What do Home Stagers and a Habitat House Have in Common?
Well, in this case, the Stagers are designing and furnishing the interior (and exterior!) of a newly-built Habitat house!
In an effort to give back to the community, the Central Long Island and the Metro New York chapters of the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners (ASHSR) are decorating a Habitat house that was just completed in Bay Shore, Long Island. All 10 ASHSR designers, as well as Feng Shui consultants and a Curb Appeal specialist, are donating their services. The Long Island Board of Realtors is sponsoring the house itself, which is actually an interesting 'tie-in' since Home Stagers, Feng Shui consultants, and Curb Appeal specialists generally work closely with Realtors when preparing a house for market.
CORT Furniture Rental is gifting all of the furniture for the house with the exception of the Dining Table and Chairs which Tiffany Furniture in Farmingdale, NY has generously donated. Most Home Stagers, here on Long Island, rely on CORT when furniture is needed to furnish a vacant house.
The house itself contains 3 small bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room and eat-in kitchen. It was built upon the foundation of another house that had been torn down. I suppose that would qualify the house as a 'recycled home'.....
All of the designers who are working on the project are in the process of soliciting for Walmart, Visa or Master Card gift cards which will be used to purchase household accessories/necessities ( bedding, draperies, towels, and all of the other items that make a 'house' a home). Everything that is brought into the house, or planted in the yard, will be 'gifted' to the new owner, the Barnes family.
Georgia Barnes is a hardworking, single mother of three children - her two oldest children are in their twenties, working and supporting themselves on Long Island. Georgia has been employed as a dietary aide in a NassauCounty nursing home for the past nine years. Accoring to her supervisor, "Georgia is extremely reliable, never tardy and is very detail-oriented." She currently lives in Huntington Station with her twelve-year-old son, Barachel, in the basement apartment of a relative's home. Though her current living situation has provided Georgia and Barachel with a sense of stability, the apartment is cramped and she has long wished to become a first-time homeowner. The partnership between her and Habitat is making this wish a reality!
ASHSR will host a reception for invited guests and media on Friday, November 6, 2009. The following day, Saturday November 7th, is "Dedication Day". The Barnes family will surely be surprised to find that their home is 'move-in ready'!
If you are interested in making a contribution towards the household necessities, please contact either myself (516-982-2671) or Les Scheinfeld at HabitatSuffolkCounty (631-924-4966 x105) prior to October 16, 2009.