2523315,default,pd.html?cgid=chairs

Glass Icicle Chandelier - Salviati Venezia – Price Upon Request
http://www.salviati.com/catalogue/crystal/caraffa/

Moose Head – Urban Barn - $149

Voluspa 'Maison Blanc - Suede Blanc' Boxed Candle – Nordstrom - $31.88http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/voluspa-maison-blanc-suede-blanc-boxed-candle/3176146

Cozy aren't we :)
Amanda xoxo



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Amanda Forrest- Gingerbread House Design In Support Of The Children's Aid Foundation

Gingerbread by Design is an exciting online auction in which celebrated Canadian designers and chefs get together to create one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses for you to bid on and bring home! With all proceeds going directly to the Children's Aid Foundation to support vulnerable kids, these gingerbread creations will light-up your heart and home.



Gingerbread by Design Auction


Our accomplished and highly creative designers will begin by sketching-out their gingerbread house designs. Once they are complete they will be sent-off to professional pastry chefs to be baked and brought to life.
That’s where you come in. Between December 2nd and and 9th these custom-designed gingerbread houses will be auctioned-off on the Foundation’s website. Sign up for the auction and bid on one or more of your favourites. With proceeds going directly towards programs that help children who have experienced abuse or neglect.
As well as winning the gingerbread house, successful bidders will receive the framed, original designs signed by the designer. Wherever you place them, these one-of-a-kind gingerbread houses will spread joy to all that see them.
* Gingerbread houses will be available for pick-up from our office at 25 Spadina Road. For more information please contact us at 416-923-0924 x284.
* Please be aware that these houses are fragile and for decoration only
Proceeds will go the Children’s Aid Foundation’s Home Base Fund which supports vulnerable young people transitioning to independent living – establishing a life and home of their own and access to urgently needed housing support. Funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor to build a permanent endowment to support youth transitioning out of care.

http://www.cafdn.org/gingerbread

Thank you for your support,
Amanda xoxo

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Promoting Creativity In Children

It's not often that I would include my children in a post. Today however I feel the need to share what it's like living in a creative household. Today I came home to my girls having re-arranged many of my Christmas decor to suit their own vision.

My twin girls are identical. They look exactly the same but are completely different personalities. They are both creative and draw, colour or create in some fashion for a good two to three hours a night.Recently their teachers sent home their progress report. Although they are in the same grade they have different teachers and one child received all "G"s and one received all "S".(in Ontario, "S" means satisfactory and is one step above needs improvement)

This has prompted me to take a good look at how I can support creative learning in my house. When I was in school there where no teachers that supported my creative brain, most where overworked with giant class room sizes and could not accommodate the time required to fuel my creativity, they did the best they could.

Here is an exert from my 5 years old's progress report: "Ava needs to participate more actively in a focused manner. This includes taking the initiative to choose an optimal spot to sit in, facing forward, and listening attentively so she can be ready to try the shared learning activity." 

I am the first to promote respect. I do however struggle with how this little "creative"  can be herself while still obeying the traditional school structure. So, for now they are free to explore and be artists in design at home. I am so grateful to work among so many talented artists who also had the same struggles in school and who have made a successful career over standing out in the classroom.



Umm... I have to sit quietly and let them add these decorations in one giant CLUMP!


Do you have highly creative kids?

Amanda.


Luxe For Less Marilyn Denis Segment November 13th, 2014

Thank you for watching! Amanda xoxo

Chairish: Online consignment marketplace for design-obsessed people

We are so happy to have teamed up with Chairish to provide you with this vintage glam living room concept. Using a few of their to die for consignment pieces we set the tone for a chic Hollywood style  room..have a look:
If you would like to re-create this look in your own home, here are the shopping links: 

Mara Collection Crocodile-Embossed Leather Backgammon Travel Set – Mr. Porter - $540


Starburst Large Ceiling Light – ELTE - $3545


Hans Barbell Side Table - Jonathan Alder - $1450


Galaxy Coffee Table With Gold Brushed Legs - Black Rooster Decor - $1295


Vintage Furniture: Tufted Green Designer Accent Chair – Chairish – Price Upon Request 


Oakpark Skylight Pillow – Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation - $45


Zebra Pillow – Thomas Paul - $104


Barcelona® Couch - Design Within Reach - $9,487


Mid-Century Modern Dresser by John Keal – Chairish – Price Upon Request 


Atelier - Eccentric elegance - Abstract canvas – Bouclair - $139.99


Hunt Club Antler Trophies/Set of 3 - Morba - $145


Marquis Wool Rug - West Elm - $849


Avalon Blanket – Hermes - $3,225


Honeys 2100-12 Wallpaper – New Wall – Price Upon Request 


Tom Ford Hardcover – Amazon.ca - $110


Meteorite Campo Del Cielo – Evolution Store - $15,000 (A MEGA Splurge, I know..thought I would throw it in for visual fun!)

For more info visit their amazing site at: www.chairish.com

Amanda, xoxo


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