Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStores are gearing up for the fifth annual ReStore ReStyle event on April 28 at the Mooresville ReStore location.
The event challenges eight entrants to design and furnish a 10-foot-by-10-foot room with items found at the Cornelius, Mooresville and Statesville Habitat ReStores. The competition adds a flare for design to current trends toward creative repurposing and sustainability.
The competition, judged by local designers and personalities, has become a place for aspiring designers to get started and gain experience.
Jill Laney, director of Our Town Habitat for Humanity’s ReStores, said five of last year’s eight designers have opened side businesses in places like antique malls. For example, Davidson’s Rumor Mill Market is owned by the Slusaricks, who competed last year. At least two of last year’s designers have also exhibited at the Market.
In this way, the competition puts into practice one of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s mission principles to “support transformational and sustainable community development.”
“I would encourage anyone that has a flare for design, can turn one person’s trash into another person’s treasure and can handle the pressure of out-designing seven other people to apply to the ReStyle event,” said Laney.
Competitors may be teams or individuals, some of whom have their family help.
With roughly a month from acceptance into the competition to prepare the room for display, entrants shop at three local Habitat for Humanity ReStores and take home items to repurpose them. They also have the opportunity to paint their space.
To add a fun challenge, entrants are given a mystery item to incorporate in their designs early in the competition. Everyone is given the same item, with the option of taking on extra mystery items.
One year, the item was a switch plate. Another, it was a bubble bath mat. One designer integrated the mat into a painting of a person blowing bubbles.
“My favorite aspect of the ReStyle event is to see what the designers take out of the ReStores and then bring back in for the competition,” said Laney. “Watching a headboard and footboard being transformed into a bench, pallets turned into a decorative wall décor, random plates transformed into an intricate centerpiece.”
Awards are given for people’s choice, best use of mystery item and judge’s choice.
The competition also raises funds and awareness for Our Towns Habitat for Humanity ReStores and operations. The organization serves the community by building and repairing homes to work toward its vision of “a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity has served Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson since 1988. In October 2014 it began serving Iredell County when it merged operations with Habitat for Humanity of Iredell County.
“The ReStores serve many functions for the community. We are able to take items that a person may not want in their home anymore but the item still has some ‘life’ left. This gives other people the chance to get an item at a reduced price while the funds go towards eliminating substandard housing in our community,” said Laney.
“If it weren’t for our local community members, the ReStore could not operate at such a high-functioning level or help families in our area.”
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The deadline to enter the competition is March 5; there is no charge to compete.
To apply to compete in the ReStyle event, visit http://ourtownsrestore.org/restore-restyle-2015. Other questions about the competition can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include two drinks as well as appetizers. Attendees can purchase items from the designer’s rooms after the reveal.