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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Whether you only rent your home out from time to time, or have purchased it with the intent of creating a full time short-term rental business, creating a house manual simplifies the lines of communication for both the owner and renter. If you’ve ever stayed at an Airbnb or other short term rental house or apartment, you know how many questions you have upon arrival. How do I connect to the WiFi? Does someone live...

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Light and white kitchens are a trend that has been going strong for many years now, and for good reason. There’s nothing like waking up and walking into a bright and airy space to make your morning coffee. Light kitchens make the room feel wide and open, and nice and clean. But sometimes they can feel a bit cold or lifeless, especially if the room doesn’t receive an abundance of natural light. Fortunately there are...

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When a bizarre set of circumstances led my husband and I to visit Prince Edward County on a dreary day a couple years ago, I never guessed we would suddenly embark on a new creative project together. Prince Edward County is about two hours outside of Toronto, and is known for boutique, organic, and estate grown wineries, as well as a farm-to-table food scene, and incredibly charming lodgings. Branded as the “new” wine country, it’s...

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Do you love getting sucked into an Instagram wormhole of design pics and aspirational home decor ideas? Me too! So many incredible design trends have cropped up in 2019, and I’m totally on board. We’re seeing a major shift from the crisp, minimalist, white, rose gold, and marble look of the last few years to one that is coming in hot and bold, with plenty of colour, texture, and pizazz. In this list, I’ve highlighted...