ReStore for More Contest Winners Announced

Contact: Carrie Corbett
Director of College Communications

Feb. 4, 2013

doubleM-baileybrocato_carlylyons-500Team Double M: Bailey Brocato (left) and Ethel Floon

ReStore for More Contest Winners Announced

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After two open houses, numerous media interviews and countless hours of design and construction time, voting in the ReStore for More design contest came to a conclusion for three teams of Memphis College of Art students last evening at 5 p.m.

The contest, a collaboration between Memphis College of Art, The Venue Apartments and the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis ReStore, began on Jan. 2 when the student teams received the keys to their apartments at the start of their construction window. The teams were selected through a submission process, presenting their design boards and ideas to a panel of judges in late 2013.

The Venue Apartments provided each team with access to a one-bedroom apartment, their choice of a queen or two twin beds with bed frames and a modest $550 budget for materials and supplies. The teams’ budgets were supplemented with $100 gift certificates and a special discount from the Memphis ReStore, as well as a “mystery item”—an identical chest of drawers for each team to incorporate into their design. Teams were given until 8 a.m. on Jan. 21 to complete the execution of their design. The participating teams were Bailey Brocato and Carly Lyons (Ethel Floon) of team Double M, Sam Herwehe and Evan Lebaroff of team Handmade American and Laura Miller and Jess Vandenberg of team Modern West.

Over the voting period between Jan. 21 and Feb. 3, more than 8,000 votes were cast through The Venue Apartments’ Facebook page and in-person at their Central Ave. location, with the largest tally of votes going to the Double M team. Modern West finished second in the voting and Handmade American was third. All three teams will receive cash awards from The Venue Apartments in the amounts of $1,000, $600 and $300 as well as six months of rent-free living for the winning team.

Carrie Brooks, MCA’s director of career services found the contest extremely beneficial for the students. “This project enabled students to apply the professional practices they learn through MCA’s curriculum to real-life design challenges,” said Brooks. “They not only reaped monetary reward at the end, but have also built relationships, learned to market themselves and their work and have a full-blown project to showcase in their portfolios.” Jessica Hord, director of marketing and communications for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis was equally enthusiastic. “We were thrilled to be part of this contest,” said Hord. “Not only did it provide a means of educating the public about the Memphis ReStore, but it also allowed us to take part in a unique professional development opportunity with these students. The apartments were all fantastic and unique and really illustrated that great design is possible on a small budget. Congratulations to them all on a job well done!”

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About The Venue Apartments:
Built by Memphis’ very own Kemmons Wilson, The Venue Apartments in Midtown Memphis features a fun new retro renovation and all-inclusive living for young and senior professionals in the midtown area. Winner of the “Best Remodel Award in 2010 ” by the Apartment Association of Greater Memphis, the community is home to residents who live at The Venue because of its green-friendly approach and Midtown vibe. Designer stained concrete floors, a salt water indoor pool, fitness center, pet-friendly and free wi-fi are just a few reasons why The Venue Apartments is a fantastic place to rent in Memphis. Go to to see more.

About Memphis ReStore and Habitat for Humanity:
The Memphis ReStore is operated by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and serves as an ongoing fundraiser for the organization. The ReStore sells donated goods – new and gently used clothing, furniture, appliances, building supplies and other items – to the public at discount prices, and all proceeds go to support Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope in Memphis. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry, is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing from the city of Memphis and surrounding areas, while making decent housing for all people a matter of conscience and action. Since its founding in 1983, Memphis Habitat has built more than 400 homes in the Memphis area. Habitat houses are built with volunteer labor and sold to partner families, at no profit and with no interest charged. Partner families make a down payment and invest hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” into the construction of their homes and other Habitat homes. For more information, visit and Follow the ReStore on Facebook at, on Twitter at @MemphisReStore and on Instagram at


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