1 Day + 1 Room = 1 Unbelievable Shelter Makeover

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits, Fayetteville Observer

Who among us has not watched a home decorating or makeover TV show, whether it be Trading Spaces, Design on a Dime, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, or something of the like?

It’s just plain fun to vicariously play the part of a designer and flex your creativity and problem-solving skills along with the cast. Perhaps the best part is when us viewers experience the joy of the lucky home owner when they see the big reveal.

Try to contain your excitement if you can because in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is turning this television event into real life, and you can be a part of it.

They’re looking for amateur decorators, crafters and home improvement gurus to take part in The Salvation Army Shelter Design Challenge! Volunteer teams will have the opportunity to each redecorate 1 room of their Homeless Shelter.

If you have an eye for design, a heart that wants to help, and know how to stretch a budget, learn more about participating at www.salvationarmyfayetteville.org or visit their event page on Facebook. The public will be invited to walk through and vote for their favorite design on September 10.

And of course, the best part of it all will be saved for the 60+ homeless shelter residents who return that evening to a redesigned and redecorated space just for them!

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The Salvation Army’s Designer Challenge

Friday, March 19, 2010

If reality TV is any sort of indicator, Americans love the idea of designing, remodeling, and creating, especially when it come to our homes! Well, instead of turning on your TV for the latest DIY episode, head to The Salvation Army.

In Orange County, California, The Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores are partnering with the local American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter to host the Noah’s ARC Design Challenge (learn more on their Facebook page)!

Students from local interior design colleges will showcase their talents at 5 select Salvation Army Family Stores, demonstrating the art of incorporating donated (recycled) home furnishings into well-designed living spaces.

Each store will decorate a 12 x 12 area in the assigned genre of eclectic, mid-century modern, beachside, antique, or Mediterranean decorative styles. There will be a friendly competition for best room design among the 4 designer teams, plus the room items will be sold by silent auction bid! All proceeds benefit the Anaheim Adult Rehabilitative Center (ARC) program which provides free rehabilitation services for up to 140 men and 28 women at a time.

The designer rooms will be displayed April 10-April 24 with the silent auction taking place on Saturday, April 24, so if you’re in the area, you have 2 full weeks to take advantage of this opportunity to:

• Discover new ideas for how to integrate thrift store items into your favorite home decor style
• Learn about the latest trends and designer tips for decorating with recycled items
• Meet the student designers at the stores on Saturday, April 10th
• Participate in silent auction bid for unique and affordable room items

So take a glance at the list below and see which store(s) you want to visit as our aspiring young designers show off their creative prowess and reveal all the potential that lies within your home and our Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores’ aisles! And if you don’t live in the California area, we’ll let you know if similar events pop up elsewhere around the country!

Noah’s ARC Design Challenge Participating Salvation Army Stores:

• Anaheim West (Eclectic Style)
3150 W Lincoln
714-226-0512

• Costa Mesa (Mid-Century Modern Focus)
2126 Harbor Blvd.
949-642-3636

• Huntington Beach (Beachside Theme)
17362 Beach Blvd
714-841-2896

• Orange (Antique)
180 S Tustin
714-532-2235

• San Clemente (Mediterranean Decorative)
2727 Via Cascadita
949-492-0133

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