Street Style at Home in this Year's Ultimate Upcycle Challenge

Sep 29, 2016, 18:03 PM
Vancouver’s top style influencers are once again bringing their street style to your home decor at the Vancouver Home + Design Show with DIY Runway presented by Rust-Oleum Canada in support of Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver.

A sustainable design project that focuses on upcycling and DIY inspiration, DIY Runway raises awareness and much-needed funds for Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver. This year, eleven of Vancouver’s most stylish tastemakers and local influencers will draw inspiration from an item chosen from their own closet and use it to repurpose and upcycle a pre-loved and hand-picked item from ReStore Vancouver. They’ll use a curated box of goods from Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada® to transform their pre-loved piece into a one-of-a-kind, trendy home decor item.

Visitors will have the chance to bid on these unique pieces to add to their home decor collection during the home show. Imagine: a wall-hanging inspired by those perfectly ripped jeans, or a one-of-a-kind lamp inspired by that amazing sequined skirt worn on New Year’s Eve. DIY Runway is truly where style meets substance, with 100% of the silent auction proceeds benefitting Habitat for Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver to help provide local families with a safe, affordable place to live.

An exciting line-up of influencers ensures that this year’s pieces will be unique, on-trend and sure to add something special to your home. Be sure to check out pieces by this year’s participants, including Style writer for the Vancouver Sun and The Province, Aleesha Harris, local jewelry designer Melanie Auld of Melanie Auld Jewelry, Julia Dilworth of Western Living Magazine, radio hosts Karen Khunkhun of CFOX and Emilie Clarke of Z95.3FM, as well as style bloggers Sharday Engel and Christie Lohr, among others.

“DIY Runway is all about combining one’s personal style and creativity with home décor in a sustainable, yet design-forward and trendy way,” says Tyson Kidd, Show Manager for the Vancouver Home + Design Show. “Year after year, the Upcycle Challenge is a huge hit at the home show as it truly showcases out-of-the-box creativity. The best part of it all is that we’re able to leverage the support of the city’s top tastemakers and generous bidders to give back to our community.”

We’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at a few of the inspired DIY Runway projects, underway now! Follow us on Instagram at @vanhomeshows for more sneak peeks of the show and for your chance to win tickets to attend this year’s Vancouver Home + Design Show all month long!

Melanie Auld's DIY Runway Inspiration

Melanie Auld’s DIY Runway inspiration? An edgy leather jacket paired with a soft, flowy white maxi dress. The jeweler will transform this pre-loved chair using her Rust-Oleum goods. 

Aleesha Harris' Upcycle Inspiration

Vancouver Sun + The Province Style Writer and Covet & Acquire blogger, Aleesha Harris (pictured above left), will rely on her signature minimalist style as inspiration to repurpose the side table shown above. 

Karen Khunkhun's Upcycle Inspiration

CFOX 99.3FM Radio Host Karen Khunkhun will be transforming this ornate chest based on her photo inspiration as pictured above left.

All eleven pieces will be on display and open for bidding during the show, located between the Main Stage and the FloForm Lounge. Lovers and enthusiasts of do-it-yourself can also get an added dose of inspiration on the Urban Barn Main Stage at the Vancouver Home + Design Show, where Lifestyle and DIY Expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault will appear on Friday, October 28 at 6:00pm and Saturday, October 29 at 4:00pm. Don't have tickets yet? Get 2-for-1 when you connect with us on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show!

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OCTOBER 27-30, 2016.