Interior Photography at the Capital Home Show

Written by stuestler on September 25th, 2010

Just finished shooting the exhibits done by some friends of mine for Habitat ReStore of Northern Virginia at the Capital Home Show in Chantilly, VA this weekend. These designers are incredibly talented, using the discarded and recycled “home parts” from ReStore to create some amazing home furnishings and accessories.

If you’re not familiar with Habitat ReStore – and if you live in a house (apartment, condo, etc.) you should be – these are resale outlets operated by Habitat for Humanity. They collect donated recycled, reusable and surplus building materials and offer them for sale to the public at a fraction of the retail prices for the same materials. Proceeds from the sales help fund local Habitat projects.

Think there’s nothing of interest there for you, since you’re not rehabbing or rebuilding a home? Take a look at what these designers, all members of the IRIS National Capital Area Chapter, can do with these materials and you’ll have an entirely different outlook.

Try – an étagère made from kitchen cabinet doors and pipes. Kitchenette storage benches made from kitchen cabinets. Throw and area rugs made by stitching together carpet samples!

The possibilities are nearly endless. If you’re in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area, you owe it to yourself to go over and take a look at everything they’ve done. The Show runs through Sunday, September 26th at the Dulles Expo Center. Note – I’m not affiliated with the Home Show, am not selling tickets nor make anything from the show. I’m not directly affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, but am a strong supporter of their works.

You can find more about Habitat ReStore of Northern Virginia at or if you’re not in the Northern Virginia area at  (click on the “Shop>ReStore Retail Outlets” tab to locate a store in your area). To learn more about IRIS and to locate a designer, take a look at .

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  1. Pam Faulkner says:

    Stu, thank you so much for doing the photo shoot of our rooms. As the lead designer of the British Colonial-West Indies style master bedroom suite, it was a pleasure to have your expertise to help record what our chapter members were able to accomplish using over 90% of materials and furnishings to decorate the two rooms. With your help we can showcase the possibilities for using items that have been donated to ReStore.

    Reuse, Reduce, Recycle and ReDesign-it’s good for the economy, the environment and the decorating budget. With your wonderful photography people will be able to see the amazing results.


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