Tag Archives: Ethical & Sustainable

The Hero Work Program – 2014 is Complete

Written by on 6th October 2014 in Blog POSTS with 4 Comments

It’s not really possible to communicate how much satisfaction you get from doing something for someone else…a total stranger that you will probably never meet. But knowing that every thoughtful detail, decision and sacrifice will make a difference for a youth that is at risk makes all the hard work worth it.  If you’ve been around the blog the last few months you might have read about all my amazing clients and vendors who donated furniture and the countless trips across town to pick up used Victoria treasures from here or there. I scoured thrift stores and pillaged my own house to fill this apartment with love and warmth…with a little edge.  One volunteer said it was the perfect “college kid” apartment and that made me happy:)  I wish the very very best to whoever lives in this space and I hope they feel all the love and heart that poured into every wire, nail, floor board, pipe, drop of paint and of course the furnishings and decor…There is Love. The Hero Work Program and Paul Latour are an indomitable force in this city…get involved with the next one…you won’t regret it!

OK here’s the pics!

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I’ve had lots of questions about my design so over the next few days I will feature aspects of it and introduce you to the people and companies that made it happen:)

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Design By Donation for the Hero Work Program

Written by on 24th September 2014 in Blog POSTS with 1 Comment

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.

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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!

 

 

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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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