Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Extreme Home Makeover - Designers Unlimited Style!

I'm thrilled to announce that my networking group, Designers Unlimited, has launched an exciting new project.

Some of you may remember our hospital makeover (if not you can check it out on our website: www.designersunlimited.ca). We had so much fun we've decided to make our charitable makeovers a signature event – each year we'll be doing a room to benefit a child with a serious illness. Our goal is to give them their dream room – a happy place to recuperate and relax.

Our first room project is getting started this month for a 7 year old girl with Craniopharyngioma. Over the next couple of months we'll be planning her dream room and hope to put the whole thing together in September. Stay tuned for details!

Monday, June 29, 2009

No, it doesn't HAVE to cost a fortune!

One of the biggest misconceptions about hiring a decorator is that it costs a fortune and you'll need to spend a huge amount of money - doesn't help when people have been told that their window treatment couldn't be touched for less than $700 (luckily they called me next and were quite relieved to have beautiful windows done for well under that price tag!).

One of my favourite things when it comes to decorating is seeing just how much I can do for the least amount of money. I love finding something that costs a completely unreasonable amount and recreating it for way less!

I while back I saw the most gorgeous artwork in a magazine...for $4000. Not even close to being in our budget. So I went to Walmart, grabbed some $3 canvasses, stopped off at the Benjamin Moore store to get a few testers...and threw this together:
I even had a mom come to the door to ask about it one Halloween because she could see it through the window when she was taking her kids out trick-or-treating. Not bad for $50 and a couple of hours worth of work!

Welcome to my new blog!

After a lot of back and forth, I’ve decided to finally jump on the blog bandwagon! Once I get it figured out you can look forward to a ton of great decorating tips as well as a glimpse of what it’s like to run an interior decorating business in Northern Ontario.
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