My personal design preferences tend to be based on authenticity rather than aesthetic, I often question, does the furniture, finish or equipment have sustainability features, do they honour the culture or surrounding landscape and will the design serve people to its fullest potential? My goal is to create spaces that resonate with users and serve their needs above all else.
"My goal is to create spaces that resonate with users and serve their needs above all else"
Hey friend! I am so excited that you are considering me as your interior designer for your upcoming project, because that tells me you felt a connection to my work!
My approach is to work along side you so the final design solutions are a collaboration of your ideas and my direction. Ultimately I want to get to know you and showcase your unique characteristics throughout the space. I want to learn what matters most to you and make your dreams a reality by providing the right tools, resources, and education.
With a close connection and clear insight I will know what makes a space inspire you, function for you, and makes you feel comfortable.
To say I am passionate about design is an understatement –it is what drives me. I love creating, organizing and styling. It would be my honour to work on your project whatever that may look like from a renovation, new home build, commercial project, I am all in!
Let’s do this!
A home is where your children open presents on Christmas morning, where you and your lover sit by the fire and dream your dreams together. It is early morning coffees and late night movies. A space where you regenerate and rest, but also where you make life altering action. A home is more than just a collection of rooms it is what memories are made of. Grandmas wallpaper to your parents oak cabinets. The wooden stairs that squeak and thick quilt blankets that provide so much comfort.
To me interior design is everything that makes you, you! It represents who you are, impacts your life every single day, and creates lasting memories for generations.
I love how interior design combines creative and analytical aspects. Serving people through the work I do is extremely fulfilling. My biggest accomplishments include earning second place in the kitchen category in NKBA’s Student Design Competition while studying for my Interior Design Technology diploma at Lakeland College. From there I went on to receive my bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Yorkville University, where I completed my senior thesis on how interior environments impact mental health. It was shorty after this I opened Salix Studio and most recently I have been selected to be part of the NKBA's 30 under 30 class of 2023!
I am inspired to continually learn and grow in order to offer the best advise and service to you. Design is consistently changing. It fascinates me to discover new ideas and get creative with various ways of implementing them in functional, supportive, and practical ways.
You can catch me romanticizing all the little things in life, making tea, going for walks in the forest, and baking. For fun I like to play piano, listen to podcasts and ride horses.
My personality type can be described as melancholic, analytical and detail-oriented, I am a deep thinker and feeler with self-reliant yet thoughtful and reserved tendencies. I always strive for perfection which is a combination of my biggest weakness and strength.
That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favourite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all people who experience life through interior environments with different memories. No space is one and the same. And that’s why I LOVE designing interiors (and hopefully yours too!)”
"WOW! I am in love. Your designs are amazing and I made them into my phone background"
"After purchasing an older home we were very overwhelmed with the amount of renovations needed to be done. Mandy embraced the project with much excitement. She saw our vision and showed us how to make it happen. I would recommend Mandy to anyone needing design advise!!"
"When hiring Mandy it took away the pressure as she had so many good ideas and was very pleasant to collaborate with. She delivered excellent complete designs. If you hire Mandy you will be very happy to work with her and be pleased with the results she delivers".
"Mandy put us at ease and was able to help clarify our design needs. She was very friendly, professional, creative and organized".