Google+ House Revivals: Habitat for Humanity Show House

Friday, January 15, 2010

Habitat for Humanity Show House

A colleague and myself were privileged to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Show House  for a Tour of Affordable Homes.  Being asked to work on this project was such an honor, and we really enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful Habitat volunteers, as well as some truly amazing Habitat for Humanity homeowners.  I would encourage anyone thinking about home ownership through this fabulous organization's programs to call their local organization today to find out more about the program.  I would also encourage anyone interested in volunteering for this program to do it.  I promise you will come away richer.

As mentioned in a previous post, we designers had certain parameters we needed to work within on this project.
First, no painting.  Absolutely all the walls and trim needed to stay white.  Second, no nails.  The local office did not want to impose on their volunteers to have to turn around and patch walls that they had just finished painting.  Third, the house was still being finished the evening before the tour, so we had to work in cooperation with the many volunteers who were installing doorknobs and hardware, rolling out sod, and so on during our staging process.  Fourth, we were asked to use furniture from the local ReStore and accessories from local second-hand sources.  After all, the theme of the tour of homes was affordability!

One thing we loved was the screen made from louvered doors.  This is something our local ReStore volunteers do.  You can almost always count on finding these beautiful screens made from re-purposed doors in the local store.
We also loved this bed!  This was a damaged piece that had been donated to the store by a local furniture showroom.  We have such a generous community!

And check out this beautiful sectional!

We found lots of vintage bedding and accessories for the boy's room.
The window treatments throughout the house were installed using tension rods and thumb tacks, to avoid putting nail holes in the walls.

And we continued the vintage theme into the office, with lots of old cameras and books.  Don't you just love the old golf clubs in the corner?

Here are some befores:  lots of WHITE!  
We were able to minimize the whiteness of the space by adding plenty of color in our accessories.  Also, by using the height of the room to add art pieces and mirrors on chests, we were able to break up the expanses of white.  Because of the "no nails" rule, most of the art pieces were placed on tall pieces of furniture and leaned against the wall.  Several light weight pieces were secured with thumbtacks.


  1. This turned out wonderfully! I love that you used all second hand items to show how easy it is to decorate on a budget! Great job!

  2. Great effort, with stunning results. White can be a daunting canvas sometimes, but you pulled it off quite well!

  3. Amanda,
    Even with the rules you had to follow you did a wonderful job! The golf clubs were a nice touch for the corner. Also have you heard of 3M command strips, they work great for hanging things without leaving any holes or marks. My DD discovered them at University and they are easily removed.

  4. What a special project. Interested in your use of recycled objects and creative adaptations, well done.

  5. It looks outstanding...Habitat for Humanity is such an awesome project...I did some work with them a few years ago amd loved it!


  6. What a wonderful project! I purchased the rub n Buff at Michaels, I think any craft store should have it :)

  7. What you did to that house to make it a home is truly remarkable. Nothing looks second-hand at all. The family that moves in will be visually happy, as well as comfy and safe.

    I was reading your profile and noticed that you are a new empty nester, me too. I am enjoying being able to focus on things now that I have been wanting to do for sometime.
    Diane @ InMyOwnStyle

  8. love the bullentin board with the numbers!

  9. No paint, no nails. Wow! That was quite a decorating challenge. But it turned out great.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  10. you did a great job. turned out wonderful. very nice of you to participate in. must make you feel good to
    do something that nice for a family


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