This has long been a passion of mine. I love thinking about fabrics, colours, lighting and furniture and how I can use them to create beautiful living spaces. I enjoy working with every aspect of the design process, particularly when I’m faced with a challenge that many think will be impossible to overcome. The problem solving aspects demand ingenious solutions that allow my creativity to flow. Homes are environments we can control, and I get excited about what every space has to offer.
Everyone wants to be somewhere they can feel completely relaxed, and you don’t need to leave your front door to find it. Your home is an oasis, and should be one of the most calming, soothing and tranquil places you know. This is what I want to create for my clients and it’s the reason I became an interior designer.
Le Corbusier (1887-1965)
I take my inspiration from many sources, but there are a few architects and designers who have inspired me more than any others. Le Corbusier was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and a pioneer of the modern architecture movement. His radical ideas about modern living revolutionised the home. At heart he was an artist and his medium was architecture—and though known for the ultra modernity of his work he never lost sight of nature’s organic forms. As a designer of exquisite furniture, his pieces are instantly recognisable, such as the chrome-plated tubular steel chairs, love seat and chaise lounge, and they will have a lasting impact on interiors for many years to come.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928)
Scotland’s most famous architect had a lifelong love of nature, which inspired much of his early work. He developed his own characteristic architectural style with strong right angles and floral-inspired decorative motifs to create highly original and beautiful designs. His buildings are admired for their clever use of light and space and elegant detailing. His best known works include the Glasgow School of Art and the Willow Tearooms. The multi-talented Mackintosh worked in interior design, furniture and textiles, and was a powerful advocate for Art Nouveau in the UK. His unique furniture styles are simply stunning and still make an impact today.
Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Eames (1912-1988)
I’ve admired Charles and Ray Eames for many years. They are among the most important American designers of the last century, renowned for their breakthrough contributions to architecture, furniture and industrial design. The husband and wife team were innovators who were never afraid to experiment, and pioneered many technologies in furniture design including moulded plywood pieces, plastic resin chairs and wire mesh chairs.
“Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.” Andrew Carnegie
Making the world a better place is a big part of why Sasha wanted to be wealthy. At the heart of her work is a desire to help people create their best life, and in doing so create a better world. She is fortunate enough to be in a position where she can give back to the community and help so many others.
Sasha has created a tithing fund to give anonymously to a variety of good causes.
One person’s trash is another’s treasure! Million Dollar Makeovers donates furniture to the Salvation Army and to the St. Vincent de Paul, an international society that offers help to people in need.
When Million Dollar Makeovers renovates, the company also calls salvage yards to collect items removed from homes so they can be recycled and not thrown away.
Million Dollar Makeovers completed a renovation at cost for a family going through an extraordinarily difficult time, and is currently looking at performing more charity renovations.
“One of the blessings you’ll discover when you build your own wealth—once you get out of survival mode—is that you’ll have the ability to reach out and help others in need. It is truly the most rewarding experience you will ever have. I feel so grateful that I am in a position to help. It is what my heart yearns to do.” Sasha deBretton