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Style Organization’s Green Initiative for Windsor & Essex County

Downsizing & Decluttering in Windsor
Downsizing & Decluttering in Windsor

Downsizing or decluttering? You don’t have to wait until you move, Style Organization recommends that you sort through your things regularly just like recycling. The list of things that are no longer allowed to be thrown away is growing and here is my current list for Windsor and Essex County. When I help people organize we go through rooms one by one and if any items are no longer wanted we place them in the following categories.

  1. Give Away
  2. Sell or Consign
  3. Get a Second Opinion if you think it may be valuable
  4. Donate
  5. Taking to the dump if local garbage pick-up does not take the items
  6. Recycle
  7. Destroy
  • For giving away, this may mean items promised to children or friends and this is the time to do it.
  • Selling may be using an online auction, or at an estate or garage sale.
  • We recommend using an appraiser for valuables which may be placed on consignment or sent to auction.
  • Donating to charity shops or shelters
  • Recycle properly using one of the many local initiatives listed below
  • Destroying an item that may hurt others such as a child’s car seat.

For items that cannot be sold and are no longer used, many local authorities have e-waste programmes where electronics of all kinds, including televisions and cell phones etc, that can no longer be thrown out in the garbage as electronics become toxic when left in a landfill.

The Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority Windsor / Essex County residents can drop off the following electronic devices free of charge: for more information http://www.ewswa.org

 The Public Drop Off Depot is located in the City of Windsor at:

3560 North Service Road East, Windsor, ON N9A 6J3 on the corner of E.C. Row and Central. Call: 311 (City of Windsor) 

In Essex County at:Transfer Station #2 located at 2021 Albuna Townline (County Rd. 31) in the Town of Kingsville. Call: 519-326-2816. Waste Reduction Hotline: 1-800-563-3377

  • The EWSWA has a drop-off area for electronics at all Public Drop Off facilities (Windsor, Essex, and Kingsville). Windsor/Essex County residents can drop off the following electronic devices free of charge:
    • Amplifiers
    • Audio and video players and recorders (DVD and VCR players)
    • Cameras
    • Cell phones
    • Computers and peripherals
    • Copiers
    • Fax machines
    • Monitors
    • Pagers and PDAs
    • Printers
    • Radios
    • Receivers
    • Scanners
    • Speakers
    • Telephones and answering machines
    • Tuners
    • Turntables
    • Televisions
    • Video projectorsDrop Off Your Old Rechargeable Batteries:  Essex County and City of Windsor residents can drop off their rechargeable batteries for free at either one of the Household Chemical Waste Depots located in Windsor / Essex County. A Rechargeable Battery Recycling Station has been set up for your convenience

Safety Tips from EWSWA

Be sure to clear your computers, cell phones and electronics of all confidential or personal information. Exercise care when handling and transporting bulky or heavy monitors and televisions. In particular, cathode ray tubes, found in older televisions and monitors can shatter under pressure. Sturdy work gloves are a good idea when carrying or moving heavier electronics. Don’t take your computer or its components apart or expose it to heat or flames. This can be dangerous to you and the environment.

Or you can make some money to put towards a new laptop by listing yours on eBay or Kijiji  (just remember to erase your personal files, photos, and music first). Reduce your tax bill and boost your karma by donating your computer — there are plenty of nonprofits, schools, and charities that will put that PC to good use. Locally you can go to http://www.cfkcanada.org/and they’ll find a worthy recipient for you. Or just bring your old computer with you when you go to buy a new one. Many manufacturers and retailers — including Dell, HP, Apple, Sony, Toshiba and Best Buy — will recycle your old computer for free.

Refrigerators, Freezers, Window Air Conditioners, Portable Dehumidifiers

EnWin Utilities, with support from the Ontario Power Authority, has a program that offers to pick up older refrigerators and freezers as well as window air conditioners and portable dehumidifiers from residents of Ontario, and fully decommission them in an environmentally friendly manner. Please call 1-877-797-9473 to schedule an appointment. 

Pharmaceuticals

Residents should bring back all medications and pharmaceuticals to their local pharmacy as well as sharps/syringes for proper disposal – free of charge.

Packaging peanuts

Packaging peanuts can be returned to a UPS store – instead of being thrown in the garbage.

Print Cartridges 

Staples makes recycling these a no-brainer — just bring in your old cartridge, and they’ll give you $amount off your next one. PS: Many manufacturers, like HP, offer mail-in recycling programs too. Or take to Cartridge Worx to refill.

Clothes & accessories

If they are in style and in good condition you can take them to your local consignment store where you will make some money. Selling online any new (or barely used) name-brand clothing and accessories is always popular on eBay, Kijiji, and Facebook. Have some fashionable friends? Have a clothing swap where everyone brings a set number of items and then takes turns to pick something. Any leftovers can be donated. For a more social way to recycle your closet, throw a swap party. Think of it as a grown-up version of trading baseball cards. Plus, swap parties are a great way to clean out your closet and update your wardrobe (for free!). Leftovers can be donated to your local Charity Shop or woman’s shelter. 

Heres how to hold one. https://styleorganization.com/2014/10/29/style-organize-a-clothing-exchange/

Furniture

Listing unwanted furniture on Kijiji or Facebook is a great way to make money for home improvements without much effort. Even if you can’t get someone to buy that orange corduroy couch, list it for “free” online and save yourself the cost of having it hauled away. The Salvation Army or your local charity/thrift shop will come to collect your old furniture — free of charge — and in return, you may get a tax break not all do (just remember to ask for a receipt!).

Sports Equipment

J&R Sports Connection will buy your used sports equipment (depending on the condition). Go to https://jrsportsconnection.weebly.com/ Or again donate your old gear. 

Books

Old coffee-table books and special editions can be sold to specialty bookstores or on Amazon.com. Old books & paperbacks can be donated to the Goodwill Bookstore or a charity such as a raise a reader in Windsor.

Video Games, CDs, DVDs & Vinyl 

Go to http://gamecycle.ca/ or Dr Disc on facebook in Windsor to trade and sell new and used CD’s, Vinyl, DVDs, Band Shirts, and Posters. 

Eyeglasses

Donate your old glasses to Lions Club Gift Of Sight Eye Glass Program who will recycle your old glasses to help needy children and adults worldwide see clearly.

Tools, Materials & Appliances

Got some old tools lying around? A decent appliance you no longer want, some leftover lumber? Donate it all to Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex Inc Email office@habitatwindsor.org  When they sell your donations they use the profits to fund new projects.

 

FYI The following is a partial list of products that are banned in Canada. It is illegal to sell or give them away. If you have any of these products in your possession, destroy and discard them so that they cannot be used.

  • Baby walkers
  • Infant self-feeding devices
  • Jequirity beans or anything that is made with jequirity beans
  • Lawn darts with elongated tips
  • Polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA

The following is a partial list of products that must meet regulatory requirements under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or the Food and Drugs Act and its Cosmetic Regulations

Baby Gates

Baby gates that have diamond-shaped openings or “V” openings at the top larger than 38 mm (1 ½ in) are illegal to sell in Canada. A child’s head can get caught in these openings and the child could strangle. Baby gates must come with information that identifies the manufacturer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture and information regarding instructions for use and installation.

Car Seats

Car seats must have a National Safety Mark and meet current regulatory requirements. Remember that it is illegal to sell car seats that do not meet the current regulatory requirements. You should always check with the manufacturer before selling a car seat. Car seats must come with warnings, guidelines for use, installation instructions, and date of manufacture. Do not sell a car seat that is past the lifespan recommended by the manufacturer or that has been in a vehicle during a collision. Before selling a used car seat, check with  Transport Canada ( 1-800-333-0371 or http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety) for more information and to find out if the car seat has been recalled. Also, be sure that it is in good condition with no missing parts and with functioning anchoring systems.

Children’s Jewellery

Lead is a soft, heavy metal that is often used to make inexpensive jewelry. Lead is very toxic. A child can suffer from lead poisoning if they suck, chew, or swallow jewelry containing lead. Jewellery containing lead, which has a protective or decorative coating, is not safe since children can easily chew off the coating. It is illegal in Canada to sell children’s jewelry that contains lead above the allowable limit, so if you are not sure whether a children’s jewelry item contains lead, do not offer it for sale.

Children’s Sleepwear

Do not sell loose-fitting children’s sleepwear made of cotton, cotton blends or rayon as they burn more easily. Loose-fitting children’s sleepwear includes nightgowns, bathrobes, and loose pajamas. They should be made of polyester, nylon or polyester/nylon blends.

Tight-fitting children’s sleepwear includes pajamas and sleepers (with tight cuffs at the end of sleeves and pants legs, close fit to the body). They are less likely to make contact with a fire source and are likely to burn more slowly. They can be made from cotton, cotton blends or rayon.

Corded Window Coverings

Children can strangle on cords and bead chains of blinds and curtains. Looped cords and long pull cords can wrap around a child’s neck and act like a noose. Reselling these products is not recommended because safety devices, warning labels, and instructions to keep pull cords out of the reach of children may be missing. 

Cosmetics

Used, old, or damaged cosmetics should never be sold. These products may contain harmful bacteria that could cause skin rashes or lead to infections. Additionally, second-hand cosmetics may be missing required labeling information, such as ingredients, warnings, and directions for safe use. A cosmetic is defined as any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in cleansing, improving or altering the complexion, skin, hair or teeth, including deodorants and perfumes.

  • Note you may see vintage cosmetics sold but it is usually for the packaging and not for use.

Cribs, Cradles, & Bassinets 

It is illegal to sell cribs that do not meet the current regulatory requirements. Cribs manufactured before September 1986 likely do not meet these requirements and should therefore not be sold. Health Canada does not recommend using cribs older than 10 years as they are more likely to have broken, worn, loose or missing parts, and be missing warnings or instructions. Cribs, cradles, and bassinets must come with information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, date of manufacture, and assembly instructions. They must be in good condition, with no missing parts. It is also important that the mattress used fits snugly with a gap of no more than 3 cm (1 3/16 in) between the mattress and the crib, cradle or bassinet. The spacing between the bars should be no more than 6 cm (2 3/8 in). Cribs, cradles or bassinets with visible signs of damage, missing parts, or missing information should be destroyed. The side height of cradles and bassinets should be at least 23 cm (9 in). Cribs must have a side height of at least 66 cm (26 in) when the mattress support is in the lowest position. Crib corner posts must be no more than 3 mm (1/8 in) high. The mattress support must be firmly fixed to the end panels. Cribs that have a floating mattress support system with S or Z-shaped hooks are not safe and must not be sold.

Garden Torches

Garden torches (i.e. Tiki torches) are composed of two parts: a shaft that is placed in the ground or mounted on the side of a deck which is usually made of wood (bamboo) or metal; and a metal fuel reservoir with a wick. The wick and the reservoir, containing kerosene, citronella or another liquid fuel, usually sit on top of the wood/metal shaft. Ingestion of these fuels can cause serious adverse health effects in children including death. Many of these products sold prior to 2008 did not meet Health Canada’s regulatory requirements which set out specific labeling and packaging. It is illegal to sell garden torches missing the required labeling or packaging.

Ice Hockey Helmets and Face Protectors 

Ice hockey helmets and face protectors sold in Canada must carry a sticker indicating they meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) and clearly showing the standard number. If the standard number is not present, discard the product. Ice hockey helmets must also have a chin strap and a label with the date of manufacture. These items must not be sold if previously subjected to major impact, if older than five years, if showing signs of damage, or if parts are missing. Be careful as damage done to helmets is not always visible. If you are unsure of a helmet condition, it is better not to sell it.

Playpens

Do not sell playpens that have protruding bolts or torn vinyl or mesh. Playpen mesh must be small mesh, such as mosquito-type netting. Playpens must not have more than two wheels or casters or the ability to attach additional wheels. When selling a folding playpen, ensure that all locking mechanisms work and set-up instructions are included. Playpens must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture.

Strollers and carriages

Strollers and carriages made before 1985 should not be sold as they may not meet current regulatory requirements. Strollers must come with a lap belt and crotch strap that is solidly attached to the seat or frame. Ensure that the brakes, as well as the locking mechanisms on folding models, are in working order. Make sure that the wheels are securely attached. Strollers must be accompanied by information that identifies the manufacturer or importer, model name or number, and the date of manufacture.

Toys

Toys that are in poor repair, broken, have sharp edges or points, or plush toys with loose eyes or noses are not safe and should not be sold. Recently, there has been an increased number of recalls on toys with paint containing lead; check that toys have not been recalled before selling them.

Toys With Magnets

Check toys for loose magnets before selling them. Products with loose small powerful magnets should be kept safely out of the reach of children. Unlike traditional magnets, small powerful magnets, such as rare-earth magnets, have a very strong magnetic pull creating a unique safety concern. They are used in a wide range of items, from building toys to science kits or board games. Small powerful magnets that are loose or contained in a very small item are dangerous because they are easily swallowed. If more than one magnet is swallowed over a short period of time, they can attract one another through the intestines and create a blockage or slowly tear through the intestinal walls. The results can be fatal. Older children are known to play with these small powerful magnets in their mouths: using them for fake tongue or cheek piercings, attaching them to braces, etc. Teach children to keep powerful magnets away from their mouths.

Examples of other items that could pose a safety hazard:

Drawstrings on Children’s Clothing

Drawstrings on children’s clothing should be removed prior to sale. Drawstrings, especially on snowsuits, jackets and hooded sweatshirts, can become caught on playground equipment, fences or other objects.

Helmets (Other Than Hockey Helmets)

Helmets, such as bicycle, in-line skating helmets, and equestrian riding helmets, are designed to protect the head against a single impact. It is not recommended to resell these products.

High Chairs

Before selling a used high chair, make sure it is in good condition and that there is a restraint system that consists of a crotch strap and a waist belt that is easy to fasten. All latching and locking mechanisms should be in good working order.

Infant Bath Seats and Bath Rings

These products are not safety devices. Many babies have died when they were left alone in a bath seat or bath ring, even for a short time. Reselling these products is not recommended because the suction cups or other means to attach the product to a tub can be ineffective. Reselling infant bath seats or bath rings can be especially dangerous because any warnings and/or instructions that could have alerted a caregiver of the serious drowning hazard related to these products may be out of date or missing entirely.

Common second-hand products that must meet safety requirements under the Radiation Emitting Devices Act:

Microwave Ovens

Ensure that the microwave oven is in good working order and is accompanied with instructions for use. It is recommended not to sell a microwave oven with noticeable damage to the door or door hinges, as there may be excessive microwave leakage.

Personal Stereo Systems (for example MP3 Players, Portable Media Players)

Instructions for safe use should accompany the device and there should be a functioning volume control enabling sound levels to be listened to safely without risk of hearing damage.

Donations in Windsor & Essex County

Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and St Vincent de Paul give tax receipts, which will now be for the tax year 2019. They will send you a tax receipt after placing a value on the items you have donated. You need to provide the following. Name, address, email and telephone # of person who will receive the tax receipt. All goods being donated must be in the garage OR at the ground level ready for pick up. Salvation Army picks up in Amherstberg on Fridays speak with Clay. Will not pick up any of the following: entertainment units, beds/sofa beds or large appliances but when picking up large items will pick up small appliances and household items as well as clothing in box or bag. 1720 Walker Road Windsor N8W 3P4 On.  Call519 258 6938 ask for pick-ups Windsor Essex & Amherstburg.

Habitat for Humanity, will pick-up most large items with the exception of beds, huge armoires/entertainment centers or paint.
3064 Devon Drive, Windsor, ON  
519 969-3762

St Vincent de Paul 354 Chilver Rd Windsor, ON  519 253-7481

Missions Thrift Store, formerly Bibles for Missions 375 Giles Blvd E, Windsor, ON N9A 4C4 519 250 9628 Missions will pick up furniture and appliances donated.

Goodwill There is a drive-through donation center on Front Street in Lasalle. There are two retail stores at 1643 McDougall St Windsor, ON 519 256 1919 and at 11145 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor, ON N8R 1B1 519 956 2610  

Value Village
6711 Tecumseh Rd E Windsor, ON 519 944 1372 & 4322 Walker Rd Bldg 1, Windsor, ON 519 250 0199

 *Please note this is just a guideline to help you and is updated as the information comes in. Programmes change often. Please check online and/or by telephone to see that any programme is still running. You can also ask if your favourite Charity shop will take your goods. There are more Charity and thrift shops in the area that are not listed here and if you are not on this list and would like to be included please fill in the contact form below with your information and I will add you to the list. Thank you.

 

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Style Organization Organizes Your Life for Better Living

 

Moving to Windsor
Moving to Windsor 

Style Organization loves to unpack and create a beautiful and comfortable home for all clients. This is one that I have just started.

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Organization For Life – What We Do

Style Organization
Style Organization assists people by helping them to function through organizing. For each client, I customize the organization by the way they live and offer recommendations for re-organizing the home to enable them to function normally on a daily basis without feeling that there are too many options and therefore unable to cope.

Usually overwhelmed with the many organizing options available and are often unable to make a decision in case that it maybe the wrong one, and fearing that they will have to select another option(s). This can cause stress as well as additional work. It is not unusual for confidence to  suffer. To be structured by consolidating the function of the home to be manageable on a daily basis is the goal.

While the organization process is hard work and can be time consuming, we can arrange to do it in manageable chunks so that it is not too tiring and will also leave time for family (if any) and daily commitments. With all my clients we set a plan and we will not leave the home or office disrupted but calmer each time.

Usually I help people who need someone to declutter, organize and/or move. Over the years I have helped several clients who have car accidents which has resulting in an injury to the brain or by becoming wheelchair bound. Occupational Therapist(s) have started to recommended that an organizing service would benefit the client(s). It seems as this service is gaining recognition by assisting the client and is often being paid for by an insurance company through the Accident Benefits section.

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In Retail, Product is King

Style Organize it all, no job is too big or small.
Good Graphics Appeal to Customers

When it comes to retailing, product is or should be king, after all if product is what you sell, then the the aim should be to sell more, however the customer must see the product first, and any displays and furniture should enhance the product. Good graphics, together with effective use of counter and shelving space for all merchandising will all have a positive effect on all your sales. Store layout must be inviting as well as comfortable so customers can move around easily while exploring the store, if it is, they will stay longer often generating more purchases and almost more importantly, want to return. An environment that makes a customer feel welcome and comfortable is your goal to strive for.

Style Organization’s 5 Top Tips

Displays should be at a comfortable height and face on to the customer
Customers do not want to reach or bend down for a product
Allow the customer to handle the product
Use tiers to showcase product that has a large product offering so that customers can see the full range while allowing them to identify and select the products the want
Always display your newest product at the front of the store so the customer can see it and you have a talking point

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What to Wear – The Job Interview

Workwear From Hobbs
Workwear From Hobbs

My daughter just emailed me to ask for advice for an upcoming job interview for a management position so for anyone wondering about what to wear, here is a primer.

Traditionally a job interview outfit would be a neatly pressed suit, white shirt/blouse, ironed if needed and your shoes should be polished. So smart business attire or smart casual? With a suit you can’t go wrong with clean well cut lines. That said, trousers should be a slim cut not skinny. If you choose a skirt look for a pencil or an A line that is not too short or long.

To find your ideal length, simply take a towel stand in front of a long mirror and place the towel in front of you. Move up and down until you find the most attractive length. Measure the length if you can’t remember and if necessary, have it hemmed once you buy the skirt. Hem it yourself or take to the dry cleaners to alter it to the right length so you will always look your best.

What do most of the managers in your industry wear the most? What do you feel most comfortable in? If you already have the clothes try them on and see what looks best, if you only have a couple of pieces say the jacket and shirt, wear them when shopping and see if you can find a great skirt or dress pant.

To avoid the banker look you can replace a shirt with a simple top such as a tee but in a nice fabric such as silk that is not low cut or sexy. Jewelry should be simple, a pair of small diamante or pearl studs, a simple necklace if you want and your bag should be neat. Another option would be a dress and jacket.

What not to wear!

No heavy makeup, dangling jewelry, huge bags, leather jackets, denim, scuffed shoes.

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Too Much Stuff or Hoarding? In Windsor Ontario Part 3 of 3

The apartment is now clean, organized and accessible for someone in a wheelchair. Considerations were safety, preparation of food, eating, bathing, getting in and out of bed as well as enjoying crafts and using the computer.

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Organized, Accessible & Managable
Organized, Accessible & Managable

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Organized!
Organized!
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Too Much Stuff or Hoarding? in Windsor Ontario Part 2 of 3

When I organize I don’t like to discard peoples belongings but if it is unhygienic, unsanitary, expired and unable to be cleaned, we have to dispose of those items. The client has to agree before we begin otherwise they would be going back into an unsafe environment. We took three full days to clear all the garbage and recycling from this one bed apartment.

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We filled a waste disposal bin in Windsor
We filled a waste disposal bin in Windsor
We filled a waste disposal bin in Windsor
We filled a waste disposal bin in Windsor
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Too Much Stuff or Hoarding? in Windsor Ontario Part 1 of 3

I was asked to declutter and re-organize a one bedroom apartment after an accident left the client in a wheelchair, the problem was that the client could not move back in until it had all been reorganized and made sanitary as well as safe. The apartment was also a fire hazard not only for the occupant but the apartment block and those who live there. There is also a bedroom in one of these photographs but was unused because there was no access.

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Organized For Good! “The Nightmare Room” Gets a Make-Over!

They called it the “nightmare” room – 15 years of stuff placed in a room off the kitchen that was used as a dumping ground which served as a home office, gift wrap room, pantry for the kitchen, storage for appliances, seasonal clothing and anything else that was purchased.

Nightmare Room in Lasalle Ontario
Nightmare Room in Lasalle Ontario

MK3_8799 MK3_8800 MK3_8801 MK3_8802 Could I help? Could I! The first thing we had to do was select some functional storage which were selected from Ikea, cost effective white cupboards with interchangeable shelves. We discussed what they would like in the room, and then we organized properly. Contact me if you need help in organizing your home, office and closets.

The Multi=Purpose Room in Lasalle Ontario
The Multi=Purpose Room in Lasalle Ontario

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The Antiques of Tomorrow – Artists Painting and Restoring Furniture in Windsor & Essex County Ontario

You do not often think of Windsor & Essex County Ontario as a place with style but it is and one of my favourite pages on facebook is a buying and selling page called Vintage for Sale Windsor/Essex County, Ontario. You can link to the page here. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mondevintage/

Started by Josee Guindon who also has an Etsy online vintage shop, Vintage World – Monde Vintage where she sells wonderful antiques and quirky retro items. Vintage for Sale has become the page for wonderful and unusual items that I always seem to be too slow to say “Interested”. While browsing the offerings, the pictures and posts that I linger on are the ones of the beautiful repainted furniture, never done the same way twice, and put up for sale by a talented group of woman based in Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Leamington.

These entrepreneurs are mostly home based, and are using their artistic talents and passion to start businesses, taking these sometimes, uninspiring and ugly pieces and turning them into things of beauty. This is a re-inspiration of the shabby chic trend, the painted furniture from Quebec’s Eastern Townships as well as the perennially popular, French Chateau style and 18th century Swedish painted furniture. The furniture is transformed into practical works of art; each is different because they use their own style making the individual piece unique. Not every piece is painted; some good furniture is simply repaired and rejuvenated. Some pieces will be painted while others may feature painted bottoms and tops that show their wonderful wood grains. Some also offer custom work on a piece that you already have.

Meet the Artists
Teresa Pageau started Shabulous Paint Strokes in 2012. Teresa will update any part of your home and furniture with paint as well as consult on all your home décor needs. When it comes to furniture restoration Teresa’s passion is breathing new life into discarded classic furniture. Simply put, fashion trends come and go and very often return as does your home décor. Teresa believes in quality and wonders why anyone would buy something that you have to assemble yourself when you can buy a well-made item usually for much less that will last longer then you! That is where Teresa comes in. she is an expert at locating the best quality pieces and then bringing them into the current era. She will also use your own heirloom treasures using latest trendy Shabby Chic look, refinished to original Wood, textured, decoupage or edgy modern. Teresa’s mission is – ‘In a nutshell…Vintage and modern furniture restorations. We can refurbish it, refinish it, tell you how to display it, paint it or tell you when its time to pitch it!! We consult all your home decor needs! Wall painting home decor services and more!! Your vision, our mission!!’

Teresa Pageau at Shabulous Paint Strokes
Email: shabulouspaintstrokes@yahoo.com
Page: https://www.facebook.com/windsorshabulous

Teresa Pageau at Shabulous Paint Strokes
Teresa Pageau at Shabulous Paint Strokes
Teresa Pageau at Shabulous Paint Strokes
Teresa Pageau at Shabulous Paint Strokes

Next up is Celeste Sisley who has been “re-purposing” for as long as she can remember. As a teenager Celeste remembers that her mother brought home a bed that needed some love, so Celeste stripped and stained it and has been hooked ever since. Celeste says she likes the idea of giving old pieces that people have tossed aside a fresh new look, it’s something different that will catch peoples eye. I am big on recycling so it is nice to see people being creative with less things going to the side of the road or the landfill. Celeste’s husband is a cabinet maker so if a piece needs repairing; it is first restored before the magic happens.

Celeste Sisley at RCA Cabinetry and Renovations
Email: celestestephenshealthcare@live.ca
Page: https://www.facebook.com/rcacabinetryandrenovations

Celeste Sisley  at RCA Cabinetry and Renovations
Celeste Sisley at RCA Cabinetry and Renovations

Celeste Sisley  at RCA Cabinetry and Renovations
Celeste Sisley at RCA Cabinetry and Renovations

This is an ongoing look at the people who are creative in what they do in Windsor & Essex County. Please feel free to contact me.