Tag Archives: Ethical & Sustainable

Design By Donation for the Hero Work Program

Written by on 24th September 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

You may have heard by now that I’m knee deep in an amazing project for the Threshold Housing Society of Victoria that is being undertaken by The HeroWork Program.  Hundreds of Amazing organizers and volunteers all working toward a common goal – to provide safe housing for youth at Risk. I could not be more proud to be a part of it, and I thought I’d share a little of my behind the scenes process for decorating the living and dining areas in the Threshold apartment I’m working on.


Furnishing and decorating an apartment by donation is a tricky business but I can honestly say that being creative and scouring via Used Victoria are two things that come easily to me so it worked out rather well.  I accumulated the big pieces first and then developed a plan around them. First I got some dark IKEA bookcases, a dining table and a bonded leather couch donated by some of my design clients and vendors. What would I do without them? Amazing!

slide 1Next I tried to figure out what rug I could use to, as the Dude would say, “tie the room together” and I settled on a large red Persian rug that I had at home. I then decided that an eclectic and edgy look with mixed art mediums and some reclaimed wood was going to be the style direction. I found a few inspiration pics to help solidify the layout and the remaining pieces that I needed.

slide 2With this concept in mind I have been busy collecting books and art work, lamps and accessories in order to make the space feel like a home.  I’m excited to see how it turns out…until then you can use your imagination…here’s what it looked like a few weeks ago before the reno began.  Expect to see new paint, re-finished floors and a whole lotta awesome in less than 10 days!!

DSC_0461 re sizedI spotted this pic on Facebook, …with lots of Volunteers hard at work last weekend whoo hoo Guys Great Job!!! I’m pretty sure it’s the same apartment I’ll be working in

10682261_10153030269365166_4521073188232086173_oVolunteer today – Next weekend the sun will come out and I hope to see you there!

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If you can help…please do

Written by on 27th July 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

You may have heard that I am planning the renovation of an apartment in Victoria for the Threshold Housing Society in partnership with the Herowork Program. This 2 bedroom unit will be a safe place for some young people in need and I am committed to making it into a home. This is where I need your help…If you have a chair, or a table or anything else on my list that you think I could use send me a pic in an email and we will figure it out :) . If you follow me you already know that I love to up-cycle and score great deals so this project is right up my alley!  I will update the list as I collect what I need. My email address is nicole@scottdesigns.ca

I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity from my friends and clients but we have a way to go yet…take a look… can you help?  If you would like to donate funds so we can buy some of what we need that can also be arranged with tax receipts etc. And if all you can do is spread the word and share these posts believe me…Every gesture is appreciated!!

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And a Hero Come’s Along – Herowork in Victoria

Written by on 16th July 2014 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I have a really exciting announcement about a new project I’m involved with! herowork logohomelessIn addition to servicing my amazing group of clients in Victoria I am also taking on a very special project this fall through the Herowork Program. I will be decorating one of four apartments along side three other designers that will be used by the Threshold Housing Society of Victoria.  This tremendous organization is committed to providing safe housing for local youth at risk of homelessness and this project will be a great help.  Some amazing benefactors have come forward to help jump start this renovation and even more amazing local businesses are stepping up to donate time, expertise, supplies and funds to this very worthy cause.  I’m really lucky to be a part of it and I hope you will follow along and even participate if you can. A call for Herowork volunteers in Victoria will be coming soon!



Project summary

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Wicked West Coast Style

Written by on 4th December 2013 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

It’s pretty cool to find something new and exciting right in your own backyard.  The Autonomous Furniture Collective is doing some great things with local reclaimed woods and acrylic that I thought you should see. I love this modern twist on west coast style. Check them out. Pic is the Link as Usual.

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New Thrift Store in Victoria

Written by on 19th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

Photo 2012-12-19 10 09 01 AMOK, if you know me you know that  I’m a hound for a deal…lucky for me my good friends suffer from the same affliction and this week my amazing girlfriend Sandy escorted me to a newish thrift store downtown on Blanshard and Fisgard. It was pouring rain like nobody’s business….and since the world is busy buying last minute xmas gifts we had the whole crazy packed and eclectic place all to ourselves!

” The Right Price” opened about 3 months ago and carries a seriously eclectic selection of Asian, Indian, South American and western furniture and decor.  They are currently working on getting a website up so on days like today when you can’t bear to leave the house…you can still get your shop on. My favourite piece of the day was this coffee table…

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I took some more hopeless iphone shots in my latte fueled excitement…

right price masghIt was a great store. I bought some apothecary jars and I will definitely bring clients here when we are looking for bargains, DIY projects and ethnic treasures. There are many!  The store will be open Boxing day and they are planning a sale so keep it in mind if you are a die hard vintage freak like me!

Have you been to this place? What did you think? What did you buy?

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Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Written by on 6th December 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Check out these great gift ideas for the gardener on your list.

Bogs /Lee Valley Gift Card / Garden Therapy E-book

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Take a Coffee Break – Local Coffee Gift Ideas

Written by on 26th November 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I love everything on this post today, the only thing it needs is some vanilla sugar and it’s darn near perfect! How’s your shopping going? I hope these local lists are helping you get creative and SHOP LOCAL:)

Sources mugs / tamper / Salt Spring Coffee / knockbox / Breville /

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Vintage Market July 15th

Written by on 29th June 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Vancouver Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Sale is July 15th! If you love vintage furniture, decor, and one of a kind accessories you should check it out!

July 15th 10am – 4pm – Point Ellice House & Gardens 2616 Pleasant Street, Victoria BC

$5 Entry or $3 with non-perishable donation to the food bank (pic is the link as usual)


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Extreme Makeover

Written by on 13th June 2012 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Local hero Paul Latour is spearheading another extreme makeover project for a deserving non profit organization.  This time the recipient is the Mustard Seed which assists more than 7000 Victorians each month.

His idea is based on social media support driving the business community into action. Watching his video and tweeting or sharing his messages on a chosen date will generate visible public support for his cause and motivate corporate sponsorship. It works! And it doesn’t cost you/me a thing to lend our support and help make this happen.

get on the email list or check him out …Go Paul! I’m a supporter! (pic is the link as usual)

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Trade Roots – Victoria, BC

Written by on 9th April 2012 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

There is another great reason to head down to Victoria’s Design District! Trade Roots, is an industrial antique furniture and decor store located at 545 Herald Street featuring one of a kind pieces you are sure to love.  Local owners, Carla and Christos Koulas, are breaking through the existing French, English and mid-century antique market in Victoria and tapping into the cities love of local, eco-friendly design and the exceedingly popular industrial furniture trend.

Designers and homeowners can find select pieces on UsedVictoria.com and everyone is encouraged to walk through the showroom and experience the interesting variety of steel multi-drawer cabinets, Indian and Chinese antique chests and a cool selection of artifacts and decor pieces to suit almost any interior. You might even be greeted by their dachshund Daisy if you’re lucky.


Trade Roots is committed to local sustainable design and they work with local craftsmen and artists to refurbish antiques and up-cycle old materials into something new.  Their handmade vintage light fixtures are a great example of this; using old metal baskets and industrial salvage they are creating affordable pendants filled with character you just can’t buy anywhere else.

The store operates on the premise that people put their principles first and they have set the bar high for themselves to lead by example and promote what they call “the wonderful world of old”. Indeed, the old world antique furniture found in the store arrives as a result of a partnership with a Vancouver antique dealer who travels the world in search of unique treasures directly from manufacturers.  The fact that Trade Roots is not far removed from the manufacturing of these imported pieces is an important feature in their overall commitment to eco-friendly and fair trade business practices.


I sat down with the lovely Carla Koulas and asked her a few questions about the store.

N: In a few words how would you describe your store and the furniture and decor items you sell?

C: Functional, Cool and Funky

N: Who would you say is responding most to the aesthetic of the pieces you carry?

C: I would say that most of our customers are focused on quality and appreciate the unique one of a kind character of the pieces.  At least once a week I hear somebody tell us that they are slowly weeding out their IKEA furniture in favour of one of our pieces that are meant to last.

N: Where do you find all these great pieces you have in the shop?

C: We have some amazing connections and that is the key. Believe it or not we have not had to really seek out pieces yet because there are so many people who have interesting things that are finding us!

N: Your store has a mix of creative reproductions and up-cycling as well as antiques. What are your favourite created and antique pieces?

C: We recently received some antique nautical artifacts and I am in love with a stunning solid bronze yacht compass.  My favourite creative piece so far is a mid-century maple and brass tripod style surveyor’s lamp.

N: What is the direction of the store? Is there anything customers should know about?

C: We will be having our 1st anniversary in August 2012 and we will plan some kind of celebration for that.  Last year we held a charity auction which we would love to do again and we are talking about an event to get to know the local design community.

Check Out Trade Roots!

545 Herald

Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm and closed Mondays.

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