Tranforming Junk to Gems for Habitat for Humanity

Interior Designer Mary Jo Shipman of Shipman Design Group,
1st place winner at Habitat for Humanity’s Upscale Resale event

A few weekends ago, Joel and I attended the Preview Party for Habitat for Humanity’s 2nd annual Upscale Resale weekend long event. My friend Pat Kusek of Kusek Financial Group visited me at the first annual Upscale Resale when my vintage collection was a part of Birds of a Feather’s booth last year and immediately recognized the event’s connection to her own business.

As this year’s presenting sponsor, Pat says, “Habitat has been devoted to building simple, decent and affordable housing since 1976. For 15 years I’ve been specializing in helping people build their nest eggs in order to have a simple, decent and affordable retirement. I really like the foundation that Habitat promotes for individuals to work hard and put in sweat equity to be self sufficient. Sounds like our missions are aligned, doesn’t it?”

One of my favorite participating interior designers from last year’s event Mary Jo Shipman of Shipman Design Group took home first place this year in the design challenge. Find out how she transformed the pieces she found at Habitat Restores for the competition below for a little weekend home decor inspiration.


Event emcee Randy Aldridge (you may recognize Randy as our Don Draper from the Spring Fashion Preview shoot with Photographer Ben Minor) with Upscale Resale Presenting Sponsor Pat Kusek


Creative recycling at Designer Teresa Gunn of 2nddoorontheright’s booth at Upscale Resale


Hanging with Arnie in Blue Hand Home’s super swank booth


Under the Dome star Rachelle LeFevre volunteering behind the bar




Interior Designer Mary Jo Shipman and associate Molly Clapp Sellers take home first place.


L: Mary Jo’s upcycled Terrarium previously moonlighted as a lighting fixture.


Mary Jo on the bar stools:
These were the only three matching bar stools we found over a three month period at the Habitat Restores. We found it is incredibly difficult to acquire more than two. We painted them and recovered them for swank appeal. I also cut out the wicker on the back in a design mimicking the diamond pattern of the back bar.”


Barstoools — Before + After


L: “The front bar facade is a vintage door that we replaced the glass on. We cleaned and painted it applying a bronze glass treatment before securing on the front.”
R: “The back bar took two tedious painting days. The pattern was stuck in my head and had to be released!”


“Gray with a little bronze crackle provided the ‘fix’ on a white distressed column.”




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