THE SHORT STORY
Farm girl, urbanite and eternal optimist, Melissa is a creator of physical spaces and all that is required for existing within them.
The preeminent expert in achieving maximum ROI and navigating the infamously shaky residential renovation market. Her mandate is to make smart decisions that balance time and budget efficiencies without ever having to compromise on great style.
With more than 18 years’ experience in design, construction and real estate as well as holding the position of Art Director & Series Designer for 8 consecutive seasons on the award-winning series Income Property, airing in more than 40+ countries on HGTV and DIY networks.
Her work has graced the pages of the country’s top decor magazines, as well as regular television and media appearances, brand representations and speaking engagements as an expert in her field.
The long story
Melissa's professional career in design, renovation and real estate began more than 18 years ago. As a graduate of Sheridan College's Interior Design program she is trained and functions as a full-service design, build and real estate consulting firm from initial planning and feasibility studies through to renovations, additions, full production and coordination of building permits, and finally in the finishing, furnishing and decorating as needed.
While working alongside several of Toronto’s more notable residential designers and decorators including the late John Schofield Manuel, she was afforded the privilege at a young age to work with such notable clients as Conrad Black, seeing her work featured within the first year of graduation in Canadian House and Home Magazine and the prestigious Junior League Designer Showcase.
Before launching her own firm now more than 8 years ago, Melissa held the position of Associate Designer for 8 years with a boutique, distinctly architectural design firm, working primarily on commercial and hospitality projects including The Australian Consulate, GSNH LLP, AIG Insurance Montreal, Toybox Manta Digital Sound, Distrikt Night Club and LUSH Handmade Cosmetic Stores across Canada and the US. Her commercial work has been featured in Canadian Interiors Magazine, Azure Magazine and published in 100 of The World’s Best Bars, Club Design, and A pocketful of Bars.
Since launching her own firm in 2008, Melissa’s diverse professional experience has proven a winning combination. Her understanding of design from both a technical and aesthetic perspective allows a value-added 360 approach to each project.
In 2008/09 her work was documented in a 13 episode series Marriage Under Construction airing on HGTV Canada, US and in 40+ Countries worldwide. In 2010 she became series designer on the award winning series Income Property on HGTV Canada and US working alongside host, Scott McGillivray to create the option layouts, permit drawings, designs through to staging. Now in it’s 10th season, Melissa’s work can be seen on seasons 4 through 10.
She can be seen as an expert in her field appearing on The Marilyn Denis Show, City Line, CHCH News, CP24, Rogers Television, Global Television. Her residential work has been featured in Style at Home Magazine, House and Home and she was noted as one of Toronto Life’s Top Interior Design Firms.
Melissa has been appearing on the Celebrity Main Stage at the National Home Show, GTA Home Show, Fall Home Show and Ottawa Home Show since 2010. In 2014 she became the expert Interior Designer for Marketplace Events, a creative campaign appearing on billboards, print and digital ads as well as all materials, tickets and signage associated with their shows. Melissa had the honor of representing the campaign in television interviews leading up to and during the shows in both Ottawa and Toronto
In 2013 Melissa launched Part-Time Utopian, a product design firm along with partner, Michael. Their mandate is to draw from the novel thinking about sustainability and health as well as contemporary aesthetic sensibilities.
Recognizing a void in the market, in 2012 Melissa along with partner Halina Catherine teamed with a trusted distributor to create Grain Floors, a carefully curated collection of wood floors that are hand-selected by designers Melissa and Halina. Each product line was chosen because it represents the best option available at the best price for that category and caliber of material.
In 2016, leading North American company Carpet One Floor & Home partnered with Melissa 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, as well as working with the merchandising and marketing teams to help reposition the branding and retail experiences.
A past ambassador for both Habitat for Humanity Toronto and The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Melissa worked with Habitat to design a ‘recycled dwelling’ created using materials found only in their ReStores. As ambassador, she represented them in television and print interviews helping to spread their message to a broader audience. As the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation took their annual Yard Sale For The Cure initiative nationally, they teamed with Melissa as an official ambassador and emcee for media events, as well as representing them in television and print interviews.
For media inquiries or to arrange for interviews please contact:
Sharyn Smith, Publicist
Tel: 905 839 2940
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