Shirley Meisels has built a career around her true calling. As the principal of Toronto’s highly acclaimed MHouse Inc., Shirley has a style that is modern yet warm; she incorporates classic pieces, eclectic touches and global influences into each of her projects, ranging from new builds to century-old homes to Muskoka cottages and vacation spots in Florida. Her design sensibility comes from her early days working as a stylist for luxury and lifestyle clients such as Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen.
“I look at a home and imagine each room as a photograph. This comes from long hours spent on set during my styling days,” she says. “I envision a space and think, ‘What would make a great shot on a page?’ There needs to be a balance of interest and excitement. When I choose large investment pieces, I opt for something that is classic and then pair it with an element of surprise.” Whether she’s playing with colour or proportion, Shirley creates unexpected yet inviting living spaces.
Her eclectic style has landed Shirley on the cover of Canada’s leading design magazines, including House & Home and Style at Home. She has also appeared as an on-air expert on Cityline, has been a featured designer at the Toronto Interior Design Show and has made Houzz.com’s coveted “Best of” list since 2012 (she was recently named an influencer by the prestigious site). When it comes to décor and design, there’s nothing more satisfying to Shirley than seeing her vision come to life. From resolving small-space issues to mapping out extensive floor plans, she welcomes any design challenge that comes her way.
Mitch Altman is a partner in more ways than one! Six years ago Mitch and Shirley not only blended families but decided to blend their talents as well.
With 20+ years of experience in the Digital Advertising world managing multi-million dollar clients it was a natural choice for Mitch to bring that expertise to Mhouse Inc. Bringing things to the next level Mitch manages the day to day operations and financials so that each and every client and trade gets what they need when they need it, through careful attention to detail and personalized service ensuring they have the most seamless and informed experience possible.
Senior Designer Melanie Zanker cultivated her design expertise while studying Fine Art at the Alberta College of Art and Design where she trained in furniture design and building. This foundation in cabinetry design and fabrication led to the launch of her own interior design firm in 2002. Melanie’s work was recognized in numerous publications including Azure, Canadian House & Home, Chatelaine, Wish, and Covet Garden.
Melanie joined MHouse Inc. in 2017 as Shirley’s right hand in production and design.
“The work we do fulfills my love of creating unique environments focusing on exceptional quality, innovation and attention to detail.”
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