Habitat for Humanity Design Duel


The Dallas area Habitat for Humanity has taken a new twist on their mission “to build and repair simple, decent, affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter” by launching the first annual Design Duel. The Pickard Design Studio was honored to be chosen to compete against the Wilson Associates, an internationally acclaimed design firm—what an honor! Thank you Habitat for Humanity for calling us and asking us to participate!

Habitat for Humanity’s Design Duel included a redesigned living and dining area for “do-it-yourselfer” type homeowners who could really benefit from a little “have it done” assistance from interior design professionals.

The design project included a three-week design period and a $3000 budget for supplies and merchandise from the Dallas Area ReStore and of course any custom created artwork and other design elements were welcomed. A full Before & After photo gallery will be coming this week, but below are the photos the families submitted with their application to participate in the competition.

Now that the designs are complete, the Habitat for Humanity Design Duel is ready to begin and that is where the Pickard Design Studio friends, Facebook fans, clients and the general public come in. Although there are official judges (designers and media personalities) for the competition, the public also has the opportunity to vote.

Designers are scored by the following criteria:
20 points – Budget (stayed within or under budget)
20 points – Creativity (use of materials, repurposing items)
20 points – Functionality (use of space, comfort)
20 points – Original Design (adhered to proposed concept/sketch)
20 points – General Public Vote (winner receives 20 points toward score)

Though both homeowners “win” with their sleek new living/dining spaces, only one designer will walk away from this first-ever competition with the “Top Designer” title and bragging rights!

May the Design Dual begin! Check back every morning as we will be posting Design Duel updates to the Pickard Design Studio blog each morning! 

Be sure to watch Sarah Pickard Wednesday morning on Good Day Dallas and get the behind-the-scenes scoop on this exciting Design Dual!


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