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:  www.urbanbarn.com Furniture in Living Room + Dining Room.

Cutler Kitchens and Bath:  www.cutlerkitchenandbath.com 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: www.metrie.com  All trim and doors.

IKEA Canada:  www.ikea.com Bedroom Furniture  #1 and #2.

Nuheat:  www.nuheat.com In floor heating in basement and both bathrooms.

The Art of Home (Cambridge) www.theartofhome.ca 

KW Glass www.kwglass.com

Laura Sharpe Flowers www.laurasharpeflowers.ca

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) mmisner@ideaexchange.org

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,


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?

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