National Home Show 2017 - Schedule


National Home Show 2017 - Schedule

Join me tomorrow at The National Home Show,  I'm on stage sharing my BLUEPRINTS FOR A BEAUTIFUL HOME RENO sponsored by Alendel Fabrics & Peacock Living 

I'll also be in the RENO & DECOR booth before and after offering free 15 minute design consults for their 'Design Intervention'.


Unilock Celebrity Stage: March 18, 3 pm
Reno and Decor Booth 4118: March 18, 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Reno and Decor Booth 4118: March 18, 4:15 pm – 6 pm



Show Location

The National Home Show is located at The Enercare Centre in the Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Enercare Centre
100 Princes’ Blvd.
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3



BIG NEWS: Melissa Partners With Carpet One Floor & Home


BIG NEWS: Melissa Partners With Carpet One Floor & Home

For Immediate Release


Carpet One Floor & Home launches new partnership and in-store customer shopping experience with HGTV Designer Melissa Davis


Toronto , Ontario August, 2016 — Leading North American company Carpet One Floor & Home has partnered with respected designer Melissa Davis to enhance their Canadian stores with tools to elevate the customer shopping experience and provide in store design inspirations. Melissa Davis will be sharing her home design expertise by creating various collections of her favourite Carpet One Floor & Home floors products based on style trends.

Davis' advice will help guide Carpet One Floor & Home customers by addressing some of the most common concerns such as finding tile that complements hardwood, or how to transition seamlessly from hardwood to carpet. Her collections will piece together different types of flooring that together create a cohesive, polished look. Beyond Davis’ flooring collections she will offer skype consultations to customers across Canada and in person at appearances in select retail locations.

“I often get questions from my clients about how to choose flooring, and combine materials to not only complement their style but also balance their budgets,” said Davis. “It’s a significant part of an overall design and with innumerable options, can be overwhelming for many.“

“We understand that selecting the perfect floor can be challenging,” said Stan Langer, Director of Marketing for Carpet One Floor & Home. “This partnership is just another way we are working to make customers’ shopping experience much more enjoyable.”

With this partnership, Carpet One Floor & Home stores will provide the resources and tools necessary for their customers to create beautiful spaces with designer approved products and colour palettes.

“I’m excited to be working with Carpet One Floor & Home to combine their flooring expertise with my design insight,” adds Davis. “I think my collections and advice will help make the shopping process much more enjoyable for customers.”

Melissa Davis’ collections and design boards will start appearing in Carpet One Floor & Home Canadian stores starting in September.

About Carpet One Floor & Home 

Carpet One Floor & Home is North America’s leading floor covering retailer, with 1,000 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  Carpet One Floor & Home stores are known for a broad selection of carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, vinyl, and area rugs, including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful GuaranteeTM, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor. Carpet One Floor & Home is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living Installation system.

About Melissa Davis

Toronto-based designer and expert contractor Melissa Davis, is known for her appearances, creative design and reno work produced for various HGTV shows. With almost two decades of experience in design, architecture and construction, Melissa also held the position Head of The Art Dept and Series Designer on the award winning lifestyle television series Income Property, on HGTV for 8 seasons. Her private firm Melissa Davis Design is a multi disciplinary design firm offering diverse services for residential, corporate, and retail spaces.  Her design work has been profiled nationally and in the US in both TV and various lifestyle publications and is a regular columnist for the Toronto Sun and several other Canadian design and lifestyle publications.  Her firm continues to service clientele throughout Canada. They specialize in value-adding ROI and resale consultations. To learn more about Melissa and view her work, visit 


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See Melissa LIVE at The National Home Show


See Melissa LIVE at The National Home Show

Renos That Make Dollars and Stylish Sense

Whether you’re flipping, forcing equity, creating an income property or finally realizing your dream home, HGTV designer Melissa Davis will share and discuss some of the most common mistakes and little know trade secrets along the way for maximum return on your renovation dollars.

Bring your note pad and pencil, Melissa will be sharing her trusted sources, preferred products, trades and even a few little industry secrets to make sure you leave with a checklist for success. With almost two decades in design, real estate and construction, and having scouted, planned and designed over 100 episodes of the award winning HGTV show Income Property, alongside Scott McGillivray. Melissa has made thousands of homeowners, over 100 Million dollars on their renovations. For the first time ever, she’ll be sharing how you can get more out of your next reno project!

Presented by:

Speaking times:

Unilock Celebrity Stage

  • Friday, March 11th 4PM
  • Thursday, March 17th 11AM

Idea Stage

  • Saturday, March 12th 1:30PM
  • Sunday, March 13th 12:30PM
  • Saturday, March 19th 1:30PM



Store Profile:  Artemano


Store Profile: Artemano

As a designer that prefers more longevity to my work, philosophically and environmentally, the of-the-moment trends don’t do much for me.  If I have to pinpoint what I'm drawn to, I'd say simplistic forms, rich detail, the calm of symmetry and order, and the soulfulness of organic forms. I know, the dichotomy of the designer brain is a wile animal to appease, but truly we're drawn to perfection be that the best form, of whatever form we're looking at.  Make sense?  

Imperfection in design has become a sought-after feature for designers and homeowners alike. Reclaimed barn board, vintage finds and a celebration of all things organic and singular remains at the forefront of popularity. A tricky balance to strike between the individual craftsmen, offering made-to-order custom pieces, and the mass-market reproductions, two-dimensional facsimiles with forced distressing, mock character and for me, often lacking the very soul on which the movement was started.

Fear not, there are products for those of us in need of available retail options while still answering our thirst for the uniquely ours.  Artemano is a home furnishing company offering their own signature collections. The imperfections of the wood are embraced and celebrated, exposing and highlighting the unique qualities of each piece. No two pieces are identical, made different by virtue of the shape, grain and measurements of the wood.  Their minimalistic, straight-forward design allows an easy application in almost any home or style.  View the full collection here >


Product Profile: SAMANTHA PYNN for/pour Simons Maison


Product Profile: SAMANTHA PYNN for/pour Simons Maison

Most people know I worked with that full-haired contractor with an affinity for basement apartments, Scott McGilivray but did you know I Art Directed Samantha Pynn's show last year, Open House Overhaul?  I didn't know Sam personally before meeting about the show, but our mutual colleagues in design and television thought we'd get along well.

It was a sort of girly, stylish love at first reveal.  If you know Sam at all, you know she has a warm cheery disposition that's made that much sweeter with her love of pink, trellis prints and blush-hued cut flowers.  During the show production she was knee deep in completing what was to be her own namesake collection for Simons.  I got to see her toiling away at her concept binder with sketches and fabric clippings creeping towards a comprehensive collection curated with Sam's skilled eye for the novice decorator and pro stylist alike.

I'm so thrilled to share that the collection has launched and will soon be landing in Simons stores both online and brick and mortar very very soon.  I say without hesitation that this is a must-see. Check out the complete collection online here >


Store Profile: H&M Home Hits Toronto


Store Profile: H&M Home Hits Toronto

If you swoon over the latest trendy decor offerings, mixed metals, organic linens and general oozing with of-the-moment greatness then you probably also suffer from CAWWS or Can't Afford What I Want Syndrome.  It's a real thing, and I have it too!

When Target closed its doors in Canada my CAWWS had me online shopping and Pinterest pinning at ungodly hours to self sooth.  There's a new treatment landing at Yonge and Dundas, February 24th and it looks mighty pretty.

H&M's flagship store at the Toronto Eaton Centre has been undergoing renovations the past few months and is set to launch their H&M Home collection within this space February 24th.

On-point and accessibly priced linens and accessories rounded out with rugs, stylized hardware and table-top decor.  I'm excited to see what's in store.  View the full collection here >


Event: #SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter & Periscope Party


Event: #SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter & Periscope Party

You know I like a good Twitter Party, especially when it's raising awareness and supporting a terrific cause like this while showcasing spectacular design and aspirational living.  

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation will be hosting a Twitter and Periscope Party this Wednesday. Join in and find out how you can help support #CancerResearch  at this, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

#SupportPrincessMargaret Twitter Party
Date: Wednesday February 17, 2016
Time: 7:00pm -8:00pm ET
Hosts: @thePMCF   @PMLotto
Prizing: $1,500 in VISA Gift Cards
Canada Only


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At one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

About the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

With your help, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre will continue to lead the way as one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.

This year The Big Ticket just got Bigger!

What is the BIGGER ticket? We’re glad you asked – get excited! The Princess Margaret Home Lottery is here featuring the BIGGEST Grand Prize Ever: A $3.7 Million Kleinburg Showhome + Muskoka Lakefront Cottage + $100,000 CASH! One winner gets it all.

Why is this the Biggest Grand Prize Ever?

They are offering the #BIGGEST grand prize ever because they are the BIGGEST cancer research program in Canada.

Join In On all the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Home Lottery Social Media

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Store Profile: Canvas Lighting Collection - Canadian Tire


Store Profile: Canvas Lighting Collection - Canadian Tire

I've shared my affinity for Canadian Tire's CANVAS Collection in the past.  As a designer I'm in constant pursuit of on-trend furniture and fixtures that are accessibly priced.  Canadian Tire has done a stellar job offering key pieces in each category, sorted by style.  

They've just added lighting to their CANVAS Collection and it's exactly what the market has been asking for!  Nothing date stamps a renovation like old lighting, and it's one of my absolute must-do updates.  In styles to fit the traditionalist to the lofty cool,  there's something for everyone with prices starting under $100.  Check the collection out here >


Style Spotting - 2016 Interior Design Show


Style Spotting - 2016 Interior Design Show

This year’s Interior Design Show started with the industry’s best and brightest sipping champagne and having first glimpse at the show in full party fashion for opening night.  What’s now become the place to see and be seen all things home, designers, suppliers and eager décor addicts partied in the aisles, talking shop and catching up with old friends and colleagues. 

The party within the party takes place in the Distinctive Appliance booth, where a by invitation only crowd savors the top shelf cocktails and nibbles on abundant snacks from the safety of their roped haven.  Meile was a close competitor with their impressive booth featuring chefs in 3 separate rooms amidst formidable displays of the latest technologies for the home.  

Tom Dixon’s collaboration with the show this year was impressive with his trademark minimalist esthetic scattered throughout the show in mini displays come sitting areas and most impressively in the Caesar stone and Tom Dixon Lounge.  Rudimentary shapes fabricated out of Caesar stone’s more soft and organic colours create seats, counters and backdrops all puzzling together.

Studio North and Prototype was back, highlights emerging designers, sharing select products with pride and a willingness to receive peer feedback. This mix of discussion, creation and consumerism is the secret sauce that keeps us creative types coming back year, after year.

The beauty of this show is the range in exhibitor from global brands down to small handcraft works. The show standouts fell under both ends of the spectrum. Manitoba woodshop, Wood Anchor ( caught all our attention in their tiny white booth displaying their new Imbue light. Crafted using a single piece of wood veneer and forged aluminum the result left us awestruck. 

AVANI kitchens (, AYA Kitchens high-end, custom collection pushed the boundaries in their collaboration with Diego Burdi of renowned design duo Burdifelek.  Everything about the space proved to push our thinking on the traditional kitchen and in my opinion beautifully answered the new trend towards a softer, less utilitarian look.

Flooring suppliers showed their new collections and the trend is definitely still towards wider plank, more matt finished engineered products. My standout was Purparket ( as the only 100% FSC certified and VOC free option. The oil top coat is both practical for wear and tear and free of the nasty chemicals lurking in more traditional products.  

I loved the Junction Sectional by Style Garage ( A versatile, modular series of club-style lounge seating. Made in Canada by local craftsman and upholsterers and available in a wide variety of fabrics and leathers.  Anything that can go from cool living space to bed-like movie watching has my vote. Note the pink Canadian themed cushions. 

My friends from 1925Workbench ( created the prettiest booth with a pair of perfect pink sliding doors that had everyone stopping to take shots.  No doubt the cover photo for how-to use Pantone pink! This husband and wife team (Rock and My Le) creates and builds furniture, doors, and barn door hardware. Their passion is infectious, and the true authenticity of their work offers that much sought after character mass-market design sadly lacks. 

Blanco Canada ( had a gorgeous display, featuring all their latest products, including Ikon, the only apron front natural granite composite sink available in the market place.  This addition to Blanco’s Silgranit collection has designers doing a happy dance. An impact, acid, heat and scratch resistant material that’s virtually indestructible and comes in 3 neutral colours. This German pioneer continues to revolutionize the modest, kitchen sink and as a bonus they manufacture the Silgranit collection right here in the GTA.

Whether you came looking for a specific product, or just enjoyed a glass of wine and one of the many free speakers presentations, no one left this year’s show disappointed.


Do Your Own Mortgage To Pay For Your Home Reno


Do Your Own Mortgage To Pay For Your Home Reno

Jumping into the real estate market can be, well, scary! More of us are looking at fixer-uppers in neighbourhoods we like, as opposed to the dream home with a commute.  Most first-time buyers are putting all their available funds into maxing out their down payment to at least get as close as possible to their end goal. Traditional mortgages can be limiting to these buyers and don’t always mean any funds will be free for the renovations.  

This is where Do Your Own Mortgage comes in. DYOM is a mortgage broker, like others, that shop your mortgage around to a selection of traditional and non-traditional lenders to best fit your needs. But here’s where they’re different, they’ve streamlined the process with a dead-simple online application process and team of diversified brokers, which allows you to fill in the initial blanks.  START YOUR APPLICATION>

These efficiencies mean they can divert some of the standard broker fees to, you! You get paid to do your own mortgage. Paid, cash! Or credit card, or cheque, up to you, it’s your money. 
So what does this mean, exactly? On the average $500,000.00 mortgage that means about $3,000.00 goes to you as payment. There is no catch. You’re getting paid a broker fee on your OWN mortgage.

I’m no stranger to stretching a tight renovation budget. I’ve been a designer for 18 years, but I also designed over 100 episodes of HGTV’s Income Property.  From scouting the properties, to the option layouts and every single finish and selection in between, I had to take the teeny-weeny budgets and make them count. 

Here’s the fun part – I’m going to tell you how we can spend that cash to take your so-so house a little closer to the dream home.

How to Spend Your Fee

With $500 – The best bang for the buck is paint! This will cover the supplies and it’s time to call in some family for free sweat equity.  Hiring pro painters will run you 3k minimum on labour so this is one area I suggest rolling up your sleeves and getting a bit speckled.

With $1,000 - You can update all the light fixtures in the home. Not imported Italian chandeliers, but on-point stylish options available at most retailers.  I buy most at Royal Lighting. Light fixtures often date a home, so updating them makes a big difference in its overall look.  It’s also quite easy to install them yourself if you’re keen. With YouTube as a teacher, I’ve installed all my own lights at home!

With $2000 – You can do a cosmetic washroom update. Change the hardware, mirror, lighting, faucet, toilet and vanity. If the tile is neutral enough, updating the fixtures, and adding a fresh white shower curtain can work magic and will carry you through the next few years, conservatively saving for a larger overhaul. Don’t get pulled into the pressures of taking on too much too soon. Baby steps are enough to add equity and make you enjoy the morning shower.

With $3,000  - You could update the kitchen! Change the hardware, update the counters, install a new sink and faucet, and even paint the cabinetry if you were up to the challenge. I promise even the darkest, most outdated cabinets will look like new with a clean white facelift. Consider laminate counters to keep on budget. Did you know on Income Property of the 100 episodes only 5 were stone or solid surface? The investment has to make sense for the home value and spending all your kitchen budget on stone counters simply does not yield the look or build equity the way an overall conservative refresh does.

Other potential spends

  1. Replace doors within the home (price of an average interior door with installation starts at $150)
  2. Replace old windows (price of an average window with installation starts at $500)
  3. Replace outdoor doors (price of an average door with installation starts at $1000)
  4. Replace an old furnace (if you really look, it’s possible to find a furnace for $2,000 to $2,500; it will save you hundreds per month and pay for itself in the end)
  5. With $4,000 - you could update your flooring. You could remove dated carpeting and install hardwood flooring on one floor for this amount (hardwood flooring starts at about $4.50/sq. ft. with labour at about $2/sq. ft.) or you could replace the floors throughout the house if you opted for laminate (both flooring and labour for laminate run at about $2/sq. ft.).
  6. With $5000 -  if you really shop around for the labour, you could update an entire bathroom, including a full cosmetic update, including redoing the tile, installing low flow toilets, faucets and light fixtures.