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Penney & Company + The Marilyn Denis Show!

May 31, 2012 by admin

Oh my gosh what a crazy day!  It all started at five something when I dragged my butt out of bed and sat in rush hour traffic to get town to 299 Queen Street West to tape a live episode of The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV.  It was a busy day at that Bell Media hub with celebrities coming and going in black SUV’s with drivers.  I’m sure you’ll see lots of that on The Marilyn Show and E Talk in the coming days.  The segment went off without a hitch and Marilyn and her producers were kind enough to feature Penney & Company , so I gave a little guided tour!  The first segment is of Penney & Company and the ‘BEFORE’ living room in need of some ‘pulling together’.  Check it out!

I decided to wear summery shorts, Sperry’s and a blue/white gingham shirt.  But I forgot gingham is a no-no on camera (it gets all fuzzy and crazy on your tv) so I had to borrow Ben Mulroney’s shirt from upstairs at E Talk!  Oh my gosh – how crazy is that?!  So a grey solid shirt it was!  Good thing it fit…

Then it was on to the commercial-length makeover and ta-da!  Check out some of the results here.

By injecting some much needed colour and some fun DIY projects, this boring basic living room was transformed and now feels fun, fresh and ready for family living.

And when it was all over?  We watched a few more celebrities from the sidelines, packed up my little car with lots of pillows, lamps and accessories and I came right back to the shop and sold a bit of vintage jewelry.  I told you it was a crazy day.

Now I want to go have a nap.

UPDATE!  They’ve added a fun behind the scenes video of me transforming the set on the commercial break.  TV is fast-paced craziness I tell ya!

Check it out here.

And here are the projects – BEFORE and AFTER!


  1. Janice says:

    Michael–I would love it if you had a weekly segment on Marilyn. Your ideas are both beautiful and practical with an unstuffy delivery. I especially loved the “tv stand”—-as someone who collects vintage pieces (furniture and otherwise) I love seeing things spiffed up and reused for new inventive purposes, while still remaining tasteful. Your decorating does not have a “staged” look to it–which I think is what makes it so approachable.

    I am in the west, but I am hoping to get to Whitby one day to visit your shop.

    • Oh Janice – that’s so nice! If I had the time, I’d love to do a weekly segment too! I just need to clone myself! I grew up watching Marilyn and the decorating days on her show, so it’s a huge honour to be part of them today.


  2. Michele Eberhardt says:

    Michael – I love your blog trailers. You have wonderful ideas. I love to see how you take something old and totally bring it up to date, tastefully, I might add.

    I love the music that you have on your trailers. Could you possibly tell me the artist?

  3. Michi says:

    Hi Michael,

    I saw your segment and am wondering where you got the white tray from?

    • So glad you asked Michi! The tray is from my store, Penney & Company (124 Brock Street South in Whitby) and was designed by my friend, the wonderful Cobi Ladner! Hope you can come check it out!


  4. Elizabeth says:

    Loved your segment of the show, your eye for detail is amazing

  5. […] The Marilyn Show has updated the video for the makeover – now you can see the before and after and some project befores and afters too!  For the update, click here. […]

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