After taking over the lease of the Village Playhouse in the spring, the team from Hospice North Hastings started making a list of big and small repairs that were needed in the historic theatre. With a quick refresh done for the kitchen, Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough decided that the three tired-looking unisex bathrooms in the theatre also needed some love.
That’s when Kim and Nicole Trolley from Wilson Timber Mart offered their assistance.
Nicole Trolley is studying business administration and marketing at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Home for the summer and working at Wilson Timber Mart, Nicole loves interior design and she’s pretty committed to Hospice where she has spent time over the past three years working on the huge Hospice Gala. And in the midst of Gala craziness, Heather Brough says there is no better assistant than Nicole.
So it just made sense for Nicole, with the help of her mom, Kim, to take on the bathroom project. Heather gave a few guidelines to start with. The colour had to be bright and the theme had to have an art deco feel. With these suggestions, Nicole hit Pinterest and started looking through catalogues at Wilson Timber Mart.
The space is small so Nicole had a challenge when it came to deciding on what to do with the fixtures and fittings. She and her mom had been looking at suppliers’ websites and when they compared what they had found they had the same vanity at the top of each of their lists.
Nicole describes the vanity as compact but really rich in its look. The piece acts as an anchor and provides a nice contrast to the brightly painted walls. Getting creative, Nicole also created a whimsical sign that asks guests to remain seated during the performance.
Completed in time for the recent Jane Bunnett jazz concert, music lovers were delighted with the new bathroom because it looked great but also because it’s one more sign that things are coming back to life in the beautiful theatre.
“We are so thrilled with this bathroom,” said Hospice Coordinator, Heather Brough. “Nicole, Kim and Wilson Timber Mart have been so supportive in this new endeavour and they’re really making sure that this theatre remains as a vibrant part of the community.”
Nicole says she had a great time working on the bathroom. She estimates the refresh cost under $1,000 and she is really happy with the results.
“I love interior design and I really love doing things in the community,” Nicole explained. “We really wanted to help with this project and to do this for Hospice and for the Village Playhouse.”
The other two bathrooms in the Playhouse will be refreshed by other supporters in the community in the months ahead and Nicole Trolley is ready for some competition.
“I’m excited to see what the other bathrooms will look like and I’m sure our creation will stand-up against any competition.”
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