February 17, 2011

Extreme Makeover–Kindness Edition


Recently, I was fortunate enough to be asked to take part in a project called “Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition”.  Just what is “Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition” you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you…

Extreme Makeover – Kindness Edition is part of  Winterlude Getaway put together by the Yummy Mummy Club (Toronto) that occurs during Ottawa’s Kindness Week.  The YMC partnered with The United Way, to have an Ottawa design dream-team makeover the reception and lobby area of The Good Companions Center, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of both seniors and adults with physical disabilities. 

The design team is led by Sonya Kinkade of Sonya Kinkade Design and we are joined on the project by 5 other local decorators;

Now, this is no ordinary makeover.  This is a makeover completed entirely with DONATIONS!  That’s right – construction, furniture, paint, carpet, artwork, floral arrangements, woodworking, photography and design savvy – ALL DONATED!

EMKE PlanningThere’s been a flurry of activity recently at the center itself, but work started weeks ago when started planning our approach. 

We got together to pick paint colours, we collaborated over fabric swatches and room layout, but the biggest task of all was contacting individuals, companies and organizations to donate their time, services and products to this worthy cause.   And they came through in spades! 

Stay tuned to our blogs, as over the next week or two, we will be posting DONOR SPOTLIGHT posts to thank all of those who generosity enabled this act of kindness!

We are on the cusp of the big reveal, which is happening this Saturday – February 19th, from 10:30 to 12:00.  If you are in Ottawa, please drop by for a visit!  The Good Companions Centre – 670 Albert Street, Ottawa.  We would love to see you there!


  1. what an absolutely fabulous idea... thanks for taking part and making Ottawa a great place to live. - HeatherL


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