Melanie Henson

interior designer, professional stager, creative collaborator

AKA

Ma Belle or Melamine

What DO you get paid for?

Interior Design, Home Staging, Colour Consulting

What do you WISH you would get paid for?

Watching my twin boys ride dirt bikes. Traveling. Curling up to watch Netflix. Enjoying a drink on my patio. Running. Can someone pay me to do my own laundry? Hello?

Describe your own design style.

My own home has a balance between elegant and cozy, beautifully classic and purposefully functional.

What is your go-to design principle?

Function then fun. Your space has to be practical for the way you and your family live your lives. But don't be afraid to make bold, edgy choices that reflect your personality. 

What was your best SPLURGE must-have? 

These days, wherever I go, my Go-Pro is in tow. I capture everything from fun projects to my little weekend warriors.

What was your best BARGAIN find?

Don't we love to boast about bargains? I purchased my beautiful dining room table for under $100 because of a small flaw in the wood. No one has ever noticed it, and I get that little smirk of satisfaction knowing what a steal it was.

Why do you love working with Josée?

Where do I start? The answer to this question could take up a whole page! We are the Ying and Yang, the Mo and Jo, the feng and the shui.  Josée and I actually complete each others sentences. We always seem to know what the other one is thinking. Josée is always happy - she never lets things bring her down.  She motivates us both to move forward when we are just not feelin' it.  Her enthusiasm and excitement are infectious, especially when she screams and dances in front of our clients!

What are your words to live by?

"Life is a balance between holding on and letting go."
- Rumi


Andrea Ting-Letts

business development manager

AKA

"ATL the BDM"

What DO you get paid for?

Goal-setting, task-making, sales-tracking, marketing & branding, copywriting, social media managing, organizing, general go-getting and cheerleading.
And I'll take any opportunity to help out with design and staging projects. I am a design junkie.

What do you WISH you would get paid for?

Doing yoga, dancing, cooking, wining & dining, cuddling my pups, being a fashionista, hiking, traveling, reading, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. 

Describe your own design style.

Baja Zen meets Modern Farmhouse meets Steampunk meets Morrocan Night Market.

What is your go-to design principle?

When travelling, I never waste money on a bunch of junky trinkets. Instead I splurge on one beautiful artful piece that speaks to me.
I will position this as the focal point of a room, and it will always bring me joy because it holds meaning and memories.

What was your best SPLURGE must-have? 

Hands down: a good mattress. Every time I return from even the shortest of trips, I say a little prayer of gratitude for my bed.

What was your best BARGAIN find?

Many years ago, Monarch Furnishings had a once-in-a-lifetime garage sale - literally held in a giant underground garage. My husband and I stocked up on several key pieces to furnish our bedroom. I love the quality of their East Asian hardwoods and timeless, worldly style. I have never seen another sale like that, but they put their inventory on sale when they are expecting their next shipment, so there are often great deals to be had. Tony and his team are fabulous.

Why do you love working with Josée?

Jo is the most genuine person I know. She has the warmest, most open heart, which makes her even more beautiful on the inside than she is on the outside. And you've seen her, so that is some momentous inner beauty!

What are your words to live by?

"Our calling is where our deepest gladness and the world's hunger meet."
~Frederich Buechner