Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pretty Paisley

"Paisley or Paisley pattern is a term in English for a design using the boteh or buta, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin" 

Your lovely comments about my paisley dress inspired this blog post on some gorgeous paisley that is trending in fashion and decor..

Image Source: The Marilyn Denis Show
Image Source: The Marilyn Denis Show

Take a look at this paisley perfection:
I sense a little pattern coming your way, happy shopping! 
Amanda xoxo

Friday, October 17, 2014

Living Large Segment Marilyn Denis Show October 16, 2014

Hello Design Enthusiasts,
Great news! Now you can run on over to our blog to have a look at out inspiration boards we design for the show along with a complete shopping list of vendors so you can re-create the same stylish look at home! We will aim to have it up the day after the show has aired so be sure to check in with us! Of course we try to quote accurate pricing/availability but sometimes things change..

Here are some photos from the Vancouver Small space makeover we re-designed in two days, these are just my quick cell phone pictures..

Vancouver/Toronto Art, brass pendant and brass table,geo rug: The Country Furniture Store Vancouver.
Pillows, gallery wall pictures, most accessories: Bouclair
Sofa, chairs, ottoman, media cabinet and desk: Ikea
Dishes and bowls on table: Urban Barn
Green accent colour: Para Paint Final Decent P5109-75

Thank you for watching!
Amanda xoxo

Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Types Needed!


Welcome, we are looking for a design assistant that can help manage all aspects of our clients needs. From design meetings, blog writing, orders, scheduling, sourcing and product for TV show. The ideal candidate will be highly creative, forward thinking with a flair for current trends in home design and fashion. Design school is not required but its an asset.

- Enrolled or recently graduated in an Interior Design program. (preferred)
- Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe Photoshop.
- Knowledge of AutoCAD and SketchUp are a plus.
- Ability to support multiple projects at a time.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Strong written and oral communication skills, along with very good interpersonal skills.
- A basic understanding of different materials, furniture, finish selections and specifications.

- Assist in furniture, fabrics, and finish selection and procurement, both from showrooms and online.
- Manage and process all purchases from selection to delivery, including tracking all purchases and arranging for delivery and installation.
- Execute field measurements and site visits.
- Compile and organize products for presenting to clients.
- Create design proposals, schedules, and estimated budgets.
- Help to create space plans and furniture layouts.
- Help to create concept and schematic designs.
- Co-Ordinate with architects, contractors, and tradesmen throughout the design process.
- Maintain and/or develop relationships with vendors.
- Conduct product research and meet with vendors as necessary.
- Prepare materials and assist Principle in client meetings.
- Update blog.
- Create client binders and status schedules
- Manage furniture and fabric library
- Administrative support (filing, receiving and inspecting deliveries, recycling, etc.)
- Help maintain a clean and neat working environment

A vehicle is needed for this role.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and examples of your work. Hourly wage based on experience ($15-$22)
Thank you,


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The New Look Of Wall Beds

I have to be honest, the term “Wall Bed’ conjured up images of big, bulky, wall units that would dominate the room, look cheap but cost a small fortune. In my investigation of these units in the past for clients the idea seemed like the best option in a multi-use space but the by the time we looked at wood options, added up the cost of having a nicer finish, mattress and installation the client always made another choice-the look never seemed to justify the cost.

When I was invited to participate in a Design Challenge with TechCraft my first reaction is that they would not have a model that would suit the look of my living room. In my home this is the only location that I could install this type of bed and I certainly did not want guests or clients noticing that I have a bed in the middle of my living room. I decided to skip on over to The TechCraft website for a closer look. Wow, was I surprised! These units looked clean lined and transitional in their designs, there were options for finishes and sizes. I was beginning to envision how I might make one of these beds blend in to my own living room.

 I happened upon one particular style, the Coventry Desk Bed. It is the perfect solution for my living room. The tone of wood will blend nicely with my other furnishing while the desk top provides a sturdy surface for my laptop and stack of design books. When the installers arrived to set up the unit it was in a few manageable boxes. It took about 90 minutes to set up. After set up I was delighted to test out opening and closing the bed, I can’t believe how simple it is to set up, the system itself opens smoothly and feels very sturdy -having young children I really appreciate that there is a keyed locking mechanism.

Here is what The Coventry Desk looks like closed day to day:
As you can see it blends in just like any beautiful desk, the wood looks rich and you would never guess that this is a guest bed!
I like that I can add my own touches to the desk display space, for instance I used the wood background to hang a chandelier painting.

Now for the particularly cool part, the reason we all want a wall bed is for the secret bed inside!

I’m thrilled with how chic this looks, it has a comfy mattress with none of the uncomfortable bars in your back that typically come with temporary pull out beds. I really wanted the bed to feel like part of the d├ęcor rather than an after- thought.


I dressed it with crisp white hotel linens as a base and then layered the bed with a mix of pillows in hounds tooth fabric and black damask. The finishing touches to the bed linens are the white faux fur at the base of the bed and the green and gold velvet skull pillow sitting center stage.


·         White linens (Home Outfitters)

·         Black hound’s-tooth pillows (AFIDG)

·         Black damask pillows (Homesense)

·         Green velvet skull pillow (Homesense)

·         Chandelier painting (AFIDG)

·         Faux Fur throw (The Bay)


Happy Decorating,






Friday, February 28, 2014

Green Velvet Sofas

What has come over me? Why am I suddenly coveting green velvet sofas? Its as if I saw one and from there I feel obsessed causing them to pop up in my sight line everywhere. I think I'm somewhat done with neutral sofas, don't get me wrong I love the neutrals for their livability but I think I'm craving a change..the craziness to go out and commit to a coloured sofa..if I jump first, I think more clients will take the leap, what do you think?

Green with envy?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Art Of Winter Decorating

Ahh..winter..the snow the slush, the salt!
As the snow starts to fly I feel a sense of  hibernation set in. A need to cozy up spaces, redress the beds with flannels, bring in winter green and turn the fireplace up. As we look towards the months of winter ahead making a few small changes to your surroundings will help you better embrace the winter season and hopefully help to make you feel a little more at peace with the short days and cold season. Here are some key points that are sure to make your home feel more cozy and welcoming:

Change you accent pillows and linens, this is an easy way to completly change the mood of your space and make you want to snuggle in. Layer in woodsy feeling pillows, knobby knitted blankets and invest in some pretty flannel sheets.

{via Ralph Lauren}

{via Elle Decor}

Bring in some fresh plants, this will make you feel rejuvenated and add a layer of interest and colour:

Finally, use scent to breathe new life in to your space, new candles are an inexpensive luxury-these are some of my favorites:

{via what i bought today}

{via Bath & Body Works}

Happy Hibernating!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

An Elegant Lunch Experience

Happy Tuesday,
Some work days don't feel like work at all, for example today I had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful lunch at The Philip Shaver house in Ancaster Ontario {for a business meeting of course!} This elegantly restored home was originally built in 1835 and the history is evident in the charming details lovingly preserved throughout the space.

I was welcomed by the owners Ed & Elaine who are as sweet as can be, so humble about the massive undertaking they have taken on and accomplished so beautifully. The decor is a fresh mix of traditional and contemporary creating a cozy dining and shopping experience.
The chef prepared a delicious meal and I even had the time to browse around the array of interesting gift and decor items, managing to snap up a lamp, purse and diva luggage tags.

Here are some shots I snapped while trying not to disturb other guests..

{via company website}

Wallpaper LOVE!

For more information on this fun dining experience please visit their website.

Happy Dining!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Women's Party 2013

Sure, I'm big on hosting parties, I've lost count of how many I've hosted-bottom line I love to see people have a great time, the laughter, the food, the music, its somewhat addicting for me. This particular party the tables were turned-my business partner Holly hosted a fabulous get together at my Ontario house to celebrate the fact that we had successfully bridged our two companies together all while navigating a major computer melt down, printer failures and moving trucks driving over my neighbors lawn. The path that brought us to this party night was not easy but worth every second of sleeplessness, exhaustion and bottles of cheap wine. 

This night women ruled-women and all their strength were celebrated and lifted up. It was hot pink, bubbly, sassy and edgy all wrapped in to one big ball of femininity. Some would say somewhat like my personality. Here are a few moments caught on film-a evening for me to take time to appreciate the circle of people around me who celebrate my quirky personality, embrace my wild ideas and remind me when to step back when it all seems a little too wild.

My Daughter...

Pretty gifts...

Edible Gold..


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