Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stuff! Designing for good!

People don't often realise that their physical surroundings play a huge role in their every day level of satisfaction. Changing a person's physical surroundings can bring inspiration, motivation, a sense of pride and the idea that someone else sees value in them.

Reveal from 2011 Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition
When you get engrossed in the world of design and decor, it can seem like it's all about the stuff!

Sometimes stuff (choosing fabrics, furniture, the latest decor items) can be overwhelming. Stuff certainly doesn't satisfy but the end result of what the stuff can do, can bring great results.

Take the Ottawa Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition for example. Here's a great opportunity to make designing and decorating about enhancing someone's life.

The design team partnered up with the United Way and is setting out to enhance the surroundings of a community that can benefit from it greatly.

The Foster Family Farm House Homework club is in need of repair. With some new construction, paint, furniture, window coverings and time, this homework club is going to be inspired to get their homework done!

By choosing certain finishes and colours, Sonya Kinkade is helping inspire these young minds with a space that causes them to want to be there.

Generous people and companies have donated new furniture and needed items for the rooms, these kids will be motivated to do their work and put forth their best.

Have you ever had someone else do something for you that you couldn't do yourself? Designing a space for someone else is a gift that designers and decorators can share with others.

Having someone else see value in you is without a doubt the best feeling in the world! Stuff helps accomplish this, people bring it to life!

It's not too late to get involved and see what you can do too. Visit Ottawa Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition.


  1. Thank you for a great post Heather, and thank you for stepping up and getting involved this year. Its people like you that make things happen in our Community Cheers!

  2. Thank you for sharing what we are doing Heather. We're passing around some big hugs with a "decorating blanket" so to speak. There is nothing like having a great, comfortable space to inspire people, young and old, to achieve their potential. We are very excited to see this project come to fruition and so pleased you have come along for the ride.

  3. Heather, thank you so much for coming on-board with us on this project. Last year's makeover was a huge success, and I'm sure this year's project will be just as amazing thanks to you and our other donors :-)

    You're so right - showing people that they're valued by giving them a wonderful environment to work in can have such a positive impact :-)

  4. Really excited to be involved! Twitter has opened up so many great connections, thanks ladies!