Today is the start of Kindness Week here in Ottawa. Not that you shouldn’t be kind EVERY week, but this is a great initiative that encourages people to “choose to be kind”. And really, it’s not very hard to be kind – hold the door open for the person behind you, give someone your seat on the bus, smile at a total stranger… even the smallest gesture is appreciated.
As I mentioned in this post, this is the second year that I’m participating in Extreme Makeover: Kindness Edition. Next Friday, the TBBs and I will work our magic at the Foster Farm Family House Homework Club, a place where kids in the Foster Farm community go to do their homework. Over the last month, we’ve been rounding up sponsors and donors and planning the design. You might remember our colour palette inspiration…
Image via House Beautiful, February 2011
Well, just like any design, things change and evolve based on a number of factors – in this case, we had to adjust our colour palette because we couldn’t get the yellow chairs that we planned to use in the space. But never fear – just like last year, red has come to our rescue! And now we’re going with this colour palette…
Image via House to Home
Here’s a little sneak peek at the design board that our lead designer, Sonya Kinkade, has put together…If you want to see more, head over to the EMKE Facebook page and click the Like button.
I’d like to send out a huge THANK YOU to all of our donors and sponsors who have contributed products, labour, and money to this very worthy project. Can’t wait to see it all come together next Friday!
|D.E. Kinkade Konstruction Ltd||Construction, labour, and materials|
|Ottawa Valley Kitchens||Built-it cabinetry|
|Sherwin-Williams store #8785||Paint|
|B.T. Kelly Painting Inc.||Paint labour|
|Barwood Flooring||New hardwood flooring|
|Marchand Lighting and Electrical||New lighting|
|Climate Works||New central air conditioning|
|Lafarge Canada||Supplied new school chairs|
|School Furniture of Canada||Kindly discounted the price of the school chairs|
|Tamarack Developments||Cash donation for homework room décor|
|Tag Along Toys||New school supplies|
|Smart Space Organizing||Office and school supplies|
|Ikea Canada||Office supplies|
|Future Shop||Wall mounted TV and Blu-ray player|
|Faye Fortune Drapery||New window treatments|
|Matt LeBlanc Abstract Art||New custom art piece designed for The Homework Club|
|Sheila Cain - Sample pencil artist||Custom art piece|
|Danielle Lynn Photography||Capturing the makeover with photography|
|Randy Little, Investment Fund Advisor||Donation of chalkboard paint|
And of course, the TBBs design team!
Sonya Kinkade (Lead Designer)
|Sonya Kinkade Design|
|Nicole Duguay||Solace Interiors|
|Lisa Goulet||Lisa Goulet Design|
|Donna Hargrove||dh designs|
|Kelly James||JAX Decor & Design|
|Sarah Kidder||Sarah Kidder Design|
|Mary Anne van Gaal||Otta Decorate!|
If you’d like to be part of Extreme Makeover: Kindness Edition, there are still a few items that we need to buy – a couple of chairs, a floor lamp, a long wall shelf, and dictionaries. If you’re interested in donating a few dollars to put towards the purchase of these items, please send me an e-mail or leave me a comment and let me know.
And to change the subject completely… I’ve got an amazing project to share with you on Monday. It’s been in the works for a few months, and I’m so excited that it’s finally done and looks even better than I envisioned! I’ll also be guest posting over at Lisa Goulet Design on Monday about a topic related to my project. I’m keeping it a secret for now, but here’s a clue…
Happy Weekend & spread the kindness!