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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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New life for your home: Jill LeClair aims to reuse, redesign & redefine

Robert Downes - February 22nd, 2010
‘New Life’ for Your Home: Jill LeClair aims to reuse, redesign & redefine
By Robert Downes
A gift for creativity and an eye for design have served Jonelle “Jill”
LeClair well in recent months: Despite a tough economy, she’s launched her
own business, Renaitre, specializing in home makeovers on a budget.
Despite having no formal training in interior design, Jill decided to take
the plunge at the urging of friends who were impressed by her inherent
skills at selecting just the right color for a wall or the right
arrangement for a room in order to create a fresh new look at home.
She also brings many life skills and experiences to the table.
“I’ve always been a super creative person,” she says. “I’m really
visually oriented and I’ve done everything from painting to photography to
landscape design and different kinds of art. I’m also very ecologically
oriented and I think that sense of being in touch with the earth comes
through in my work.”

ROOTS & RISK
Currently living in Traverse City, LeClair grew up in Cheboygan, where she
attended high school. Thereafter, she studied
nursing at Northwestern Michigan College and became an R.N., specializing
in physical rehabilitation at Munson Medical Center and working mostly
with spinal cord injury patients.
But her heart always yearned for the creative realm and she discovered a
talent for photography while taking a class at NMC. “I was an R.N., but I
loved taking photos of kids,” she recalls. “I decided to quit my nursing
job and open a photo studio, doing all portraits, children and weddings.”
LeClair says she’s always been something of a risk-taker; hence the plunge
into a new careeer. She spent 13 years in the photography business, and
then decided to explore another fascination with interior design. By
chance, she got involved in redesigning some rooms for friends and
acquaintances, and things began to click.
“I was inspired by a book called The Well Dressed Home,” she says. “The
author would take fashions from the closets of her clients and find other
textures and colors that they liked in order to redesign their homes.
“I’ve used some of that technique myself. People say, ‘I don’t know how
to put things together in my home,’ and I say, ‘yes you do -- you just
don’t know it yet.’”

ETHNIC INFLUENCES
What about her own home?
“It’s eclectic,” LeClair says. “It’s filled with pieces that I love. I’m
not into matching -- I like things that set your heart on fire and show
your personality: Your travels in life, your photos, and things that are
near and dear to you.”
She says the name of her business, Renaitre, is French for “new life.”
“I felt that was a good name for my business because it was a new start
for me and for the people I work with. It means a new home for you and a
renaissance in your life with a fresh start.”
The name was also inspired by a trip she made to Paris last year to visit
one of her two daughters who was studying art history in France. “Paris
was a huge inspiration for starting my business. I thought about the
beautiful art there and the fashions and my own history of French
ancestry.”
Speaking of which, LeClair says that her great, great, great grandmother
was a full-blooded Iroquois. “She met a French fur trader who took her to
live in Cheboygan, so I’ve always felt the pull of those two realms: the
French and the Native Americans.”
She likes to take her clients on a sort of Native American “vision quest”
of their homes, involving a spiritual journey into one’s values and sense
of creativity.
On the practical side of her business, LeClair offers a range of home
services, from painting to cleaning, organizing and light landscaping in
addition to decorating -- all at a very modest rate. She also offers “new
room in a day” deal for $150, which involves painting one wall and
redesigning the space with items from the client’s own home.
“I work with any budget, but people need to be open to trying new
possibilities and letting me try something new,” she says.

Contact Jill LeClair and Renaitre at
ph. 231-633-1005, or email watergirl1701@yahoo.com.


 
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