Ultimate Upcycle Challenge returns to the  Vancouver Home + Design Show for the third year running


Local celebrities and creatives to revamp pre-loved chairs for charity auction at BC Place Stadium, October 16-19, 2014


Taking five has never looked – or felt – so good! The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge 3: ChairLIFT, a charitable furniture repurposing project, is taking place once again at the Vancouver Home + Design Show, happening October 16 to 19, 2014 at BC Place Stadium. Back by popular demand, this year’s challenge will feature pre-loved chairs that have been upcycled into fabulous new creations by local media personalities, designers, and tastemakers, with 100% of proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver.

“The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge was one of our most popular features at last fall’s Vancouver Home + Design Show, and we couldn’t wait to bring it back,” said Jill Kivett, regional director for Marketplace Events, owner and operator of the Vancouver Home + Design Show. “Environmentally-friendly and design-savvy, upcycling hits all the right notes with today’s clever homeowners. We know this will be our best showing yet!”

The renewed designs will be up for grabs at a silent auction, where show-goers can place bids on chairs designed by:

•    Tamara Taggart, Anchor at CTV Vancouver

•    Norma Reid, Anchor at CTV Vancouver

•    Johanna Ward, Producer and Host of go! Vancouver at

Shaw TV Vancouver

•    Jennifer Scott, Interior Stylist and Design Consultant at

A Good Chick To Know

•    Kelsey Klassen, Associate Editor at WE Vancouver

•    Kelsey Dundon, Blogger at The Anthology

•    Christine Friend, Interior Decorator at Friendly Decorator

•    Barbara Matson, Interior Designer at Markova Design Inc.

•    Jamie Banfield, Interior Designer at Jamie Banfield Design

•    The Vancouver Home + Design Show team

Participants were tasked with revamping their chairs using Rust-Oleum products, a $50 design budget and plenty of creativity. Rust-Oleum, a strong supporter of at-home upcycles, will have its Canadian spokesperson and DIY expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault on-hand at the show to offer her insights around the entries. She appears on the Metrie Main Stage on Friday, October 17th at 4 PM and Saturday, October 18th at 12 PM.

Buy tickets online and save $3 courtesy of Homestars at www.vancouverhomeanddesignshow.com

About the Vancouver Home + Design Show: The Vancouver Home + Design Show (vancouverhomeshow.com) has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1983, attracting more than 35,000 qualified visitors every fall. Produced by Marketplace Events (marketplaceevents.com), the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 33 home shows in 20 markets that collectively attract 1.1 million attendees and another 1.5 million unique web visitors annually.

About Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver and ReStore: Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver (habitatgv.ca) is a non-profit organization working to end the cycle of poverty for local, low-income families through the provision of affordable home ownership opportunities.  This translates into a “hand up” for the entire family, improving their future and contributing to the enrichment of local communities. Habitat Greater Vancouver is a member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, and part of a worldwide network that spans 100 countries and has built over 600,000 homes.

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver ReStores (vancouverrestores.ca) sell donated new and used, quality building materials and home décor items at 50-80% off retail prices. All proceeds from sales support the operation of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver. ReStore reflects Habitat’s commitment to the environment, by encouraging the recycling and reusing of goods that might otherwise end up in landfills.

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