HomeAuthorAmanda Orlando

Freelance writer and photographer living in Toronto. She is the author and photographer of two cookbooks, Everyone’s Welcome (2019) and Allergen-Free Desserts (2015).
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In April of 2019, I was putting the final touches on my rental house in Prince Edward County to re-open it for the season. It is available for rent year-round, though it is booked sparingly in the winter months when the lake is ice cold and travellers are weary of heavy snowfall and long drives. April to September marks the beginning to end of the main season, with a peak in July and August. In...

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This summer will undoubtedly be different than summers past. While we might usually look forward to family gatherings, BBQ’s at friends’ houses, and cottage weekends, we will likely still be socially isolating to some degree. The thought of staying inside when it’s warm outside and the sun is shining can feel heavy. But if you have a backyard there’s so much possibility. Here are some ideas for how to make the most of your backyard...

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Retail stores and associated email blasts are officially pushing bunnies, baby chicks, chocolate, and all things linen and BBQ, so I guess it’s time for spring! I don’t mind the cold weather at all, but after scraping salt off my boots for the millionth time this season, I won’t argue with the sunny vibes. There are endless ways to fold a bit of springy sunshine into your home decor, and as such, your everyday surroundings,...

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I actually look forward to my spring clean. It’s an opportunity to not only clear out excess but to review; my changing tastes, my purchasing decisions, what held up and what did not. And then to adjust my patterns for the year ahead. I approach it with reflection and the goal of not having to spring clean as thoroughly in the years to come. I like to think of it more as “thinning out where...

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Working from home is no longer a rarity. Now, working from home is a strategy implemented by many large companies to reduce office square footage, by start-up’s who may have employees in different cities or countries, or are not yet ready for an office, or by entrepreneurs who work out of their homes. Some companies even have a work from home plan for half the week, transitioning from desks and cubicles to ecosystems with fluid...

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If you live in a condo, you already know that space is at a premium in the kitchen. Not only do you have to store food, cutlery, utensils, dishware, serveware, and small appliances, but it’s often the main communal space in a home. Guests tend to crowd around the kitchen, meals are eaten there with family and friends. So it should not only be functional as a kitchen but as a gathering place to be...

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There’s something eternally cool and effortless about southwestern style. It’s that Cali cool, relaxed, warm sand, free spirited vibe that makes you want to create and cultivate. In this post we’ll explore some of the coolest elements of what makes southwest style so aspirational, and inspirational. Photo credit @houseofsaaj . What immediately catches the eye: Golden hues, geometric shapes, bold design and colours, inviting aesthetic, and a feeling of nostalgia. Selene’s Texas abode is home...

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Cream, pale beige, forest green, deep navy blue, black, charcoal; they may be neutral, but they can convey so much emotion and mood when incorporated into the design of a room. People navigate towards neutrals for a reason; they provide a blank canvas, are uncluttered, clean, and simple. It doesn’t feel like a big commitment painting the walls white, vs painting a wall hot pink. You can easily change your mind about other design elements...

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Bohemian style has a way of transporting you elsewhere; somewhere infinitely comfortable and textured. It makes you want to curl up with a book and a blanket, while burning some sage and listening to a vintage record. I wanted to find different approaches to boho style that didn’t include the same Moroccan floor pouf and fickle leaf fig tree that we’re so used to seeing on social media. Those things are beautiful, but there are...

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*The information below is not medical advice. Always use your best judgement when accommodating someone with food allergies, as there may be additional steps or considerations required outside of what has been provided in this list. Have you ever invited friends over for dinner, only to realize that someone has a food allergy (or more than one) and you’re worried about cooking for them? The feeling is not uncommon. With over 2.5 million Canadians living...