"Habitat Chic" The Design Challenge Begins

Habitat Chic Design Challenge Begins Friday!

Competition and Events to Benefit

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

Bradenton (October 22, 2009) – The Habitat Chic Design Challenge begins!  On Friday, October 23, HGTV Design Star contestant Jason Champion and “Chic on the Cheap” author Mark Dalton will face a reality-TV type makeover challenge as they use items from Habitat’s ReStore and donated retail furnishings to completely decorate two Habitat homes as the clock ticks toward a quickly approaching deadline.  Each designer has visited with the soon-to-be homeowners to get to know them, their preferences, styles and needs. The designers will have 24 hours, 1,100 square feet of living space and a limited budget to make these two Habitat homes over with style.  Once the competition starts, an METVma film crew will be on hand to capture each designer’s work in reality television-type style to be broadcast at a preview party fundraising event and also on local cable television.

Designers Jason Champion, Mark Dalton and their interior design volunteer teams will be decorating the homes as follows (available for media interviews/photographs/filming):

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Episode 3 White Wall grocery store!

First, Jen you rock and I love you; your work and our friendship mean the world to me.

White Wall Grocery Store $1,000 Budget:

Day whatever into the competition, our bodies and minds are almost shot.  WE knew it was going to be the white wall challenge and were so excited about working alone at this point. Our work had been design by committee, which typically gets the most blah room you can get. You all have seen what has come out of this type of work.

What you guys don’t get to see is the tight friendships that are forming. Jen and I roomed and worked together on the first two challenges and our white walls were next to each other.  Our minds are the same and we think of design as an expression of our daily lives and what we find to be cool or hip and ODD.

Shopping at a grocery store can have its challenges but it was not for lack of money. Do you know how far $1,000 goes in a grocery store? Although it was very funny because every designer shopped as if we were on our own budget, buying sale items. Discounted shampoo for Torie and me with 50% off Matzo. [Read more…]