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 – Tamarack Homes


As you know, myself and a few other Ottawa designers have been working on Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition.  This charity event is sponsored by United Way and the Yummy Mummies Club.   The lucky recipient of this makeover is the Good Companions Center in Ottawa, Ontario.

We were tasked with redoing the entryway and the lobby to bring it from institutional to warm and inviting.  Since most of the designers on this project also have a blog, we thought we would each feature the wonderful sponsors who donated their time, labour and/or products to ensure a fabulously finished space.

So this Sponsor Spotlight is shone on Tamarack Homes who generously donated all the paint required for this space.  Here’s the colours that we decided upon – 

CC-578 – Hempseed
CC-576 – Nordic Grey
CC-590 – Grasslands
HC-142 – Stratton Blue

Here’s some befores and the afters – 

Lisa Goulet Design

                       Lisa Goulet Design

Lisa Goulet Design


                      Lisa Goulet Design

Here’s some history on Tamarack Homes:

More than 60 years ago, Harold Taggart wanted to build better homes for the returning second world war veterans.  He started his own company and then later joined with Doran Contractors (in business since 1846) to become the company we now know as Taggart Group of Companies.

Even half a century later you can still see the pride of ownership set in motion by a man who set new standards for quality construction and customer satisfaction.  Their innovative designs and quality craftsmanship have ensured that the Taggart Group of Companies exceeded the expectations of new home buyers for over 60 years.   

Harold’s sons have continued their father’s proud legacy and dedication to excellence and every home owner is greeted with the same quality and attention to detail that Harold insisted on.

Tamarack’s architectural team is partnered with world-renowned architect, Barry J. Hobin.  His influence is everywhere in their homes; from subtle window curves, a welcoming front porch and lots of natural light.  This allows each Tamarack design to be distinctive and special, as per Barry’s specifications.

Tamarack is currently building homes in seven distinct communities in Ontario.  They include, Findlay Creek (Ottawa South), Jackson Trails (Stittsville), Chaperal (Orleans), Woodhaven and Greenwood Park (Kingston), Central (downtown Ottawa) and Halfmoon Bay (Barrhaven).

With their ongoing commitment to giving back to the community the Taggart family announced early this year $2 million in support of the National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA’s Strengthening the Heart of our Community Capital Campaign.  It is the largest single donation in the 144 year history of the Y.  To honour this extraordinary gift, the Y’s flagship facility on Argyle Avenue (currently under revitalization) will be renamed the Taggart Family Y.

Click on Tamarack Homes to see their distinctive designs and attention to quality yourself.  My fellow decorators who also generously donated their time and who are also bloggers have also written about this makeover. Please click on their links on my side bar to read more about our fabulous sponsors.

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