Vancouver’s top style influencers lend a hand to DIY Runway upcycling challenge at the Vancouver Home + Design Show


Eleven of Vancouver’s top tastemakers raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver, October 27-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West 

Calling all Vancouverites: bring Vancouver’s best style into your home décor this fall! DIY Runway presented by Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada returns to the Vancouver Home + Design Show this year from October 27-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West. The collaboration with some of Vancouver’s top tastemakers is always a show favourite and is all about raising awareness and much-needed funds for Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver.

DIY Runway is truly where style meets substance. With a focus on sustainable fashion and of course, home design, this fashionable fundraiser challenges 11 local style influencers to each draw inspiration from a favourite item in their own closet and use it to upcycle a pre-loved item hand-picked themselves from ReStore Vancouver. Using a curated box of supplies provided by Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada®, the influencers will be tasked with repurposing an existing piece of furniture into a whole new piece.

At the Home + Design Show, visitors will be encouraged to bid on the items, with 100% of the silent auction proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver to help provide local families with a safe and affordable place to live.

“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 Marketplace Events, producers of the Vancouver Home + Design Show. “Year after year, the upcycling challenge is a huge hit 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 surrounding community.”

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.
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.

Show visitors can bid on all 11 pieces DIY Runway Feature location in Hall C beside the Urban Barn Main Stage and Floform Lounge, featuring entries designed and submitted by:

• Aleesha Harris, Style Writer, Vancouver Sun and The Province

• Aurora Chan, Photographer/Writer and Miranda Sam, Editor, Style by Fire

• Chelle Morgan, Blogger,

• Christie Lohr, Founder, Style Nine to Five

• Emilie Clarke, Radio Host, Z95.3 FM

•Judy Rom, Co-Founder and Blogger, Upcycle That

• Julia Dilworth, Staff Writer, Western Living Magazine

• Karen Khunkhun, Radio Host, 99.3 The Fox FM

• Melanie Auld, Founder, Melanie Auld Jewelry

• Michelle AddisonVancouver-based Personal Stylist

• Sharday Engel, Blogger,

Lovers and enthusiasts of ‘do-it-yourself’ can also get an added dose of inspiration on the Urban Barn Main Stage, where DIY and design expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault will appear on behalf of Rust-Oleum Consumer Brands Canada® on Friday, October 28 at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 29 at 4 p.m.

“For almost a century now, we have been educating, inspiring and helping Canadians cross the DIY finish line,’’ said Lawrence Genga, Senior Director of Marketing and Research and Development at Rust-Oleum® Consumer Brands Canada. “By challenging Vancouver’s tastemakers to rethink and reinvent a simple item, we hope to show that with the right products and a little elbow grease, anyone can create a statement piece on a small budget.’’

“We look forward to this fundraiser each year and we are grateful for our partnership with the Vancouver Home + Design Show” says Dennis Coutts, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver. “We’re always impressed with the level of creativity the influencers bring to DIY Runway and the sale of these items directly address the need for affordable housing in one of the world’s most expensive markets. We’re so thankful for our community partners as they are crucial to our continued mission of providing safe and affordable housing to those in our community.

The Vancouver Home + Design Show runs from Thursday, October 27 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, October 30 at 6 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West. For more information, or to buy tickets online and save $3, visit

About the Vancouver Home + Design Show: The Vancouver Home + Design Show has been a staple in consumers’ calendars since 1983, attracting more than 37,000 qualified visitors every fall. Produced by Marketplace Events, the show features high-interest exhibits, high-profile industry personalities and the latest home and lifestyle trends. Marketplace Events produces 47 home shows in 23 markets that collectively attract 1.5 million attendees and another 1.7 million unique web visitors annually.

About Rust-Oleum Consumer Goods Canada®: For over 90 years, the Rust-Oleum® Corporation has been the industry leader in rust preventative coatings. Today, Rust-Oleum® produces market-leading brands in small-project paint, woodcare, automotive and high-performance coatings. From brand names you trust such as Tremclad, Varathane, EpoxyShield, and Zinsser, our products and services are based on a legacy of knowledge, innovation and commitment. Whether your project goal is to prevent rust, restore a worn-out surface, create a showroom finish your garage floor or stain and protect your wood floors, Rust-Oleum® has solutions for both professionals and Do-It-Yourselfers. For more product information, visit and to get inspiration for your next DIY project, visit

About Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver and ReStores: Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver is a non-profit organization working with families in need to build safe, decent and affordable housing. The organization’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to break the cycle of poverty.

Habitat for Humanity is an international organization spanning over 100 countries and to date has built 350,000 homes. Locally, Habitat for Humanity Society of Greater Vancouver operates four ReStore locations, which sell new and gently-used donated building materials at 50-80% below retail prices. All proceeds from sales at ReStore locations fund Habitat’s operational costs in Greater Vancouver, and help build homes in the local community.

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