Tag Archives: Giving

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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Book It

Written by on 29th November 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

If someone on your list is obsessed with Interior design like me (and probably like you too) here’s a couple books that have recently come out that are sure to please.

Nate / Thom / Steven / Eric / Salvage Secrets / Rough Luxe

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For the Love of Tea

Written by on 28th November 2012 in Blog POSTS with 2 Comments

Here are some more great gift ideas from local Tea Companies! Who wouldn’t love one of these! Click around onto the pictures I’ve linked everything up for your viewing pleasure!

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Housing and Homes

Written by on 4th July 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

When I was in University I worked as a community living support worker in a residential home for individuals with special needs. Recently Ive been looking at community living settings in Victoria (out of curiosity) and I stumbled upon  the Pacifica Housing Advisory Association. The association works with the Downtown outreach Services office and is supported by government agencies and ministries to provide housing resources for clients living with mental illness, addiction, homelessness or risk of homelessness.

Look at some of the housing options they have created in our beautiful city.  I didn’t know about this! Pics are links as usual

These are just two examples of several extraordinary projects undertaken by Pacifica who are partially supported by local businesses and public funding.

Remember; shelter is one of our most basic needs. Love your home, but save a little love for your community and the people among us in need.

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Homes & Hope in Haiti

Written by on 21st February 2011 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

Sometimes the most beautiful homes are built under the worst circumstances. To each new owner who is liberated from tents and uncertainty… these homes, and houses like them, ARE without question the most beautiful houses in the world. Each picture has a story.

Over a million people are still homeless and at risk for diseases like cholera after the January 2010 Earthquake in Haiti.  Help is still needed, donate if you can 

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Just Give’n'er

Written by on 30th October 2010 in Blog POSTS with 0 Comments

I like to think of myself as generous and even charitable, but recently I found out about a man named Paul Latour who is a total inspiration!  He organizes extreme home-makeovers (among other things) for people in need and has a vision for cities everywhere to embrace the concept of community caring and responsibility.  I couldnt agree more!!  Like many business owners in Victoria, I have offered to do whatever I can in the next project and I am Really Really looking forward to the opportunity! Should be in early 2011.

Check him out!!

 

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