Monday, 5 March 2012

a little kindness goes a long way: extreme makeover reveal

Thanks to everyone who visited and left comments on our very first DTTD blog post :-) We’re going to work hard to make sure we deliver on all of our promises to you! And I think “kindness” is a good theme for our first makeover reveal…

If you’ve been reading JAX does design, you know that I recently participated in Extreme Makeover: Kindness Edition. This is the second year that I worked with a group of decorators (lead by Sonya Kinkade) to make over space for a charitable organization here in Ottawa as part of Kindness Week. This year’s makeover recipient was the Foster Farm Family House Homework Club. Here we are on the install day… see how hard decorators work? :-)

The EMKE Team!

kelly sonya donna mary anne maureen nicole sarah  
Kelly, JAX Decor & Design | Sonya, Sonya Kinkade Design | Donna, dh designs | Mary Anne, Otta Decorate!
Maureen, Modecor | Nicole, Solace Interiors | Sarah, Sarah Kidder Design | {Lisa from Lisa Goulet Design was a late arrival}

Here are the befores {all photography by Danielle Lynn Photography}

And the awesome afters!

homework room 1

blackboard wall

desk kj

homework room 2

letter art

computer room 3

ikea chairs

computer room 2

pencil crayons


cabinet supplies


The EMKE design team on reveal day {with Lisa this time}



Thanks to everyone who donated their time, skills, money, labour, and products – you all helped to make The Homework Club a beautiful and inspiring environment for the kids who do their homework there. Please check out Sonya’s post about Extreme Makeover for the complete list of donors. Sonya forgot to include, so I’m sending out a big THANK YOU to Tim and his team :-)

Lining up to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch and Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL #9 at Five Days… 5 Ways.

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  1. What an amazing space! Love the red. There is no excuse for not getting homework done now.

  2. What a great project and cause! Fantastic work ladies! Makes me want to be in school again, just so I could hang out there!

  3. Amazing job, ladies!!! Watch out - you are going to be in high demand with end results like this! Kudos to all of you. Looks great.

  4. I love that you and these ladies are working hard and volunteering your time and efforts to make places like this (and your project last year) such warm and inviting spaces. And as your project last year, you outdid yourselves with this one as well. The kids must be so delighted with it.

  5. What a great transformation! Definitely adding this blog to my Google Reader!

  6. Amazing transformation! Please, please keep the posts coming! Thank you for visiting my pink lucite tables :)

  7. This is a wonderful transformation. You ladies did an amazing job on it. It is so awesome that you would all volunteer your time and hard work for this project.

  8. Kelly,

    What an awesome transformation! I know that you made a big difference in the lives of others. Those baskets are adorable.


  9. What a great space...and the feeling of making a difference speaks for itself. The red is just an awesome addition...great job and transformation! Have a great weekend!

  10. Fantastic job ladies .... and gentlemen! Doesn't even look like the same place.
    Kudos to all that participated and donated to such a worthy cause. -Brenda-
    P.S: Kelly -- Off subject; sent you an email yesterday.