A Chance to Pay-It-Forward

“Will you work with me on a project where we can use our talents to give back to our community?”
Every year I get together with a small group of faux finishers from different parts of the country to create beautiful murals and wall finishes in shelters and other such “homes” to help give them a feeling of warmth and comfort.  So when Barb Burless, a local interior decorator, asked me this question,  I jumped at the chance.
When I met Barb, I couldn’t help but like her.  She is like a ray of sunshine—warm and bright.  I knew then that I’d love to work on some projects with her.  Barb owns a business, Space Spiffing (Decorating & Staging), that specializes in creating distinctive styles that just look expensive.   She has lots of tricks up her sleeve to create comfort and beauty on a very reasonable budget. She’ll reinvent and repurpose your existing treasures; rearrange to increase function and flow; and shop smart to add new beauty and pizzazz.
I’m Lyna Farkas and my business, In the Spirit of Décor, specializes in adding ambiance and beauty to rooms by creating unique textured and painted finishes.  I also save my clients money by helping them turn things they own and love into something different and new.  I can, for example, make a simple painted table look like an elegant, solid wood table of mahogany, wormy chestnut (or your wood of choice).
Barb and I brainstormed and got excited about an idea that would give local residents an opportunity to also pay it forward. We’d invite people to write a letter about someone who has touched their heart in some way. Their letter of thanks and recognition would also give them a chance at gifting that person with a free room makeover. But how do we get this invitation out to the residents of the Buncombe and Hendersonville counties—and how could they follow the room makeover project from start to finish?
Immediately we thought of Sandi Tomlin-Sutker, publisher/editor of WNC Woman magazine.  Sandi has a huge heart and she immediately became fully involved in helping us make this Room Makeover Giveaway a success!
WNC Woman will be announcing the Room Makeover Giveaway Project (see ad pg 3) in this issue and continuing coverage in the upcoming December and January issues of the Magazine.  In the December issue, you’ll hear about who has won the Room Makeover, and in the January issue, WNC Woman will share with you the whole story of the Project.
The three of us have had a great experience recruiting the wonderful sponsors who will be part of this makeover! See page 3 for specifics for emailing a nomination and to view the list of generous sponsors.
How can you be involved?
1. Read the press release and send in an e-mail nominating someone who has touched your life.
2. Encourage your neighbors and friends to send an e-mail about someone who has touched their lives.
3. Visit our sponsors’ businesses and websites to thank them for their spirit of community.

Sandi Tomlin-Sutker
Written by Sandi Tomlin-Sutker