A New Space for Highbanks Society

It was exactly one year ago that I blogged about Highbanks Society, a non-profit organization providing affordable housing for young mothers finishing high school and creating a career path. My interior design firm was asked by Highbanks to help design an addition that was being added onto their existing building. My team was excited to get involved and lend a hand to such an incredibly valuable organization. You may remember the previous article I wrote called Calgary Interior Design Firm Helps Highbanks Society, which featured our conceptual design and sample boards. Our job was to create a teaching kitchen, lounge space, mudroom and administrative office. Well finally, after construction stalls and permit holdups, the project is finally complete, and I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

Highbanks1Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Highbanks2Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design


Of course, we couldn’t have done this without the incredible support of our fabulous suppliers and tradespeople. We were overwhelmed by their generosity of both time and product! Our wonderful friends at Maria Tomas donated the lamps, accent tables and barstools. They also contacted one of their furniture suppliers, Vogel Canada, and arranged for the donation of the sofa and loveseat. Amazing!! Poplar Hill Interiors generously sewed our toss cushions and window coverings and Textile Trimmings provided pillow fills. Robert Allen Fabrics donated a sweet printed fabric for the mudroom bench. All the other wonderful fabrics in the room were contributed by big-hearted Kravet Fabrics and I can’t thank them enough! I am thrilled with the results and left speechless at the kindness these companies bestowed upon us.

Highbanks4Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Highbanks5Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

Highbanks6Interior design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

One of the first suppliers I contacted about this project was Denca Cabinets because of they are my favourite kitchen cabinet company. I was absolutely over the moon when they agreed to get involved and donate the millwork for the kitchen and pantry! Another of my go-to resources, Icon Stone & Tile, partnered up with Caesarstone Canada to provide the countertops – thanks so much!! That incredible glass mosaic backsplash was contributed by Daltile and the hardware is courtesy of Banbury Lane. The plumbing fixtures and decorative lights are from Robinson Lighting & Bath Centre. Carrington also pitched in and donated tons of pot lights for the space. Old Country Hardwood donated and installed new flooring and refinished the existing vintage oak boards. For the mudroom, we used some durable and stylish porcelain tiles generously given to us by Julian Tile.

Highbanks7Interior Design by Corea Sotropa Interior Design

The administrative office was spruced up with some fabulous wallpaper from Crown (who also donated fabric for some of the window coverings) and our talented paper hanger, Pineau Decorating Ltd., who kindly offered to install it for free! Big Print Signs provided the vinyl window covering for our donor wall. These old chairs were graciously reupholstered by Red Eight Workshop, who we routinely use for custom furniture. And I can’t forget to mention Anilin Decorating Centre for the donation of Benjamin Moore Paint, and NuWay Floor Fashions, along with Beaulieu Canada, for supplying the carpet for the staircase and hallway.

I also have to mention the tireless efforts of one of my design assistants who handled the project management and coordination of this project. Great job, Cheryl! Also, the very talented Kelly (of 6 Degrees General Contracting) was the contractor on this job, and he was an absolute delight to collaborate with!

Thank you so much to all these generous, thoughtful and talented people who made this renovation a dream-come-true for Highbanks. The residents are enjoying the space daily and it has really improved their sense of community. I am so happy that we were able to provide our design services, and so incredibly grateful for all the support we received in this endeavor. It really astounds me how eager everyone was to get involved. Thanks a million!



22 Comments on A New Space for Highbanks Society

  1. wendy
    September 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm (8 years ago)

    Just fantastic Jacqueline. Congrats to your team. So beautiful! Are you off the the IDSwest this year?

  2. admin
    September 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Wendy – thanks so much for stopping by! I’m not going to make it to IDSwest this year. I’m off to NYC instead. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Ashley
    September 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm (8 years ago)

    It is spectacular! Looks just like the renderings. Congrats to the team, so exciting for everyone!

  4. Amanda
    September 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm (8 years ago)

    What an amazing job Jacqueline!! Congratulations, the space is impeccable!!


  5. admin
    September 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much Amanda – I really appreciate your kind comments!

  6. admin
    September 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks Ash! We are so happy with the final result and it does look almost exactly like what we initally proposed thanks to our generous sponsors! Hope you are doing well 🙂

  7. Anita@dasaninteriors.com
    September 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm (8 years ago)

    Jacqueline and all people involved…what a beautiful end result! Thanks for your time and energy!

  8. admin
    September 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm (8 years ago)

    Hi Anita – it couldn’t have been done without all these phenomenal companies helping us out. Thanks for your kind comment!

  9. aley
    September 15, 2011 at 8:08 am (8 years ago)

    Love the area rug! Who makes it?

  10. sherry
    September 15, 2011 at 11:08 am (8 years ago)

    Love it…where can u buy the kitchen stools that are under the island? absolutely love the colors

  11. admin
    September 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm (8 years ago)

    The stools are from Maria Tomas. Thanks for your comments!

  12. Nyla
    September 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm (8 years ago)

    The space is stunning and the area carpet is fabulous. What a talented team of people for such a great cause. Bravo!

  13. admin
    September 20, 2011 at 9:24 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks so much Nyla! I really appreciate your kind words. The carpet was lent to us and designed by Zoe Luyendijk. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?!

  14. olivia
    October 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm (8 years ago)

    What is the color of the paint that was used in the living room? It is a beautiful shade of blue!

  15. Beth (Hello Lover)
    February 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm (7 years ago)

    Amazing space – I have to know, what is the color and fabric on the two arm chairs? Stunning!

  16. Kelsey
    September 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Awesome space! Is the wallpaper in the bottom shot also from Crown? Any idea if it’s still available?

  17. admin
    September 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks Kelsey! I’m not sure if it is still available, but it was from Crown’s Printers Guild collection. Hope that helps you out.

  18. Rebecca
    October 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi there, the combination of the wall paper and chair fabric is amazing! can you tell me the type of fabric? thanks so much

  19. Rebecca
    October 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi there, the combination of the wall paper and chair fabric is amazing! can you tell me the type of fabric? thanks so much

  20. admin
    October 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks so much! The fabric is from a company called Quadrille. Hope that helps.

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