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.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS!

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

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

Contributors
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

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT IS ON……

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

Extreme Makeover Kindness edition -Sponsor Spotlight – Matt Leblanc

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT IS ON…..

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 post is shone on Matt Leblanc – Artist Extraordinaire!

Matt lives in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada.  He has been a creative person all his life and worked for many years at an advertising agency.  However, he only started offering his work to the public four years ago and he has been busy ever since.  He sells to individuals, (in fact, I have one of his beautiful pieces), businesses and interior designers across North America as well as overseas.

Matt’s ability to design a unique piece of artwork based on his client’s decor has been instrumental in developing his strong brand as an artist.  The piece that he has donated to Good Companions Center was customized to the space and is a main focal point.

Here’s the before….
And the after!

                Lisa Goulet Design
 

Danielle Lynn Photography


Matt has devoted much of his time and energy, not to mention his artwork to various charities and fundraisers.  Matt’s older sister, Madeleine LeBlanc was only five when she succumbed to cancer.  But 38 years later, her spirit inspired Matt to create 200 paintings in 6 months, with the ambitious goal of raising $25,0000 for the Tree of Hope Campaign (an annual event of the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital Foundation in Moncton).   He called his campaign, Art for Life, which achieved this amazing goal.  And then, at the Gala to celebrate his success, with some extra effort, Matt was able to bring the amount to $38,000.

Here’s some photos of Matt’s artwork from the Art for Life campaign:

Matt has some words of wisdom about purchasing custom artwork for your home.

1.  Choosing the correct artwork for your space.

“My clients often ask me what type of artwork should go in a certain room.  I always toss the question back to them and add a few more questions about the mood they want to set in the room.  Artwork can either be jarring to the eye and bring some energy or put the perfect touch on the room by complementing your current décor.    The choice becomes yours.  Artwork should always lift the mood of the room and a lot of time it can become the center piece that determines the entire feeling of your living space.   When I meet with clients, my goal is to determine three basic things:
1)  The size of the artwork
2)  The style which will set the mood
3)  The colors

That’s the hardest part of the job.  The rest is just creativity !!!”

2.  Should the artwork match the decor?

“I always say that my clients have to cover three things when they buy my artwork;  the size, the style and the color of their new piece.  The first two are normally the easy ones.  The colors on the other hand, make everyone nervous.   Some people stress too much about colors.  The number one question I get from clients is whether or not they should buy a piece of art to match their décor.  It seems that the simple answer would be yes but in fact, I recommend that it doesn’t. Before you panic, let me explain.
It’s good to bring in a color to match one of your accent colors in the room but I always recommend to try not to be too “matchy matchy” when it comes to choosing art.  Over time your decorating tastes will change which means that the art you choose won’t match your room anymore.  Typically you buy art for a long time so make sure that you love the piece as opposed to love that it matches your room.
You do want to make sure that the painting doesn’t totally clash with everything else that is in the room.  Art is no different from furniture and accessories.  You have to step back and ask yourself if it complements your setting.  If it looks really odd like a brand new white modern leather couch in a country room filled with wooden roosters, well then it’s probably not the right piece of art for that room.”

3.  The Inspiration behind the Art

“Every artist obviously has different ways to create art.  Techniques, feelings, emotions & experience all play a role in the finished product. Painting Abstract or Modern Art is just plain fun.
I’m not the type of artist who will take a walk and get instantly inspired by something I see.  For me, it’s more the mood I’m in and the emotions I feel when I’m in front of the canvas.
My inspiration comes from: 
1. colours
2. emotions
3. music
Music’s rhythm and tempo have a big influence on my work.  I love big canvases and I love to paint with big brushes.  I’m not the best at painting small details so that’s probably why I don’t paint portraits.  I find that music can influence the quality and speed with which I apply my large paintbrush or palette knife to the canvas.  How I apply the acrylic paint will be reflected in the end result.
When creating an abstract painting, I think about three elements which are the basis of all my artwork:
  1. shapes
  2. forms
  3. colors
For some reason, I’m a big fan of “lines”. I have many line patterns in my artwork.  It might come from my love of geometry.  I love shapes and forms and how objects are created.  I try to bring some squares, circles, lines and other shapes to my work without letting them affect the overall abstract style.  At the end of the day, abstract is considered apart from concrete existence so very often I hide those elements inside my work.”
So if you are looking for some beautiful artwork or just want to be inspired, please check out Matt Leblanc’s website by clicking on his logo below.
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.