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.

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?


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 – - $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:

Amanda, xoxo

Friday, October 31, 2014

Black and Gold Living Room

Freebie Friday...I little inspiration for the weekend, a grey and gold design scheme from me to you.


Light : Elte
Art: Natural Curiosities
Sofa: Restoration Hardware
Gold Coffee Table, Side Chair, Black Sideboard: Black Rooster Decor
Accent Pillows: Tonic Living
Interior Door: Metrie Fashion Forward

Amanda, xoxo

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Benjamin Moore's Colour Of The Year 2014

Had a nice little breakfast with the Benjamin Moore Peeps this morning who announced their 
Colour Of The Year for 2015..and voila!


Benjamin Moore 2015 Colour of the Year – Guilford Green HC-116

rx wool dhurrie rug – CB2 - $599

What do you think? Cheers, Amanda.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tips for Styling Your House For Sale: The Marilyn Denis Show October 23, 2014

Photos: The Marilyn Denis Show/Carpet: W Studio /Sofa: Jane Lockhart /Lamps + Pillows + Art: Homesense

Here are some links to get the look yourself!

Thank you for watching,

Amanda's First Flip-The Marilyn Denis Show October 23rd, 2014

As a follow up to the flip house episode that aired on The Marilyn Denis Show October 23rd-I've uploaded my pictures to give you an over view of the before and afters associated with this little gem. 

Here is the beauty before her face lift...sadly I never did get around to taking an after of the exterior. We ended up painting the front door pale yellow and planting fresh flowers after the snow to give the place some life.



















Urban Barn: Furniture in Living Room + Dining Room.

Cutler Kitchens and Bath: Kitchen , Basement Bath Cabinetry, Media Cabinetry in basement and free standing main floor bathroom vanity. Through Lowes Canada and Home Depot USA.

Metrie Interior Finishings:  All trim and doors.

IKEA Canada: Bedroom Furniture  #1 and #2.

Nuheat: In floor heating in basement and both bathrooms.

The Art of Home (Cambridge) 

KW Glass

Laura Sharpe Flowers

TD Canada Trust  Westgate Plaza(Cambridge)

Thompson Law Office (Cambridge)
Kimberley M. Thompson

Ezy Tavares
Royal LePAGE
Grand Valley Realty

The Idea Exchange (Cambridge) Art in basement gallery space.

The woman we purchased the house from had 500+ pieces of art that her husband painted in the space (she left it to us) so, to honor his talent we sold many of the painting and the rest are on display for purchase at the Idea Exchange (Art Gallery). The proceeds of the art sales go to the woman who owned the paintings and the arts programs at the gallery.
For more information you can contact Mary Misener. 

Mary Misner (Gallery Director)

Ferrante Picture Framing (St. Catharines)

Paint Colour Throughout Benjamin Moore OC-52 Gray Owl (walls) + Benjamin Moore OC-65 Chantilly Lace (Trim, Doors, Ceiling)

Shower Curtain: World Market USA

Thank you for watching,
Amanda xoxo

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,


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