An inspiring centre dedicated to helping children with mental health concerns gets a warm and welcoming update

The George Hull Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario is a safe space for children between the ages of 0-18 to recieve help and guidance for a variety of concerns, including mental health issues. Their space consists of family therapy rooms that were in dire need of an update. The rooms were a stark white, with harsh lighting, and did little to create a warm and welcoming environment. For children in crisis, feeling like they are in a safe space is crucial, so designer Jane Lockhart made it her mission to transform their rooms into just that. 

The result is four incredible, individual spaces that reflect the needs for all of their clients, and give the impression of a cozy family living room, rather than a clinic. Watch the video to see all of the amazing transformations and the heartwarming reactions from the hardworking therapist and staff that change the lives of children everyday. 


This project could not have been done without the generous help of many people and companies, including:

Birnie Electric  as part of the Home Safe Program  – electricians and consulting thanks to Michael Neumann and Angela Hoyos

Electrical wholesalers Nedco and LED lighting from Philips Lighting

Aquarium Dimplex –Opti-V ™ thanks to Laura Stratton

Painting courtesy Curtis and Bruce from CM Painting and Decorating

Benjamin Moore Aura Paint supplied by Design on King, King City 

Thanks Maria Galindo and Cassandra Zanetti of Strategic Objectives and Andy Nemes of Design on King.

Paint colours used:

  • Persimmon 2088-40
  • Stokes Forest Green 2035-40
  • Florida Keys 2050-40
  • Wild Orchid 2072-40
  • Simply White OC 117

Drapery fabric supplied by Margaret Deitsch of  Avant Garde 

Fabrics used:

  • Teal room: Avant Garde Architect: Piano 0873, colour 022
  • Green room: Avant Garde Architect: Aalto 0873 colour 022
  • Purple room: Avant Garde Architect: Novel 0873 colour 899
  • Red room: Avant Garde Architect: Nova 7702 colour 060

Sewing help provided by Maureen Greenblatt 

Thank you to Maria Carrusca of Drapes and More for finishing items, including hemming, grommets,aand donation of fabric samples.

Accessories from Bouclair, with thanks to Laura Stratton (

  • Teal room: Lightbulb chalkboard, teal rea rug, teal storage boxes
  • Green room: Lightbulb chalkboard, grey wooden storage boxes
  • Red room: Lightbulb chalkboard, red storage boxes, area rug
  • Purple room: Lightbulb chalkboard, purple throw, purple pillows, area rug
  • Back  pillows in teal
  • Curtain rods


Artwork provided by Celadon  with thanks to Helene Zimmer

Teal room: Original photography by Sherry O’Hanlon framed by Picture It Framed with thanks to Sherry O’Hanlon and Pat Schnurr. 

Furniture provided by:

  • “Opie” kid’s chairs from Monte Design Group 
  • Poang children’s armchairs available at IKEA
  • Kvistbro storage table available at IKEA
  • White Mammut children’s stools available at IKEA
  • Tulsta Armchair available at of IKEA
  • Coffee tables available at IKEA
  • Soft Toys available at IKEA
  • Wooden toys available at IKEA
  • Easel available at IKEA
  • Children’s Lifestyle worktables & chairs from COSTCO
  • Slipcovers available at IKEA
  • Red room: “Holder” sofa and cushions from Jane By Jane Lockhart
  • Teal room: “Granger” sofa and teal cushions Jane By Jane Lockhart

Thanks to Gary Enns for Transport, Picture Hanging & Curtain Rod Installation

Monetary donations provided by:

  • Liane and Gary Enns
  • Laurie& Tom Enns
  • Nancy & Brian Enns
  • Cathy & Bobby White
  • Maggie Burke


When it comes to mental health, every action counts! Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 29, and help create positive change for those living with mental health issues. For every text message, mobile or long-distance call made by Bell, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives. The same goes for anyone sending a tweet using #BellLetsTalk, watching the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or Snapchat, or using the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. But that’s just the first step: Visit for more ways you can effect change and build awareness around mental health.