Monday, May 27, 2013

ReStore ReStyle 2013 Design Challenge

Remember when I told you that Traci Zeller and I were judging the Restore ReStyle Design Challenge?  If not, you can click here to read the post!   The other two judges were Kevin Mann and Stephan Lynch.  The four of us were amazed at the creativity we found.  It's one thing to design a room and then specify all new designer items to furnish it, but this required much more than just specifying.  Not only did the designers have to design the room they had to make the items to go in their rooms!  Talk about seeing things from a different perspective.  These designers pushed the envelope by thinking outside of the box and creating some really interesting things.  Our job as judges was really difficult.  We could have chosen every room for different reasons.  

Photography Credit to Wendy Yang Photography

It was a great night!  Thanks to Amy Williamson from Our Towns Habitat ReStore
stores in Cornelius and Mooresville for organizing the event and to Rachel Sutherland,
 PR for all the Charlotte area Restores for asking me to participate.

Eight design teams were chosen from a field of 17 applicants and to create 10'x10' rooms using only
 repurposed donated ReStore materials. Boy talk about creative!  These teams really went the extra mile!  
Remember everything they created was found in the ReStore!

So Who Won....

Gretchen Earnshaw: Patio Space

Gretchen created a nautical patio space that was inviting and fresh.  She repurposed
 many  items and still  maintained a clean uncluttered space.  Using a twin bed she
 created a darling little bench and painted it a cadet blue.  Over the bench she
 hung art that was simply a board with a lobster painted on it. 

All four judges loved the inventive "cooler" table she created by cutting a hole in the middle
of a regular kitchen table and inserting a galvanized tub.  She removed the legs from
the table and replace with shorter legs to make this table coffee table height.  

She then used the table legs she removed from the table to frame the shuffle board art.
She made the wreath from the pages from a book.  

This game was crafted from wood, switch plate covers and jars.

Cute little cozy corner with patio chair perfect for relaxing.

Guess what the pears are made with?  Lightbulbs wrapped with yarn!

The before and after boards was interesting!  It was proof of the work and 
creativity the designers had used.  Fun to see what the items looked like
when the designer first acquired them and then to see what they looked 
like once repurposed.  

Caught Traci capturing the room on film!

Meet the Other ReStore ReStyle Designers
 & Their Rooms

Crystal Clark: Girl's Room: 
Crystal created the perfect haven for a little girl! 

A dresser and mirror get a new look with a simple paint job and hardware.

Cute angel made from a cabinet door.

Crystal created the perfect little girl's room complete with covered headboard.
Some of the creative aspects that caught my eye were the angel crafted from
a cabinet door and brackets as well as the stove made from a nightstand.

 Andrea Hartley: Wedding Reception Room

Andrea created a rustic wedding reception room.  
This chandelier made with mason jars was a big hit and drew many

Andrea's room has lots of repurposed items including these frames from old
 windows and the table created from a large picture frame.
 Trevor & Kerri Morrical: Family Play Room: Morr Creations, LLC

The husband and wife team of Trevor and Kerri Morrical created a family
playroom with everything from a teepee made from skiis and pvc pipe to
a play kitchen made from repurposed cabinets.

Each designer had a hidden object they had to incorporate into their room which
was a light switch cover.  Here is their fairy house made from switch plate covers,
bark and other found objects.

Tinkerbell was found inside resting on her nest.

On the opposite side of the room was a puppet stage made from
repurposed cabinets as well.

What american family room is complete without a flag?  Here is there
version made from wood trim.

Lamp made from a stack of books with the shade covered in the pages
of one of the books.

The pendant in the middle of the room was a piece of laminate flooring
bent to form a circle.  The inside was covered with fabric samples.  

Anna Miller: Nursery

Anna's green and yellow nursery had an interesting shelf made from a 
repurposed ladder. 

You can't really see it in my photo but she hand painted designs on the floor.

Karen created a home office.  Here one of the ReStore workers
explains her hidden work station

This interesting bench was created by using two dining chairs
and upholstering with one cushion. 

Another creative idea Karen incorporated into her space was the use of
drawers as shelves as shown here.

The armoire was custom fitted with everything you need in your home office.

 Kerrie Boys: Man Cave: Kerrie.Can

Kerrie Boys "Man Cave" was such a big hit with the crowd it was hard for
me to get a picture without people in it.  I was told the old cabinet she used 
to create the bar came out of Davidson College.

This pendant created from an old galvanized tub and leather sample 
strips was very unique.

The table was decoupaged "manly interest"

A big "B" covered with bottle caps for Boston.

Card art suspended with fishing line and hung from drapery rod and rings

Lighting made from saw blades

Bar chairs made from boogie boards. 

What man cave isn't complete with a ring toss game?  This room was full of fun!
As a matter of fact the entire night was full of fun!  

Traci and I we so happy to run into our friend Cheryl Luckett

The crowd enjoyed appetizers, drinks and shopping!  It was a successful
event with over $3,000 raised for the Restore! 

If you are in the Mooresville area, make sure you stop in and check out
the Restore.  This is one of the most well organized resale stores I have ever been 
in and has an extremely helpful and friendly staff.


About Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to provide simple, decent, affordable houses. The houses are sold to those in need at no profit. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1988 and has served 233 families in the Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville communities. For more information about Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, please log on to our website Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is also part of the Habitat Metrolina Partners, a collection of 11 Habitat stores in the greater Charlotte area. For more information and store locations, visit


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  1. holey about uber creativity. and what a fun event to judge! You and Tracy must've had so much fun!

    1. We really did. It was really fun and interesting! Thanks for commenting!

  2. This is a very interesting competition. These designers really did think outside the box. The light fixtures made out of saw blades are intriguing. Love the cooler table!

    1. yes it was Linda! I have never seen anything like it! Thanks for commenting!

  3. All I can focus on is your super cool pants/ skirt...I need!

    1. you are too funny! ChezElle! When do i get to see you?


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