Exciting things going on

Well, this year has gotten off to an absolutely great start for me.

First off, I received a great invite, just before the Interior Design Show in Toronto, to join the Beige is Dead blog team from Masco on an Instagram walk through IDS led by Margot Austin.  I wrote all about that here.

And the good things kept going, I received my beautiful new sofa and ordered some chairs for my sadly neglected family room.  So that room is getting some love this year.

Then I found I had a won the $1000 shopping spree from Urban Barn that I entered at IDS.  WOO HOO!  Still trying to decide what loveliness I will purchase, but this coffee table for the cottage is a strong contender.

Timber coffee table – Urban Barn

Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition has also started for the third year in a row. This time the recipient is the Youville Centre for Young Mothers.  It is heating up with all the TBBs looking for donations of items and cash to ensure that a classroom is all fixed up into a cozy and calm lounging room.  If you can help with any of the items still needed (click here for to like our FB page and to see the list) or a cash donation it would be so appreciated.

And I recently received another piece of wonderful news.  It has put a great bounce in my step and I will be sharing once details are all worked out.

Not to worry, I didn’t forget and I’ll be posting my next IDS post this Wednesday all about lighting!


Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012 – Homework Club

This year, when Sonya Kinkade asked a bunch of us to give her a hand to do another Extreme Makeover for Kindness week, we all responded with a resounding “YES!” Especially, seeing as it was for some deserving kids, who were trying to improve their space for doing homework.

Click here to read my previous post on this year’s Extreme Makeover.

And the lovely ladies who worked hard to get the space spic and span and all the items in place…(while I was being lazy, having just arrived home from a vacation in the wee hours of that morning).

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

And now the REVEAL….

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

And to top off the day, Sonya received the United Way’s Community Builder Award.  It was a huge surprise for her! Congratulations Sonya!

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

Photography credit –  Danielle Lynn Photography

A big thank you to the many sponsors, volunteers and contributors who donated to this worthwhile cause.  Here’s the list of the fabulous KIND people who deserve all the credit.


Design Team

Sonya Kinkade (lead Designer) – Sonya Kinkade Design

Nicole Duguay – Solace Interiors

Maureen Coates – MODECOR
Mary Anne van Gaal – Otta decorate
Donna Hargrove – dh designs
Kelly James – Jax Decor & Design
Sarah Kidder – Sarah Kidder Design
Lisa Goulet – Lisa Goulet Design

D.E. Kinkade Konstruction Ltd. – all construction, labour and materials

Ottawa Valley Kitchens – Built in cabinetry and desk surfaces
Sherwin-Williams Store #8785 – paint
Brent Kelly Painting – painting labour
Barwood Flooring – wood flooring
Marchand Electric – light fixtures
Climate Works – Central air conditioning
Lafarge Canada – red school chairs
Tamarack Developments – Cash donation for room decor
Tag along Toys – school supplies
Smart Space Organizing – office and school supplies
Future Shop – Wall mounted tv
Marc Gagnon – Blu-ray player
Faye Fortune Drapery – all window treatments
Ikea Canada – wall clock and office and storage supplies
Matt Leblanc Abstract art – Custom art piece
Sheila Cane Sample Pencil Art – Custom art piece
Danielle Lynn Photography – All photography of the process and the reveal
Randy Little – chalk board paint
School Furniture of Canada – charitable discount for school chairs
Spotlight Hair Studio & Spa – Ikea side chair
Kristin Berit – Ikea side chair
Tina Klein Walsh – Dictionaries
Posterjack – Canvas wrapped childrens’ artwork


Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012

This year for Ottawa’s Kindness Week – we will be doing a makeover of the Homework Club at the Foster Farm Family House in west end Ottawa.

This initiative is headed by the United Way and the Yummy Mummy Club.  Sonya Kinkade is the lead designer, again this year and another 7 Ottawa area designers (including me) are helping her out.  Click here to see what we did last year.

From left to right

Joining the EMKE team this year is Sarah Kidder of Sarah Kidder Design (not shown in the above photo).

We had such a wonderful slate of volunteers and donations last year and this year is proving to be even more fruitful.

Our returning sponsors –
D.E. Kinkade Konstruction LTD., who generously supplied both labour and  materials last year has signed up again this year. Danielle Lynn Photography has also agreed to do all the photography again, and Matt LeBlanc is donating another beautiful original painting.

This year we also have the following companies and individuals who are showing what Kindness Week is all about –

Thank you so much everyone!

The Homework Club is used by school aged children to study and receive help with their homework.  The Club is a work room and computer room that runs from 5:30-7:30 three times a week, with approximately 30 children using the facility.  It is staffed by patient individuals, who can speak four languages.  Snack time is provided through the Ottawa Food Bank. Anything that will help children succeed, is a wonderful thing in my book.

If you would like to be a sponsor for this year’s Makeover please contact one of the designers mentioned above.

Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition 2011 Photos

So for the last chapter on the Makeover that I was thrilled to be a small part of.  To read more about this charity makeover please click here.
We were tasked with redoing the entryway and the lobby to bring it from institutional to warm and inviting.   Here we are in the process of finalizing the makeover.

All above photos courtesy of Danielle Lynn Photography

Here’s the final photos of the makeover, keep in mind that everything in and done to the space was donated!!!!

Entry area before – 

The entry area after –
The reception area before – 
The reception area after – 
The main lobby area – 
And the after – 
The stairway before –
The stairway after – 
And the used clothing store area before – 
The afters of the used clothing store – 

I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who donated their time and products for this fantastic makeover.  It turned out beautifully!

Danielle Lynn Photography

Ottawa Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition

I am thrilled to be taking part in Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition.  This initiative was put together by the Yummy Mummy Club to coincide with their Winterlude Getaway and they have partnered up with the United Way.  The lucky recipient is the Good Companions Center on Albert Street in Ottawa.

Sonya Kinkade of Sonya Kinkade Design was asked to head up this makeover and she in turn asked some fellow decorators to give her a hand.

Here we are at one of our meetings to discuss paint colours, layout and furniture options.  And the most important and time consuming piece of the puzzle, asking for donations of product, labour and time.
Sonya Kinkade – Sonya Kinkade Design
Maureen Coates – Modecor
Kelly James – Jax Decor
Mary Anne van Gaal – Otta Decorate!
Nicole Duguay – Solace Interiors
Donna Hargrove – dh designs
Lisa Goulet – Lisa Goulet Designs

So we’ll be busy, busy little bees getting all the items in place for the BIG REVEAL happening on Saturday.

We have had absolutely great supporters who have donated their time, labour and products to complete this makeover.  They are:

D.E. Kinkade Konstruction Ltd. – all labour and materials
Michelle VandenBosch – Permanent Petals – all floral arrangements
Matt Leblanc – Matt Leblanc Art – custom art work
The Upper Room – Furniture
Floor Coverings International – area rug for reception
Kravet Fabrics – fabric for window treatment, pillows & bench seat
Brent Kelly Painting – all painting (613-229-8665)
Danielle Lynn Photography – all photography for event
Rockland Textiles – foam for bench seat
Tamarack Developments – all paint
To find out more click on Ottawa at home’s website.   I will be shining the spotlight on several of these sponsors in the next while, as will my fellow decorators, so stay tuned.
So if you are in the Ottawa area, drop by for the BIG REVEAL happening this Saturday, February 19th from 10:30-12:00!  The Good Companions Center is located at 670 Albert Street, Ottawa.