Habitat for Humanity fundraiser features local designers’ creations
Wednesday, May. 07, 2014

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser features local designers’ creations

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    Trevor and Kerri Morrical, with the help of their 4-year-old daughter, created a family play room that anyone would be lucky to have. They mounted a working fan to the wall to look like an airplane. The couple will return to this year’s challenge.
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    Karen Adams will return for her second year in the competition. Last year, she took home the Best Use of the Mystery Item award when she camouflaged her mystery item -- a light switch cover -- into a painting.
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    Kerrie Boys, a designer in last year’s challenge, took inspiration from her husband when she created a man cave, complete with a bar and “Wall Hooky.”
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    Gretchen Earnshaw won the “Judge’s Choice Award” in 2013. This award was given to the designer who created the most aesthetically pleasing room.
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    Andrea Hartley’s wedding reception room from last year’s contest used reclaimed wood to create the feel of a barn. This year she’ll be designing a solarium.
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    Andrea Hartley’s wedding reception room last year won over a lot of people, in part because of hand-made, one-of-a-kind mason jar chandelier.
  • Want to go?

    Adult advance tickets are $25; $35 at the door for the fourth annual ReStore ReStyle event May 8 at the Mooresville ReStore, 121 Norman Station Blvd., Mooresville. Children 10 and younger are $10. Details: 704-896-8957 or ourtownsrestore.org/restore-restyle-2014.

On May 8, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will unveil a set of rooms created by local designers who will compete in a contest of style, ingenuity and reuse.

Eight designers or design teams have been challenged to create a room using items found at the lake area’s ReStores, nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories and building materials.

The DIY designers and teams, chosen from a field of more than 15 applicants, are Andrea Hartley; Lynn Noble; Trevor and Kerri Morrical; Scot Slusarick and Janie Blackstock; Sue Falivene; Karen Adams and Laurie Hamilton; Maren Werts; and Courtney Ronay.

Their designs, which include a craft room, solarium, garden shed and dining room and more, will be revealed at the fourth annual ReStore ReStyle event May 8 at the Mooresville ReStore.

Amy Huddle, the Marketing Specialist Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStore, said items from the designer rooms also will be on sale that night.

“These one-of-a-kind items go quickly and usually don’t last into the next day,” said Huddle.

ReStore ReStyle began four years ago to help spread awareness about Habitat ReStores and what they offer. Donations to Our Towns Habitat ReStores in Cornelius and Mooresville have kept more than 7,000 tons of reusable materials from entering the landfill since 2007, said Huddle.

“It takes a little bit of creativity and a good eye to see past something that could use a little TLC to turn it into something fantastic, and that’s what each design team is setting out to demonstrate,” said Huddle.

Last year’s event raised nearly $8,000; proceeds benefited Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. This year, Huddle hopes the event raises $20,000; proceeds will benefit Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program. National Women Build week runs May 3-11.

“Our Towns Habitat Women Build will construct a Habitat home in Mooresville in the early part of the summer, so the funds from this event will help them finish off the necessary fundraising needed to start construction,” said Huddle.

“Hopefully this event will inspire people to donate to their nearest ReStore, while also stopping at the ReStore first to see if we carry what you need before heading to the big-box store to begin a project.”

Huntersville’s Courtney Ronay, 30, recently started a blog about furniture restoration and decorating. “The blog led to a business that grew successful enough that I was able to leave my pharmaceutical sales job to work from home and be with my children,” she said.

Her business, The Southern Nest, was featured on “The Today Show” and Bravo’s “Pregnant in Heels.” She also was featured in Southpark Magazine’s Best of Charlotte February issue and is scheduled to appear in the Carolina Bride July issue.

“I am designing a dining room using eclectic, unexpected pieces that I have re-purposed into beautiful design elements,” she said.

“My company is based on the elegant, timeless appeal of Southern decorating. There is a certain richness to Southern decorating that is unique to our part of the country. Using the pieces I found at ReStore, I aim to create a room based on the beauty of Southern design.”

Designers Janie Blackstock, 48, and Scot Slusarick, 47, left corporate jobs last year to open The Rumor Mill Market, a multi-vendor market in Davidson that has become one of the town’s largest retail stores in the last 10 months.

“We create things from nothing, and when you visit our store, you will be inspired by the couch made from a bathtub, a chandelier made out of shutters and Mason jars, tables from wire reels and an Army trunk,” said Blackstock. “Benches made from dressers and old beds; we love being that cool place to shop and to get inspired.”

The duo’s customers encouraged them to enter the challenge, and they will create a loft. Highlights include a repurposed wooden treadmill, a bench made from hotel headboards and terra-cotta pots and a nine-drawer dresser that’s been transformed into colorful wet bar with sink and storage.

Sue Falivene, 57, grew up in Vermont but moved to Charlotte in 1992. A mother of four and senior vice president at a local bank, she started repurposing furniture to keep decorating costs down but fell in love with the hunt.

“It’s amazing what you can find at a Habitat Restore,” she said. “Unique, antique and gently worn items that just need a little TLC. The entertainment center in our family room was originally a 7-foot long custom upper kitchen cabinet taken out of an old house.

“I found it in a Habitat Restore, flipped it upside down, added new hardware and molding. It holds a 46-inch flat screen TV and lots of video games and DVDs. Best of all, it cost $45 and is one-of-a-kind.”

Her daughter encouraged her to apply for the challenge. She’s designing a home office.

Maren Werts, an attorney with the McIntosh Law Firm in Davidson, was born and raised in Cornelius and said she’s familiar with the work Our Town’s Habitat does in the Lake Norman area.

“I have chosen to design a little girl’s room, as I believe it is important to highlight all of the people that Habitat for Humanity seeks to assist, and many of the owners of newly built Habitat homes are families with small children,” said Werts.

The first-time participant said that although Lake Norman has a reputation for being a wealthy area, many residents are in need of assistance.

“Habitat for Humanity is making a conscious effort to be sure that no one is excluded from our community solely because of their financial situation, and I stand behind their mission and hope that the ReStore ReStyle competition broadens the awareness of our residents and garners even more support for the cause,” said Werts.

Johnson: 704-786-2185

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