DIY Inspirations: One Nightstand Challenge 

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Lavanya Gurumoorthy

Lavanya Gurumoorthy

Lavanya Devi Gurumoorthy is enrolled in her second year of the interior Decorating program at Algonquin College. She is an eclectic person, with a love for all things antique. She loves the use of hard materials like woods, granite and marble in mist of her school projects. She feels that these materials are capable of adding a personal touch and character to the furniture and space. Her tentative goals for future are either to become a set-designer or a successful nursery designer. Her inspiration for this challenge is taken from her 2-year old's pretend play-sets.
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Akasha Favetta

Akasha Favetta

Akasha was born and raised in Ottawa. She is currently in the Interior Decorating Program at Algonquin College and plans to one day begin her career in staging or creating personal spaces for clients. She loves chic and modern decor style with accents of glamour and colour. She realized her passion for interior decorating while given the opportunity to redecorate spaces for friends and family. She also has an interest in shoes and animals. You can follow her on instagram @akashafavetta.
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Brenna Richins

Brenna Richins

My name is Brenna Richins and I am 20 years old. I will be starting my fourth year of interior design studies this fall. What I like about this field of work is that it marries the two things I enjoy doing most; being artistic, expressive, and creative, while also working to solve problems and help others. I also love that design has given me the ability to see the potential in pretty much anything - a sketch, a floor plan, an old piece of clothing, a building material, an abstract concept - and create something meaningful from that starting point. Designers learn to think outside the box while also building off of what was already part of the box. As a budding interior designer, my goals for the future are to create designs that will resonate with people on a personal level and make them feel a connection to the designs. My hope is that each of my designs will close the gaps that often prevent people from connecting with the built environments they inhabit.
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Andriya Talanczuk

Andriya Talanczuk

Andriya is a 2nd year Interior Decorating student at Algonquin College with an interest in eco-friendly materials and modular furniture. She has a passion for sustainable architecture and finding creative solutions to design dilemmas. She also enjoys antiquing and upcycling unique furniture pieces and hopes to one day own her own interior business. You can follow Andriya on Instagram @tessandriya.
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Jade Van

Jade Van

I am 25 years old and have a Bachelors in Interior Design. I've been passionate about art and design for as long as I can remember. Since starting the bachelor's program at Algonquin College, I've started to look at design in a whole new way. It's opened my eyes to all of the possibilities designing allows in our lives and all of the positive changes it allows in our communities. I gain a lot of my inspiration from researching artists, architects and designers. Some of my passions are DIY projects, sketching and incorporating innovative techniques into my school projects. When designing or creating I strive to gain multi functional purposes and innovative uses for standard designs to reach new levels of functionality.
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Vladilena Kipriyanova

Vladilena Kipriyanova

I am a third year student of the Interior Design program at Algonquin College. I am very excited to be participating at the Ottawa Home Show this year. I love handcraft and upcycling. I have always been interested in handcrafting using recyclable materials and reusing old scraps to make new things. My goal for nightstand restoration is to make it look and feel rustic. I like rustic designs for their old, weathered look, natural colours, and texture. For  me, rustic style symbolizes heritage and upcycling, which connects this style to Restore's goal - to give old furniture new life, while helping those in need. My goal for the future is to incorporate sustainability into my design work, and to become and interior designer in the hospitality industry.
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Lisa Silfwerbrand

Lisa Silfwerbrand

Recreated Designs was founded in 2013 out of my passion for vintage things and primitive design combined with my love of painting. Creativity and painting have always been a part of who I am and they have helped me turn my devotion to saving the past into something beautiful. With a Masters Degree in Education, I have taken my love of teaching and combined it with my painting knowledge to help others reach their painting goals and dreams. I not only offer local paint classes but have a full-time blog packed with painting tips and tricks, brand info, recreations, adventures and vintage finds. My passion for the past, and the simplicity of a time gone by, are what drive me as I strive to bring that simplicity into my home and yours.
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