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.


Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition

I have some exciting news to share – Sonya Kinkade Design has asked me to be part of a crew of designers that will be making over The Good Companions Centre in downtown Ottawa.  This charity initiative is a joint venture of the United Way and the Yummy Mummy’s Club.

It will be completed in time for Kindness Week – Feb 20, 2011.  We are in the process of finalizing the design and lining up donations of labour and products. We plan to do it all in a few hours using our volunteers.  This will include construction, painting and furnishings, and it will all take place over a week. Using a time-lapsed camera it will be photographed and placed on the Yummy Mummy Club website shortly after completion, where all participants will be featured on their blog.

The other fabulous decorators and designers that make up the rest of the crew are Maureen Coates – Modecor, Kelly James – Jax Decor, Donna Hargrove – dh Designs, Nicole Duguay – Solace Interiors and Mary Anne van Gaal – Ottadecorate.

If you would be willing to donate any products please contact me.

Stay tuned for more details!